Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Temples and Whole Foods

On Valentine's Day we were able to go to the Draper Temple Open House. I was really excited to take the kids, since they have never had the opportunity to go to a Temple Open House before. That is definitely one of the best things about living in Utah. You see temples where ever you go. We had a great experience. It was snowing (of course) but the temple was beautiful and it was wonderful to see so many excited people walking through.
Yesterday, Matt and I went to the Bountiful Temple. I haven't had the opportunity to go back to this particular temple very much, but it was where I went for the first time and it is special to me for that reason. Plus, as a teenager, I remember going to the Open House with some non-member friends. Matt and I also drove and looked at it when we were dating. He almost kissed me for the first time when we were walking around the grounds, but someone ruined his plans (unknown person).
Matt had a few hours to spare (miracle, I know) and it was really snowing when we left. We started heading up the steep hill and we wondered if we would make it to the top. We were in his little Honda Civic and that thing really doesn't have much power when it comes to slushy, blizzardy weather conditions. We didn't know exactly where to go and usually you get to a certain point and then you can see the temple and go from there. We figured it out eventually and made our way inside. The weather outside was frightful and made me nervous, but as soon as we walked in the doors of the temple, the atmosphere around us completely changed. It was so peaceful. It seriously felt like we were on a higher sphere. And I know we were. It was a great afternoon.

By the time we got out of the temple it was almost 5 pm and I had skipped lunch, so we were looking for something to eat. We went shopping for Jonah's b-day present and then I finally settled on some fast food. It was the only quick option.
But then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Whole Foods. I go there whenever I can to get all of my favorite grains in bulk, (red lentils, quinoa, bulgur, millet, nuts, flour, etc) and I remembered the beautiful, fresh salad bar. So I asked Matt if I could run in there instead of going through a drive-thru. He decided it was okay, but had some preconceived ideas about what types of people shop there. Hey, if money weren't an issue, I would do ALL of my grocery shopping there. I would live there if I could.
Anyway, I was so happy. I try not to talk about food too much on this blog, but let me say that it was my fave meal I have had in a while, especially since I didn't have to do any work in order to eat it. I got some spicy pumpkin soup and stirred in a little quinoa. Then I made a fab salad with spinach, shredded zucchini, carrot, and beets, sprouts, black beans, edamame, marinated tofu, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella. I grabbed a tiny multi-grain roll and was happier than anything.
Matt went through the drive-thru anyway and settled on a strawberry shake. I love my Matt!


Becky said...

Sounds like a couple of marvelous days!

Jaime said...

that sounds divine! I love Atlanta Bread Company's butternut squash soup. I bet the pumpkin soup was delish. and that's neat about the temple. Is Draper the closest temple to you now?

Ashley said...

About a month and a half ago I went to whole foods for the first time ever. I was soooooo very excited and my husband and I shared a very yummy meal from their "deli" section. It was great.
That is so cool that your kids were able to go to the temple open house!! What a great experience!

whitneylouise said...

wow the temple looks gorgeous!! glad ya'll had such a great time : )

Trishelle said...

I've been crazy busy but still reading your blog...just not commenting.

First of all, Matt's Valentine to you was so incredibly sweet and perfect! I love how he compliments who you are...he is a great guy!

I'm thrilled to hear you got to go to the Bountiful temple together this past week. It's funny how it seems like the temple we get married in is the one we get to visit the least.

Your pics of the whole foods market made me soooooo hungry!! Everything there looked amazing! That reminded me of something:

I worked at a whole foods cafe for a while. When they closed up shop they let me have recipes for two of their best salad dressings (that were amazing and good for you) and their famous hummus. Would you be interested in any one of those?