I Like to Think

by Holly on April 10, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,fun finds,giving back

I like to think I am a gal who lives by her morals + values.

Passed on from the wonderful Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian, I like to think these include honesty, trustworthiness, humor, hard work, kindness and a belief in the innate goodness of people.

Now, that is not to say I have never told a lie, broken a promise, sulked around all day in a bad mood, been extremely lazy, made fun of someone for wearing hideously bad fashion or doubted whether the horribly rude lady who yelled at me on the phone last week had any redeeming human qualities.

She didn’t, for the record.

As long as the number of days I live by my morals + values outweigh the days I don’t, I like to think I’m doing okay. None of us are perfect. Let’s be real, if we were, Earth would be a really boring place to live.

I value eating breakfast every morning. In fact, if I didn’t eat breakfast, all humor and kindness would cease to exist in my everyday life.  I like to think I do a great job of making that happen every single morning – more for the sake of my co-workers than me.

1 cup organic skim milk
1 large frozen banana
1 T cocoa powder
2 T vanilla brown rice protein powder
2 T creamy PB
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola

I like to think there is a direct connection between the food I eat and my corresponding productivity throughout the day.  You know how Stacy + Clinton always say “Look good, feel good?”  Well, yours truly likes to think, “Eat good, feel good.” I value high-quality, nutritious food that makes me feel my best.

And a large Roasted Veggie Salad is guaranteed to make that happen…

That would be two handfuls of mixed greens, caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes + cabbage lovingly doused in a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar…

Trust me, I was feeling GREAT after that salad.

I fervently try and support local whenever I can. Although I do like me some Starbucks or apples shipped in from New Zealand now and again, I do my best to follow my morals and support the local people around me.  That includes local, fair trade coffee + chocolate hazelnut biscotti

Because if your local coffee shop provides free wireless, good coffee and a delicious dessert, I like to think, why NOT go there?

Luckily, I live in a city with like-minded people who also appreciate supporting local businesses, growers and families making healthy and delicious food.  I like to think it’s my job to support them in doing that.

A farmer’s market breakfast featuring locally-grown, organically-raised food? Umm…yes please!

Apparently, there are MANY like-minded people who hold this value dear to their hearts…

…as well as a team of dedicated kitchen folk ready to whip up breakfast for the organic-minded masses!

Lately, I’ve been eating more meat than usual. I’m not going to lie…I’ve liked it.  Because when you have a homemade corn tortilla breakfast taco filled with locally-raised + hormone-free chicken, organic black beans and salsa verde, you don’t ask questions.  You just devour.

There are no words to describe this deliciousness before you…

And yes, the lavender cookie + apple cider made quite a lovely dessert.

If I didn’t convince you how amazing this was, I like to think the phrase,“The proof is in the pudding,” is quite fitting for this picture:

Now THAT’S living by your morals and values.

Another value instilled in me from Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian is the importance of giving back. Growing up, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have always had food on my table, a roof over my head and a loving family who reads my blog even though I embarrass them on the World Wide Web.

However, not everyone is as lucky as I.

In January, the island nation of Haiti was hit with a massive earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people and left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in shambles.  Even though the support and relief efforts have been extraordinary, there is still much to be done.

And thanks to wonderful organizations like Madison Meals for Haiti, the country is continuing to get much-needed help almost four months after the earthquake first hit.

So, after breakfast, my friend Ilsa + I donned our hair nets and readied ourselves to join in…


Unfortunately, Ilsa was far more skilled at the whole hair net thing…

…but I like to think I eventually figured it out.

Madison Meals for Haiti’s goal is to pack more than 500,000 meals in three days to be delivered to Haitian orphanages and others in need.  Do I sense a challenge coming on here?

Bring it.

I like to think hundreds of other people felt that exact same way…

We spent 90 minutes boxing up pre-packaged meals of rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein + powdered vitamins to be delivered to Haiti. Working in teams of eight people, we packaged 8 boxes of about 215 meals (1,720 meals total!!!) in one hour and 10 minutes. The best part? There were people of ALL ages there.  Young, old, families, individuals – everyone was there solely to donate their time (and money, if they so chose).

Here is a box of food filled up and ready to go…

The whole event was INCREDIBLY well-organized, and it was great to see so many people contributing to such a worthy, needed cause.  If you would like to find out more about this organization and how you can help, please visit Madison Meals for Haiti for more information.

Trust me, your morals + values will thank you.

With that, Ilsa + I parted ways (to be reunited later tonight, no worries)…

Ummm…who am I to be making fun of others for hideously bad fashion? I like to think homegirl has got it together, but that hair net really isn’t doing much for me. Clearly, my morals + values like to relax on the weekend too.

At least that’s what I like to think.


Evan Thomas April 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I completely agree that I feel better when I eat better. Right now I’m eating general gao chicken. Oops :-/
I love all the Farmer’s market goodness! I haven’t been to one in ages. And I’m all for local, ethical meat.
Keep fueling and feeling well!

Molly April 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Work that hairnet, girl!

Yum- it all looks delicious!

Erica April 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I <3 this post. You are a wonderful person :) Fabulous of you to support local growers- I like to do so whenever possible as well. And I think the time you donated to making meals for Haiti rocks. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

PS Josh just got home from a trip last night and I was telling him how cool your Co-op videos are and how I have to show them to him! I wish we had a coop!

Run Sarah April 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Great post Holly! The farmer’s market breakfast sounds wonderful – what a great idea to showcase local meat & produce. I am really intrigued in the Meals for Haiti project, I’m going to check out their website now. I used to volunteer at a mobile soup kitchen and really miss doing it!

Jenna April 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

What a great cause !

katie April 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

ahahah you are so freaking cute!! thats an AWESOME cause girl!!!

Katie April 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

You are so inspiring!! How awesome of you.

Also, that roasted veggie salad…such a beautiful thing. I might have to try and re-create that for my lunch verrrrrrry soon.

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm

What a great way to volunteer! Such an awesome event.

And you girls rock those hairnets…awesome. :D

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Love the hairnet. ;)

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Major, major high five for the incredible volunteer work you did for Haiti. Color me inspired! I’m always prattling on and on about causes that need more attention, and I often forget or neglect to just take action and give said causes the attention myself. Volunteering more was something I vowed to do more of this year, and your inspiring post has reminded me to get back n that wagon.

Also, that farmer’s market brunch? Drooooooool.

Nicole April 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I love black beans and rice! :) (And that chicken taco looks really good.)

How wonderful that you volunteered! I’m thinking my life would feel a lot more fulfilling if I got involved in something like that.

Angharad April 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

That veggie salad looks bomb and also bomb is you helping a good cause. Word lady.

Kristie April 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I was *this close* to doing the Meals for Haiti Thursday night!!! It filled up before the person who was supposed to sign me up did. So glad you went though!

Jess April 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Fabulous post! That plate full of veggies looks DELICIOUS.

<3 jess

Lisa April 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Great post!

I feel the exact same way as you do about breakfast–even if Im not necesarily hungry, it’s def. a must!

and nice job helpin out and doing your part. you’re a good person with awesome hair that i love!

Susan April 11, 2010 at 6:41 am

You really are an amazing girl Holly – Madison Meals for Haiti looks like a wonderful way to spend a day! Stuff like that is so easy to do, and takes little time and money!

That Farmer’s Market breakfast looks ah-maze-zing! And is that a beet salad I see? Oh yes, oh yes…

Susan April 11, 2010 at 7:02 am

I dunno Holly… I think the hairnet is quite becoming!

The food in this post looks out of this world!! I’m with you, locally raised chicken is hard to turn down when smothered with delicious ingredients. Also, happy that you guys were boxing up quality food. Pet peeve is when people send kraft dinner to those in need.

mammaeverythingtarian April 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

I would have to say that the one of the important things I failed to teach you after 30 years in the beauty industry… is how to put on and rock the runway in a hairnet. The one thing a girl must know!!!!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

I am quite confident that you rocked the crap out of that hairnet.

Low April 11, 2010 at 11:22 am

I like to think that we’re soul mates and that we must meet in real life. I love your morals girl. Everything in this post made me smile. Especially you in a hair net!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet April 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

it’s great to be surrounded and supported by people who have similar beliefs to you when it comes to something as personal as food. i’ve found that to be true with the food blogging community as well!

Ameena April 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

Love this post…seriously I think it is great you eat local and support farmer’s markets. On top of all that you helped raise money for such a great cause! And you look fabulous in a hair net.

You are very inpsiring! As is this post. :)

Have a great Sunday!

BroccoliHut April 11, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Haha, I like you adaptation of What Not to Wear for food blogging. I like the way you think;)

Gabriela (froyolover) April 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Awww – that was so sweet of you, girl!
Packing food to help Haiti!
Lovely post, as usual :)
Have a terrific Sunday!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Mama Pea April 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I like to think I am a decent writer, a good person and have a creative mind…and then I read your post and know I can always do better. Thanks for inspiring me!

Katherine April 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I don’t understand people who don’t eat breakfast. It’s the best part of the day!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) April 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I think you have WONDERFUL morals! So cool that you went to go make meals up. :)

Whit April 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

Love you + that hair net!

Giving back is the most valuable thing we can do with our time, I like to think. That hour you were going to spend on the couch watching TV? Much better spent feeding the needy. THANKS for being an example, my friend.

[and for having a sense of humor. ah, the humorless people in the world. ;) ]

janetha April 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

a farmer’s market?! how jealous am i? i love the market! it doesnt start til like.. june.. i need to head north east to YOU. that chicken business looks SO good. way to embrace the chicken. i love you in a hair net and i love that you always, ALWAYS lend a hand. you are a hero!

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