This weekend felt like a total release. Ever have weekends like that? Where you can really just let all the craziness of life go and just be.
That sounds strange reading it, but I hope you catch my drift.
Since I work full time as a teacher during the week, typically my weekends are primarily dedicated to working on this little corner of the internet. Don’t get me wrong— I absolutely love it. It keeps me busy, keeps my creative juices flowing, and allows me to feel so accomplished at the end of each day. And I strangely love that feeling of accomplishing something every single day, even on the weekends. I’m weird, I know.
But sometimes, you just need a little break to stop and reflect. You know, that balance we all keep talking about.
So it all started on Saturday morning, when I drove to this little town in South Carolina to meet my mom and grandma for a girl’s afternoon/ evening. My mom and I try to do this every couple of months, since we live so far from each other and rarely get time together besides during the holidays, and I love this little ritual of ours. It’s so refreshing stepping away from typical weekend life and work, unplugging, and getting some quality mother-daughter time in, even if just for 24 hours.
Anyways, on my car trip down, I decided I was going to dive into some podcasts I had been meaning to listen to these past few months, but honestly, just haven’t got around to. And solo road trips are the perfect excuse for it. I instantly got hooked on The Healthy Maven’s podcast That’s So Maven and honestly spent most of my time backtracking through a few of her shows. Have you listened to it yet?? If not I totally recommend, especially if you’re interested in wellness or are a fellow blogger. It was literally exactly what I needed in my life right now.
It felt so energizing and uplifting hearing all these stories of blogging and mindfulness and balance from some pretty bad-ass women— and it really had me reflecting a lot during this weekend away from my normal routines. I honestly had been feeling a little blahhh creatively lately, so I totally needed a little jump start like this, along with a little time away from normal life, to get those juices flowing again. Seriously, I was in the BEST mood!
Anyways, after lots of driving and podcasting, followed by a relaxing night chatting away with my mama, I ended the weekend with a Sunday afternoon picnic with some of my best girlfriends. Right now, most of our husbands are in the thick of law school finals, so we all needed a little space from them (no offense boys, you’re just too intense right now) and some quality girl time (and wine 😉 ).
A little background on the picnic — a special sponsor reached out a few weeks ago about hosting a picnic and featuring some of their products and I was super pumped at the chance try something new on this blog. As many of my regular readers know, this is a mostly plant-based food blog where I share simple, healthy recipes (like today’s!) that show a pretty accurate portrayal of how I eat on a normal basis. Which is awesome!
But, as I’m sure you’re all aware, my life is not just one dimensional. I don’t just sit around cooking and eating healthy food 24/7. I love spending time with my husband and close friends. I love doing yoga and exercising. I love being ridiculous with my whopping 8-pound puppy. I love traveling and visiting new cities. And lately, I’ve been dabbling with the idea of incorporating more of that life stuff into this space. What do you think? Is that something you all would be interested in??
Well, we’re going to give it a try on Wednesday, where I’ll be sharing details from our spring picnic— complete with food ideas, picnic spreads, and wine! I would LOVE to hear your honest feedback on what you guys think about these new potential lifestyle-y posts. AND if you have any requests or suggestions (ex: wellness, workouts, typical meal plans, etc). You guys are the reason this blog exists 2 1/2 YEARS after it’s creation, so I definitely want to incorporate things that YOU are interested in hearing more about!
So to wrap things up after this ridiculously long stream-of-consciousness post, I’m feeling super energized and excited after my weekend of reflection and can’t wait to see where it leads me over these next few months!
Whew!! Well this is officially the longest, most all-over-the-place post in pumpkin & pb history. Sorry if you were just here for the food lol!
So let’s get down to the food, shall we? We’re serving up spring rolls today! But not just any old spring roll. GREEN CURRY RAMEN spring rolls. And I promise you they are just as easy to make as they are delicious.
Here’s the deal. You sauté up some of your favorite veggies (I used peppers and carrots) while simultaneously cooking up some ramen noodles. I prefer to use whole grain noodles, so this line of Lotus Foods Ramen is my absolutely favorite to work with. Once both are done cooking, toss the noodles with the veggies, then stir in the coconut milk and curry flavors. Pile them into some rice paper wrappers and dip away!!
And honestly, these rolls are so saucy on the inside, they don’t really even need a dipping sauce, but just in case you like to keep things EXTRA saucy, I’ve included one that we always enjoy.
So I’m going to stop right here before I write another 500 words. I warned you guys, I just had those creative juices FLOWING 🙂 Have the best week everyone!