Friday, May 30, 2014


My daughter flew back from
college last weekend, and
once again, our nest is full.

Like fresh strawberries, I
know this season is brief, 
and I'm savoring all of the
sweetness while it lasts.


Tidying up her room before
she arrived, I came across
a list that she'd written
simply titled WORDS.

Although my girl favors 
artistic over written expression, 
it made me smile to see that 
the apple hasn't fallen far
from this word-loving tree.

As summer knocks on the
door here in the Northern
Hemisphere, I've had my own
set of words buzzing around
my mind like bees in the


I love how each one hums
with a sense of energy and

They inspire me to shake
off routines and embrace
each day more mindfully,
particularly when it comes
to food.

It's so easy to get in a rut
with meals, for a variety of

You may be super busy.

You may only be cooking 
for one or two.

Familiar foods are comforting.

Familiar recipes are easier.

Someone at your house is picky.

You are simply tired.

All of those reasons have been
my own reasons, at one
time or another.

But recently, all that changed.

Looking for an energy boost, I
began to reconsider what foods
really nurture our health.

Instead of focusing on the things
that we shouldn't be eating, I 
refocused my attention on all
the essential nutrients I wanted
to capture, instead.

Once that door was opened,
the creativity began to flow and
new flavors, foods and tasty
combinations are regularly
gracing our table again.

The abundance that even 
modest grocery stores offer
in healthy, sustaining foods is
amazing.  Unlike our ancestors,
we don't have to toil to enjoy
a ripe, juicy peach, tender baby
greens or tangy Greek yogurt--
unless we want to!

On tonight's menu is
 Tuna, Lemon & Caper Sauce 
over whole wheat pasta.

It meets my criteria for freshness
and simplicity, plus, I have all
of the ingredients in my pantry
and fridge already : )


I think these same words can be
applied to things that feed the 
spirit, as well.

But that's for another blog post.

Right now, I've got water to boil,
lemons to squeeze, parsley to chop.



Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful,
but do this, eat well.

Bring the same consideration to the
preparation of your food as you devote
to your appearance.  

Let your dinner
be a poem, like your dress.

~ Charles Pierre Monselet, French Author


PS:  What's on your table, right now?

I based my recipe on
the one found here.

all photos my own


Dianna said...

A wonderful approach to food. I've been going along those same lines and it is amazing the difference it makes! Your photos are beautiful, as always, Suzanne. xo

Bonnie said...

Beautiful words and thoughts as well. Photos are beautiful too, Suzanne. You always inspire and delight me.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely post and beautiful photos, Suzanne! I am planting a little herb garden...and trying some new (to me) herbs! Enjoy this beautiful time of year!!

Shelly W. said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful, beautiful post. Those photos!

Since my college girls are home, I've been cooking a lot more . . . and healthier, because they are both very health-conscious since going away to college. (Go figure!) It's been good for me. I noticed that we're eating a lot fresher, more "real" food. It takes a lot more thought and work, but it's good.

Tricia said...

What wonderful thoughts! I generally tend to focus on the things I shouldn't eat rather than the things I should. I'm hoping now that its nice and warm out, my thoughts will shift though. I planted a few things, so I'll have freshness right at my fingertips :)

Jenny said...

It is a good start to summer and it's finally warm enough to sit outside in The Netherlands. Begone winter dishes! Fresh, fresh, fresh! xo Jenny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My table is a feast of words, silence, joy. My plate is an artist palette of blueberries, raspberries and spinach, broccoli and other fresh foods that I crave! And I see my friend, that you have captured our gorgeous crabapples! With running to and from work every day, I don't get a chance to snap any photos. But Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet along with Edina have been sparkling with color and this has to be one of the most gorgeous springs on record. Maybe it's the intense winter we had, but bring on spring!

Enjoy your daughter's visit. Anita

Leslie said...

I like your attitude Suzanne! Focusing on nutrient dense foods rather than what's forbidden is the way to go. Your dinner sounds delicious! Have fun this weekend:)


Lisa Ancona-Roach said...

So funny...I had a few minutes, so I sat down to read your post--but first I grabbed myself an apple--hungry, but knowing I need to eat better than I have been. And what do I read? Lovely encouragement on the very thing that's been on my mind! For me, time is the bandit that impacts my good intentions, but I know it's time to get more mindful and leave excuses behind.

Love the pics, as always.
Thanks for the beautiful nudging.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Suzanne! So often, you write what is in my heart! I've also been creating fresh, zingy meals the past month. It feels so good to spend time creating fresh, healthy meals! ♡ Happy summer days!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Pretty post! You make me want to grab a salad for dinner tonight! :) Enjoy your time with your daughter.

Laura Murphy said...

Hmmmm, what's on my table? Well last week I made Mexican Cobb Salad, it's a - maze - ing. I can say that because I didn't invent it.

(It's on my blog, by the way).

Loooove your fotos and your heart.


Beth said...

We are entering the cooler months here in Australia. Not quite as cool as you'll get, but it's still a change! My table will be filled with soups soon and the old trusty slow cooker will get a good workout. I find it's a great way of upping of vegetable intake too.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Last evening we were at our family Girl's Night Out, and my niece brought the best salad. When I was commenting on how delicious, healthy, and fresh it tasted, she told me that she had grown the lettuces from seeds. Our conversation was similar to what you shared in this post, although, I can guarantee you, that it was not nearly as elegantly spoken. Your words and pictures are beautiful!


I can't believe she has finished her first year of college. Enjoy this special "strawberry season." And your meals look great. I liked Bread and Wine so much, I read it twice.


Rambling Tart said...

That is my approach too, celebrating the wonderful, delicious, healing things. :-)

Estate Lore said...

Suzanne, I am "wowed" at your talent with words and photographs! This quote hit home, "Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance." It goes along with the Feng Shui concept of your space reflects your life.

patty said...

delicious photographs! xo

Palomasea said...

"May your dinner be a poem."...I love that!
Dear Suzanne...your post, (in words and gorgeous photos), has captured my sentiments exactly.
Completely agree with you that the most nourishing and delicious foods are God-given and easiest to obtain...
My mouth is watering looking at this yumminess!
Stunning post, dear friend...
Enjoy this beautiful weather...finally! ;)
- Irina