It is summer (offically, I'm not sure?) but now my "office" has moved outside for good.  I am sure however, that I have been in the mood for peanut butter, bananas and bacon for some reason.  The reoccurring cravings were a continual tug on my will power, so I grabbed the homemade peanut butter, vegan coconut bacon, and two perfectly ripe bananas and headed back outside.  Sometimes we need a quick little snack just like this one to push us through the day.  Three ingredients and one butter knife is not my typical modus operandi, but heck even the most complex food blogger needs a break every once and a while.           

    But the main reason why I found myself on my site editor with pictures at hand is, gratefulness. I have a beautiful new computer with very long battery life, that allows me to both watch the boys play outside and occasionally surf around the internet for fun blogs to read.  This one and this one have caught my eye lately, and consequentially have thrown me into a tailspin of buying yarn, frogging old projects and searching through magazines for fun patterns.  They have also served a gentle reminder to be grateful for the small things I have in life.  Being grateful for beautiful moments or small items rather then focusing on the things I want is something I try very hard to be mindful of.  I'm not sure if it was Oprah or Lady Gaga that inspired me to start a "grateful" journal, but it has been far too long since I've actually written an entry.  I actually much prefer the ease and grace of typing up a post in my little corner of the internet anyway.  So here are some of the beautiful things worth being grateful for today:

I am grateful for red swings...I am grateful there are less!       
I am grateful for orange sidewalk chalk and semi-burnt smokey Coconut Bacon...
I am grateful for perfectly ripe yellow bananas...the scent and feel of tomato plants...
I am grateful for a raspberry bush full of summer berries...and a little green striped onezie...
I am grateful for our soft hammock and the bright blue cloud-ful skies above...
I am grateful organic grapes are back in grocery stores...and purple string beans are now purple in my garden...
    I'm not the only one feeling playful and enjoying the colors of life this week.  I guess all the beautiful weather is making it hard not to notice the small things that make us happy.  Stopping to realize the importance of these simple moments is as wonderful as the soft cool breeze caressing my skin.  Laughing together with my children becomes the most rewarding and important time in my day.  Being grateful for the time I am given with those that I love suddenly becomes the focus and tireless pursuit.

So bring on the bacon (coconut bacon that is) and lets get busy filling up the kiddie pool with water!   

Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Bites (Vegan)

makes enough for one mother and two little boys

2 Ripe bananas, cut into 1-inch slices
homemade peanut butter or an all natural peanut butter with no added salt
Coconut Bacon by fettle vegan (see note below)

A little drizzle of chocolate might be awfully nice too!  (Optional)

Slice the bananas and spread about a 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each.  Sprinkle on some coconut bacon and watch them disappear.

Note:  If you enjoy bacon and are not a vegan you need to try this recipe anyway. Trust me, it won't disappoint!  

.....And the ants in our backyard are grateful to play on the playground for a while before being sent back home to their Mommies.


06/19/2013 12:05pm

When I read "bacon", I thought you've lost it for sure. First carnitas, now bacon?! I should have seen the vegan twist coming. I have to admit, it's going to be a very hard sell for me to swap out actual bacon goodness for this pseudo-bacon, but I'll try it :)

Oh, and you'll be proud of me. My wife and I finally got our behinds in gear and went out to the organic farm by us for strawberry picking. I have some green ones pickling in the fridge as we speak :)

I love the idea of a grateful journal. We need to slow down more often and enjoy the incredible blessings we have.

06/19/2013 12:34pm

Hey awesome that you got some strawberries..FINALLY... and from the sound of it, next year you might be picking from your own backyard!!!

I promise Chris, this pseduo-bacon is worth it!!!! Maybe not as worth is as normal bacon but it still holds its own in my mind :)

06/19/2013 9:40pm

Love. Love. Love. So much beauty in this post! You know how I feel about your photography (I have not held back ;-) but it's the writing that draws out the heart. There is a beautiful saying I often reflect on: 'until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have'.

Your boys make me smile! Just look at those two dancing in the sunshine -- (I chuckled at the "I am grateful there are two... no more, no less"). I would be lost in those two blogs too... very fun. Now how do you see your screen outside? I've tried so many times to bring my computer outside but can't see a darn thing!

Your snacky bites look splendid to me and 3 ingredients is my style so I feel perfectly at home. I've come to learn that some of the best food is also some of the simplest. So why kill ourselves? xo.

06/19/2013 10:36pm

Thanks Kelly!!! :) I actually have a covered patio (one of the main reasons we purchased this home) and perhaps my fancy mac book pro with retina display is better with the daylight...I still get a little glare every so often though. My old laptop had no battery so I was stuck to wherever the closest outlet was....this new laptop is 100 times better then before!!!

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