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Yesterday wasn’t the first time Andy’s treated me to one of my new Greenville favorites, but it was no less satisfying than the first visit.  Cullen’s Seasonal Bistro is a little hole in the wall out on Woodruff Rd. that no one would think a second time about if they drove past.  Inside this hole in the wall though, lies a quaint little family owned business that means business when it comes to providing healthy, locally grown/raised and delicious French and American food.  Everything is made from scratch by folks who have a passion for good food, healthy eating and a great sense of community. The first time we visited I had the Coq Au Vin, which was rich and wonderful.  On this last trip I was delighted by a turkey sandwich with melted brie and roma tomatoes. Not to mention the peach crepes.

If you aren’t in Greenville I feel really bad for you.  It’s so hard when you’re trying to eat healthy to find good places to go out.  I’m not just talking about ordering a salad or the baked fish, but eating food that you know comes from a real farm, not a factory.  Food that is grown, harvested and prepared with respect–and we should respect our food because we put it into our bodies and often don’t think for a second beyond what it does to our taste buds, while it’s having serious lasting effects on us.  I’m just amazed at how dangerous the food in our country has become, and I’m thrilled by all of the friends I have who are joining the food revolution and choosing local, organic, non-processed foods.  Wow, so I didn’t mean to soapbox on that! Geez! Well, if you agree with me at all, and you live in Greenville, you’ve got to check out Cullen’s. I was so excited to see that they were packed out this Sunday, but small businesses always need good word of mouth to stay alive, so go check it out, get fed well, then tell all your friends.

Take a look at their website to see pricing and menu.  You can also read about the owners and hear from their own words all about their food philosophy.

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Okay, so don’t call me a hypocrite for going off on consumer America and then shopping at IKEA (aka. Stuff Mart).  I’m trying to AVOID moaning about things and not doing anything about it, so when I saw this little piece of wonderful (for only $9.99!) I just HAD to buy it.  Take that Waste Management!  The kids are having a wonderful time already sorting the recycling ( I am too!)

Special recognition needs to go to Andy for his artistic contribution–he drew the labels (and is going to great lengths to fill up the glass compartment!).

Special recognition also needs to go to mother-in-law, without whom I would never have found this treasure.  (I was also touched that she noticed it, because that means she reads my blog!) 🙂

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The other day we had some friends over and in the cleaning up after lunch process, one of them asked where our recycling bin was.  I sheepishly responded that we didn’t recycle.  My friend not so gently chided me (as she probably should have), prompting me to go to our Waste Management website to find out how we could get started.  I may have missed something, but it looks like we’re going to have to pay a great deal extra to get the bins and the service to recycle.  Is this normal?  So, I have to pay taxes for the normal collection of waste, which is, apparently, BAD for the environment and supporting a dangerous cycle of consumerism (watch this motivating, but slightly depressing video), but if I want to attempt to responsibly get rid of my trash, I have to pay extra?  In the words of Seth and Amy . . . . REALLY?!?!?!?

Then there’s schooling.  I’m throwing a HUGE amount of tax dollars into a school system that is so broken and so messed up (where, by the way, is the documentary detailing just HOW messed up it is and how incapable I, as an American parent, am able to fix it? There’s got to be one out there.), but if I want to send my kids to a private school, where I have more say, more responsibility, more assurance that my child will do well, I have to pay extra.  A LOT extra???  A lot extra while still handing money to a school system that the government isn’t even attempting (as if it were capable) of fixing?

On top of that you have eating healthy.  Thank you Food, Inc.    Thank you for being the one gloom and doom documentary out there that actually gives a few options for fixing the situation.  Oh, by the way, that option is going to DOUBLE your grocery bill.  I love eating healthier.  I love supporting local farmers and opposing the industrialized food system.  That’s all great, but I don’t love paying double to do it.

Is anyone else feeling incredibly helpless regarding the extra costs of responsible living?  I just get so infuriated that our country has CREATED these messes.  PLANNED out how to screw everything to the point that no one can afford to do the things necessary to make changes.  Who are these masterminds of greed and destruction?! What am I, a single individual supposed to do about it, short of finding one little plot of land that’s not industrialized, commercialized or populated, set up a cabin (with my little house on the prairie books as my manual) and raise my kids as hermits?

Alright, if I calm down and think about it a little, it only makes sense.  In our fallen, messed up world, everything is BOUND to be screwed up.  I understand that.  I also understand that I’m not supposed to worry.  I understand that I’m supposed to trust God.  I do trust God.  I trust that if any of this falls apart, God is sovereign.  I know that He will take care of us and give us grace to survive.  What I don’t know is how I’m supposed to respond right now.  How am I supposed to live responsibly when it costs so much?  Do I pay the extra for recycling, or do I give more to missions?  Or do I just go buy a new ipod and fill it up with worship music that reminds me that I am only a sojourner on this rock? I’m pretty sure the “go ahead and screw the planet, cause we’re not going to be here very long” is the wrong approach.   My hope is not in this world.  My hope is not in our leaders. Andy’s been trying to encourage me recently to look at every situation through the gospel.  How does that effect all of this?  How does the gospel tell me what to do when my resources are so limited and the problems so extensive  . . . and expensive?

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