On the occasion of this special day, I’m making note of things as I sit and write this post to you, my readers. It’s my birthday today (and yes I am sitting in a jazz-filled cafe alone early in the morning and it’s HEAVEN), and on this day I am one entire whole year older (DUH, I know you know this but still). A year that both flew by and yet felt like it crawled at times, with anguish, discomfort, heartache, and most of all stretching that has brought with it an immense amount of personal growth – it’s one that won’t soon be forgotten. Continue reading →
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
~ John Steinbeck
Every once in a while there comes along a recipe that no matter what you know you just have to try. For me it was this one, with a picture so breathtaking it jumped off the page as I got home from my recent holiday with a stack of fresh reading from our annual trip to Powell’s in Portland. My monthly subscription to Bon Appetit ran out some time ago, and in an effort to cut back on unnecessary spending this year I’ve been hesitant to renew any of my beloved magazine deliveries. I realize now this is silly, as I read through some of the picks that drew me in this year — I love books and magazines that deliver gorgeous images and inspire me to cook and to create and experiment.
Looking through my latest recipes, it seems as though it’s been ages since I published or shared anything that wasn’t salad, as let’s face it, that is obviously where my head is most days of the year! Meals around here in this somewhat hot summer have been quick and easy of late: not a lot of cooking going on (this small house gets unbearable with the oven or stove on), and truthfully comprised of whatever we will all eat that’s the same. In short, mostly greens from the garden, which have been plentiful, and our favorite veggies and tofu cooked on the barbecue (the hubby has his meat and loves it). Food is simple these days as life is anything but. Continue reading →
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
The great thing about life is: there’s almost always something new we can do to make life more interesting, and this year seems to be a time for me to get out there and do it. Sure, it’s overwhelming, as at times as I grapple between what feels like school subjects (working on several businesses at once), and shuffling through business cards in meetings until I find just that right one – but then I ask myself: what would I rather be doing than growing through the discomfort of not knowing what the h*ll I’m doing from day-to-day? Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe that after years of eating fresh and freaking out at the start of every new food season, be it cherries, mangoes, fresh peas or just fall squash — I’ve never in all my years realized the magic that exists in eating those lush fresh green pea shoots. I know it’s insane, but I truly did not even know they could be eaten, having grown up my whole life surrounded by pea plants…yes, just not something we did, even though I’ve pretty much made it my mission to munch on every green leaf I walk by while strolling through my mom’s garden in high season. Go figure! Continue reading →
Welcome! What is In Pursuit Of More? The blog about living with (just a little) less. By going without, we can gain - by giving to those who have less. Want to make a change in your eating habits for the better? Imagine how you can turn that into something positive for those who would otherwise go hungry. Go without so others don't have to. That's living with (just a little) less.