Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Great Start

I kicked off the month of February by meeting a friend at the monthly farmer's market known as Qout Market.  It has grown so much since we attended the very first one in November.
 I came home with lots of organic and healthy products.
 And as long as I bring lunch, everyone is happy.  (The black bean veggie burger was for me, Zack had the Japanese burger and that left the apple chicken for hubby.)
 The weather was absolutely wonderful with an amazing cloud show the entire day.
It certainly made for a very entertaining walk this afternoon.
 A friend at school invited me to join the above challenge.  You can read more about it at the Skinny Dip Society.  Its mission:

Women diving into life fully, undressing their souls, shedding the weight and celebrating each other on the journey. It’s time for a revolution of happy. wild. brave. free. ALIVE women. {It’s contagious.}

Our first challenge was to eat like a queen.
Basically, slowing down and enjoying the moment and the food.
I had pumpkin kebba, lemon tahini quinoa salad, Mama Ghanouj and beetroot hummus.
Everything was purchased from the market today, except for the quinoa salad that I made yesterday from a recipe found in The China Study Cookbook.
I even used the tomatoes from our balcony and boy were they good.
Here's to a healthy, happy month.
Happy February!
 

30 comments:

Susan said...

Sounds like a very fun day, Tammy. So glad you had a great time. Susan

Teresa Kasner said...

You sure know how to live a full and wonderful life, Tammy! I'm nurse to my poor husband for the forseeable future.. hope he gets better fast! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

Such a fun filled morning Tammy. Those foods all sound very exotic to me. We're very much a meat and potato family. :-(
Blessings,
Betsy

Wanda said...

Yes, what a great way to start February. The smells, colors, and textures of all the food seem exciting. I love that you share all these exotic things with us "meat and potato" people...HaHa.

Deborah said...

What beautiful photos! I always love sharing a little bit of your world.

Astri Bowlin said...

All your food items always look so delicious. I must check out this Skinny Dip Society. :-)

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

a really good start!!!!! ;oD
xxxxx Ale

homeschooljewelrymom said...

What a nice day :-) Thanks for sharing. Have fun on your Skinny Dip journey.

Yarni Gras! said...

What beautiful photos! Enjoyed visiting today

Yarni Gras! said...

What beautiful photos! Enjoyed visiting today

Blondie's Journal said...

Your posts are so interesting and fun. What a great market. Are a lot of the signs written in English? Is that the norm?

The Skinny Dip sounds like a fun way to encourage one another to eat healthy. Of course, some of your meals were foreign to me, but I get the idea.

You look beautiful in the pic! :)

XO,
Jane

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
That was a great start off for the new month! My eyes popped when I went from 7th Heaven to the Skinny Dip Society... but it proves to be harmless thank goodness.
Enjoy your new month and with your healthy life style you look GREAT.
Hugs,
Mariette

Bead and Needle said...

WOW - the whole day was fit for a Queen, ending with some gorgeous clouds (I DO love clouds!) Happy February, Tammy...Tanya

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Glad you enjoyed your day.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Linda Powell said...

Beautiful photographs of your wonderful day, I love Markets, they have such a great atmosphere and you can often find little gems that cannot be found elsewhere. Thank you for sharing your day :-)

Melanie said...

As always, your food sounds delicious. So your husband and son aren't vegetarian or vegan like you...do you find it hard to cook for them? I just saw the pictures of your tomatoes from the previous post. They're so beautiful! I can't wait until we can have fresh tomatoes here again. The supermarket ones are disgusting.

Quinn said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely market day :) And you do have amazing skies!
I just bought a packet of quinoa for the first time, and will soon be googling for recipes. I'll try to find the one you used - the salad looks so refreshing! - although it will be many months before tomatoes are available on my balcony, by which I mean in my garden ;)

Catherine said...

Such a wonderful market you visited. Lovely things to see and buy.
Wishing you a happy week Tammy!
xo Catherine

Dagmar said...

All your photos this week look amazing..the market, the food, all amazing..so happy you had a wonderful weekend

Carola Bartz said...

I'm here for the first time and I'm probably your newest follower. What a great place to visit? Your photography takes me to other places... how lovely is that! You have wonderful food - I love tomatoes and quinoa!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh, those clouds are lovely. The market looks wonderful, and your food photos and descriptions are making me hungry! Lucky you to have tomatoes right now.

Have a happy February! :)

Aishwarya said...

Hi Tammy

Your pics show that you cherish every day, `seize the moment' kind of day. Great. I'll hop over to check the 21 day challenge :)

The food and their names both look and sound great!

Have a great week ahead

Jen Ham said...

Fantastic beautiful photos! xoxo Jen

Pam said...

Such lovely photos. Love the clouds. Good luck on your 21 day challenge. It sounds like a great opportunity.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

What an exotic and wonderful place...the food looks so good! Enjoy your challenge!

111 LaLa Lane said...

Hey Tammy, thanks for your comment on my blog the other day. I must say, I thought you had not been posting or something, because I never saw anything from you. Then I figured it out....I had a computer glitch sometime back and lost some of the blogs I followed. Apparently, yours was among them. I still have stupid stuff happen on this blog site, but for the most part it does the job I guess. Anyway, I wanted to also say hi...that I've missed your blogs and pass the black bean and quinoa salad, please. I'm going back to add you to my blog list. See ya later.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I LOVE it when a Farmer's Market thrives and grows! There is just something about that that makes the world seem right... in the face of so many sad and disturbing things... the wholesome goodness of this sings out hope. I love it. =) YOU are contagious for sure! blessings ~ tanna

Serena Lewis said...

Markets, friends, good food....it just had to add up to a great day. :) I'm off to check out the challenge. Have a great day! xx

Sharon Chapman said...

I'll be checking this out. Your salad looks so good. I love your weather too. I am freezing here.

Vicki Boster said...

Tammy- I love the market-- so fun-- such great things to be found there!

Well- I'm trying to be healthy too-- I'm always trying-- it's even harder in the winter. I need sunny and warm--- soon!
Vicki

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