Gratituesday: Fruit in February

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It’s cold outside. The snow is relentless.  A few days ago, I slipped on the ice and fell right on my…

Knee. Next time perhaps I should avoid the ice. Oh wait. It’s everywhere. Unavoidable.

It’s easy to complain and whine about winter right about now, isn’t it? I’m a little bit tired of being cold and cooped up. We could all use a little sunshine right about now.

But, last week after my Azure Standard order came in, I realized how BLESSED we are. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, with no fruits or vegetables growing around us…we can still get our hands on fresh produce!   Yay for other countries (and other parts of this country) with warmer climates and fruit bearing trees! Yay for trucks that can bring them to Coldville, Nebraska. Yay for Azure Standard that makes the opportunity for fresh, delicious organic produce possible!!

I ordered bunches of organic apples and pears, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, avocados and onions. At the store I got oranges, clementines, a pineapple and bananas. A friend brought over more oranges, apples, carrots and grapes.

The beautiful, fresh, healthy produce reminded me once again of God’s goodness and provision. Suddenly I didn’t feel so sick of winter anymore. I felt blessed and taken care of.

februaryfruitsmI had to create not one, but two bowls of the pretty fruit. 
It just looks like a little bit of spring-time on my countertop now!

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So, what are you thankful for this Gratituesday? Write about it on your blog, then come link up here. If you don’t have a blog, be sure to leave a comment letting us all know what God is doing in your life!

Comments

  1. says

    That fruit look so good right now (take it from a pregnant woman, it looks sooo good!)

    I would love to order from Azure Standard, but since ordering in bulk requires, well, more of a bulk of change, it’s not possible right now. I love reading about what you get from Azure, because it lets me put it on my wish list for one day when I do get to order!

    This is a bit off-subject, but I know you’ve mentioned you don’t drink coffee, but have you ever tried those coffee alternatives they have for sale? Since I’m pregnant I’ve been dying to try something to help with feeling tired…just wondering if you’ve had them, and what you thought of them if you had.

    Anyways, thanks for your blog! I don’t know if I’ve ever posted a comment saying that, but I’ve read your blog for about a year and-a-half now, and I love reading it. My mom reads it now, too!

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    Holly Reply:

    For the tiredness, try a vitamin B 50 complex and vitamin C, which you can get at the grocery store.. My midwife recommended that combo when I was pregnant and I still use it to get a nice kick of energy.

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    Laura Reply:

    No, I’ve never tried any coffee alternatives. I guess since I don’t like coffee, I didn’t figure I’d like an alternative either. I stick with my hot cocoa, because chocolate ALWAYS makes me happy. :)

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you Laura and Holly! I will be looking for the supplements to add to my already growing list of ones I’m taking ;)

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  2. Holly says

    I’m thankful for the beautiful grey rain here in Virginia. It is melting away the dirty old snow and making room for spring planting, which is just around the corner!

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  3. says

    So glad I have a job as I’m watching others go without one! I’m also sharing some tips on how to improve your dining experience for free :) Thanks for sharing today, everyone!

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  4. Andrea says

    I know it. I try so hard to not take this wonderful benefit of our era for granted. I live in ALASKA, and I can buy starfruit and pineapple anytime I want to! I can be picky about buying bruised or pithy apples and eat strawberries for Valentine’s Day! I remember how Laura Ingalls didn’t even know how to eat an orange as a teenager! Wow. I am so spoiled. I think reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” really helped me to think about local food, and I do want to get better about using and preserving our local harvest, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to resist fresh oranges in the middle of winter. What a blessing! I pray we never loose that privilege.

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  5. Melinda says

    I am grateful for your inspiring web-site and commitment to God and Azure Standard. I am mostly grateful today that my 10yo ds prayed to receive Christ last Thursday – Praise God! Hallelujah!!

    On another note, I was wondering…I have noticed that you use sucanat in some of your recipes. I was just wondering what the difference is between that and organic cane juice? Also, do you always use it instead of sugar or only in certain cases? Thanks!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Sucanat IS dehydrated organic cane juice!! I always use it instead of sugar (except for occasionally when I’m cooking for a potluck and don’t feel like using it for a bunch of people who don’t mind regular sugar. Then I’ll use brown sugar from the store.).

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    Danielle Reply:

    Do you use light or dark brown sugar?

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    Laura Reply:

    Light…just because I think its prettier. ;)

    Danielle Reply:

    LOL… I have dark brown sugar in my pantry and the smell reminds me of coffee (too much molasses I suppose—hence DARK brown sugar lol). I’ll have to buy some light brown sugar and see if it still has a strong smell.

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