I like to eat, eat, eat apples & bananas…

December 22, 2009

…with my oats.

Apple Banana Oats

with a drizzle of almond butter, of course. For breakfast this morning, I had a bowl of oats cooked in vanilla soy milk, and then I mixed in the fruit. I prefer my fruit fresh with my oatmeal, as opposed to being cooked in. I love the crunch of an apple and the creaminess of a banana. (Take that as you will… be mature!)

Fantastic.

Lunch was equally so:

Spinach, Romaine, Radicchio, Corn, Carrots, Beets, Pinto Beans, Cucumber, Balsamic Vinegar, Hummus, & a Wasa Cracker and avocado ‘smear’.

The core of an avocado is beautiful once you peel away its surface.

Avocado

Zoe enjoys my being home all day. (Sarcasm)

Zoe

I really do enjoy my time off from school, but I do get a little bored without a car. To render myself productive, I’ve created a recipe binder:

Recipe Binder

and I’ve also made use of some near empty jelly & pasta sauce jars:

Recycle. Reuse.

Recycle. Reuse. Plus, it looks cute, too.

Mmmm… Granola 🙂

Given the time of the year, I was thinking about gifts today. It didn’t require much time until I concluded what the best kinds of  are… at least to me. The best gifts can disappear.

They’re either experienced or consumed. You can only live each experience once, eat each meal once, and they are entirely unique and inimitable, no matter how hard you try to recreate them. The laughter and ambiance experienced from these gifts definitely trumps material. I find no greater joy than living with those I love, whether it be through a trip to the symphony or a special sit down supper. Ultimately, I’d rather give and be given the gift of experience than something tangible. Hey, that’s just me.

Has someone special to you given you the gift of experience? If so, share 🙂

The greatest gift I’ve ever been given was a trip to Paris for my 16th birthday. I asked my dad if he’d take me to the city of love, as he’s the one man in my life who will never break my heart. We went in October of 2008, during Paris Fashion Week. I stood outside the tent of the Hermes fashion show, where I saw the masters of the fashion world. Carine Roitfeld, Hamish Bowles, Virginia Smith… I gawked at everything in the D’Orsay. I walked through incredible neighborhood markets. Twas the perfect gift.

My Grandmother is also the greatest of gift givers, for she has taken me to several continents, exposing me to the wonders of the world. I am eternally grateful for her.

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15 Responses to “I like to eat, eat, eat apples & bananas…”

  1. maya Says:

    love apples and bananas in oats! Rafi’s song is now stuck in my head 😛 thank you darling 😛 lol..
    love ur eats!!! 🙂

    xoxo
    maya

  2. Jenny Says:

    I really to work on being more “present”: indulging and embracing each and every moment as a rare opportunity that only comes once. Ah. Sheds a whole different light on truly LIVING, eh? Beautiful words, angel.. just beautiful

    P.S. I FOUND OUT WHO THE ICE TRUCK KILLER IS! AHHHHHH!!!! poor Deb.. she has such bad luck with guys 😉


  3. oh rafi i love him 🙂
    i think my best gift was my parents allowing me to go to new york before i started college, i loved ever minute of it.
    wow paris sounds wonderful, i hope to make it over there some day.
    gorgeous eats! that recipe binder is such a good idea!
    so glad you’re enjoying your time at home!
    xoxo

  4. Emily Says:

    that sounds like the perfect 16th birthday present! I’m jealous 🙂

    And I agree with you about the whole “experiential gift” – it’s worth so much more than something tangible.

    xoxo

  5. louisianagrown Says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a recipe binder like that, but I’m just too lazy. And I love the jars – super cute!

  6. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth) Says:

    i agree- i prefer the fruit not cooked in! except today i did 1/2 banana cooked in and half not and it was really good. that paris trip sounds amazing. my boyfriend, for my birthday, wrote me a song w/ lyrics on the guitar. he brought me out to one of our favorite places, kind of a ways out in the country by an old barn, and played it for me and sang. I have never felt so loved in my life. It sounds cheesy, but it was the nicest, most genuine (& inexpensive) gift anyone has ever given me. i will never forget it! haha but dont worry, he also got me an adorable pair of earrings!

  7. daintyvegan Says:

    Gifts of experience.. never thought of it but I REALLY like the idea. I would love to receive gifts like that but no one I know would think to give something in that form. Perhaps I’ll bring it up next Christmas.. I would for my birthday but I have something that I really want but can’t afford to buy myself.. haha.

    Your pictures are always so lovely and creative, the one of your puppy made me smile. Love how you reuse the empty jars. I think I’ll start doing that once I’m out on my own, my parent’s house is too disorganized for me to start something like that.

  8. Katie Says:

    I love using jars to store grains, seeds, and other pantry items. I just made some homemade salsa and stored it in an old pasta jar. Recycling is the best way to go. 🙂

    Mmmm, I totally agree about keeping your fruit crisp and fresh, especially with blueberries. Soggy bloobs are not my cup of tea.

  9. Peanut Butter Bliss Says:

    oh my goodness your oat are drool worthy – especially with the lovely ribbon of almond butter 😀

  10. glidingcalm Says:

    GURLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL i have been trying to find the link to your blog FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i finally found a link through Broccoli Hut!! and now i am adding you to my google reader!!! YAYYYY

  11. Emily Says:

    Your eats look beautifully delish, as always. I am a huge fan of almond butter, especially homemade AB, which I should make sometime soon!

    I think that the best gifts sometimes aren’t completely tangible like clothes or jewelry, etc. It’s so neat that you got to experience Paris with your dad. I really value cards and letters and words of encouragement from close friends. I’d rather have a really nice letter than a necklace any day!

  12. Rachael Says:

    Good lord, your doggie is cute!
    Disappearing gifts… sounds magical 😉 I don’t even care WHAT my gift is. If it’s from someone I love and I can see that they put thought into it, I’m happy as a clam.
    P.S. Only you could open my eyes to the beauty of an avocado seed. I’ve seen a ton and never noticed, so thank you for “opening my eyes!”

  13. Reigne Says:

    Hi Sam!
    I’ve been reading your blog since the early days – and I love it!
    Your photos are beautiful, and your posts are never boring – and always inspire me! I had a blog – and lasted for about nine posts, before I stopped.
    I hope to start blogging again sometime soon.
    🙂 Reigne (The Baby Health Nut.)

  14. seekmyself Says:

    The gift of experience. I love that. I often find myself drawn to giving those kinds of gifts to others, especially to my parents, who I love to pieces. I love surprising them with homecooked meals so we can all spend some time together… or going out on “date nights” to a hockey game or movie with my dad, who I don’t get to see enough of… And having a girls night with my mom… Those are definitely the best kind of times 🙂

  15. determinedtoshine Says:

    Your salads always look amazing 🙂

    And the best presents are experiences, you’re right! The best gift I ever got was for my 17th birthday my friends and family organised a surprise party for me. So much thought and love went into planning and organising it, it literally made my year!

    Enjoy your hump day ❤
    xo H


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