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Happy-Gourmand

Morning can be a special time of the day

Catching morning magic

Magic strikes when we least expect it—or perhaps we only notice the magic when we aren’t looking for it. That happened to me recently.

It was like peeking through a portal. My dog Freyja and I were on our daily walk around the orchard and fields, enjoying the sounds and smells and even sunshine (for which I am especially thankful this year). A sense of happiness washed over me, like a morning shower or a summer breeze.

Suddenly, my usual joy at having that quiet time to start the day was even more acute. Everything was just right. I breathed deeply to try and soak it all in and hold the moment in my heart.

I don’t know why I got a dose of fairy dust this morning. I’m not sure if it was destined for me or if I was just the lucky soul that happened upon the moment. I’ve been clinging to it all day, the way one tries to remember an old song.

It is said that the time of seasons changing is when our chance at glimpsing more of the universe is most possible. Structures like standing stones and pyramids are said to gather energy and allow for its focus.

We did just go through the summer solstice. Maybe zucchinis planted just right or walking a certain way through the rows of fruit trees can do the same thing.

Some say the planets being aligned causes special things to happen. Did you know that five of the planets in our solar system are lining up this week? Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all appear in a line in the pre-dawn sky this week, with the waning crescent moon fitting in nicely too this week.

There is one other way I know to find fairy dust, and that is in the kitchen.

On a day after having harvesting our fresh fruits or veggies, I feel like I play some small part in that endless circle of life by paying homage with homegrown food. Even something simple like Fruit Crisp (link: https://wordpress.com/page/happygourmand.wordpress.com/4523 ) has a special taste when the rhubarb or raspberries or apricots come from our yard.

Whatever it was that caused my magic moment, I am grateful. I hope you get an experience that lets you see the sparkle.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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