Today you get one free ticket to go have fun! I’ve recently been reading Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, Your Guide to a Whole-Hearted Life. One of the things I took away was the importance of play and rest and how it is connected to our emotional health and productivity. She speaks about “Letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity linked to self worth”. I read this and thought…CRAP! I’m so guilty of this. All I can do is begin to change today, so this morning I decided to take my work out and make it a little more like play time.
I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. One of the things I like to do to “play” is explore new places. Whether it be a new trail, store, coffee shop, bike ride, or even driving a different route makes me feel very playful. I have to admit I think I get my sense of exploration from my Dad. The guy rode his bike from Colorado to Iowa on back roads for crying out loud! He loves adventure and has a very playful spirit. In honor of putting my reading into action and notes from School of Rick, I was determined to discover somewhere new today.
I came upon Rivers Edge Natural Area.
960 W. 1st Street
It has a great “crush” trail and very few people. The view was spectacular and it’s surrounded by water. That’s about perfect for me!
Great jogging or walking path
Another one of my “play” times is when I volunteer at Plenty Farms. Sometimes its work, but mostly it is just getting connected to the earth and good friends. This week we have Lovage, chives, mint, and eggs. Lovage is related to the celery and parsley family. You don’t need very much of this because it is pretty potent. If you don’t have Lovage or can’t find it in the farmer’s market, just substitute some parsley and celery leaves.
Egg Salad w/Lovage & Mint
4 hardboiled eggs
½ cup cherry tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Lovage (Julienne sliced) (remember you can substitute parsley & celery leaves)
1 teaspoon chives (chopped)
1 teaspoon mint (Julienne sliced)
Peel and slice your eggs into small cubes. In a separate bowl combine Dijon, vinegar, yogurt, salt, and chopped herbs. Mix with eggs and top with sliced cherry tomatoes.
A few more recipes for Lovage:
Lovage and Brown Butter
1 teaspoon Lovage (Julienne sliced)
2 tablespoons grassfed unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
Over low to medium heat melt butter with garlic. Make sure you cook it on low. As soon as the garlic is golden and the butter is melted add the Lovage and salt. Great over a piece of Plenty Bread or peas.
Lovage and Brown Butter Croutons
3 teaspoons Lovage
6 tablespoons grass fed unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic
¾ teaspoon salt
4 slices of bread
Cut bread into cubes
Spread out on a broiling pan and let dry out (overnight would be best)
Warm butter, lovage, and salt
Pour over bread crumbs and toss until coated
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden
Lovage & Chevre Spread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
4 ounces chevre
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon Julienne sliced Lovage
1 tablespoon minced chives
In a saucepan slowly cook the olive oil and minced garlic. Once the garlic is golden, remove from pan. Add chevre and milk and whisk until smooth. Stir in salt, lovage, and chives. Pour into dish and refrigerate. It is great for spreading on a cracker (shown) or Plenty Bread.
Here’s the million dollar question….with your free ticket to play, what will you do today?