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Archive for June 6th, 2011

Gratitude, Quality, Luxury, More Gratitude.

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Relationship Celebration

Saturday we attended a wedding reception which was lovely. The space was beautiful, the company was spectacular, the music wonderful. However, it was *HOT* outside.

Brian remembers the groom as a baby. I met him when he was a young teen or tween. What a nice young man he is now. He’s good company and a good musician. I wish them all happiness, all the time.

A Great Gathering

At the reception, we got great food and plenty of water to drink. We all drank water through the day, but even so I got too much of my beloved summer heat.

By the time we got home, I didn’t feel well. I drank a lot more water, ate a little, and slept just about forever. Heat can give me headaches, and I just had to slow down.

A Cooling-Off Treat

SO: Sunday I went to the food Co-Op. They have Stonyfield Farms vanilla ice cream, the only ice cream I’ve found with ingredients I can eat (no eggs, potato starch or xanthan gum). It’s a luxury product, one that even kings could not have at one time.

I also got some organic milk and organic whipping cream. Organic Valley brand (it’s a co-op) whipping cream works for me. (It’s just cream and carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed… totally natural. Some whipping cream has “natural” preservatives in it.) We always keep organic frozen strawberries in the house.

Not Taking this for Granted

It was a very big day when I realized I could have a homemade strawberry shake even with all my allergies. I did not eat any dairy for 5 years, so ice cream is a big treat.

When I was a child, most places with ice cream offered only vanilla, or maybe vanilla and chocolate. If I was very lucky, I could order strawberry. I think I liked it best because it was a prettier color, to be honest… although I’m not a huge chocolate person even now.

So Sunday I made all-organic strawberry shakes with fresh-whipped-cream (sweetened with brown sugar, my favorite). We both had one, and it was a lovely treat.

I’m grateful that it’s summerlike, finally.

I’m grateful for friends and happy relationships.

I’m grateful for time to rest and cool off on Sunday.

I’m delighted and grateful, that I can eat such high-quality foods. Yes, this is luxury. Gourmet!