I’m already there.
It’s apple season! Growing up in the apple orchard when I was little, I loved this time of year when we started to pick and make everything imaginable with apples. We dried them, made apple butter and apple sauce, pies and tarts…the list is endless!
Cutting apples into matchstick-sized pieces for a salad makes them just a little more fun to eat, don’t you think? Slice a few apples this way and toss them with chopped pecans (or any nuts), dried berries and raisins (I bought a mix at Trader Joe’s with golden raisins, blueberries and cranberries), plus some fresh cilantro. Dress with a bit of olive oil, lemon and salt. Sweet, Salty, Savory!
This week The Forest Feast turned 3, and I love that this little blog’s birthday falls during the harvest season. This week, our family is celebrating my favorite Jewish holiday- Sukkot, a harvest holiday where we build a little hut outside and have meals under it for a week. It’s so fun! And we’ve had warm nights here in the woods lately which has made it even better. I made this salad the other night and it was a hit.
Flavor of fall. #yum
College. Oh college. This first month and a half has been an adventure. A whole new realm. I’ve managed to get to the point where I think I’m mostly adjusted, with only a few breakdowns. But today…well, I just have to put it out there that college is not the nonstop fun that everyone says it will be. They lie.
The truth is, I miss long hot baths. Driving my car. Not having to share a kitchen with half my dorm floor. Not constantly thinking about money or my lack thereof. Most importantly, I miss having quiet time to myself. Solitude. Everywhere I go, I’m surrounded by people. Even in my room I’m never alone because of my roomie. I can’t sit and pray and read my Bible for an hour in the presence of Jesus because I have to worry about offending her (she just so happens to be Jewish). I truly regret taking for granted being able to cry just to “let it out” without someone thinking I’m insane. Sometimes you just need to let the tears out. But you can’t. And it is awful. As well as is finding your roommate skyping her boyfriend, crying, and you’re just awkwardly there, trying to think of somewhere else to go. And when you sit in the hallway to talk to your mom and wish her a happy birthday because it’s the only semi-quiet place where you won’t disturb anyone, you get yelled at by an RA. You’re supposed to be free, an adult…yet you’re constantly bound by rules.
My point isn’t that people shouldn’t go to college. If it’s part of your plan— or more importantly, God’s plan for your life—you should go! There are some really great things about college. You learn so much, meet so many new people and have so many opportunities to grow. But I just feel like someone needs to put it out there in the universe that college is not all fun and games. Besides the ridiculous amounts of reading, studying and homework, you really do not get the freedom that “people” say you do. All those college life blogs, all your older siblings, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles…they lie. Because they only tell you the good parts about college—they’re lying by omission. College is work. You never really get a break. The people who tell you otherwise are probably always drunk.
Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears’ feet, forcing them to swim longer distances to find food and habitat. Long-distance swimming puts polar bears at risk of drowning due to fatigue or rough seas.
A report published by the World Watch Institute in 2009 revealed that greenhouse gases produced by livestock comprise 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Methane gas, the gas produced most fervently by livestock, traps 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within a 5 year period, and 72 times more within a 20 year period. The good news is that methane also leaves the atmosphere within a decade, whereas carbon dioxide takes several decades or even centuries. This means that a drastic shift away from raising livestock offers a very real hope that we can curb global warming.
*Watches as all of the meat-eating “environmentalists” pull out every “argument” in the book to defend their animal-consuming ways*
I think it’s obvious. Save the polar bears: go vegan ;)