Have you ever done something super nice for a stranger just because? Isn’t it amazing to see their faces light up? I had an incident the other day where these people in Boston asked me where the Dana Farber cancer institute was and I didn’t know. I actually started crossing the street (I was on my way to work) before I paused for a second and realized that I had an iphone that could give me the answer to their question in 1 minute. So I did a quick google maps search, and ran back to their car to tell them how to get there. They were SO thankful. It was the best feeling in the world to know that something that small (to me) made a giant difference in their life. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside… for a whole 10 minutes until work got crazy. 😉
Funny enough, I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness that same day when I got a package in the mail from one of my readers, Carly of So I Married a Chef. It included all sorts of amazing baked goods (see bottom of this post for pictures) and the best note!!
Carly probably didn’t even realize how touching this note was. I think with weather getting nicer, people are spending more time outdoors and less time reading blogs. I know it’s not personal but it’s still hard not to evaluate your “performance” given a drop in readership and comments. Her note reminded me of why I blog. Maybe some of you read because you like my meals, some of you feel like you are following a friend’s daily life and some of you feel inspired in other ways. I can’t believe that *I* can inspire and even help with self-acceptance. Seriously, Carly, you made my day. Heck, week/month. It’s been nearly a week and I’m still touched by this note. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! More on Carly’s treats below (yes, it is a food blog. I remember 😆 ).
Speaking of food, let’s check out today’s eats. 😉
I’ve been waking up every morning this week craving nothing but Barney Butter. So today I doubled up on my serving.
FFL english muffin, 2 tablespoons of Barney Butter and fresh strawberries + coffee
I love this breakfast. FFL english muffins are so hearty and are a perfect vehicle for BB 😉
Don’t worry, I washed it.
Still going strong on the workouts front. Today was abs + bootcamp day. We had a substitute instructor who wasn’t great but it was still certainly better than nothing. I just hated doing 3 sets of everything. I like variety in my life and my workouts. 😀
So we have a bunch of b.good leftovers at home. This morning I opened the fridge and wasn’t too excited about the possibility of eating the stuff for days. And then lunch time came and my taste buds quickly reminded me of my I love it so much!
Cousin Oliver slider, which I added chipotle cream to (SOOOOO good; I’m obsessed with that stuff)
Sweet potato fries
… and some southwestern chicken salad
I’ve said before that I could eat this stuff every day, and I think I am getting the chance to prove it. 😉 This was a fabulous lunch!!
The stars: garlic scapes and beet greens
I’ve never heard of garlic scapes until this year and now I’m seeing them all over the blogworld. Have you ever had them? They are the shoots that grow out of garlic bulbs and they taste super galicky. I LOVE garlic so I bought just one of these guys at the farmers market for a little taste.
I took inspiration from this recipe of garlic scape and beet greens bruschetta, and sauteed both (removing the stems) in 2t of EVOO. I also added 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes and S&P to taste. This whole process took less than 5 minutes and the kitchen smelled heavenly. I LOVE the smell of garlic and EVOO!!
Next I topped 2 slices of Iggy’s whole wheat sourdough bread with 1 laughing cow wedge, the greens/scape/tomato mixture and junks of grilled chicken I picked off the b.good southwestern salad we had left.
Voila, dinner was served!
It was so comforting! Adam had a few bites and said it was restaurant quality. I was pretty proud of my little creation, especially since it came together in less than 10 minutes (which is good since I worked late tonight and was starving!).
For dessert, I finally reached into my stash of Carly’s confections.
I wanted to take a little bite of every one but instead settled on the smallest bar which happened to be the butterscotch & toffee blondie.
Wow. That’s kind of all I have. It was decadent and buttery and was even made with wholesome ingredients. Carly sells her baked goods at the Geauga farmers market in Ohio so if you live in the area, I highly recommend that you stop by there and stock up. I haven’t showed you the closeups of rest of the goods yet so be prepared to drool as I eat my way through them. They look absolutely incredible. Thank you, Carly, again! I feel so lucky!!
Unfortunately late nights at the office leave little time for play. I’m off to bed!
When was the last time you performed a random act of kindness? Also, have you ever received a special gift from a fellow blogger? I love how the food blog-world is such a close-knit community. It’s the best! 😀