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A Sense of Awe and Wonder

Welcome to the July Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindfulness and Nature

This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our participants have shared their experiences of mindfulness and the natural world. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


English: Hopetoun Falls, Beech Forest, near Ot...

Hopetoun Falls, Beech Forest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It’s not exactly a term I would use to describe myself. Serene…meditative…peaceful…

Yeah – not so much.

But mindfulness is something I will always strive toward, no matter how long it takes me to get ‘there’ (wherever there ends up being) or how hopeless it often seems. Because those words…mindful, serene, meditative, peaceful…they roll around my tongue like refreshing sips of the coolest, cleanest water.

I’m thirsty for them – I crave them. And while they don’t seem to come naturally to me, it is the natural world that so often gets me to that place of being mindfully fulfilled when nothing else can.

I am in total awe of nature. Read the rest of this entry »

Chard & Feta Tarts

English: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with vari...

English: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) with variously colored stems on sale at an outdoor farmers’ market in Rochester, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any of you with CSA boxes to pick up (or get dropped off) this summer may be looking for creative ways to use Swiss Chard – I know I always am! Try as I might, I’m just not a huge fan of it sauteed (though it is pretty decent with eggs).

I’ve also enjoyed it roasted with shrimp and au gratin and contemplated making it into chips (have you tried that? Is it as good as kale?) and tonight decided to do a little experimenting with stuff that was leftover in the fridge. As it turned out to be quite tasty, I’m sharing it here – and would love to hear of your creative ways to use chard!

Chard & Feta Tarts

  • 1 recipe puff pastry – store bought or homemade
  • 1 large bunch Swiss Chard
  • 6-8 Garlic Scapes
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced white button mushrooms
  • Feta to top
  • Salt & Pepper

This was a really easy dinner that could probably be modified according to what you have on hand (alternate chard with any other green; alternate garlic scapes with garlic, green onions, leeks, or any kind of onion). I even used the food processor to make it really quick. Read the rest of this entry »

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