Nashville is blooming and the sun is shining. I’ve been gardening, dancing, and juggling various projects (which include a new coloring zine, delicious recipes, and a fun collaboration with Vegan Cuts). Last week I taught a spring break animation camp and had SO MUCH FUN working with 5 imaginative, clever, kind, talented kids. Each day of the week one child got to act as director. The director dictated the story, materials, soundtrack, etc. Check out our videos here:
Welcome to week 2 of VeganMoFo!
Friends, I had the most wonderful weekend and I didn’t take a single photo. You see, this whole MoFo thing is an interesting challenge for me because I’m not crazy about snapping away. I do enjoy taking and making pictures. A lot. But when I’m wrapped up in life- in the moment- feeling the rhythm- chopping or dancing, I just don’t want to stop and pull out my camera. Anyway, I’ll just tell you about it with words. : )
I’ve really been getting into contra & square dancing. I love old time music, moving my body, touching my friends, smiling while spinning fast, stomping, cheering. It’s just delicious! Friday night I feasted on chana masala, greens, cucumber salad, quinoa, roasted potatoes, and raw adaptogen balls (thanks, Heather!) with my girls- including our 1 year old friend Raina- before Nashville’s weekly contra dance. Dancing was great, as always. I’m learning how to waltz!
On Saturday morning I walked down the street to the farmer’s market (gorgeous fall day, should have taken pictures) to visit with my farmer friends. I munched on radishes, talked to customers, and enjoyed a shot of wheatgrass from my friend Steve. He’s lovely and always sends me home with extra blades of grass for my hamster, Buddy. Ha! After the market a few of us made our usual trip to Woodlands for lunch. (SUPER-GOOD veg Indian lunch buffet… I will surely post pictures later this month). All of my favorites were at the buffet: gobi manchurian, medhu vada, chana palak, tamarind/mint/coconut chutney… way good. Then there was an opening in a neighbor’s studio/gallery! I had G-O-B-S-M-C-G-Juice on display, as well as this little piece:
…THEN it was time for the “Say no to big chicken” barn dance! This square dance was a benefit to raise money for Jeff Poppen, an established TN organic/biodynamic farmer whose land is being threatened by a new neighbor– a Tyson chicken processing plant. Bleh. Companies like Tyson have so much political and financial power, it’s truly disheartening. Community members are organizing and working on the issue. Aside from my very complex feelings about all of this, the dance was as invigorating as always. I had an incredible swing with my friend Jeremy, leaving me blissfully dizzy and staring up at the brightest moon.
Here’s a video from a previous barn dance, just to give you an idea.
Sunday was slow and quiet. I slept in, embroidered outside, did some pickling, cleaned, hung with a friend, and took a long, evening walk.
So there you go! A mental photo.
On to MoFo!
Some of you live in places where greens are happy and thriving nearly all year long. Here in Nashville, things get so hot towards the end of the summer that we’re left with zero greens for a while. Now that kale, bok choy, spinach, arugula, mizzuna, turnip greens, and beet greens are abound, I am feeling extremely grateful. I missed you salad, and I’ll never take you for granted again! Here are a few photos of Ingvar helping harvest at the farm last Friday–
…he even took a break to chill with some butterflies in the zinnias.
Check back tomorrow to see how these extraordinary greens are put to use at my house!
p.s. There will be an accompanying coloring sheet.
Happy Friday, friends!
I’m up bright and early (not my favorite)– about to go help my farmers harvest. Here’s a photo of the autumn quinoa I made last night. This simple, yummy dinner was prepared in the midst of cleaning and doing laundry. Once all of the chores were done, I enjoyed this with a big salad and snuggled up with my love.
Want to try it? Here’s what I did:
*Chopped a butternut squash into 1 inch chunks, tossed with coconut oil, covered, and baked at 400 for 40 min.
*Sauteed half of a yellow onion and a few cloves of garlic in a little more coconut oil, adding 1 tsp. whole cumin towards the end.
*Then I added 1/2 lb. of rinsed, fresh spinach and sauteed just until soft.
*While the squash was baking, I chopped some raw pecans and toasted them in the oven with shredded coconut. Mmmmmmm.
*I combined the butternut squash, leftover miso quinoa from last night, and onion/garlic/spinach, adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cardamom, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
*Topped with the toasted pecans & coconut. Woohoo!
Tonight is the opening of Myths & Logos, an art exhibit organized by Public Eye: Artists for Animals in Philadelphia. Myths & Logos is a multi-media group exhibit exploring the juxtaposition of cultural mythology about animals and how they are actually treated in society. If you’re in the area, stop by Artisan’s Gallery and Cafe between 6:30 and 8:30 for the opening! (I wish I could make it).
I have a painting in the exhibit, entitled All Signs Point. The work will be up at Artisan’s Gallery and Cafe through Oct. 31st.
p.s. Show us your Ingvar!