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12 Funniest Mother’s Day Cartoons

Here’s to all of us moms out there who have wanted to say so many of these things out loud. Love and hugs to mamas everywhere:

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(Thank you to someecards.com for these fantastic cartoons.)

xoxo LD

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#Camping Eats: Top 5 Food Bowl Cookbooks

Food bowls are PERFECT for camping culture…and frankly, our everyday, nonstop, go-go-go lifestyles. The idea of throwing everything into one bowl is tempting to those of us wanting to simplify dinner and get all of our nutrients in one go. Try out any of these fantastic “bowl” cookbooks for a new spin on cooking:

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.40.43 PMBowl, Vegetarian recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals: Put down that ramen package and pick up this book!  Lukas Volger helps up master our own broths, handmade noodles, sauces, and garnishes. From simple miso ramen to a perfectly timed summer ramen with corn broth, tomatoes, and basil. His grain bowls range from ratatouille polenta to a black rice burrito with avocado. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.28 PMVegan Bowl Attack! More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power: My 4 year old loves this book, as he associates it with superheroes and emergency vehicles. Vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eaters will love this cookbook with over 100 recipes by author Jackie Sobon. Perfect for a camping trip, top fireside recipes include Peanut Butter Pretzel Oatmeal, Smoky Corn Chowder Bread Bowl, Mean Green Ramen, and S’mores Pudding Bowl.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.40.57 PMWhole Bowls, Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day: With over 50 recipes, author Allison Day hits a home run with health-conscious eaters. She is also know for her award-winning food blog Yummy Beet. For a vegetarian breakfast bowl, look for her Oat risotto bowls with soft-boiled eggs, avocado, and hazelnut dukkah. Great lunch and dinner options include a curried falafel and kale salad bowl and a
black bean bowl with butternut squash, black rice, and chimichurri.

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.14 PMGreat Bowls of Food Grain Bowls, Buddha Bowls, Broth Bowls, and More: This one is for every eater, including omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, so a good choice for mixed households or mixed camping groups. Robin Asbell shares with us 75 of her best bowl food recipes, and  a chart that allows anyone to to mix and match ingredients to create the their own unique bowl. Some of her favorites include: Paleo Cauliflower Tabouli Bowl with Lemon Mint Dressing; Sweet Potato, BBQ Chicken, Corn, and Chips Bowl; Rice, Tofu, and Green Bowl with Kimchi and Spicy Spinach; and Miso Poached Vegetable and Shrimp Noodle Bowl.

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.56 PMThe Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon, Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share: Many of you may already know Sara Forte from her successful first book, The Sprouted Kitchen. Bowl and Spoon makes delicious combinations like a Golden Quinoa and Butternut Breakfast Bowl and Spring Noodles with Artichokes, Pecorino, and Charred Lemons. Fans of hers should definitely check out this next  installment of recipes.

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5 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude

I know, it’s hard to be grateful sometimes. When we lose a loved one to accidents, illness, or tragedy…when we fall prey to injustice, crime, and hate, life seems unspeakably unfair, and our anger and hurt can blind us to our blessings. But there is hope, there is always hope…and that first step to healing and peace comes with one life-changing adjustment, gratitude.

I encourage you to take these easy steps, in whatever pace or order you find comfortable, and I promise you, from the bottom of my heart and from someone who has learned the life-breathing power of gratitude, it will change your life and relationships forever:

  1. Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.32.45 PMVolunteer: This can be as big or little as you can handle. From taking a shift at a soup kitchen to planning a soiree fundraiser, use YOUR skills and experience to help others. Putting your wants and desires on the side is a surefire way to lift you out of your own problems and into the light and grace of giving.

    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

  2. Pray: Bow your head, lift your eyes up to the sky, or simply lie in bed with your eyes closed. Whether you are religious, spiritual, somewhere in between, or not there yet, stopping and giving thanks fills your spirit with gratitude and puts good into the air.

    “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” – E.E. Cummings

  3. Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 3.15.29 PMMeditate: You might be thinking, “But that’s too hard!” or “I can’t meditate, it never works for me!” BELIEVE me, I’ve been there. When your mind races a mile a minute, and you think you are never going to be able to ‘quiet the mind.’ I promise, with practice, it will happen. It’s like exercise. It’s awkward at first, but once you hit that zone, (think of a runners zone) you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t done it before and you’ll crave it every day. (This is a big one for parents and single mommas like me)

    “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum

  4. Hug someone: Your child, your friend, a stranger (be courteous of their space and with permission). I have actually been looked at funny/down on for hugging homeless people. Don’t ever, ever let people like that guide your actions. Go with your heart. You can bring joy to people who need it most, and give love to those who didn’t know they needed it.

    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

  5. Write: A text, an email, a greeting card, or (gasp!) an actual letter. While the latter might seem like a foreign concept in today’s techno world, receiving a hand-written letter is an incredible experience to have and to share. Try it. Whatever you choose, let the people in your life know how much they mean to you. We all know how quickly that can change.

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners that make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

Are there other ways you show gratitude? Comment in the section below.

Blessings,

xoxo LD

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Top Outdoor Movie of the Week: 180 South

“I’m drawn to open country. It’s where everything becomes clear. Where the world makes the most sense” -Jeff Johnson

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 8.02.07 PMFirst released in 2010, 180 South tells the story of surfer and climber Jeff Johnson as he embarks on a sailing journey to Patagonia to recreate the 1968 journey to Corcovado of Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia and Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face.

Jeff encounters sea sickness, a broken mast, weeks on Easter Island, and the city of Santiago, finally arriving at one of the largest land conservation projects in the world, Conservacion Patagonica. At 2 million acres, it’s larger than the size of Yellowstone National Park. It has been decades in the making, through the perseverance of Doug and his wife, Kris, workers and volunteers resulting in the preservation of entire ecosystems in Argentina and Chile. (Sadly, Doug Tompkins died in 2015 in a kayaking accident in Patagonia.)

When they finally arrive at Corcovado, Jeff’s worries are realized, there is no ice left on the summit, with only crumbling rock. Yvon declines to go up, and the rest of the team pushes on. Jeff states,”We are unsafe here at best.” Exhausted and frustrated, climber Timmy O’Neill remarks, “It seems literally like the next pitch above me is the worst unconsolidated nightmare  I’ve ever seen.” Will they summit? I let you find out what happens next… (don’t just Google it, watch the movie)

20160620_211925180 South is not a flashy outdoor adventure movie. It’s thoughtful and engaging, and hones in on the environment. It brings to our attention what happened to the society at Easter Island along with the ravaging of Chile: by commercial fishing giants stripping the coast of fish, pulp mills destroying the environment, and 6 hydro-electric dams in the planning. Finally after Corcovado, Jeff spends his last few days working to help restore the Patagonia area to wildlife, as gauchos there fight an impending hydro-electric dam. (Update: Remarkably the dam and 5 others were cancelled due to the controversy)

All in all, a must-see movie for people driven by wanderlust and a love of history, hikers, climbers, surfers, horseback riders, environmentalists, and anyone with a passion for the outdoors.

PS. The music is stirring and perfectly selected throughout the film. I especially love the use of Andrew Bird’s Tenuousness and Vetiver’s Rolling Sea, and songs by Wilco, Mason Jennings, Modest Mouse, and Ugly Casanova.

For more info go to: conservacionpatagonica.org

Happy trails.

xoxo, LD