Slowing Down and a Garden Squash Breakfast

Garden Squash Breakfast | Reluctant

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else–we are the busiest people in the world. –Eric Hoffer

When I don’t focus on a healthy breakfast, I immediately lose the strength and power to focus on what I should be doing that day. It takes discipline to exercise, eat healthy (Garden Squash Breakfast), read something good for my mind and soul, and to make a plan for the day so I don’t waste time. Now don’t get me wrong, I do occasionally waste time. Social media can suck the life out of a person, and I’m trying to streamline my days and stay more focused. Most people I talk to struggle with this.

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These past few weeks I’ve deliberately slowed my schedule down. I’ve said no to a few social engagements, done more organizing around the house, and have kept a quieter existence. It’s been good for me, because I can tend to be the one on the go all the time.

Garden Squash Breakfast | Reluctant

I’ve enjoyed the garden (and this beautiful autumn peony above – what a nice surprise!), committing to my husband (who really is the gardener around here) to preserve and can what I can (too many years we’ve let produce go to waste, or have had to give it away), so this week I froze zucchini and carrots, harvested beets and squash, and made 20 more pints of my Smokey Zucchini Salsa. I wanted to can more peaches, but how much can a girl do? :)

I’m moving on to applesauce and pears, two of my favorites fruits. I’m excited to share with you my fast and easy applesauce canning process with a KitchenAid attachment that everyone asks me about. Sandy, how do you make applesauce so fast? Stay tuned. :)

I visited for the first time a farm up the street from our home, Dunbar Farms. They have a new tasting room and a fruit and vegetable stand where you pay using the “honor system.” I love it when people run a business the good old fashioned way. I bought some tomatoes for the salsa because ours are dwindling quickly.

Dunbar Farms

In the meantime, for breakfast, I took a big hunk of squash and steamed it, and then added a steamed egg and all the fixings, which for me is usually avocado and garden tomatoes sprinkled with pepper.

Healthy Garden Squash Breakfast  | Reluctant

We’re at the end of the season, so I’m savoring every last bite from our garden, and so is my family.

Gardening and eating healthy and sharing the crops – it all makes this girl happy!

And slowing down.

Do you ever take time to visit new farms in your area?

5 comments on “Slowing Down and a Garden Squash Breakfast”

  1. I’ve been mindful of this scripture lately; I Thess 4:11 about making a quiet life my ambition. I’m back to work full time, and am tempted to believe there are not enough hours in the day—but there are enough hours to do all that God has for me to accomplish each day. Praying for the discernment to order my day correctly.
    Love you Sandy! We are enjoying the end of the garden as well, and I am inventing ways to preserve it for later and for sharing.

  2. This is a great breakfast idea and a much-needed reminder! I am a morning person which means that, after my husband leaves for work, I dive into my work and (WAY TOO) often forget to eat breakfast, then pay for it later in the day. Thanks for the quote!

  3. Excellent post, Sandy! Slowing down…it is exactly what I had to do. Writing a cookbook (with challenging paleo baking recipes), working with blog designer on evenings and weekends, keeping a blog going and keeping up with social media along with learning new software after switching from PC to Mac, just got to me. I was forgoing sleep just to keep going. Not good. I thought my brain would explode, LOL. Something had to give. Love hearing about your canning projects and your garden. Lovely breakfast idea, too! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. What a perfect breakfast, Sandy!! Great reminder to slow down and recharge a bit. :)

  5. Lovely breakfast, how smart to eat veggies in the morning! But I really REALLY love that quote and your message, your encouragement to slow down on purpose. So tempting to rush through every day, and so dangerous. Autumn here in Oklahoma is a great time to take a deep breath and enjoy the details, so thanks for the reminder. As for all of that produce… Oh my love it. Your’e such an inspiration to continue to expand my gardens and learn more food preservation skills!! this year I froze some and did some fridge pickles, that is about it. More for 2014!! xoxo

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