I came across this quote yesterday at just the right time, and thought I would share it in case anyone else needs it today as much as I did then. This whole accidental business-lady/entrepreneur/freelancer thing can be frustrating and downright terrifying at times. It can also be empowering, a tremendous blessing, a lot of fun, and overall some of the most fulfilling work I have ever done, so I am going to persist and persevere : )
Sauerkraut is definitely not one of my favorite foods, but it does make regular appearances at the Easter tables’ of my Ukranian family – either next to the kielbasa or wrapped inside of a pierogi. When made from scratch and kept in raw form, it also has a surplus of health benefits. Essentially, as the sliced cabbage and salt ferment, lactic acid is produced. The lactic acid not only preserves the cabbage by preventing any ‘bad’ bacteria from forming, but promotes the growth of healthy digestive enzymes and intestinal flora, too. Lastly, you might have noticed that ‘kraut, kimchi, and the like are trending big-time on the restaurant scene for the health-related reasons above, and for the fact that it’s pretty economical to go the DIY route especially as farm-to-table concepts become more popular. So what’s not to love?
I had to find out for myself – partially because I can never resist jarring anything (I even created a new ‘Things in Jars’ category in my Recipe Index). My sister – my own personal Raw food expert – recommended adding the fresh dill and caraway seeds for flavor, and ultimately helped me package it all up. After 3 days, the sauerkraut looked nothing like the cooked, packaged, varieties that I am used to – and that is a good thing! The mixture still had a nice crunch to it and was just tangy enough. I still may not exactly looove it, but I have a feeling that this version of ‘kraut will be showing up on my table more often!
In terms of low-key weekends, this past one could not have been any more perfect. Everything felt so positive and happy and oh-so-Spring-like. On Friday night, I stayed in and wrapped up a teeny-tiny bit of work. I am just a productive person by nature, so I am much more content when I have all of my projects completed. Then, finished reading The Book Thief, which I really liked for how beautiful/dark/twisted/tragic/thought-provoking the narrative is. I fell asleep watching Four Weddings on TLC – I rarely watch TV in general, but for whatever reason whenever I catch that show on I have to tune in! I am not sure if it’s the friendly competition or the voyeuristic nature of it that appeals to me, but I am oddly obsessed. Anyone else?
I have been in major purge mode lately when it comes to my belongings so I spent a good portion of Saturday meanwhile, organizing and later replacing a few necessities. It ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day overall, so the evening was filled with good friends and sunshine.
Sunday was the icing-on-the-cake and the date of our much anticipated 6-Legged 5K! We started the morning with one of my best juicy smoothie creations everrrrr (2 beets + 2 carrots + 1 apple + 1 orange + fresh ginger + 1 container of coconut water) and finished with Sneaks absolutely killing it on our run! The race is more for fun than anything else, so while I have been taking the little man (Literally, he weighs 15 pounds.) out with me as of late to ‘train’, I had no idea that he would be so quick or as seemingly excited about the whole thing, as he was. He practically sprinted the entire route making me one proud – and tired – mama!
I know that it’s totally normal for people to gush about their dogs, but I adore Sneaks so, so, so, much. He has all kinds of silly quirks – He snores [loudly!], sleeps with his head beneath the covers, talks by making a “WOO” yodel-type sound all of the time, loves to hide under furniture, and plays what is basically his version of puppy croquet by swatting a ball with a toy in his mouth. He is also super-duper affectionate, often giving me full-on kiss attacks, and obviously, never fails to surprise me either.
Here is to a week full of more fun surprises and lovely little things!