Weekend Meditation: A Memorable Day

What's a memorable day for you?

It's a holiday weekend for a lot people here in the states. Memorial Day, a day in which we honor those who have died defending our country. But it's also barbecues and picnics and planting a garden. It's opening up the summer cottage or cleaning out a closet in search of white shoes.

At the market you'll find strawberries and asparagus, little lettuces and radishes, peas and scallions. What foods say Memorial Day to you? Seven Layer Salad? Potato salad? Something on the grill? Chocolate sheet cake with vanilla frosting? Brownies? This weekend I'm going to try Eton Mess, a kind of a mashed up strawberry shaum torte with whipped cream, sugared strawberries and crumbled meringues. I'll let you know how it goes.

And what makes a day--any day--memorable? What do you want to remember and honor? What can you pack in your picnic basket that helps bring such things to your life and the lives of those around you?

(Image: Dana Velden)

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, Fall, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.