bon bons

Pick me up post: 4 O'Clock Peanut Butter Balls

I'm really overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and dialogue following my last post and want to say thank you to my readers.  It means a great deal to me and I feel full with love from friends and even strangers from near and far.  It's important to me to be able to use this blog as an avenue for exploring more difficult issues -- but I also want to be a source of lightness, and occasional inspiration.  Because life is so very much both.  So bear with me as I figure out the right balance.

Today- I swing to the opposite side of the spectrum, and talk about balls, and in under 500 words.  Edible, quick balls.  With nothing in them from my garden.  I could tell you about the armful of bok choy I harvested this morning and how it'll be stir fried tonight with local Coffelt's ground lamb and my first clippings of basil in a staple sauce of fresh ginger, garlic, sweet thai chile sauce, shoyu, and a dash of fish sauce (a glorious combination taught to me by dearest friend Mandy our first year of college... she couldn't make mac'n'cheese but she could rock a stir fry).  But then I'd have to wrap that into a story about college longings (and Mandy attempting that mac'n'cheese naked) and how many years I spent desperately trying NOT to get pregnant.  Moving on to edible balls, with nothing in them from my garden.

Backyard Mint Bons Bons

In the past 24 hours I've made protein and omega 3 packed nut power bars, dehydrated 10 pounds of ripe peaches, prepped cannelini beans for a spread with rosemary, made 2 quarts of green smoothie, repurposed leftover grilled zucchini in a rice paper wrap with a homemade spicy peanut sauce garnished with basil, radishes and carrots from the garden, and made 12 pints of one of my favorite "pickles", curried yellow squash and zucchini.  Last week a friend and I canned 60 pounds of tart yellow plums into one of my favorite honey sweetened jams and compotes.  But I don't want to talk about any of that.  We're trying to eat healthier here at the homestead, so the sourdough baking has been put on pause and mornings are filled with the whir of the Vitamix pureeing its way through a bushel of beet greens, spinach, kale, or carrot tops.  I feel great but just can't get all that excited about green smoothies, despite having all the ingredients fresh from the garden.  But I can get excited about bon bons.  Specifically, mint ice cream bon bons, dipped in a homemade dark chocolate 'magic shell'.  No kale, no vitamix involved.  A little bit of sugar, cream, mint, a chocolate shell, and a lot of guilt.