I’m keeping this one short and sweet, because this is the kind of recipe this is: the kind of recipe that you put together in one pot on a day that you need a stress-free, balanced meal. Etli Taze Fasulye is a Turkish dish that I was introduced to when Ben and I lived in Turkey for a summer. I had the privilege of staying with a family while I was there for a little bit, and this was the first meal they fed me. I loved it so much, that I kept asking for it to get to know the flavors better.
Checking in from the other side of Whole 30! Honestly, I cannot believe this month is already over. It’s been really fun to spend the month taking care of our bodies, and creating beautiful and delicious food for you.
When we started Whole 30 this round, we were completely in it to restart our bodies. I can’t say we were committed at that time to making any lifestyle changes, but as the month progressed we found ourselves falling in love with whole foods. We experienced a lot of creativity, simplicity, and discipline in sticking to a specific eating regimen for the month. As I’ve been debriefing the experience, I’m honestly a little bit sad that it’s over. There’s something about a plan that is really comforting to me, and realizing that the ball is in my court now feels like a lot of responsibility.
Do you ever get that feeling like you are simultaneously living in slow motion and a high speed chase? I guess that’s what January has felt like for us. Periods of stop and go, of resetting our brains, of introspection and running straight into the arms of the people we love and support. I’m sure a lot of you have some of the same experiences, or at the very least can relate to the whirlwind of January.
You know what I dream of sometimes? I dream of party budgets the size of Lauren Conrad’s casual afternoon lunches. I dream of flowers in every corner of my house. I dream of being a calligrapher/hiring a calligrapher for everything. I dream of beautifully lit, graceful pictures of my events. But you know what? Instead my party’s end up being all home-made, somedays a little crazy, and a lot less glamorous than that lunch above.
Happy EIGHT DAYS until the Olympics! If you haven’t already heard, we’re pretty excited about celebrating the beginning of the Olympics with our friends next week. You can catch up on the theme for our party here.
I know for some of you, this is literally the
worst scariest topic to talk about. Trust me, sometimes it’s my least favorite to think about, too (mainly when I’ve found something I really want). That having been said, part of being a functional adult is knowing what your budget is and learning to stay within the bounds of your budget.