Monday, October 19, 2020

Guides To Eating Seasonally from Calico and Twine

Recently I came across a lovely website, Calico and Twine. If you aren’t familiar with it, I encourage you to spend some time perusing Kaetlyn’s offerings, 

Since moving into the van I’ve become more interested in sustainable living which supports the slow and simple lifestyle that I want to achieve.  It’s true, however, that boondocking doesn’t always make for the healthiest diet. We do eat a LOT of salads, but of course they come packaged in a plastic bowl, so while the meal itself may be healthy enough, the packaging makes it bad for the environment. But when we camp and stay in one place its easier to plan seasonal meals that are both good for us and the earth!

One of the things I found at Kaetlyn’s website are her seasonal eating guides. She’s written one for each season and I found them so helpful and wanted to share them here with you. I’d love to create something like this myself in the future using recipes that I know we will like. Katelyn’s has some links to a number that I bookmarked and want to try, but it would be fun to add your own to the list, as well.

I hope you’ll enjoy these and be sure to look for other seasonally inspired posts at Calico and Twine. You’re sure to be inspired! 

A Guide To Eating Seasonally In Winter

A Guide To Eating Seasonally In Spring 

A Guide To Eating Seasonally in Summer

A Guide To Eating Seasonally In Autumn

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sentimental Sunday

Campsite we stayed at recently in Vermont, or was it New Hampshire?
They are all kind of starting to run together.

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste the all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go,
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day,
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.”

- October
by Robert Frost

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Small Things


In no particular order here are six things that inspired, uplifted or encouraged me this week.

1. Frond & Feather is a relatively **new to me** blog.  I love the style of her writing, just simple posts that chronicle her life.  She inspires me to keep things simple.  I particularly loved this post because she refers to this time of year as the "four embers" (September - December).  I have often playfully referred to them as the "brrr months" because things begin to turn cooler and end in winter, but I so much prefer "embers".   Four flames that shine bringht in the darkening days of the year, ushering in the return of the light. I plan to ponder on this more and most likely post about it here.

2. I recently discovered the podcast Nature & Nourish with Becky Cole!  Since I love observing and celebrating the seasons, Becky's offerings are right up my alley!  She has two seasons consisting of 46 episodes so it's kept me pretty busy! You can also find her at her website!

3. Seed and Sparrow is a lovely account to follow if you are on Instagram. She makes and sells the sweetest little beeswax candles and incense. I recently ordered her Harvest Moon blend and I got a notification that it should be arriving back at home this coming Monday! It will be Christmas by the time I get to enjoy it but I'm looking forward to having it waiting for me! She's taking a break right now, but you can find her Etsy shop, here.

4. I just LOVE the Internet Archives! I used to think I was cheap because I buy 90% of my books on Amazon, but then I discovered the Archives and now if I find it on Amazon I look first to see if I can borrow it and read it for free, which happens more often than you might think! Typically if a book has been in print for awhile you can find it.

Since I had to leave almost all of my books at home, as I was packing them up I searched out each title to see what I would still be able to enjoy on the archives and surprisingly a large percentage of them were available! One of my favorites is a sweet little book called The Charm of Simple Things compiled by Terri Gibbs. It's a sweet collection of poems and book excerpts with some interactive entries that inspire you to think on the small, sweet simple things in life.

5. This entry from The Charm of Simple Things

Small Moments

Raymond Waite describes life as "a mosaic of small moments, like the silhouette of a flower against a patterned wall." These are moments that involve the senses taste, touch, smell, sound and sight. It is the fragrance of fresh flowers and the cool feel of clean linens. The sound of a song wafting on the wind. These are simple pleasures that bring beauty into our lives. 

What do you think of when you think of Small Moments? Here are a few of mine.

- The smell of rain after a slow summer storm.

- The sound of  a lawn mower and the smell of grass through an open late spring window. Always reminds me of my childhood home and my daddy working in the yard.

- Leaves falling from the trees in Autumn and dancing in the wind.

- Freshly fallen untouched snow!

What about you? What do you think of when you think of Small Moments? Share in the comments!

6. And finally, this poem.

Delight in Simple Things

Learn to like what does not cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like people, even those who may be very different from you.
Love to shelter your family with love, comfort and peace.
Learn to keep your wants simple. Refuse to be owned and anchored by things and the opinions of others.
Learn to like the sunrise and the sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and the windows, and the gentle fall of snow in winter.
Learn to hold heaven near and dear.
Learn to love God, for he surely loves you.

- Anonymous


Friday, October 16, 2020

My Kingdom Duty

Autumn in New Hampshire.

One of my favorite quotes is by C. S. Lewis, who wrote;

If I find in myself a desire which nothing in this world can satisfy the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for the true country, which I shall not find til after death. I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”


For as long as I can remember I’ve been told I have a gift with words. And while I’ve never seen myself as particularly gifted, what I do know is there dwells within me a desire to work words and to hone their shape. A passion that runs so deep I believe a lifetime of writing could never quench it. However, since we moved into the van and became full time travelers, finding time to both write and having signal to be able to post and share my writing has been challenging, and it left me wondering if continuing to blog was an endeavor that was worth my time. I’ve never been one to care about numbers. I believe just about anyone can establish a following on any number of subjects, as the internet will attest. But I’ve also been disappointed myself when others whose writings and offerings I’d grown to love often suddenly and without explanation disappeared from the screen. I don’t want to leave my readers in limbo wondering when or if I’ll continue to write. I believe with blogging we have a responsibility, however briefly to speak light into the lives of others, and in doing so, others will hopefully find something of lasting value.

But as luck would have it, or rather the hand of God directed, I happened upon the quote I shared with you at the beginning of this post. It is a quote by C. S. Lewis, and one I have heard and read many times. But it was not until my most recent reading of it, that it become personal. As I read I had the the thought, though at first it seemed lofty, that this desire was gifted to me not only to bring me into communion with Him, but as a service to others. To keep alive their desire for “that other country” and to cast their vision upon the One who created it all. Perhaps writing, more than a desire, is my Kingdom duty.

The years of my childhood and growing up, marrying young, motherhood , homekeeping and homeschooling, my deep love of nature and for the changing of the seasons, all of it prepared me “for such a time as this”. This small offering chronicles a life time of “earthly blessings”, those foretastes of the Kingdom, that fix our eyes upon home and beyond to the home they herald. Though such stories are being told in many other places and by far more gifted and talented writers than I, I must “take care” with the blessing that has been bestowed to me and not allow myself to get “snowed under” by numbers and algorithms and expert opinions, or turned aside by a little thing like lack of signal and internet connection. And so I will continue to add my voice to the collective and trust that the eyes and ears for which these small offerings will be an encouragement will be guided here. If you find yourself here with any regularity, I pray you will continue to visit and trust that there is always more to come!

Here’s to grace that has brought us safe thus far and to the grace that leads us home!