We talk a lot about food here on the blog. And my family is always looking for ways to gather around and share a good meal. We’re pretty darn lucky to have more than we can eat on most days. But did you know that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger? All walks of life, all cities….you just never know who is struggling. The fact that 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from breaks my heart. It could be our neighbor, or yours.
This fall I’m excited to be teaming up with Unilever Project Sunlight to help rally people across the country to join in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I’ll be sharing ways we’re tackling this issue in our own neighborhood soon.
I stumbled upon this word…. fernweh and it describes perfectly the feeling I have been having. It’s like I NEED to explore, to see, to go.
I’ve noticed that lately I have had this undeniable urge to just go. Travel. Get out. Don’t get me wrong, I (more than most maybe) love to be a homebody. I appreciate spending weekends with my people doing things like baking, gardening, and just being. But the past year or so, I just constantly want to GO.
Have you ever really wanted to redecorate but just can’t get inspired because your space (bedroom, living room, office) requires a lot of TLC and decision making? That’s sort of where I’ve been the past year — in a mid-redecorating-limbo. I desperately wanted to redo my home office space because I spend about 75% of my time here and it isn’t a very exciting environment. I did get started last year (yes I am currently in a year long limbo) but the project stalled because I got overwhelmed with options.
Above :: Ikea Chair, Ikea desk, World Market Rug, West Elm desk lamp
Well, it’s time to pick things back up. I have some major decisions to make; like paint (my walls are stark white) and more functional furniture (I’m so over the old stuff I’ve had forever). But that’s a little much for me right now — so I’ve decided to start small. I’m rethinking a small gallery wall and adding a few more decorative touches to the space.
Last week I shared the my youngest daughter and I had been inspired to come up with a unique idea to help create a better world, and select a Summer Sunlight Activity we’d like to do together to make our household more sustainable. Pairing the challenge with her love for the kitchen, we decided to make our challenge One Ingredient, Five Ways which will help eliminate food waste in our home.
Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.
We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!
With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.
My youngest daughter is seven now, but ever since she could stand up she’s been helping me in the kitchen. Prepping, cooking, baking, eating — she absolutely loves it all. I love how she gets excited about the entire experience; from gathering ingredients, to putting in the hard work in the kitchen, to sitting down and savoring the meal.
The kitchen seems to be a place where she problem solves often. Whether it’s substituting an ingredient or brainstorming ways to use items grown in our backyard garden, she’s always thinking. So when I learned about Unilever Project Sunlight’s latest film, The Way Kids SeeIt I knew this would be something her and we’d both enjoy. The video shines a light on the unique ideas and the magic that children all over the world apply to tackle all sorts of environmental and social issues. It’s pretty inspiring! Check it out: