This week was full of sweet potato love here at Humble Foodie, starting with 5 Uses for Sweet Potato Puree and followed by my new favorite recipe: Sweet Potato Brownies. Hearty servings of this scrumptious tuber (especially mixed with cocoa…) kept me going through a front-loaded week. Friday came to a close with a glorious dinner table laden with Thai food and a trip to the symphony.
To be honest, I don’t listen to classical music on my own. Last night’s performance might have changed that. Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest, Op. 18 and Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36 (listen here) were powerful pieces that pulled to the surface memories and emotions I didn’t remember feeling. Tchaikovsky’s written program for Symphony No. 4 shed light on the rollercoaster and ended with the first weekend read I want to share. His explanation of the fourth movement would make a beautiful meditation and reminder for difficult times:
The fourth movement: if within yourself you find no reasons for joy, then look to others. Go among the people. See how they can enjoy themselves, surrendering themselves wholeheartedly to joyful feelings…O, how they are enjoying themselves! How happy they are that all their feelings are simple and straightforward. Reproach yourself, and do not say that everything in this world is sad. Joy is simple, but powerful. Rejoice in the rejoicing of others. To live is still possible.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
My practical side also thinks that The Tempest would make a good running soundtrack.
When you’re done swaying to the music above, start your Saturday with a few fun reads and recipes from around the web.
Recipe: Green Avocado Frosting
Perfect for your St. Patty’s Day treats!
Daring you to disagree, Terri Trespicio writes that Hobbies Are For Losers.
…chances are the thing you want to do, that you feel most passionate about, that you would love to do “for real,” is something you’re calling a hobby because it lowers the stakes.
New wardrobe on a budget: do a clothing swap!
Spring cleaning has me ready to unpack my summer frocks and gallivant around with bare legs. Get with the picture, 30-degree weather. Organizing a swap is a way to clean out your closets AND get awesome free stuff. Win-cute-dress-win.
5 Things to Eat in Virginia
Love the shoutout to my home state. It makes my heart pine for peanuts from Williamsburg, waffles at my favorite greasy spoon, and David‘s peach cobber cooked in a dutch oven over the campfire.
Introduction to the Paleo Diet
I love posts on paleo written by real people. Not that Robb Wolfe or Chris Kresser aren’t real…but it’s refreshing to read something written by someone who doesn’t live and breathe perfectly paleo all the time. Julie lays out this lifestyle/diet in real talk.
On my nightstand: Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin. I am fast becoming a food and agriculture nerd, so not all of the material is new to me, but I appreciate Salatin’s practical steps for reestablishing a conscientious and sustainable farming and land management system/attitude. It starts at home.
And finally, cheers to the freakin’ weekend, from the band I can’t stop listening to: