Tuesday's Take Time to Care: Invite a friend for a walk

Tuesday's Take Time to Care - I hope to use Tuesdays as a day to remind myself how to look outside myself and care about others through volunteering, helping a friend, smiling at a stranger, or encouraging a family member.

Sometimes the best medicine for a rough day is being with a friend. Sometimes the best way to have a great day is to be with friends. Friends are what restore me and keep me "in-check."

They let me know when I'm being crazy, impatient, irrational, bossy, and unrealistic. They also let me know when I'm being thoughtful, kind, caring, knowledgeable, and responsible.

When I think about how much my friends do for me in my life, I remember that I need to make sure I'm doing that much for my friends in their lives. One way I do this is to invite friends for walks! Walking with a friend gets us both outside, gets us both exercising, and gets us both enjoying each other's company.

I like to walk the trails near our house and sometimes we walk to the nearby lake and back. It depends how much time we have.

Where do you like to take walks in your area?

Have you gone outside today?

I often start my sentences with the phrase: "Studies show....." I don't think there's any need to say "Studies show......" for this statement, though:

It's good to get outside, smell the roses, and bask in the sunshine!

(Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise on the Tidal Basin)

Have you fed your soul by taking a walk outside? looking at the spring flowers? listening to the singing birds? turning your face to the sun? warming up with the afternoon heat?

Our family recently took advantage of living in the DC area, and we went to see the cherry blossoms at sunrise. They were spectacular! I snapped the picture above just as we were about to walk back to the car. It is not edited at all.

NPR: The Salt

Many people are often overwhelmed by learning about food in America. If you get overwhelmed, you might want to add NPR's The Salt to your daily reading habit. They do a good job at mixing in fun food articles with articles that make an argument about our current food system.

(Photo by: Iain Watson)

For example:
2. They have a "You're kidding me" article about Beaver's bottoms and food flavoring
4. They have a cooking article about how to cook eggs

I enjoy this type of food news because it's very approachable, from a reputable source, and covers a wide variety of topics. 

Did you find an article that you particularly enjoyed on The Salt?

Tuesday's Take Time to Care: Follow-Up

On Tuesdays, I try to post ideas about how I will be more aware of other people's needs. On Wednesday's, I will try to follow-up and share how I executed my idea!

Yesterday, I challenged myself to hold open the door for someone. I am happy to report that I was successful with that challenge!

When I heard my husband pull up in front of our house yesterday,  I stopped cooking dinner, wiped my hands on a towel, opened the front door for him, and welcomed him home!

How did you do with yesterday's challenge? If you forgot, there's time to try it today!

Tuesday's Take Time To Care: Hold the door open for people today

Tuesday's Take Time to Care - I hope to use Tuesdays as a day to remind myself how to look outside myself and care about others through volunteering, helping a friend, smiling at a stranger, or encouraging a family member.

I went to school at Texas A&M University ... (ahem) ... few years ago. When I was there, the university's culture strongly encouraged the male students hold doors open for the female students. Now, this was not meant to be condescending to females or suggest that girls couldn't open their own doors. It was just a way to be kind and show that they were thinking of other people on campus (and maybe, score a date!).

So, with that in mind, are there any doors you can hold for people today?

Some ideas:
1. Notice that the person walking in from your office parking lot has full hands and wait for them to get to the door so that you can hold it open for them. 
2. Be aware that your spouse has just pulled into the driveway and stop what you're doing to open them door for him/her to come inside with a greeting. 
3. Recognize that a new mom is struggling to get the stroller through the store's doors and hold it for her.

Pie (pi) Day: Chocolate Pie Recipe!

A month ago, on March 14, we celebrated Pi Day! It is a crazy fun holiday because:

(Tip: We don't put the whip cream on the top of the pie, because it doesn't save well in the fridge. We scoop whip-cream on top of each serving instead)

1. It's celebrated by eating pie!!!
2. It's a super-fun way to teach geometry rules, including the what the heck pi is.
3. If you celebrate it with other people, it's great at showing kids (and adults) that learning about math is "cool."

In years past, we've gone to my husband's office to eat pie with his co-workers. This year, our homeschool park day was on pi day so we got to celebrate the event with friends! Before going to park day, we made a pie and learned about pi!

I will have you know, I did not know what pi was until last month. I knew it as a constant number: 3.14...... and when you use it. BUT, I didn't know what it actually was or how it was derived. Now, I'm in the know, and I got to do a fun hands-on lesson of it with my daughter and her friends!

Homeschooling is great: I learned something, the kids learn something, and we get to eat pie! Oh, you probably want to most awesome pie recipe ever......well, unfortunately, it's not my recipe, so I'm going to have to send you over to King Arthur to get the recipe for the the Best Ever Chocolate Cream Pie!!!

 I've made this pie at least 6 or 7 times over the past few years, and it has turned out perfectly ever time! It's got amazing chocolate flavor and it silky-smooth.

Quinoa Breakfast Idea

It's really hard to find hearty, yummy, healthy breakfast ideas. I recently tried eating cooked, cold quinoa and found myself in love with it!

I cook the quinoa early in the week and then eat it throughout the week. I like my quinoa with plain yogurt, a dollop of Bonne Mann cherry preserves, and a heaping serving of frozen wild blueberries. If you don't have anyone with nut allergies in you house, adding some almonds or walnuts would be a fabulous taste combination!