All ‘choked up

It’s been wayyyyy too long since we’ve had ‘chokes in the house:

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(Each little leaf dipped into Goddess dressing.. amazing)

Last night, I grabbed some groceries (finally!), we had a couple of drinks:

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and the Pilot cooked up an amazing feast.

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The artichokes above

Alexia sweet potato chipotle fries

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and perfect turkey burgers.

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I have no idea how he does it or what he adds to them, but I do know they include jalapenos…

Last night, I was talking to the madre about the fact that I want to start doing meal plans again and one big grocery shop each week. She suggested buying more frozen produce, so that if I don’t get the chance to actually cook, the food won’t go bad. Usually I buy frozen fruits and a couple of frozen veggies, but there are a couple of frozen foods that always taste weird to me:

-bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, onions

My fave frozen staples:

-minced garlic (from Trader Joe’s), organic fruit (berries, bananas, tropical fruits), green veggies, bread (I usually keep bread in the freezer and chisel off a piece when I want some), coconut milk ice cream 😉

MY OTHER VIDEOS

What foods do you choose to buy frozen over fresh? Sometimes organic frozen options are less expensive, too.

Today we’re going to spend the morning sleeeeeeeeeeping and then it’s time for MY FIRST ZUMBA CLASS BACK! <— had to yell it. and dance it. i’m so excited.

xoxo,

Gina

Something to read:

This has been going around Facebook and thought I’d share it with ya:

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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  1. Emmie on February 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Here is the link to the video of him playing in the subway.
    There is one person at the very end who recognized him.
    It’s sped up in parts so the video is only about 3 minutes long.
    Sad we take such beauty for granted.

  2. Liz @ Southern Charm on February 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I tried frozen brussels sprouts … they were so GROSS. But other than that, and the frozen veggies you listed above, I try to buy things frozen – I’m a single girl, who tries to get involved with the community and friends, so sometimes I rarely eat dinner at home and it breaks my heart when food (kale!!!) goes bad!

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