Fevers, goals, and party dips

by - Sunday, December 12, 2010

With parties and gatherings stacking up on our calendar this weekend, my four year old spiked a 102+ degree fever on Friday. Deep breaths. Cancel. Reschedule. Tylenol. Apple juice. Sleep...

We seem to be just about back on track today and my boy is feeling better, thankfully.

I have been, in the in-between moments, working on my goals for 2011. For 2010, I had WAY TOO MANY goals. Way. Too. Many. I wasn't able to keep track of the list but, honestly, I think the most important things were summed up by my word for the year: CULTIVATE.

GetNatured was born at the end of 2009 and has been growing and evolving organically into something that feels really good. I completed my second and third triathlons in the summer of 2010 and have built new friendships with some amazing women through my moms' group and tri training.

I haven't chosen a word for 2011 yet, but my general themes include having more adventures and more barefoot time (downtime). I want to write more and "to do list" less. I want to have more reasons to take pictures and fewer reasons to stay indoors.

What are your goals from 2011? Did you choose a word for the year?

Aside from creating goals, I know many people are party hopping this time of year and dips, chips, cheese, and desserts abound. Here are three of my favorite recipes that can be eaten with crackers, pita bread, baguette, or veggies or as a salad topper or sandwich filling:

  • Roasted red pepper dip (recipe)
  • Chickpea salad (recipe) - try adding a little cayenne for an extra kick
  • Spicy edamame dip (recipe)
Speaking of veggies, we received this romanesco in our last CSA box. I LOVE the way that it looks!




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  1. It's like a Christmas tree forest! How do you cook it?

    I think my word for 2011 is Joy. I have a mantra I'm working with this concept.

    Hope the kiddo is all better!

  2. I love making goals and your idea to choose one word to capture the essence of what you are trying to achieve that year. Keep up the good work! :)

  3. It is a Christmas tree forest. I don't feel like eating it,it is so beautiful.


Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!