Monday, March 7, 2011

belief ----> action

Whenever I move to a new place, it’s not long before I start to notice little quirks…like the large flock of geese that honk at all hours of the day (and night) and a very sensitive smoke alarm that went off no less than 4 times when I was roasting butternut squash. But, that just gives the space character, right?!


I had some requests for an apartment tour. Honestly, it makes me cringe to let you see everything half finished, but here’s one wall in progress; there are faux polaroid photos going on top of the corkboards eventually. Btdubs, everything is not crooked, the photographer just doesn’t know how to hold a camera straight…


Embroidery is super easy, and it makes inexpensive wall art [tutorial here!]. The frames are simply embroidery hoops that I painted in 5 minutes.


I stitched this piece during the snow craziness this weekend. To me, trees symbolize growth and hope, so I think it’s a pretty relevant piece of wall art for this stage in my life…


Lately, I’ve been pondering the intersection between belief and action. If you truly believe in something, won’t you do it? And if you don’t, does that mean you don’t really believe it after all?

For me, this means putting into practice the nutrition principles I value: eating real food, moderation, local and sustainable food, etc. I find it ironic that my busy dietitian job is forcing me to be more thoughtful about nutrition [as in, I have to plan healthful meals or they won’t happen!].


I’ve seen variations of sweet potato hummus floating around the blogosphere, so I decided to give it a try. I’m definitely more of a savory hummus fan, and the sweet potato gives this a sweet bent, so I’m not quite sure what I think of it.

[modified] sweet potato hummus :: based on gena’s recipe

  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked, skin removed, and cut into chunks
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained,
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice from 1/2 an orange
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • shake of cinnamon
  • water

Mix everything together and blend via food processor. This hummus also weirdly tastes good with bbq sauce. Maybe because I love eating sweet potato fries with this particular condiment?

Anyone else have any unique hummus recipes?!



  1. My white bean hummus!

  2. I wonder how garlic goes with those sweet ingredients. It's hummus, it can't be bad! :D I made a dessert hummus. It was surprisingly really tasty

  3. sweet potato hummus? all of these hummus possibilities are so inspiring. LOVE!

  4. Love the embodery! Its super adorable and adds a cute touch to your place :)

  5. girl that is BEAUTIFUL!! so cooool!!
    and hummus- that sounds awesome!!
    i hope you are doing well love!

  6. What about edamame hummus?
    BBQ with hummus? Woo! Need to try that combo.

  7. I have a pretty extensive collection of "unique" hummus recipes. Check 'em out if you like!

  8. Your embroidery is beautiful! You can decorate for me anytime :)

  9. I love your creativity. I need to start showing pictures of our walls in our house, they are finally getting filled! But not with stuff I made, sadly :(
    I've seen a lot of great hummus recipes lately, such as peanut butter and chocolate hummus. This sweet potato hummus recipe sounds right up my alley! Maybe with SP chips?!

  10. That is so cool that you stitched those up for your wall! Glad your new place is working out for you; how exciting!!!

  11. oh my, i have yet to make sweet potato hummus~~~ :) your embroidery is sooo home-y and lovely - i want to learn how to be more artsy with my hands!

  12. I just made a sweet potato hummus, too! I loove it. It's such a nice change from the normal boring hummus. :P

    I used to be huge into embroidery. I wanted to open a business and everything... oh, childhood ambitions. :)

  13. Ooo! Great idea and I LOVE the wall! I also cringe about my house status right now because EVERYTHING is less than half finished- i can sympathize for sure!

    I developed a unique recipe for EFNEP for hummus- but I'm waiting for final approvals, etc. but its super easy and SUPER tasty and super inexpensive!!!!

  14. It's fun to hear another health conscious person wonder "if I know what's healthy, why don't I do it?" I think the answer is probably really complicated. Some of it definitely has to do with being an idealist and/or perfectionist. I used to set health standards for myself that were way too high- so now I try to be more realistic. I'm as healthy as I can be without getting stressed about it (and stress is unhealthy too!) Anywhoo, you have a great blog! I can't wait to read more of your ideas :)

  15. Sweet potato hummus has been on my list to make forever now! Basically the combination of my two favorite things :)


  16. Thanks for the recipe! I would never think to pair those foods together but that looks so yummy!

  17. I think moving from belief to action means pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and taking a bit of a risk. It takes a big push to get the action ball rolling, but once it builds momentum anything is possible :) Your new space looks great. I hope you are enjoying all of your exciting changes!


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