For everything there is a season. Or so I have been told.
What resonates a bit deeper with me, is that there are seasons within the seasons. I know, let me explain...
The more general season, is the one we may be broadly experiencing right now. The season of mothering young children, the season of working hard and long days, or the season of a new marriage. A season of loss or heartbreak, finding your way, or launching into the world as an adult.
But then there is the eb and the flow within our different seasons. The season within the season. Right now, we are in the middle of moving our lives. Saying goodbye to a home that held us through a lot the past five years. Growing into a family, losing family, celebrating graduations, building a home, building a life. Dinners around the table and tea with chocolate afternoons. In many ways I felt as though I grew up in this home. I grew into my adult self. Weathering the loss of my father, our son, and welcoming our sweet, sweet Alexander. Starting my business. Aligning with my step kids and allowing them in my heart as my children. This house has seen a lot. And it has held me through it all. For those reasons and more, I feel like I am losing a friend as we walk out her ever grounded and patient doors.
I am grateful and excited to be moving forward, into a new home, our own home, to continue our lives there and in many ways start fresh. But this small, yellow, sweet home will always have a dear place in my heart.
We are in the season of raising kids, and working hard, and building our lives. But the season within that season is one of change. Moving homes, saying goodbye, renovating a new space to hang our hats, and keeping up amidst the moments that are fuller than when we already felt they were full.
These are the times, I believe in gentleness. In giving myself a break and looking for simpler ways of being, simpler ways of eating. While we have enjoyed many takeout meals amongst our move, I have also compiled a small list of nourishing go-to foods that have supported me through this time. Because sometimes our season calls to do less, and be nourished more.
- nori wraps with leftover chicken, hummus, kimchi, and sliced green onions
- rotissiere chicken with simply roasted veggies (just some olive or coconut oil, salt, and pepper)
- if you have and love the instant pot, try this!
- avocado toast on sourdough, a rice cake, or sweet potato toast with lemon, salt, and pepper
- to go soup from a local restaurant
- thai rice noodles (they cook in 5) with sauteed asparagus and spinach, topped with a curry sauce (I love Maya Kaimal)
- Instead of salad to go with a meal, create a crudite plate with hummus (or other dip) and cut up raw veggies (carrots, cucumber, celery, bell peppers)
- Amy's brand soups with olive oil drizzled on top
And remember, you don't have to be perfect! Sometimes I'll grab a to go protein from a local restaurant or market, because that is my biggest road block to pulling dinner together. And I will finish it off with a ton of sauteed or roasted veggies. However you need to bring it together with grace... go that way!
What are your favorite go-to simple meals when you are craving support and ease?