Silver Lining

No matter what’s going on, I try to find that silver lining in any cloud. And although it can be challenging to find a purpose in each day when you’re out of work, even that has a silver lining.

I try to stay busy. From projects around the house to volunteering with political and community groups, to spending more time with family and friends, there are good things to be found in each day. Lately, I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen and trying new things – with hubby and my kids as willing guinea pigs for each new recipe. (I even found a food dehydrator on FreeCycle, so apple and banana chips are big hit lately!) So far, they’ve loved it all. Hey, anything’s better than “get your own” dinners.

Like a lot of tree-huggers, I cut meat out of my diet as a teen – beef especially. It’s just too resource intensive and the strain it’s putting on our environment (methane, water and grain consumption …) … it just wasn’t cutting it for this international development major. Not a big sacrifice really, though I reintroduced chicken and fish into my diet in college.

I’ve found that any recipe calling for meat can still be good if we make a few substitutes. Winter never really hit us here in Maryland but we’re still turning to comfort food with all the chaos down in DC. Current favorites are homemade turkey chili and chicken pot pie. I’m always looking for new things to try.

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