I like to finish what I start: when I take on a task it’s pretty rare that I don’t complete it. This drive to finish things generally serves me well in life, yet there are times when I wish I was better at giving myself a break…I wish I could allow myself to stop doing something without needing to call myself out for being a failure.

My friends: this is one of those times.

About a month ago, I set out to post on my blog every day of November in the name of National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo). Well I almost did it: today marks day 26 of the challenge. There are just a few days left but today I decided I just don’t have it in me to keep going. For one thing: it’s Thanksgiving week and I want to actually enjoy it. I don’t really want to post tomorrow and I definitely don’t want to post on Thanksgiving Day. I want to hang out with my family, and I want to cook and eat. I want to watch movies. I want to catch up on stuff that hasn’t gotten done this month since I’ve spent more time on my blog than usual. And this weekend I will be out of town visiting with my husband’s family for a couple of days. His dad has been in the hospital for a while. I don’t plan on being near a computer.

And you know what else? Amazon.com is releasing my book one week from today. December is going to be a very busy month! I want to feel refreshed after the holiday weekend to take it all on (and to take it all in). There’s simply no reason for me to finish the NaBloPoMo challenge just so I can say that I finished it: it’s just not that important to me. And it does not mean I am a failure.

So, I hope that you all have a wonderful, wonderful holiday. And I hope that if there is something in your life that you are sticking with, even when your heart is not in it, that you give yourself permission to stop. Take a break…you deserve it.

I will be back here soon with another awesome giveaway.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs. I grow my own when the weather is cooperative, but this time of year, I rely on the supermarket for my cilantro stash. Cilantro often comes in such big bunches that I am always disappointed when it tends to wilt long before I get around to using it all. I frequently look for new ways to incorporate cilantro into my meals, but I’ve also long wondered if there was a better way I could be storing it to keep it fresh for longer.

I found a recipe for an Olive, Pomegranate, and Walnut Relish featuring parsley in Alice Water’s new book: The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden. I mentioned this book in a previous post…it’s truly fabulous. Anyway, I swapped out the parsley for cilantro in this recipe and it’s so good!

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I like to eat it on snappy rice crackers with sharp cheddar cheese. It’s also great as an accompaniment to roasted meats…I plan to serve it along with this cranberry sauce on my Thanksgiving table this year.

(How cool is the upcycled bottle holding the crackers?! My friend Jocelyn is an eco-artist and she sells them in her etsy shop!)
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Beets | Healthy Green Kitchen

(Three of my favorite beet salads: Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Pecans, Cara Cara Orange, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad, and Roasted Beet Salad with Mint and Feta.)

My book is starting to make its way into the hands of some of my family and friends. It’s pretty surreal to see the photos and sweet mentions on instagram, twitter, and Facebook.

My brother posted these photos of everyone in his family reading the book. I love this :)

One Simple Change collage

I’m so grateful for all of the support. SO grateful.