Mix Tape [Post] of Awesome #4

It’s been a a while since I last did a Mix Tape post due to our cuh-razy past couple of weeks, but I think the time is right to resurrect (no pun intended) The Sunday edition of The Nourishing Flourishing Times. Here are some of the highlights from my week!

Good Reads

Do One Thing by Robyn O’Brien. I planned (and still intend, I think) to write (another) post on the idea of how to avoid being overwhelmed by choosing a more healthy lifestyle — how to begin with making better choices, rather than perfect ones. But when I came across this a few days ago, I just knew I had to share as soon as I could! Robyn is an amazing food industry reformer, and I highly recommend checking out her website!

You Have All the Time You Need by Matt @ No Meat Athlete. While a lot of Matt’s content tends to be about running, fueling, and athletics in general, I think I actually engage most with his writing related to tangential issues. This post discusses time management and goals. It’s an empowering (and, daresay, convicting?) reflection on how we view, and use, our time, and how we really can achieve just about any goal if we know how to appropriately adjust our time investment and focus. It actually completely changed my week — I took his advice and wrote down all the activities from my day, with amount of time spent on each. Since I’ve been feeling frustrated with balancing seemingly irreconcilable visions and dreams lately, this was just what I needed. The only question is: what do I do now with the information I have? I’ll keep you posted… (No pun intended.)

This article on the American diet. While this is on a vegan website, the facts still check out (scarily enough)!

Yesterday’s post on Ethics of Eating. If you haven’t yet, please go check out the many thoughtful comments, and perhaps add your own! Reading them made me so grateful to have such respectful, honest, and conscientious readers. I love you.


Good Eats (and Drinks)

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, (Refined) Sugar-Free Blueberry Scones and Scuffins. Mmm. Blueberries = Springtime.

Vanilla Bean Cake from Kelly @ The Spunky Coconut. Kelly posted this treat nearly two years ago, but I’m feeling cake-y lately, and I had to share the recipe for those struggling to find a more authentic-tasting gluten-free option. It’s made with surprising, simple, grain-free and dairy-free ingredients. I love Kelly’s creative recipes, and I am certain this one will be a winner. Now I just need an occasion to make it… Oh, yeah. It’s Sunday. That works! (So do the “occasions” of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…)

Sunny White Sangria from Angela @ Oh She Glows. Have you ever heard of white sangria? I hadn’t, to my recollection. This looks citrusy and the perfect type of zingy Spring drink to bring to a get-together. I foresee it in my future… : )

Herbed Asparagus Fries from Ashley @ The Edible Perspective. Seriously, I don’t even know what to say here. Asparagus. Fries. What more do you want from life?! Can’t wait to make these.


Good Times

BFF Manfriend graduated with his MA, and is getting geared up for PhD work in the fall. (Woo! Congrats again love!)

We celebrated a life. It was a wonderful send-off to a wonderful woman.

We saw Kyle totally kill (*snort*) the lead in Sweeney Todd at his university. Seriously…mad skillz (another unintended pun… Get it…mad?)! We also kidnapped he and Abby and brought them home with us. Love those two. So good to spend time together!

I spent an entire afternoon working hard on several recipes that each totally failed. Nutritional yeast and I are not friends yet… *sigh* But, it was funny. You have to laugh, or you’ll cry. And laughing is easier!

I had a Think This, Not That moment. Instead of agonizing over what I seemed to not be able to do (uh, make tasty food), I went and challenged myself to do something else. After my kitchen fails, I went on a random 4 or 5 mile run, despite not running much not just in the past few months, but in the past few years. It was random, and amazing. I’m not going to be “a runner” again, but it was nice to feel accomplished with my (albeit spontaneous) personal goal.


What were some highlights for you?

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