The last few days, I have to admit, I have been feeling a bit bogged down, overwhelmed, frustrated. Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels? Like you are in a dream where someone horrible is chasing you but you are stuck- can't run? There is so much that has to be done around here that I can't seem to find enough time to do what it is that I really want to do. Who wants to be doing dishes or folding heaps of laundry when there is yarn and fabric waiting nearby. And then there are the children. Since the beginning of the holidays I have been preoccupied. With all the gift-making and entertaining that we have done, I am afraid my attention towards them has been less. Yesterday, Emma asked me (with her big blue eyes) "Mommy, why don't you ever play with us anymore?" Ughhh, balance is so hard for me to achieve.
What we needed was a play date. Some time with friends. That always seems to do the trick, puts things back into perspective. So, we were lucky enough to have my sweet friend Saci over this morning. She moved from Hungary 6 years ago, and I was fortunate enough to have her in my childbirth classes 2 years ago. Even more fortunate was I to see her beautiful daughter be born. We've been friends since.
And now, she is expecting baby #2. Unfortunately we don't get to see them very often. Silly really, seeing as how we live a mere 30 minutes from each other. But, you know how it goes....kids, and schedules and such. Also, she lives up one of the canyons here, and some days the snow makes for difficult travel out.
I tend to get a bit nervous when she comes. I love cooking for other people, but Saci and her family are Vegan- we are not. Wanting to respect that, I always have to think a little about what I can make her other than lettuce :). This book is so wonderful. All the recipes (with the exception of maybe two or three are vegan). There are so many family friendly, yummy, healthy things to eat inside. It is definitely one that I recommend.
So, I decided upon the Three Sisters Stew. The recipe says that Native Americans used to grow corn, squash and beans (the primary ingredients) all together. The beans would climb up the corn stalks, and the squash grew on the ground in between the corn. It was so tasty. Perfect for a cold winter day like today.
I also made some pumpkin muffins with banana/tofu frosting. I know it sounds unappetizing- but even my kids devoured them. Seriously, get the book.
I love that Saci is so simple. She sees through all the disgusting materialism we have here in the US. She reminds me that we over complicate most things. I always feel more focused on what is really important after she leaves. Whenever she comes, she always brings me a gift. (reason enough to invite her more often :)
This time she made me a bag for knitting and crochet. Oh how I have been wanting something like this! I like to crochet while I wait for the girls to come out of school or piano, and I never have an organized way to transport all my projects. She included some knitting needles and some cotton yarn along with a pattern for dishcloths that I have been begging her for. (I barely know how to knit- so she assured me that this would be a great start). I was so thankful, pretty don't you think?
While we chatted the girls had fun playing, er jumping on the bed.
Why don't grown-ups jump on the bed? Perhaps it is because we can find no one willing to look silly enough to jump with us. I vow to do it more often- it seems I would have lots of willing participants.
Friends are good, and I was thankful for a visit from one of mine today! Feeling better now.