30 x 30 Challenge – Days 16 – 18

Day 16 – Disappointments turn to opportunities.  The day was going to be a very busy day, I was stressing over how I would fit in my 30-minute nature break.  Unforeseen, my afternoon appointment was cancelled (after I had driven an hour to get there).  SopI turned around, an extra hour in my day (aside…

30 x 30 Challenge – Days 13 – 15

Day 13 – Once again in Philly, once again stuck in a meeting room all day – this time on the Temple University campus.  But the timing worked so that I could find a nice green spot to hang out for 45minutes before my train home.  The problem with my first choice of spots was…

30 x 30 Challenge – Day 9 -12

The second week of the 30 x 30 Challenge continues with time in Delaware, Philadelphia and Toronto. Day 9 started out with my usual walk on the Wilmington Riverfront before my train.  Since I have never mentioned it, it is the Christina River that I am walking along.  I then had a picnic lunch at…

30 x 30 Challenge Days 5 – 8

It was the weekend, and that means good, quality nature time. It started on Day 5, Friday – In the morning, I picked raspberries in our yard and harvested my garden.  My oldest daughter was home from college, so, after lunch, we went for a 2.6 mile walk on the pondside trail at Killens Pond…

30 x 30 Challenge – Days 2 – 4

Day 2 was really tough – cold and rainy, in Philly with no free time.  Luckily I had a lot of walking to do from place to place, so I could focus on observing the nature around me.  I even ended up meeting a squirrel face to face as I walked past the tree he…

30 x 30 Challenge, day 1

Ok, time to get it on with the Challenge and spend some quality time with nature! For day 1, I decided to walk the path in a county park I had never visited.  I was very unimpressed, it was a very boring 2.6 mile path that skirted the edge of some woods.  Then, I came…

30 x 30 Challenge

One of the things I do in my consulting business is operate a program focused on decreasing the carbon footprint of staff at the University of Pennsylvania.  To accomplish this, I think it is beneficial to tap into and raise people’s connection to the environment and their surroundings. A few months ago, I learned of…

Oh, Well

I promised to share the good, the bad and the ugly.  So here goes. I am not sure which this is, but I spend half the day yesterday making what I thought would be a creative use of my kabocha squash – kabocha squash bolemas. A bolema is a savory pastry, sometimes made with pumpkin…

Cammy’s Pesto

By now, you should be aware of how much we like pesto.  So, to make sure he always can have pesto to eat, it was time for our “Top Chef” Cammy to make his own.  His was just like mine, minus the pine nuts. For the recipe, see my Pesto post. The only problem with…

Cammy’s Popovers

Cammy’s latest creation won high approval from the rest of the family – light and airy popovers!  As we always do, we reviewed the recipe in Mollie Katzen’s Pretend Soup ahead of time; he is getting good at this, he was able to “read” many of the instruction pictures to tell me what he was going to…