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What I Loved (WIAW)

Last week, dear Kate themed her What I Ate Wednesday post, “What I Loved.” 

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. 

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Thank you Jenn, Arman and Laura

Breakfast:

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. 

bagel chocolate strawberry loved

bagel chocolate cream cheese strawberry chia jam loved

Toasted whole grain bagel + chocolate cream cheese + homemade strawberry chia jam

Lunch:

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!

sweet potato bbq chicken feta loved

Baked Sweet Potato stuffed with BBQ shredded chicken + feta + raw green pepper

Snack:

Unpictured apple

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. 

Dinner:

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. 

polenta breakfast sausage casserole loved

Breakfast Sausage/tomato/vegetable “casserole” + baked polenta 

polenta casserole loved

Snack:

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!”

no bake caramel bars snack

Two No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cereal Bars

We’ve just got to continue focusing on the good. 

If it made you smile, celebrate it. #wiaw #itsthesmallthings #bagels #comfortfood Click To Tweet

Tell me,

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?

 

 

 

37 COMMENTS

  1. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 23rd Mar 16

    I love (no pun intended?) the way you frame this post in terms of celebrating the good things in life in the face of such terrible violence and destruction. So many folks have been responding to the attacks in Brussels with rhetoric of hatred and fear, so what more powerful way to counteract that cycle of violence, fear and hatred than by stressing love and celebrating the little things in life that bring us joy? Now and again I fear that what we do here in the blogging world is petty, but in a lot of cases, I think it’s actually very healing, mindful, and yes, loving.
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      I also have the same thoughts about blogging and pettiness, but I think I’m just starting to choose to believe that we can only do what we can, and that there is no shame in celebrating the small things. Sometimes its all we can do.

  2. chasetheredgrape | 23rd Mar 16

    Today when I went out, I looked up at the sky and took a moment just to ‘be still’. I loved how the breeze felt on my skin and appreciated being in that moment. After days like yesterday I know I should do this a whole lot more…
    Out of my meals yesterday the one I loved the most was my crispy skinned salmon. I love that I can fill my body with the tastiest things that nourish both my body, mind and soul. πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      That sounds like a beautiful moment – one of those little moments that you will always remember. Nourishment is most definitely something that needs to be celebrated.

  3. snackiebird | 23rd Mar 16

    Yes, always celebrate great food! I love how healthy my food was yesterday. Love feel that energy boost from “clean food”. When I was child, my mom baked honey cake for my birthday once or twice. But it was so good, I still remember it.

    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Real food energy is how it should be! Honey cake… that sounds simple and glorious!

  4. SuzLyfe | 23rd Mar 16

    Well, everything that you included looks amazing. I am so sorry that you also had a death close to home. The Brussels situation… I hate what this world is coming to. All the more reason to celebrate the moments that we are given.
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      All the more reason is right. Just have to continue on doing what we can.

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 23rd Mar 16

    I just recently used polenta for the first time too! I made polenta fries. Totally agree with you about focusing on the little things we love in our day – The best thing I ate yesterday was a nice juicy pear. I always forget how much I love pears until I bite into one!
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Another polenta newbie! Yay! Isn’t it pretty great? I’ll definitely be experimenting with it more. And I’m the same with pears – easily forgotten but soooo good.

  6. Heather@hungryforbalance | 23rd Mar 16

    Thank you for reminding me about polenta!! We used to make it all the time, but somehow forgot about it.
    Yesterday I made a really good smoothie bowl that I loved- extra frozen spinach included!
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      I think I’ll be making polenta a more common occurrence… its so easy! And cheap and versatile..

  7. Emily Swanson | 23rd Mar 16

    I’m thankful that Jesus came to change men’s hearts, even those of the men that perpetrated the attack yesterday. I’m praying for justice, COMFORT for the people, and that people might even see God’s incredible love and comfort and nearness through Christians there. <333 Thank you for sharing your thoughts Cora!
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  8. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 23rd Mar 16

    ‘I loved’ reading about the little things, they are always the most important. It’s wonderful to gain an insight into the things that make others happy. Personally, my little (long) moment yesterday was getting to spend an afternoon with my best friend and her girlfriend. It made me all the more thankful for the people around me, particularly give the events that took place not so far away. That casserole looks so comforting and delicious.
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Time with those you love just can’t be underrated. I hope you and your friends had a lovely afternoon πŸ™‚

  9. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood | 23rd Mar 16

    Such a sweet idea for a post. Recreating childhood food is always so fun – a while ago I made an old, quick meal my mom used to make us, and I was IMMEDIATELY brought aback to the days of fighting with my little brother over who got the “good spoon”.
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Ahh!! That’s wonderful!!! (though damn brothers always getting the better deal…)

  10. Gail | 23rd Mar 16

    synchronicity Cora! I had a huge amount of apples to use up so on Monday I went online and found an apple cake that used 6!! cups of chopped apples. The recipe said it was good on the first day but amazing the second. The comment section was filled with people reminiscing about the Apple Cake that their own mothers or grandmothers used to make for passover and how this recipe tasted of nurturing, warmth, comfort. It was delicious. I immediately made another to use up another 6 cups of apples. And then yesterday happened. I was grateful for those cakes and the timing of baking them as I was able to take them to be shared with those who were grieving. It was love, nurturing and comfort all tucked into a cake at a time when words were inadequate.

    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Ahhh everything about this makes me feel warm. I saw the most glorious homemade apple cake slices at the farmers market last weekend, and after asking if they’d have it this coming weekend again, made it a concrete plan to get myself some for my easter weekend dessert. I’ve been excited for it all week. I can already taste the warm comfort of the cinnamony warm apples. Food really does have the power to offer comfort and nurturing when words can’t. Your cake would have been so appreciated.

      • Gail | 24th Mar 16

        It disappeared quickly so yes, it was a welcome addition to the feast table. Make sure you have a few slices of cheddar cheese along to enjoy on your apple cake this weekend ?

  11. kerri | 23rd Mar 16

    Well this idea of turning it into a “what I loved” is so fun! It adds a little more pizazz to the typical what I eat in a day posts. Your food all looks delicious & cheers to conquering fear foods!

    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Thank you! It was fun to write πŸ™‚

  12. Kate Bennett | 23rd Mar 16

    I am glad I inspired you! I absolutely love seeing people celebrate their food. With all the terrible things going on I think it’s crucial we find joy in the smaller, simpler things like the pleasure of eating.
    I loooove bagels and had one this morning at a conference! I’m glad you conquered the fear because it’s such a good thing to enjoy.
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      I do hope its okay I borrowed your idea! It just seemed right – but its still your gem. Thank you for inspiring me to find some happiness in my day.
      Man I love bagels. They’re just so good. I need to try some of those Panera ones I hear about.

  13. Dani @ Dani California Cooks | 23rd Mar 16

    I’m all about the small things too! And I definitely think food tastes better when it’s prettier, like your breakfast or the green pepper at lunch!

    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Its amazing what a few moments of setting your plate up nicely, or adding in extra color can do to both your mood and tastebuds! One of the glories of summer and all that fresh produce. Mm πŸ™‚

  14. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine | 23rd Mar 16

    It’s so important to try to focus on the positive! I love any meal that I can enjoy with my husband. I feel like so many meals are eaten on the run, so when we sit down and eat dinner together I really appreciate it.

    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Agh that is such a huge one to be grateful for. Too many meals are rushed or simply thrown into a tupperware and eaten while doing work. Enjoying the pleasures of a meal with someone else makes it all that much better.

  15. Ellie | 24th Mar 16

    Yesterday I loved the depth that cocoa powder brought to my breakfast. I love that we got our cat a new toy and he is flinging it around the room. I love that I helped out at a ladies event tonight at the running store and I am not too tired πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 24th Mar 16

      Happy Ellie, happy cat, happy women… sounds like a day where you gave happiness to many people (including yourself).

  16. gracefulcoffee | 24th Mar 16

    So proud of you for having that bagel! I love bagels SO much!! They’re amazing with peanut butter πŸ™‚

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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  17. cookiesnchem | 26th Mar 16

    The stuffed sweet potato looks So. FREAKING. Good. I need some right now! Anything topped with feta becomes instantly better, right?! I’ve always wanted to try making polenta as well, and your positive review makes me want to try it 10x more. Maybe next time I’ll pick up the ingredients! Which recipe did you use?
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    • Cora | 28th Mar 16

      Stuffed sweet potatoes seem to be a daily occurrence over here – you can stuff them with ANYTHING. But yes, should always include feta.
      I used the easiest instructions I could find. I wanted mine hard so I baked it instead of in a pot (to make it creamy). It was 1 cup cornmeal + 3 cups water + 1 Tbsp butter baked in a grease pan for 45/50 minutes. And voila!! Ridiculously easy.

  18. Faith VanderMolen | 27th Mar 16

    Great post! And I’ve been eating bagels for the first time in forever this week. Yours look amazing though with those toppings!!
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  19. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 27th Mar 16

    I love the positivity in this post and of course the bagel. You know bagels are my everything. Kudos to you for seeing past fear foods and switching to just enjoying food. It’s a wonderful feeling yes?

    I’m happy Nature’s Bin had kiwis on sale yesterday. I’m happy my asparagus and Brussel sprout pizza turned into a lovely calzone last night, and I’m happy with how my warm lemon water helps me start each day and is working on waking me up right now. πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 28th Mar 16

      It is a wonderful feeling.
      Asparagus and Brussel pizza and calzone? What is NOT to be happy about that.

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