Simplicity

March 23rd

Morning in the garden

Lately my morning routine starts by going to the gym, coming home and putting steel cut oats on to cook for breakfast, and then stepping outside to water the garden. I cool off from my workout while watering and talking to the the plants.  By the time they are quenched, I’m ready for a shower and my breakfast is steamy.

The first tomato!

I am trying to be more dedicated about reading the Bible. I sit down with my oats and a copy of  “One Year Bible” and enjoy 15 minutes of meditation before leaving for work. I’d like to think this is making me a more focused and kinder person. If nothing else, it is giving me a peaceful start to the day and a better understanding of my faith.  Undoubtedly, the silence alone is making me more aware of the simple joys in life I may have otherwise overlooked. I skipped this morning when I saw the first tomato growing away on its green vine.

Beautiful organic eggs

The oatmeal today had a colorful companion. Greg gave me a dozen organic eggs from the Urban Farm yesterday. I can’t wait to have chickens at the community garden. The flavor of these eggs  is unlike anything else I’ve tasted; the yolks are luxuriously creamy and thick. The perch like little golden suns.

Organic eggs

I realized this morning when taking the egg shells to the composter what an unexpected life this is. I never imagined I’d find so much happiness in baking bread, knitting gifts, gardening and or spending time with God. For those most part, these elements were in my childhood here and there, but they weren’t ever what I thought would one day would be how I define who I am.

Waiting to rise

Portuguese sweet bread

Teaching my roommate how to bake bread? Such fun. Taking two loaves, warm from the oven, to friends as gifts? Wonderful.

Before roasting

Onions out of the garden

Roasted peppers, cilantro

Salsa for friends

Homemade spicy salsa

Making homemade salsa with ingredients from my garden? Fundamentally satisfying.

Time with friends, good music, great wine, healthy, fresh food, time to be creative and time to reconnect in prayer — these are my joys. I’m happy to be finding happiness in living with less and loving what I have.

~K

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25 Responses

  1. You’re such an inspiration Kelli! Salsa looks divine, as does the bread. You go girl!

  2. A great post to start the week. Happy Monday to you my friend!

  3. Oh, what a sweet life you’re baking yourself! Inspires me to get up earlier to have 1/2 an hour of reading and meditation too. Will have to check out that One Year Bible too.

  4. Such a nice post. Part of what I am doing for Lent is having a quiet breakfast in the morning – today’s was much to rushed – but most days it is the perfect start.

  5. Sounds like a perfect recipe for life in general Kelli. But I have to say, Im completely jealous that you have baby tomatoes already. We’ve got at least 6 more weeks or so.

  6. Everything looks delicious and amazing, and I know what you mean about what you expected would define you. And am I crazy, or is that one heck of a dozen eggs?

  7. Holy crap. Tomatoes in March. ONLY IN PHOENIX! That’s awesome.

    And your salsa looks YUM.

  8. EEKKK, I love this post! So happy you have found your place in His book! My friend just returned from Africa today and had a great post on a borrowed Bible! It spoke volumes in my life.http://mattjohnsoninzambia.blogspot.com/2009/03/borrowed-bible.html

  9. I have the One Year Bible, too! I should be more diligent about reading in the morning. I will try it!

  10. What a lovely post, Kelli. I love getting up early, too. There’s such possibilities in the day ahead and I feel so happy that another day of life has presented itself to me.

  11. Tina in Duluth March 23, 2009

    Peace!

  12. Your morning sounds lovely my friend. So glad you are finding joy in the simple things. I, too, have been trying to be more mindful of the joys in life, rather than the things. 🙂 I’ve missed you – hope you are well (oh and I should have told you that the soaker hoses are cheap garbage – though the last one I bought did have a warranty!)

  13. Your photos are always so nice, I just love them. And ditto on the “dozen” eggs–that’s not even a baker’s dozen!

    You already seem kind and focused to me!!!!!

  14. rohanknitter March 23, 2009

    You really can’t beat a fresh egg or garden produce, that’s for sure. My mouth is watering just looking at that salsa, I’ll bet it’s awesome!!

  15. The simple things are always the best. 🙂

  16. So true!! It is the little things that make up life!!

  17. When you are younger, it seems that to live your life at the fullest, it has to be a rollercoaster, each day an adventure. Then, growing up, you sense that the simplest pleasure as the ones you cited, are the best to be remembered when you are old.
    Btw, at which time you wake up for doing all that BEFORE work????

  18. What a lovely way to start your day! Your vegetables look so yummy and that salsa looks good too! Hopefully, I will have some nice veggies from my garden in July or August.

  19. You are so inspiring.I am reading the one year bible right now too, its a great way to get into the bible everyday and not be so overwhelmed.

  20. Beautiful post Kelli and once again inspriring. Love to you!

  21. “….and kinder person”

    I’m not sure you could be a kinder person. 🙂

  22. What joy! 🙂
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  23. Your first tomato! Congratulations!

  24. what a beautiful morning routine you have created…i love days like that. You’ve almost inspired me to create a garden, but I’m afraid I’m running late. And I can’t even compost right!

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