Enjoying the Flavors of Life

by Amanda Paa on May 1, 2014

taste the rainbow of life // heartbeet kitchen April, where did you go? You sure brought the showers, so listen up May, you better be bringing the flowers.

Amidst the work meetings, social events, a vacation, final editing of the book, celebrating Easter, a fun little TV appearance and too many gray days to count, the month flew by. The days seem to jumble together in my mind. Today I’m finally taking some time to breathe and reflect, with a cat purring on my lap and Norah Jones playing in the backround. And a few bright and cheerful candies to sweeten the deal.

When I started thinking about how fast life seems to go lately, I feel like some of that comes from not taking time to appreciate both the big and small things that fill it. It’s easy to get swept into our culture’s fast-track, where the belief that the more things you can get done in a day, the better. The more money you can make, the better. The more friends you have, the better. Truth is that none of these result in happiness with staying power. Ironically, they’re all fleeting too, just like the days.

It’s not that we don’t know this, but sometimes we get caught up, myself included. I realize that I’ve been trying to do too much, pushing myself to take on this and that and every other thing. Kind of like when your car is on E and you say to yourself “but I know its got 10 more miles before it actually runs out”. I told myself today that it’s time to pause….. this pace is just not sustainable.

I want to see make sure I’m enjoying my days, not letting them pass me by. I want to see, touch, feel, hear and taste every part of them.

I want to enjoy all the flavors of life.

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And I’m starting this weekend, heading out of town to see some of my best girlfriends in Madison, Wisconsin. Our friendship has survived moves, divorces and health issues, and even though we don’t see other often, I know we’ll pick up right where we left off. I’m looking forward to relaxing, laughing and letting go of the hustle.

Surely a snack bag with some feel-good treats will be packed for the solo road trip including these bright, cheerful, and tasty organic candies from Torie & Howard. The first time I tried the d’anjou pear & cinnamon variety, I nearly thought I had bitten into a real juicy pear, fresh off the vine. The pink grapefruit & tupelo honey is so refreshing and reminds of a terrific drink I had in Aruba called a Sea Breeze.

And to find a candy with only these ingredients: Organic Sugar, Organic Rice Syrup, Non-GMO Citric Acid, Natural Flavors – well, that’s a real gem. Oh, where do those beautiful colors come from? Vegetables! For instance, the grapefruit gets it color with red cabbage and purple carrots. So cool.

They’re little jewels all right, simple yet satisfying, a taste of how life can be.

Torie & Howard Candy And I’m excited to share some of these treats with you! The folks from Torie and Howard were gracious enough to give me one of their cute “purses” filled with a bundle of their candy for one lucky reader. Enter below through one of the options – and if you feel like it, tell me what you kinds of things you do to slow down and embrace each day as it comes. I could use some tips :) Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 7th at midnight. xo
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*Disclosure: Torie and Howard supplied me with the products to do this post and the giveaway, but opinions about their delicious candy are my own.

Lisa B May 2, 2014 at 6:03 am

I like to make a good cup of tea and sit in our porch and watch the birds and squirrels.

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Jeni Flaa May 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

These are adorable!

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amandapaa May 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

Aren’t they Jeni?! They are so good too. And it’s nice knowing that they aren’t full of processed ingredients. A much better choice than the Lifesaver mints habit I used to have. Have a great weekend!

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Crista May 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm

awww such a sweet post! enjoy your “girlfriend time” – it is soooo important!! ox

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Angela May 6, 2014 at 1:02 am

Slowing down and spending time with family is always important. While I don’t always succeed, I do try to carve out a little bit of 1:1 time each day for each family member (as well as whole family time). With my husband being in the military and deployments always a possibility, this is especially important to us. Plus, we have several children and one who is battling a serious illness. Whether we play games, watch a movie, go for a walk, cook together or do something else, we enjoy the blessings of family.

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amandapaa May 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

Angela, these are great tips. I love the idea of carving out 1:1 time for each family member. I’m sure it’s difficult always having it in the back of your mind that your husband may be deployed, so time together is very precious! Also, praying for your child who has a serious illness. Thanks for stopping by, xo -Amanda

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I take a time out to actually call a friend instead of using social media and texting. That helps me to slow down and be present. Nurturing relationships with friends and family is so important to making life sweet.

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amandapaa May 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

I love that Kelli – it feels so much more connected when it’s voice to voice. A good reminder. Miss you!

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Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog May 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Hey Amanda :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
What do I do to slow down and be present? Have a good, meaningful conversation with someone close to me with no interruptions.

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Amanda May 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Whoops, I forgot the question! Well, I adore you and love that you introduced me to this candy!! If I dont win I will definitely be buying some! :)

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amandapaa May 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I seriously love the pear & cinnamon Amanda. I’m thinking the pomegranate one would be delicious & beautiful if it was crushed up and sprinkled on white frosting! xo

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Laurie @ Relishing It May 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I’m entering this giveaway because of my children. Wink, wink. ;)

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amandapaa May 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Ha! They are good grown-up treats too ;) xo

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Jan Shevik May 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Love hard candy!! I am laways torn between sucking til the end or just crunching them! I usually crunch!

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Jan Shevik May 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Oh, and the answer to the question is I like to watch my garden grow. The bees, butterflies and birds visit and if you sit quietly they don’t notice you and enjoy themselves! Always take a cold drink and put your feet up and watch the garden grow! candy would go great with this activity!

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amandapaa May 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Gardening is going to be one of new ventures this year Jan! Thanks so much for stopping by, I love this take on enjoying the small things. xo

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life May 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hi Amanda! I found you via Pinterest and have loved looking around your blog (that GF pasta is amazing!) These are the cutest little treats – the winner is one lucky person! :) As for slowing down and enjoying the little things, a run always helps me clear my mind and get me in a mood where checklists aren’t the most important thing. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely Thursday!

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