What’s On My Mind

Erica leaps for joy in the middle of her newly sodded back yard

Happy Saturday! I’m so glad this weekend is a long weekend. I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out for the last month, so I’m looking forward to some time to rest. Some of the burnout is work related, but it’s also a sudden influx of social invitations and obligations now that most of the people in my life are fully vaccinated. I love my friends and family, but I’m also super introverted. Going from 0-100 like this is making my brain short-circuit.

With that said, I still have plenty of things I’m loving and excited about! Here’s what I’m digging this week:

  • When I bought my house five years ago, it had a dilapidated playscape in the backyard that we removed immediately. It was so old and rotten I nearly pushed it over with one good shove. The gravel pit under it has hung around, though, because how do you get rid of a giant gravel pit? We had to have some trees removed that died during the winter storm that hit Texas in February, so we had the gravel taken out as well. It’s such a mental load lifted to have this giant, slightly unsafe thing removed from our lives.
  • I’ve been working on a lot of recipe development over the last few weeks for things that will be coming out on the blog over the summer. This week I realized all the dinners I had planned were using recipes I’d written myself, which was really exciting. Most of the recipes are in development, but I did make our Earth Goddess Grain Bowls.
  • This article about ableist language was really insightful and got me thinking about how to be more intentional and inclusive with the language I use. I’m try to remove words like dumb, lame, crazy, insane, and obsessed from my day-to-day descriptions of things and instead replace them with words like unfortunate, wild, and loving.
  • I just ordered this silicone popsicle mold and I’m really excited to try it out this weekend. I picked it because both the mold and the sticks are reusable, so I can avoid single-use items. I’m going to break it in using this recipe for 4 Ingredient Creamy Fruit Popsicles from Half Baked Harvest.
  • Did you know that there is a method for tasting chocolate, kind of like tasting wine? I found this article, “5 Smart Tricks for Tasting Chocolate Like a Pro,” fascinating.

What have you been loving lately? Do you have any recommendations of things I should try out? We’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or on social media.

And just for funsies, here’s a picture of the gravel pit last winter:

A large, poorly maintained gravel pit in the corner of Erica's backyard

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