Imagination, Thoughts & Local Food Finds

After we were done trapse’ing (<—that’s a legit word) around yesterday, Skylar wanted to stop at this plant.


…because she had to “talk on the phone” she told me.  Of course.  She’s 4.  Makes perfect sense.

I give her credit for using plant leaves as cell phones.  Wish that worked for me.  Would have saved me a lot of time and money with the stolen iPhone situation.

But at least her imagination works because we left her “cell phone” at home in San Diego.  Gotta love the way kids’ brains work.

In terms of food, some recent snacks include:

Juicy grapes.  I like mine frozen.

Dutch pastries dipped in chocolate

Raisin Bread Pudding (frozen and cubed for me)

And I’ve been snacking on fresh veggies with local condiment finds for dippage:

The whisky cocktail sauce is something I found here on our last trip and I laid awake in San Diego dreaming about it.  And couldn’t wait until I was here again to have more!

It’s like a mild horseradish + mayo-ish infused cocktail sauce + a little whiskey kick.  It’s divine. And it’s not garlicky, oniony, or salty which I avoid.

And rum + pineapple in a sweet and sour sauce?   Again, has my name written all over it!

It’s sort of like the Mango Chutney I used to make Mango Ginger Maple Tofu with, but jazzed up with a little rum.

From my last post about White Chocolate, I’m glad you enjoyed the White Chocolate Recipes and it sounds like some of you are big fans!  I agree, white is not dark, and it never will be, but it does have it’s own appeal to many of us.

I went ahead and added the link to that post to my Specialty & Themed Recipes where you can find everything from recipes to help you use up ripe bananas to stevia recipes to recipes using pumpkin puree.


1. Do you have a good imagination?

As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to just zone out for hours and hours in front of the tv.  Some tv, yes, but not indefinite amounts.  My mom would shut it off and say, “Go play now!”  And, I did.  As a kid I had a vivid imagination.  Maybe even a bit too much but it all worked out.

I take a similar approach with Skylar now, too.

Unscripted playtime, being outside with no agenda, and just having time to gaze up at the sky, listen to the birds chirp, I really think does foster a good imagination in kids.

I believe it also sets one up as an adult to being able to think and ponder life, without having to be “entertained” by something else.

2. Being able to sit with your own thoughts.  Can you do that?

To this day, just having time alone when running, being outside, I let my imagination and my thoughts just….go.  Wherever they take me, whatever I “want” to think about, I just do. That’s how I came to some of my career epiphanies and fantasies recently.

And even though in yoga we are not supposed to let our mind “think” too much when practicing and we should find that place of mental and emotional detachment while still being present and mindful (<—boy, that’s an art isn’t it!) but being able to let thoughts come and go, accept them, release them, as necessary, is such a great thing.

But it also takes practice because some thoughts are hard to let go and some thoughts are hard to let in.

3. Any good condiment finds, or food finds in general, lately?

I love condiments so I’m always up to hear about some gems!

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44 comments on “Imagination, Thoughts & Local Food Finds”

  1. Its so cute to see small kids do things of their own. Make the TV remote their cellphone, sitting on the couch and pretending that they are driving a car. And, what I love the most- sitting on a pillow and pulling the reins like they are riding a horse.

  2. traipsing–a great word! And I love her little bikini-clad phone-booth moment. Yes, imagination is so crucial for quality of life. I feel gratitude that I grew up a bookworm instead of tv-head, and made up my own stories, etc.

    Because I’m doing this super-plain diet kick, I’m not doing too many condiments right now, but a little while ago I made a cheezy sauce based on corn and nooch with a bit of mustard that I think you’d have liked!

  3. Your daughter is ADORABLE. Skylar is just too cute ;)

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  5. I’ve always had a wild imagination and just thinking is one of my favorite things to do. I have no problem being with my thoughts.

  6. Haha! Love to see that my little munchkin’s not the only one who uses anything and everything as a “phone!” Love their imagination! Mine’s not quite as out there as theirs but mine goes pretty wild at times too :) And definitely agree with you on letting them just play and be kids and use there imagination. Too much TV is never a good thing, for anyone.

    Averie, I tried the Sweet and Sour Honey Lemon Tofu last week and LOVED it. I actually tried it with tempeh last night and gobbled it up! I use Hot Pepper Jelly which is AMAZING! Definitely try it out if you haven’t yet.

  7. Hehe, Skylar is so cute. Great eats, frozen grapes are awesome.

    1. Yes, it was better when I was a kid. TV was limited for me as a kid too and built huge dollhouses out of boxes and whatever junk I could find.
    2. Yes and I do it regularly while working out.
    3. I just threw together a hemp mustard sauce that was pretty good tonight.

  8. Every child I know is obsessed with cell phones. Even babies who can’t even speak yet! It really says something about our culture, doesn’t it? We’re always on the phone!

  9. I like grapes frozen too!! The hubby taught me that!

    I definitely can sit with my thoughts and do often. I also love to walk and think. But, I do get bored quite easily.

  10. You know… I always think of how Skylar is such a great name for her spirit :) I don’t know why exactly, but she’s definitely special and it’s not everyday that you come across that name either :)

    1. Ohhh yes! In this sense I know I won’t ever “grow up”. I don’t even like to say that actually. I don’t believe that growing up necessarily means you have to let the imagination go. A lot of adults do… but that’s not how it has to be :)

    2. Yes, I practice that a lot. I feel much more at peace with everything and myself since I’ve become more aware of reflection, acceptance, and letting go.

    3. Hmm… I found a kabocha at the store other day :) I haven’t seen or had one in awhile! I have this fig and balsamic vinegarette that I have yet to try–got it on sale for $1. Incredible!

    XO, much love!!!

    p.s. I also love my grapes frozen :D such a refreshing burst of flavor

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