Happy Thanksgiving

The name of the holiday conveys what the day is supposed to be about. Remember to give thanks for simple pleasures.  Gratitude transforms common days into Thanksgivings!

Enjoy the day, the company and the food!

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ART/Food – Giving Thanks to Artful Food

FOOD and ART are two things to be thankful for in this life

Hannah Rothstein, “René Magritte” (2014) (all images courtesy the artist, via hrothstein.com)
Hannah Rothstein, “René Magritte” (2014) (all images courtesy the artist, via hrothstein.com)

Plating the two together is an interesting concept as you can see from these images from San-Francisco based artist Hannah Rothstein, as she proposes answers to the burning questions about How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals.

Hannah Rothstein, “Andy Warhol” (2014)
Hannah Rothstein, “Andy Warhol” (2014)

Have you ever wondered what Vincent van Gogh’s Thanksgiving spread would have looked like?  Probably like this:

Hannah Rothstein, “Vincent van Gogh” (2014)
Hannah Rothstein, “Vincent van Gogh” (2014)

Would Jackson Pollock have been as gestural in his deployment of gravy and cranberry sauce as he was with his paints?

Hannah Rothstein, “Jackson Pollock” (2014)
Hannah Rothstein, “Jackson Pollock” (2014)

Would Piet Mondrian have been as thoughtful in his doling out of mashed potatoes and turkey as he was with his reds, blues, and yellows?

Hannah Rothstein, “Piet Mondrian” (2014)
Hannah Rothstein, “Piet Mondrian” (2014)

The results range from appetizing to off-putting, but in most cases Rothstein has done a good job cooking up culinary visual styles associated with each of the artists.

Hannah Rothstein, “Mark Rothko” (2014)
Hannah Rothstein, “Mark Rothko” (2014)

Would the GIRL who would be KING make sure she fit every possible food group on her plate?

GIRL who would be KING, 2015
Certainly she would!  GIRL who would be KING (2015)

What’s on your plate?

HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!

Personally speaking – whatever happened to willpower?

Canadian Thanksgiving ended 4 days ago and so did my cravings for all things ‘pumpkin’ – or did it?

this is the best ice cream - salted caramel is great too.
this + the salted caramel is the BEST ice cream

The importance of willpower needs to be revisited – as in “I will NOT have another slice of pie no matter what.  Okay, just one more…it can’t hurt right?”  After all I did manage to lose the extra pounds put on from a trip last Spring.  I do NOT want to gain them back but I don’t want to deny myself another slice.  This is an argument with myself – usually a no-win situation.  It ends with okay..have your pie, enjoy it & deal with it later.  Make yourself run an extra mile. If you didn’t eat it you wouldn’t have to but now you do. 

Research tells us that willpower is a limited resource. Each of us only has so much of it.

Control yourself! We all say it, mostly to ourselves. We say it when we ‘indulge’ in behaviors that cause short-term gain for long-term pain. And guilt (note to self – buy the book ‘toxic guilt’ recommended by a friend). I cite many of the usual suspects: eating the wrong things, being lazy, staying up too late, drinking too much. There are others, of course. Why do we do such things? After all, aren’t we entirely in control of ourselves all of the time?

Yes, and NO we are not!  That makes us human I guess and some humans are so mean they’ll buy a jar of Earnest pumpkin pie ice cream and leave it in your freezer so that when you finish the real pumpkin pie but the cravings haven’t yet ended, you can indulge again!  As I did…with a fork no less (as all the spoons were in the dishwasher) & I couldn’t wait.  Finally..craving satisfied!

I’ll have to run an extra mile or two but now I’m too lazy so I’ll do it tomorrow instead. It’s a tough circle.