Sunday Serenity: A Good Meal

February 28, 2010

I almost passed up writing a post for this week. Rhythm of The Home’s second edition goes live tomorrow morning, and honestly, I have been sitting at my desk for the last three days, with my husband occasionally passing me by with a look of wonderment on his face in regards to my personal hygiene.

Although serenity may have been hard to come by over the past few days, I received a gentle reminder from my dad yesterday, and it changed the whole course of the rest of my weekend.

He reminded me that this is supposed to be fun, and that even though it is good to find success, and to feel fulfilled in the work that we do, if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth it. I realized, standing right there in his laundry room, looking like I just got trampled by a pack of dogs, that I really do love what I do.

This magazine is a ton or work, I think that is probably pretty well assumed, but it is also a blast. Editing projects from incredibly creative people, and watching their creativity come alive is really a pretty great way to spend the day.

So, I marched on home, and decided that even though I had a ton of work, there were still some things that I could do to make the afternoon feel beautiful.


I think that at this point, there is little confusion that I love food. I grew up in a household of great cooks, and lovers of good food and wine. My mom spent her days planning and prepping meals, and I learned from her that I could really make just about anything that I could think up with whatever was left over in my pantry.

In my fridge yesterday was some ham, Boursin cheese, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, parsley, lemon, fruit, gluten free bread dough, and eggs. And on the counter next to the fridge, a bottle of Shiraz. OK, I can work with that.


Ham, Egg and Boursin cheese on Sourdough

Lightly toast your sourdough slices, and spread with a thick layer of Boursin cheese. Place a few slices of ham on the bread, and top with two fried eggs. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee, or iced tea infused with fresh fruit.


Olive and Artichoke Tapenade

One jar of marinated artichokes
1/3 of a cup of pitted kalamata olives
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. chopped flat leaf parsley
Curls of aged Parmesan cheese

Drain the artichokes, and place those and your olives into the food processor (you can also choose to chop the above into a fine dice).
Add in lemon juice and salt and pepper and pulse until it is a thick but rough chop.
Fold in parsley, and serve in a bowl topped with large curls of Parmesan cheese

Gluten free bread of choice is from Healthy Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Sangria

Fresh fruit thickly cut (I used strawberries, apples and oranges.
2 tbsp. of sugar
juice of one lime
1 bottle of good red wine (I use Shiraz)

Place your cut fruit into a pitcher, and cover with your lime juice.
Add your tbsp of sugar, and then pour your red wine over everything, making sure that you are at least covering your fruit.

Place in the refrigerator, and chill for at least an hour, or overnight.

*Sangria is often served with ginger ale or sparkling water. I happen to enjoy just the wine infusion on it’s own, and will opt to drink it with out the ale or water.


Grilled Asparagus, Apple and Thyme Salad with an Orange Juice and Olive Oil Infusion

Wash and trim your asparagus, and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper
Grill on low heat until tender (I happen to like mine with a good char on it)
Chop into 1″ pieces, and toss with slices of apples, and 1 tsp. of chopped fresh thyme.

Mix juice from 1/2 of an orange, and 2 tbsp of olive oil together (whisk to combine), and pour over your salad.


And now, it is 2 am, and even though the work is not yet fully done, I am finding an incredible amount of serenity in the date night that I had with my oldest son and my husband (my youngest had a sleepover with his Grammie and Papa), and watching them sleep soundly, knowing that they are enjoying such sweet dreams.

This may not have been a standard Sunday Serenity post, but the weekend has been a great reminder to me that I can type and soak my feet at the same time, edit projects while taking a bath, and layout the magazine and eat a great meal all at once.

Life will always go through cycles of being busy and chaotic, but the serenity is being able to work our tushies off, and still come out smiling.

Wishing you much serenity on this beautiful Sunday

Congratulations to Brie for winning the Thursday giveaway (chosen by the random # generator). It was a real treat to read all of your lists of ten things that make you happy. Thank you for sharing them with all of us

For those that emailed in regards to the homeschooling/unschooling series, you will be receiving an email from me today.

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AdirondackMama February 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

"with my husband occasionally passing me by with a look of wonderment on his face in regards to my personal hygiene." You kill me with your humor here! So cute. That breakfast of eggs and ham and cheese is right up my alley, so is the fruit come to think of it.

I personally think that this is one of your best Serenity Sundays EVER. SO much honesty and reflection. Good for you. Laura and my dad is always good for giving us a dose of reality too.

PS. I would love to help with the magazine in any way if you need it ( just so you know, I absolutely think that you girls do an unbelievable job with it!)

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jessica February 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Sometimes I find myself frustrated in not being able to find the "time" for serenity. This week I am teaching a class at the local quilt shop (and I'll be working my tushie off to write up the final directions for the project today!) and work obligations are increasing so much this time of year. However, this post reminded me that a 15 minute meal preparation and a slow cup of tea while writing a report is just as serene. Stopping by and reading your posts gives me serenity and for that I am grateful!

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rae February 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

i am excited for the new edition of the magazine and so thrilled for you that you are doing something that you love. good for you for getting some perspective and for finding ways to enjoy your family and pamper yourself while working so very hard! your talents in the kitchen are impressive! i wish i could dream up things like that just by looking in my fridge and cupboards!

here's to things settling back down for a bit once this edition hits the net!
much love,
rae

p.s. intense debate is saying that i am not registered?????

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Maeghan February 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I am so excited for tomorrow! Patrick and I loved reading your post this morning. That pic of the boys sleeping~priceless! Yes with a bottle of Shiraz anything is possible!

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Crystal February 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

oh that last picture is priceless. What a warm, cozy, blissful image.

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Earth Mama February 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

So true Heather. Nothing is worth it unless true and genuine happiness is at the core. Like motherin is definitely challenging at times, many times, but I wouldn't trade it for the world! Like you experienced we all have to tap into our inner selves and get that reassurance that what we are doing really is important to us. Thanks for that reminder.

:)Lisa

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samthehamsmom February 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Heather, enjoy what ever serenity there is to be had on this last day before the magazine is done. Please know that all of the hard work you two put into it is appreciated, and loved by many~Laura.

P.S. Love the cuddly fire place picture~adorable!

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Ann February 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Just great to find serenity amongst everything elso going on.

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Jennifer February 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

What a wonderful reminder that work should be fun and fulfilling, that life should be balanced, and that food should nourish our spirits as well as our bodies. Thanks!

As an aside, we are just at the tiny beginning of our homeschooling adventure, but we would still love to be included in your series in any way that we might help.

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Emilie February 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

If I made a comment saying that I was interested in the unschooling series, does that count as an email? Just makin' sure.

This post made me hungry! Thanks for sharing your inspirational thoughts about work!

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Kelly February 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm

even in the midst of being super busy you are able to give us a gift with your Sunday serenity post. thank you.

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nicola February 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

the dada/son sleeping photo made me smile!
good girl, heather. always listen to your wise dad! :)
warmly,
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

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Suzanne March 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

Heather, I haven't had sangria in awhile, I have been on a Riesling kick, but I want some….LOL! I want you to know that every second of hard work you put into the magazine is so appreciated! I can only think of a handful of publications–online and paper that I want to read because they speak to me. ROTH did just that, spoke to me! Now I hope tomorrow is a chai filled day with a bit of yoga and lots of fun:-)

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mary February 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

thanks for this reminder… so nice to find the serenity amidst the busy… Excited for the new issue!

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Joy March 1, 2010 at 2:14 am

What a beautiful post in the midst of Rhythm of the Home chaos! Thanks, Heather, by the way, for the work you've done. I know it will be wonderful. :)

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renee March 1, 2010 at 2:28 am

Dear Heather, Your words are so timely for me… (if you had a less busy weekend I would wonder if you had visited my blog, and then you would understand where I am coming from.) Thank you for being so generous with your words and time!

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larissa March 1, 2010 at 2:50 am

oh, the tapenade with parmesan sounds amazing – i never thought to add the cheese. Thank so very much for the countless hours that you put into publishing Rhythm of the Home. I read and enjoyed each and every article in the previous issue and cannot wait to do the same this time. Hope tomorrow is full of rest tea and playing with your guys!

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Adrie March 1, 2010 at 3:01 am

Yummy! Work, even the best work, must be balanced by time to tned ourselves and family – so glad you found some time! And I can't wait to see the new edition of Rhythm of the Home, of course!

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Sachi March 1, 2010 at 4:00 am

Your home must be filled with such warmth–all of your photos make me want to curl up and snuggle in to them. I think most of the world questions my personal hygiene most of the time so a few days is not so bad in my book.

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andy March 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

heather,
I never got an email in regards to the unschooling thing you have in mind… Please don't forget me!! I am really curious and would love to be involved…
Thanks!!

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Lynn March 1, 2010 at 4:50 am

I'm still chortling about the dog pack-trampling reference; thank you so much for creating a place where gentle self-deprecating humor can coexist alongside all of the beauty and reverence!

And I think I goofed by expressing my interest in the homeschoolers' project in the comment box and not via email…count me in if it's not too late.

Have a lovely (saner) week…

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Sarah March 1, 2010 at 4:53 am

me too!

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Ivy March 1, 2010 at 4:59 am

This post made me smile! Thank you for helping me to remember that in everything we do we need to find the fun and the beauty.

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Theresa March 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

I love it when I can find my balance. Thank you for showcasing Nicola.

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kyndale March 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

I'm so excited for the Rhythm of the Home to come out! I know it must be a lot of work and a joy at the same time. Kind of like being a mom! All the food looks amazing! xo Kyndale

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Beth Curtin March 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Your photographs of food are overwhelmingly delicious and beautiful! Yum. love, Beth

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AG Ambroult March 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

oh I am so hungry now. That tapenade was brilliant. I always seem to have those ingreidents in my home. Same goes for the asparagus recipe and I *think* my kids would even like that. thanks!

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kerry March 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Oh, your sweet boys! Lovely! I think I'm off to make some sangira so that I have something yummy to sip while I sit and read through the new issue of Rhythm of the Home this evening after the kiddos are in bed!

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andy March 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I'm sorry to contact you again… but, when you get these comments and i include my email (below) – do you automatically have access to that? or do i have to include it in my comment??
thanks – just want to make sure you are able to contact me…

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eliz~ so wabi sabi March 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I loved your voice in this post…I could feel the energy you had just from reading your words. there is a certain level of busy that we need to feel alive. and there is a balance too. I loved that you were working with that fine balance (it must be fine in such high energy pursuits) by feeding your soul and soaking your feet….you never cease to amaze me with your wisdom and generosity…blessings~elizabeth

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Arianne March 2, 2010 at 3:04 am

YOU are a culinary goddess! and thanks for all your hard work, it really is an inspiration to see that it's ok -and possible to be a great mother and do great things at the same time :)

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perches March 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Delightful! Thank you again, Heather, for some delicious kitchen inspiration. You've inspired me to look up some gluten-free recipes for my repetoire, and our grocery store has serendipitously just started a new gluten-free section. I'm looking forward to some fun in the kitchen. Question: where does one usually find xantham gum?

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cathleen March 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

Heather, you always blow me away with how genuinely authentic you are and how generous you are in sharing your life. Your photos make my heart melt and your food photos make my tummy growl.

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