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.
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:
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:
How much time do you spend each day staring at your phone, computer, and/or TV? Really, think about it for a minute.
Okay. Are you cringing, even a little?
We love technology, but we collectively realized that the amount of time we spend on our devices can get a little out of hand, often without us noticing. And like with any habit, a conscious effort is the only way to make change.
Because of this, we challenged ourselves to minimize our screen time for a week earlier this month. We tried to be mindful of our individual habits, choosing our own individualized approaches to reducing screen use.
Read on to see how we did!
Cooking with seasonal produce during the summer is such a breeze! While we love easy recipes using our favorite summer fruits and vegetables, we decided to feature a slightly trickier ingredient this month—the eggplant.
It’s August?! Which means it’s almost fall?!
Every year since college, work has crowded my summer schedule and I’ve pushed “fun” to the side. And once fall rolls around, I always realize how much I missed out on and vow to do better the next year.
So here we are, in August. I don’t know about you, but I’ve only done a handful of summer activities so far this year. When I realized this, I started a list of everything I’d love to do (or to do more of) before summer is over and the colder weather starts to set in.
Need a little inspiration for this weekend, or want to start a summer to-do list of your own? Check out my suggestions below!
Okay, so I’ve killed my fair share of plants over the years. It’s true, and I’m not proud of it. I’ve had this idea that if I could keep my plants alive, I’d feel like a “real adult,” but like a lot of habits we’ve explored within this blog, becoming all of those things that make you feel like a “real adult” doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process of trying and adapting and trying again.
Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I have a black thumb, as I’ve kept some plants alive for quite a long time, but when a plant does die, I try to learn from my mistakes: where I went wrong, warning signs I missed, and how I could take better care of my plants moving forward. If you could use a little help keeping your plants at their best (or at least alive), read on!
Now that summer’s here and in full swing, outdoor get togethers keep popping up on our calendars. The Silver Linings Society ladies collected and tested some awesome recipes that would be crowd pleasers at any barbecue / potluck / event!
On July 5, 2016, we published our first post to the Silver Linings Society blog! What started as a random dinner meeting about an idea that Taylor had for a new project, has turned into an (almost) bi-weekly ritual, reminding other millennials and ourselves that we are not alone!
This year has been filled with photoshoots, cupcakes, brainstorming and a new sense of community and open conversation.
Here is what all of us have to say about how this last year of blogging has impacted us!