We are so lucky to live in a region where wine production is growing in popularity. Also lucky for us is that many of those producers are really good!
There are a lot of great things about living in California. The great weather, the mountains, the beaches, rivers, lakes, and all the amazing landmarks we have to visit. However, one of my absolute favorite things about living in California, is abundance of natural resources we have. In particular, the fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and pasture raised animal products produced from our awesome farmers. California farmers generate over 100 billion annual economic activity for our state and farming is one of the largest employers in our state. We feel blessed to live in an area where if we wanted, we could go to a farmer’s market everyday to purchase nearly everything we need to flourish with healthy living. Not only do we have farmers markets to purchase local foods from, but many of our grocery stores carry California Grown products.
Hope you all had a wonderful Monday. I spent the day cleaning and unpacking which wasn’t really ideal but had to be done. This week is one of those that are going to be pretty crazy so I may be absent a day or two.
Gotta do what you gotta do 🙂 Today though I thought I’d share a yummy recipe we had a few weeks back. One that includes an ingredient I don’t use as often as I should. Pumpkin! For some reason it’s just one of those ingredients I tend to only eat in the cooler months. When October rolls around I jump on the bandwagon with everyone else rushing to the store to get all the pumpkin!
Ugh, it’s been so windy lately my rare allergies have made their appearance. I don’t typically get allergies but man, yesterday was rough with 25mph winds. I’m sure it didn’t help that we spent a good chunk of time outside at the park but it was fun! We had a play date with friends and before that had a little date at Whole Foods.
We had some green juice, tea and played Go Fish. It was fun! I feel like I spend so much time running errands that I forget to just slow down sometimes and do fun little things with my Love Nugget. I mean sure we go to the park and play at home but I’m trying to focus more on creating special memories doing little things outside of our normal day to day routines. A date playing games and hanging out was a fun one!
Like I said, the wind was not too much fun and I was feeling a little off by the time we got home around 1:30. Not to mention I was freezing! So I took a hot shower then parked it on the couch with my laptop while The Love Nugget rested upstairs. While browsing online I spent some time on the Fit Eats website checking out their delicious meals they offer!
I like to try to shop for produce seasonally. Not just because it’s good to do but because I tend to crave foods more when they are in season. Like right now I’m LOVING apples because they are just so juice, fresh, and not to mention, everywhere!
One of the big things I love about the area we live in is the abundance of local farms, wineries, and farmers markets.
Heading to the farmer’s market on a Saturday to get local grown foods for our meals is such an enjoyable way to start our weekend. Plus it teaches The Love Nugget the importance of eating good, healthy, and local foods.
The other day, I had the pleasure of attending an event the hosted by the wonderful, local organization – PlacerGROWN. If you’re not familiar with PlacerGROWN, they are a community connection to local farmer’s markets, farms, wineries, and events. They put in a lot of work trying to make the rich resources in our region available to the local community.
Let’s face it, we all get busy sometimes and when dinner time rolls around we don’t have the energy to cook. I do it and often times I’ll even plan for one of these types of evenings in my weekly meal plan with a “wing-it” or take-out night. Take-out can be unhealthy and expensive, so we typically choose to wing it over ordering in. Which usually means I have a smoothie and the hubby has mac and cheese. Neither one the most nutritional dinner choice. Well, I do add spinach to my smoothies but in reality they include about 1/2 a banana, some other fruit, coconut water, maybe protein powder and greens. Not really a balanced meal. So when I heard about Superfoods in Motion, a meal delivery service that cooks with local, seasonal organic produce and Organic free-range, grass-fed meats, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. I mean what could be better than having a healthy, fresh, and locally sourced meal delivered to your door ready for you to eat?