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Hiya.

Welcome to my little polymathic corner of the internet. I write about just about everything, but I have an especially soft spot for food, cats, Harry Potter, and embracing the crazy unpredictability of life.

Enjoy the ride!

5-Ingredient Blueberry Cucumber Salad (Recipe)

5-Ingredient Blueberry Cucumber Salad (Recipe)

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Oh, the zucchinis that have crossed my threshold over the past few weeks—there have been too many of them to count. That’s not a euphemism—we’ve had at least four ginormous zucchini in every CSA share for the past three weeks. We’ve made zoodles. We’ve made zucchini salads. We’ve sliced up zucchini and put it on top of pizza. And I’ve been experimenting with a blueberry-zucchini muffin, too. That recipe’s not quite ready yet, so to hold you over, I’ve reached into the TBM archives and pulled out another favorite recipe featuring blueberries:

5-Ingredient Blueberry Cucumber Salad

blueberry cucumber salad | @takeonelizabeth

I admit that things have been crazy since my surgery in May. I’ll also admit that a lot of the craziness has been self-imposed. Recovery isn’t as simple as, “Okay, your stitches are healed, everything’s back to normal now.” Well, maybe for some people it is. But for me, it’s a roller coaster of ups and downs—feeling in control one day, and a complete failure the next. One minute I feel like I could conquer any obstacle, and the next minute I feel like the slightest, tiniest wrong move will send me spiraling down into a pit of never-ending health struggles.

Yes, most of this is happening in my head. But in the words of the late, great Albus Dumbledore:

“Of course it is happening inside your head … but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”

blueberry cucumber salad | @takeonelizabeth

I still have a lot of things to sort out. Until then, let’s keep things as simple as possible. A five ingredient (plus salt and pepper) salad sounds good to me. It’s just enough hands-on activity to help quiet my mind, but not so much that it seems overwhelming. Perfect.

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Fresh and Spicy Plum Cucumber Salsa (Recipe)

Fresh and Spicy Plum Cucumber Salsa (Recipe)