"Well, Knock Me Over With A Feather"
(Above: Kale Salad dressed in organic olive oil + lemon juice, tossed with dried Michigan cherries, pecans, white cheddar crumbles and chia seeds. A traveler’s salad, if you will.)
I expanded my destination roster of the month westward to Chicago this past weekend! One of my brothers (who’s also a little bit my best friend) is a glorious Northwesterner. The day we ended our trip was the university’s “Dillo Day”- a rampant celebration of all it means to be a college student, sponsored by the college. I’m talking hookah tents, beer gardens, face painting and multiple music stages. Did I mention that this school is literally perched on Lake Michigan? As in, one step off the lush campus and you’re swimming in a big blue bowl of gorgeous? Well, it is.
Homemade sourdough spelt pizza crust with kale, roasted corn, marinara/pesto, a bit of shredded cheddar and a fried egg. The other half of the plate is greens, glorious greens! ‘Twas the most enjoyed family dinner I’ve made yet. The young brah was “very proud of it”.
That orange mush is a baked sweet potato on the brink of being imbued with spelt flour. Mashed sweet potato + nut/whole grain flour = sweet potato gnocchi. Dressed in a parmesan pesto… divinity.
My sweet fairy of a friend visited Ann Arbor yesterday and we explored the Farmer’s Market together. We were whirlpooled into the booth of a woman who makes dreamcatchers, “prayer arrows”, smudge, “alignment circles” and other combinations of shells, leather, stones and feathers. I asked how she became interested in her craft and she answered without a beat:
"My son died ten years ago and I started running. On every run I would find at least a feather on my path so I started collecting them. I’ve never had a set spirituality, but suddenly this made sense to me…" And on she spilled about finding her heart in feathers on footfalls. It never fails to astonish me how natural it is for people to be truly open, honestly honest and hugely passionate. It’s a rare day that I’m not pleasantly surprised by the giant human hug that is possible. We thanked her, bought some mint smudge and moved onto a candle man, slightly more full than before.
Chocolate Chip Cookies made with coconut flour… an experiment which will certainly have a “Take Two” someday soon.
"Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." -Mary Oliver
Trying to see more of the world in the world around me daily. Removing the perception of knowledge from the picture leaves room for absolute astonishment. Placing a pen on paper transforms the scope of your existence. So thanks for that, M.O. I feel ya. I really do. Have a great week, y’all…