The other day, I was at the market and reveling in the fact that is really, truly spring.* There was beautiful asparagus grown right here in Michigan. I couldn’t wait to try the fresh corn on the cob and the gorgeous, deep purple eggplant from Florida. I snatched up the sweet, juicy peaches. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the basil plants that just get me all excited for summer weather!
When I go to check out, I start chatting it up with the cashier about how I excited I was to see fresh, domestic produce. Seriously, it was like I was possessed by spring the way I was going on and on and on about . . . produce.
As I drove away in my red minivan. Humming Just Like a Rock Star from the Fresh Beat Band.
I couldn’t believe my ears. My early-20’s self was cringing. Back then, I would get excited about the unlimited amount of free nacho cheese that was served in the dorms. I also remember this level of excitement was reserved for stumbling across free beer. I thought I died and went to heaven when I was a cruise and there was an all-you-can eat soft serve ice cream bar.
But becoming a mother has definitely changed my perspective on all of that. I take food pretty seriously. My friends and I talk about healthy foods all the time. I can go on forever about how I am trying to win the war of having my family eating quinoa.
But more than that, I think that having kids has been a great teacher in living in the moment. I have learned to be grateful for each season because it brings something special. And right now, that something special is delicious produce. I like to prepare them as simply as I can so the vegetable is the true star. Here’s a list of my faves:
What do you look forward to now that you never thought you would?
*When living in Michigan, I never feel safe to declare spring until late May because the weather is so erratic. It’s been known to snow in April. Just sayin’