Embracing Now

Originally posted on Beloved Mag.

 

Although we live in a world where we can have access to any food at just about any time, things used to be much different. People used to have to eat foods in only they were in season. Avocados in December and sweet potatoes in the spring are things our parents probably never fathomed. But here we are in 2016 with access to just about every food in any season.

Nevertheless, most of us still find ourselves drawn to the foods of the season. Autumn is upon us and like most of you I’m ordering everything pumpkin on the menu and making every soup I can think of. Fall brings out some of the richest, sweetest and fullest flavors God put on this earth. It is a season full of reds, oranges, holidays and changing temps. It comes in the form of crisp breezes and leaves us with barren trees and white snow. Fall is a beautiful season but it is only one of four. Food for me is a way I can practice being present. Rather than craving summers popsicles and tacos and beaches, I embrace Fall’s cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet potatoes. I trade in my iced coffee for a warm chai tea. I swap my chilled overnight oats for warm crockpot ones. Even in a world that strives to give us every food all the time, we still crave the things truest to the season we are in. I can’t help but wonder what peace we would have if we felt the same about life. If we experienced the highs with so much joy and let the lows matter just enough to teach us something…always knowing that another season is around the corner. If we didn’t spend our time wishing and waiting for what’s to come but experiencing the fruits of exactly where we are.

There are moments in the Fall where I may want pico de gallo instead of Apple bread and that’s okay. There are moments in the low seasons where I’d rather just move on and not deal with where I am. That’s okay too. But at some point we have to trust that we are where we are for a reason and that this too shall pass. So to help you embrace this wonderful or maybe challenging Fall season: here is my favorite sweet potato crock pot oat recipe. It’s cozy and filling, warm and savory, and everything Fall. Wherever you find yourself this Fall, embrace it. There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and the time for Fall is NOW.


Sweet Potato Crock pot Overnight Oats

1 cup of steel-cut oats

3 cups of water

½ cup of almond milk

½ cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1/3 cup of raisins

3 tablespoons maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

 

Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 8-9 hours. Makes four servings.

(This recipe is an adaptation of one by Mick Telkamp on hgtv.com)

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