Given the tragedies of yesterday – the attacks in Brussels, as well as a tragic death in my home community – it can be hard to find much positivity in this world we live in. It is easy to feel small and helpless, knowing there is nothing you can do to stop these inhumane actions that some feel the need to conduct. On these days, celebrating the simplicities of life can feel silly, inconsequential, materialistic.
But if we don’t find joy in the small things, what are we left with?
As Monday’s Week In Review reminded me, we must celebrate the simple things that we love. They may be, “small,” but they are not inconsequential. A simple smile from someone you love, the way your mug fits your hand, the way your egg yolk breaks over your toast, the rain lifting just in time for you to bike home…
So I decided to change my WIAW last minute and am stealing Kate’s lovely idea (hope she doesn’t mind) to focus on all the little things I loved about my meals yesterday. I know its only food, but anything that makes you smile deserves to be recognized.
Thank you Jenn, Arman and Laura
I loved that I let myself have a bagel for an early morning breakfast. Wheat is a fear food, especially first thing in the morning. But I love bagels and this was delicious.
I loved that I had chocolate for breakfast (enough said). Though with that, I also loved that I scraped out every last bit of cream cheese out of the container.
I loved that I had stored strawberries that were about to go bad in the freezer last week, so that I could still make good use of them by making homemade strawberry chia jam,
And those colours. I loved how pretty this looked.
Toasted whole grain bagel + chocolate cream cheese + homemade strawberry chia jam
I loved how this used up the last of a few ingredients in my fridge that were nearing their expiry (ya’ll already know how I feel about “empty fridge elation.”).
I loved that I actually liked this green pepper! I don’t usually like green peppers, but I bought one the other week for a recipe that – womp womp – I never ended up making. It was the only real vegetable I had to add to my lunch so I figured I’d suffer through. Total surprise! I loved how crunchy it was and I loved the bright green pop of colour it added to the rest of my rather colorless tupperware. So pretty!
Baked Sweet Potato stuffed with BBQ shredded chicken + feta + raw green pepper
I loved that I got to buy Lady Crisp apples on the weekend. They are usually super expensive so I never buy them. But this time they were on sale! I love how super crispy these are. And I love the soft pink hue of their skin.
I loved that I finally recreated a meal from my childhood that I have been craving for, literally, years. My dad used to always make this crock pot casserole named, “Mom’s Potato Layered Casserole,” (it was his mom’s recipe – how brilliantly named, right?) He’d make it for when my brothers and I would have to spend hours in our church basement waiting for my parents to finish their meetings. I remembered it a few years ago and was immediately filled with nostalgia. Although it wasn’t quite the same, I was proud to have experimented and recreated roughly the same flavors.
I loved that it reminded me of my family and childhood memories.
I loved that it used breakfast sausage links. Seriously – how did I forget about these guys? Breakfast sausage >>> bacon for me.
I loved that I used balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika – two of my favorite flavor enhancers.
I loved that I was finally able to check polenta off my “to make” list (I love that feeling of checking anything off a list). It was my very first time making it – in any form. I loved how flavorful it was without any additions and how it made the perfect base for this – and any – casserole.
Breakfast Sausage/tomato/vegetable “casserole” + baked polenta
I loved that I actually felt warm in my apartment so that I craved something cold and refreshing (#dreamingofsummer).
I loved how I squashed all my cravings of having something crunchy, sweet and chocolately all with one treat. And I love how I can say, “check out yesterday’s post for the recipe!”
We’ve just got to continue focusing on the good.If it made you smile, celebrate it. #wiaw #itsthesmallthings #bagels #comfortfood Click To Tweet
What little moment did you love about your day yesterday? What did you love about one of your meals?
Is there a meal you used to have as a child that you haven’t had in years?
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