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St. Croix Monk’s Bath & Estate Mt. Washington

Before arriving on island, we were told of a mystical labyrinth but to be honest, so much of the landscape blew me away that a year later, we still hadn’t gone to see it for ourselves.  This day was the day we finally went and I’m so happy that I got to take you guys along with me.  It’s hard to say that every day isn’t a blessing in our new home but something about this day was special.

We began the day walking through the {now closed} Good Hope school grounds.  A high school on the beach, can you imagine?  There were literally classrooms overlooking the water and the well kept grounds reminded me of a mini college campus.  Nala really enjoyed her walk there and I enjoyed admiring the flowers.  On the way to Estate Mount Washington, we went to revisit the Monk’s Bath.  It’s a rectangular bathing chamber that monks in the 1600’s hand carved and it still remains today.  We’ve been several times and it’s always a nice spot to soak in and look out into the ocean.

When we finally arrived to Estate Mount Washington, the cool breeze of the mountain top hit me immediately.  The air was sweet and heavy with the flowers in bloom.  I was pretty taken with the gigantic wind chime swaying in the air.  Near the back, on the left side of the ruins, was the labyrinth.  Though small in stature, I can’t quite describe the feeling of peace that flowed through me.  I didn’t really pay much attention to it at first but as I sat down on the bench, charmed by the mushrooms growing from it, I settled into my seat and watched as J walked through it.  In this spot and at this specific time, sunlight filtered through the coconut trees and cast a beautiful golden light on this winding path and made the moment seem all that more magical.

After J reached the end and made his way back out, we both agreed we shared the same thought.  In the video, I read you the plaque that commemorates this labyrinth.  It may sound silly, but it gave me chills.  This spot will remain a spiritual place for me.


What My Husband Eats In A Work Week

I have the luxury of working from home whereas my husband goes out for work.  There are always pros and cons to both but one of the pros is that I can typically mull over what I’d like to have for lunch whereas my husband eats what I’ve packed for him that day.  He’s often on-the-go and we both look forward to a slow, leisurely supper.  Most mornings, I fix him a liter of water, warm lemon water or an apple cider drink and a green smoothie.  The rest of his days typically look like this:

Citrus is in season right now so we’ve both been enjoying an abundance of those.  Healthy snacks are typically fruit and pretzels or raw nuts.  For hydration, I pack him a ton of infused water/water/coconut water, ginger/turmeric tea {which you know I’m obsessed with}, and bush tea.

This chopped salad is a pretty basic one with homegrown romaine, bacon, chicken, cranberries, almonds and medium boiled egg.  Lately, I’ve been pretty obsessed with a simple tahini dressing which I make by whisking together 2 parts tahini, 1 part tamari and lots of freshly minced garlic.

This salad came to fruition via leftovers and included lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, carrot, red onion, cheese and egg.  On the very right is a bit of J’s homemade jerky to go along with it.

This lunch is also an example of leftovers reincarnated.  I took a portion of the previous nights supper of roasted veggies {red bell pepper, artichokes, mushrooms and shallot} and combined it with tri-color rotini with spinach, basil, crème fraîche and a bit of pasta water for a quick, easy and impromptu pasta.

The king of leftovers in our house is definitely video remnants.  This was the remaining half batch of my Korean style chicken nuggets, definitely the highlight to round out the work flow.

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