The Queen Mary! 🚢
She sailed on her maiden voyage in 1936 and was considered one of the most luxurious ocean liners of the time, carrying the rich and famous across the Atlantic. She was also record breaking for her speed.
During WWII, she was converted and painted grey in order to be used to transport troops and prisoners of war.
During the war, Prime Minister Winston Churchill crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary multiple times for meetings with Allied forces. He even signed the D-Day Declaration while aboard. He claimed that the Queen Mary’s contribution shortened the war by a year.
She also maintains the record for the most amount of people on one vessel, which was 16,683!
Following the war, Queen Mary was converted back for passenger service and resumed her transatlantic journeys.
She officially retired from service in 1967, sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, where she remains permanently. The ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum and a hotel.
It was awe inspiring to walk the halls of this historic ship, thinking of all of the people who walked there as well and all the impact they had on this world! #gingersnaps
I used to get frustrated having 'helpers' in the kitchen. I used to think that it took too long or the mess would be too big or that I could do it more quickly and then spend time with the kids. Reality is, chores never end and kids grow up too fast. I realized that by including them and choosing to have a slow and relaxed attitude has been the best decision for all of us. I model important healthy habits and give lots of time to answer questions and support learning new skills.
I hope when she is older she will remember laughing, munching on vegetables and helping mom in the kitchen as positive memories. But that it also sets her up with the knowledge, skills and tools to make healthy, plant based whole food meals for her health and the environment.
As promised my next post will about my meal planning. I'm not one to follow a recipe but will start jotting down notes (for an upcoming project). This salad took us an hour to throw together - alone it would have taken maybe 20 minutes - for an afternoon potluck. No waste in this salad!
Kale, beet greens and stems, mint leaves, green onions, one and a half apples (cause my helper ate the other half), lots of beets (purple, yellow and candy beets) and candied walnuts (put walnuts into a frying pan with a small amount of sugar - let the natural oils in the walnuts release with the heat and carmelize the sugar).
Dressing was half a lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper with chives, garlic and mustard seed.
Simple. Easy. Healthy. Delicious ❤