Permanently Marked

by Lauren on November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day!  No matter where you stand on this heated election, I sincerely hope you choose to exercise today, exercise your right to vote that is.

This will be my second presidential election that I am old enough to have a say and living in Pennsylvania, we are considered a big swing state so the candidates have been doing some pretty heavy campaigning here in the last few months.  I’m not really sure what to think about this election but I do know I’ll be voting either way and YOU SHOULD TOO!!!!

Changing pace, I also wanted to take an opportunity to bring up the topic of the hurricane relief efforts.  Although the storm has passed, the devastation that it has caused for so many has not.  We got extremely lucky in PA but a lot of our surrounding states did not and it breaks my heart to hear the stories of despair that continue to develop.

The only bright note in the midst of a disaster is the amount of people that come forward to show their support.  I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bloggers that have taken action to help.  Clare just posted a great review of so many relief posts that are currently going on in the blog world.  Definitely check it out!

Changing pace again.

This happened yesterday….

Yes that would be a tattoo on my right wrist and it’s 100& real.

I guess I should explain.  I’ve wanted a tattoo for years but I have not been able to fully decide on what I want or where I wanted it.  My original thought was the lotus symbol.  I’ve always loved the image itself, but the meaning behind it is so beautiful and one that resonates very strongly with me.

The lotus represents purity and beauty in many cultures but the story behind this symbol is that its roots sit strong within murky waters, but it’s petals bloom upright towards the sun, meaning perseverance.  To me, this means overcoming odds, always staying rooted in your beliefs, and rising above.

So like I said, I knew I wanted one for awhile now but I still wasn’t set on the location.  I thought about my hip but I really wanted it visible or else I don’t think I would have even gotten one.  Then when I was in Mexico, I decided to get a henna on my wrist to see if I would like it there and I did.

Yesterday, I met my friend for coffee and told her I was just going to do it.  She agreed to come with me and off we went this afternoon.  That was that.

To be honest, it really didn’t hurt that much.  I wasn’t nervous about the pain (I have a high pain tolerance), more the thought of having something so permanent placed on my body but I kept thinking how it really was me and something I could live with forever.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

Speaking of being pleased with outcomes, let’s talk about this end result.

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Pizza
Recipe Type: Pizza, Main Entree
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 1
  • 1 whole wheat Naan
  • 2 tbsp fig jam (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  1. Spread the fig jam onto the naan.
  2. Top with sliced figs, dried rosemary, and goat cheese.
  3. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted.
  4. Remove from oven and top with arugula.

Did you know that the first week of November is National Fig Week?  Neither did I until my friend Janetha told me.

I’ve been spotting figs at the grocery store for the past few weeks but I wanted to have a recipe in mind before I dished out the money for them.  Fresh figs are so elaborate and deserve a worthy recipe as such.

This pizza is not a completely innovate concept as I’ve had this combination before, but this is probably the first time I’ve attempted it at home.

It was so simple I almost feel silly posting it.

But then again, sometimes the simple recipes are the ones that need sharing the most.




Do you have any tattoos?  

Something to do:

Check out my latest recipe on the Shiloh Farms Blog for Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Granola.

And while, we’re on the topic of granola, be sure to check out the latest from the NAG Blog too, Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Granola.



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