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Health & Wellness, Sincerely, Karina

Book Review: Me Before You

vegan blueberry muffin from Whole Foods

I just got back from our second book club meeting to discuss Me Before You. I met a few girls at the Whole Foods in Bedford, where we got some lunch and dished out our thoughts about the read.

Honestly, this was a great book – It was warm, emotional, cinematic and heartbreaking. Reading it felt like you were watching these people live their daily lives, it made you think about your own aspirations, your own struggles, your own relationship – the what if’s, the unknowns…

It may sound crazy, but it inspired me to travel more, to take up a job that I actually enjoy, to take chances, to love myself more, to volunteer more, to appreciate what I have in my life.

A lot of times, we get so caught up in our daily lives – get frustrated with the small things like traffic, or not having clean laundry,  or spilling some coffee on your shirt, or not making enough money as the person next to you. Look. life is not fair, life is a challenge, life is a journey, life is short and life is unpredictable. There is always someone out there that has a fancier car, a bigger house, more expensive clothes, a life that may seem so desirable. There are also people out there just like in this book, just like Will, who have all of those things but become a quadriplegic and cannot enjoy any of them, without the help of a caretaker. A grown man who cannot dress himself or cook a meal or drive a car…

Just remember, the next time you want to scream at someone who cuts you off in traffic or the server makes your coffee the wrong way, that your life really isn’t that bad. TRY and enjoy it everyday – realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse than you – people who can’t afford to get a car, or buy themselves fancy clothes – people who can’t even feed themselves food ….the saddest thing,however, is the people who feel their life is not worth living anymore.

Love your life. because you never know when it can all change.

Highly recommend this book -big tear jerker – make sure you have a box of tissues for the last 3 chapters!

Hen of the Woods – say what?

unnamed (3)It would make a cool centerpiece, if only it stayed like this forever!
unnamed (1)So all my Eastern European readers will understand this activity: Mushroom picking . When my sister and I were younger, instead of going to an amusement park on the weekends, we would grab some plastic bags, a knife and head out to a forest to go mushroom picking. Might sound kinda lame, but in Eastern Europe – specifically the Ukraine and Poland – this is something the kids get excited to do! It was kind of fun to “hunt” around for different mushrooms with my Dad and Dziadzia (grandfather) and learn about what features to look for to make sure it was safe.

Bringing them home and prepping them to eat was the BEST. We would clean them, saute them with some butter and onion and eat with some Polish Rye bread. The taste is so unique – you cannot get that from your local supermarkets!!

My neighbor went mushroom hunting (his grandfather was Polish) in the woods in our neighborhood and brought back some enormous Hen-of-the-Woods (Grifola frondosa) these can usually be found at the base of oak trees – which is exactly where he found them!He sold one to the chef at the hotel he works for for $100 , grilled one for his dinner and gave one to me to take home to my dad! We had some last night with some pierogi and it was amazing!! Check it out ( weighed 1.6 lbs)

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There is the Hen of the Wood restaurant in Vermont – wonder if they serve this!!? I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in that area.

Book Club -1st Read

A few ladies at work decided to start a BOOK CLUB. Anyone still read out there? Well, let me tell you – get back to reading the old fashion way- grab an actual book!  It’s great. Our first book will be “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith.

Find the book here