Friday favorites

Friday Favorites
It’s been a good week around the Rowe house. We’ve eaten well and played well, and even managed to get a little bit of sleep now and then. A year ago we were getting ready to welcome little E into the family, so we’ve been doing a lot of looking back and remembering as we now begin to celebrate her first birthday. Some days I can’t believe she’s almost one – other days it seems like she’s been with us forever!

Here are some of the things we are loving this week:

I have avoided watching the viral video of DaJerria Becton being slammed to the ground by the police officer, but when I came across this post by Sarah Bessey, I was moved to tears. There’s something so powerful about calling a person by his or her name. A name … it claims us – it identifies us as a person – not just a bump on a log. Jesus is so careful to identify people by their names. It’s hard to remember names when we meet people, but I keep trying to remind myself to ingrain them into my brain and commit them to memory – so that if I ever see them again, I can identify them the way Jesus identifies each one of us.

I’m in one of those times in my life when my pants don’t fit. I’m in between sizes, and I just don’t want to spend money on new pants that are too big – or on pants that are the teeniest bit too small – so I’m wearing whatever I can find in my closet. When I read this post over at SheLoves Magazine, I had to nod my head in agreement. So many times in my life have there been *pants* that didn’t fit me, and yet I continued trying to wear them. I love the way Abby has lifted this up in a very real way. What pants are you trying to squeeze into?

These Teriyaki Lentils are one of my favorite easy night meals. We had them Monday and ate leftovers for lunch Tuesday and Wednesday. You can add in whatever vegetable you find in your fridge (or at the farmer’s market), it makes a ton, and it feeds you well for days. It’s a great meatless meal for those of you who, like us, are trying to eat less meat.

We made Pasta with Kale, Peas, & Ricotta last night and it was fan-freakin-tastic. I added some broccoli that I picked up at the farmer’s market, but otherwise I followed the recipe pretty closely. I have fallen in love with this blog – and can’t wait to try more of the recipes. The images are beautiful, the variety is amazing, and the story behind the three women simply makes me smile. Growing up, my sisters and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my Mom, Aunts, and Grandma. I hope that when my girls grow up they will remember the times we spent in the kitchen – and will pass it on to their families.

Explore a new place. I took the girls out adventuring this week and we discovered Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Walking through it, you would never know it was right in the heart of the city. We had so much fun exploring the woods, the creek, and just being outside together. Sometimes it’s good to get outside and do something new to break up the monotony of staying at home or even going to the places you frequent. After our trip to the preserve, I’ve vowed to go adventuring more often!

Get ready for your summer CSA share! It’s not too late for you to join a CSA – and summer is the best time to do it! We love our CSA from Brightside Farm and are so excited to stock up all the yummy summer veggies that are about to come our way.

What are you loving this week?

Crystal Rowe

wife to D, mama to A & E, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, follower of Christ, writer, book lover, beloved child of God