In 2012, instead of a 52 project, I did a 40+12 project, 40 Days of 40 Favorite Things for my 40th birthday plus 12 Adventures. This post is one such adventure. While it does not include a gluten-free or healthy recipe, it is part of my healthy approach to life lived well. I hope you’ll read along when I write about my adventures, they are an important part of the journey to health!
My favorite fella and I have a tradition of sharing dessert with our friends/chosen family on Thanksgiving. Most years, it is just the two of us for Thanksgiving dinner, which we both really enjoy. It’s a quiet day together and then a laughter-filled evening with friends and lots of dessert.
This year, the first holiday season for Kansas City to have Cafe Gratitude, we volunteered to serve food. Cafe Gratitude offers a free vegan meal on Thanksgiving.
It had been 20 years since I had been in a commercial kitchen where food was being prepared for customers. My recent exposure to commercial kitchens is limited to teaching culinary classes, a very different experience from serving food on demand.
I met some really great people that day. It was no surprise that there were like-minded folks in the kitchen. We talked about dehydrators, raw desserts, eating for endurance training, adventure races, doctors who get it…It was such a nice way to spend the holiday!
We plated food (salad, a beautiful , veggie patty with a hearty gravy and pumpkin pecan truffles), helped with dishwashing, served food, helped out wherever we were needed. While I know it isn’t like this on most days in restaurants, this was a fun adventure for me. And really, how could it have not been fun? We ate really well!
That wraps up my twelve adventures of 2012. I had more fun that I can ever recall having before in 2012, learned so much that I am sometimes overwhelmed and am seriously excited about 2013. While I don’t have an adventure blog series planned, I do have lots in store for the blog. Thanks for sticking around to see where this crazy journey of mine takes me…and you!
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