I recently wrote that life is simpler and greener when we relax our expectations, when we ignore nibbled leaves and not-too-stained clothes, when we enjoy a simple meal as much as an elaborate meal. In keeping with that, my One Local Summer meal this week is superbly simple.
My 5 year old graduated from preschool on Wednesday - complete with a ceremony, cap and gown, and potluck dinner to celebrate. My assignment for the potluck was tea sandwiches, specifically, egg salad, cream cheese and cucumber and PB&J.
The egg salad - which ended up being pretty delicious - included hard boiled local pastured eggs, homemade yogurt from local buying club milk, homemade pickles from farmers' market cucumbers, a squeeze of organic mustard from a local company, and organic mayo.
Because I couldn't find local cream cheese, I opted for local organic cucumbers and farmers' market cheddar cheese sandwiches. I used organic peanut butter from a local company and homemade jam, made from farmers' market strawberries, for the PB&J. I slathered all of the above on some toasted bread from a local, independent bakery, and trimmed off the crusts, which, of course we ate. No wasting food in the Green Bean household.
There you have it. One local graduation for one very proud preschooler.