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Friday, September 16, 2011

Falling For....

Fall has hit the midwest and in a big way - we had frost the last two nights, but the days have been in the 60's and gorgeous. Personally, I love this weather and have been feeling ready for it for weeks! Here are some of my favorite things about fall:
- curling up on the couch with a blanket and a great book
- watching the leaves change color
- the feeling of a warm cup of tea my hands
- and of course... boots and sweaters


Nothing like curling up in a blanket with some tea, a good book, and a warm bowl of soup or curry - coincidentally if you're looking for a great curry recipe, please check out my guest post today over at Opera Girl Cooks, featuring a delicious Thai Massaman Curry that I learned to cook during our honeymoon! Our dinner guests and good friends Mark and Tessie gave four thumbs up.


Ben and Mark agree - clean plates and good conversation make for an excellent evening.

Please ignore the Twins losing in the background.

In other news, I decided last week (possibly against my better judgement) to do YogaJournal's 7-day Fall Detox. I've never done a detox or cleanse before, mostly because whenever I think detox, I think horrific lemon and cayanne pepper concoctions and days upon days of starvation. But lately, I've been feeling a lot more open to things I haven't tried before. This detox actually involves food, which I like, and a daily yoga practice. I have a wedding next Saturday, which means I have to finish on Friday...which means I have to start tomorrow.

I am really looking forward to discovering what the next seven days bring, but I'm also nervous. I'm normally a pretty small eater, so I'm not so scared of being hungry all the time due to the tiny portion sizes - I'm more nervous about eating the same thing for every meal for seven days straight. I love food, and I love cooking. Being creative and inventive in coming up with fun meal ideas and experimenting with different ingredient combinations is one of the things I look forward to most every day. I'm more worried about being tempted to quit out of boredom than I am about being tempted by hunger.


the "last" breakfast... homemade yogurt, figs, raspberries, chia seeds, peach butter and a sprinke of granola

It's times like this that I'm really, really glad I have a blog - if nothing else, putting my intention down in writing makes me feel like I've signed a contract with the universe. I'm committed. Keep me honest people.

P.S. If you want to join the insanity, Just go to the Yoga Journal Fall Detox to check out the recipes, take the dosha quiz, and sign up to receive e-mails.

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