I completed a grand total of 8 rows on my shawl this past week. And honestly, they were done yesterday while it was raining outside! We had such a hot and sticky weekend that I couldn’t even think about touching my yarn. But, it has cooled off again, so I will be back at it today! At least that is the plan. I am really enjoying this pattern, however, I need to pay attention to it which is sometimes not the easiest thing for me to do. I like patterns that I can memorize after a little while. Probably, at some point, I will have this one memorized as well, but I think that is quite a ways off!
In the reading department, I am reading a lot of food books. Two of which I have looked at before, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats and Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents. Both of these are really interesting reads.
I have cut way back on my meat consumption, so reading Nourishing Traditions now is very enlightening. The reason I have cut back on meat is because I feel better not having it. However, when we do have meat in our diet, I always try to get local, grass fed beef, or happy chickens, both from the Farmers’ Market. But, the recipes in this book are really awesome, and while I think a lot of people hear Nourishing Traditions and think meat 3 times per day, there are a lot of vegetable based dishes in the book.
Feeding the whole family is also a really great book. Anything that talks about ways to make one meal for yourself and your kids is good in my mind! I try really hard to have our kids eat healthy. Lots of fruits and veggies, green smoothies, homemade yogurt; but often I will make them something different if they don’t like what we are having. Less so in recent months, but sometimes you just want them to eat something!
The last book that I am reading through for the first time is called Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman. Talk about complete opposite from Nourishing Traditions! I haven’t read much past the introduction, but it is a book I have been really looking forward to reading. This past year I have stopped eating a lot of things that I used to eat a lot of, mainly dairy and meat, and I feel a lot better for it. I know that a lot of the reasons to make that kind of change are in this book, so I am interested to hear what he has to say.