By Samantha Armstrong
Although it doesn’t really feel like Fall, we are SO ready for some comfort food! I’m sure you’re aware that cauliflower is a super versatile veggie that can be made into breadsticks, pizza crust, a mashed potato swap and even “rice.” We decided that this would be the perfect ingredient for this month’s “Seasonal Cooking” post and created some yummy, go-to recipes that will get you into the mood for fall. Even if you’ll be sweating in your kitchen while making them.
By Samantha Armstrong
Re-stocking household staples can be expensive and inconvenient if it’s not something that is budgeted in your daily life! I always get frustrated when I run out of makeup wipes without realizing it or when I use the last of my laundry detergent, halfway through a pile of dirty clothes.
If you’re anything like me and are sick of having to take surprise trips to the store because you’re out of something, keep reading, because I’ve got some tips on things you can make at home that will not only will it save you money, but also some time and quite a bit of frustration!
Lately I’ve been really busy. Like, too busy to even consider meal planning and really cooking in any way whatsoever most nights. (I’ve been eating a lot of cucumber sandwiches.)
I also really love Indian food, but don’t get to go out to eat it nearly as much as I wish I could! Plus, I don’t cook many Indian recipes because I’ve always had this idea of them being really complicated / time consuming (from the few I’ve looked up).
But recently I found a dish that is absolutely delicious and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort (despite taking almost 2 hours to prepare). This recipe is really easy to make (& is easy to make LOTS of), AND keeps in the fridge really well for a few days. All you may need to do when you heat it up is cook some rice or grab some naan! (And maybe a side salad if you need some more veggies in your day.)
Do you dread going to work every day or find yourself losing patience, motivation or momentum? Well, you're not alone!
It's no secret that many millennials with college educations don't end up finding jobs in their field and that could contribute to a feeling of frustration, lack of focus and drive to go above and beyond in the workplace. However, even if you do have a job in your field or are working somewhere that you enjoy, you can still find yourself in a rut.
In college I interned at my community’s local Humane Society, and continued volunteering at their events here and there after the internship ended. I loved it, but couldn’t totally keep up with a consistent volunteer schedule while in school and working full-time.
After I left school, I had a job I didn’t totally love and, quite honestly, where I felt like I was totally undervalued and treated poorly every day. Then I remembered how good I felt when I volunteered at the Humane Society - people were SO appreciative of my time and I knew I was doing work that mattered. So, I started volunteering weekly on Saturdays.
Eventually I left that job, started a new one, and all was well as I continued volunteering. Later that year, I started a Yoga Teacher Training that took up at least one full weekend a month, and I decided to take a break from volunteering because it was quite a bit to manage in addition to work, this blog, etc. ;)
The following year, everyone at my job was suddenly laid off, and shortly thereafter a request for volunteers conveniently went out from the Humane Society’s volunteer manager. I decided I had quite a bit of free time all of a sudden, so why not take up a morning a week again?
This time around, I’ve really been thinking about how volunteering - especially with a nonprofit that deals with difficult work (i.e. sick people, animals, etc.) - can really help both the nonprofit, and the volunteer. Here are the three traits I think you really grow through volunteering.
Photography Lauren Mazzotta
Fall might not technically be upon us yet, but it sure is starting to feel like summer has ended here in Burlington. Sweaters and boots are making their way back into rotation, and warm, comfort foods like soup and curry are popping up on our menu. While I still plan to squeeze in some “summery” activities before it gets too cold, I’ve been compiling a list to make the most of the fall season. Below are some ideas for fall plans to add to your September and October calendars!
Each month, we recommend things to read, watch and listen to based on what we've been enjoying lately. Here are our suggestions for September:
We often think about stress as a marker of success - someone will ask, “how are you?” and by responding “stressed!” or “so busy!” we are trying to convey this idea that we’re somehow excelling at life because we’re constantly “on”.
And that may be true to an extent - keeping busy and feeling stressed can make us more effective at meeting deadlines or effectively starting up a business, but what about the short- and long-term ramifications of constant stress?
Keeping a clean house can be more than just sweeping, mopping and tidying up. There are some things in our homes that we don’t clean enough—or at all—because we don’t know how to or it’s just not obvious to us that we should!
To avoid the extra germs and a nasty surprise when you finally notice what’s really lurking in the bottom of your toothbrush cup, here are some tips on things you should be cleaning and how to do so!
Have you ever arrived home later than planned and hungry, only to realize that you don’t really have something you can make for dinner? Or at least not something that is as satisfying and nourishing as you’d like? I definitely have.
At that point your options are limited—finding something to throw together (grilled cheese in summer? sure!), heading back out to the grocery store, or resorting to take-out.
While I know it may sound daunting (and/or really boring), meal planning can help save you a lot of stress, food waste, trips to the store, and unplanned takeout expenses! However, meal planning is an active, evolving practice that requires some effort, and there isn’t one way that works for everyone. But this means that you’ll be planning to fit your individual needs, and learning from your experience along the way!
I haven’t always felt successful with meal planning, and I don't always have a "good" week. But signing up for a CSA has pushed my partner and me to improve on our planning skills, in an effort to make the most of our weekly produce shares. Sometimes it's difficult (especially when working with items we don't often eat), but I’ve learned a lot about organization and cooking through it all.
*Note: I'm not a doctor. If you have concerns about your diet and/or need help choosing the right foods for you, consult with your doctor or a nutritionist.*
Below are some of the things that I consider when meal planning for my week: