Wednesday, May 22, 2013
That wasn't too hard. Doesn't seem like it should be very difficult to accomplish either, but for whatever reason, I have a lot of guilt associated with doing what I want to do, when I want to do it. It's part of the reason that I keep myself on track, posting 3-4 times a week with new recipes and pictures (which I like), but it's also part of the reason that every time I sit down on the porch after work and read my book, I feel like I can't fully enjoy it (which I don't like).
I read this post today by Joy the Baker, and it really inspired me to take some time, go out and get some inspiration. I've probably always known that you need time away from your passions (baking, blogging, etc.) so that you can come back to them more alive and energized, but sometimes I guess I forget what I've always known.
Of course, I get to eat it too.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Have you noticed how when you're sick, everyone wants to give you advice? It's nice really, just an observation. You should take this medicine, not that medicine. Eat this, not that. Exercise, no wait rest. Take as much vitamin C as you can get in you, actually more than the daily dose won't do anything. It's confusing. I don't think there's any right or wrong really.
My only 2 pieces of advice for you if you get sick:
1. Watch something stupid (like Bridezillas). That way you won't be tempted to stay awake to find out how the show ends.
2. Drink smoothies.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A Beautiful Mess.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today, he woke up and ate cookies for breakfast, put sugar and cream in his coffee, and smiled. There was a lot of smiling. There was no measuring. Today, we are both happy!
His challenge lasted 31 days and he successfully completed (makes it sound like a competition...yeah, that's accurate) all 93 meals and all 62 snacks. In the meantime, I gained 5 pounds and my dinners for the past month have usually consisted of Cheez-Its and muffins.
If I had been torturing myself for the past month, I would probably choose this meal too. In fact, when I go home to visit and my parents ask me what I want for dinner, it is almost always Chicken Carbonaro.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pumpkin Cookies (again, loved them), and Banana Bread.
Her banana bread was so light and moist and when you bake it, the top turns this dark espresso brown color which is magically sweeter than the rest of the bread. There is a reason that I loved it then and I still do now.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Yesterday, after a trip to the grocery store, I spent about 4 hours trying to make macarons with the aim to pack them up and send them to my mom for Mother's Day. Instead, I spent 4 hours and got little, thin wafers that, quite honestly, didn't even taste that great. They ended up in the trash and now I'll have to send a lame card or order flowers or something.
Sure, cookies that don't turn out perfectly is not that big of a deal in the scheme of things, but it did have the ability to ruin my day. Because I didn't get those treats in the mail by this morning, my mom isn't getting anything special this Sunday, and what I would really like to do is have a meal with her. My sister could probably make dinner, I could make dessert. My other sister could take a nap on the couch ;)
So do me a favor, if you are lucky enough to spend this Sunday at the same table as your mom, make her something delicious. Appreciate it. I recommend this Rosemary Loaf Cake.
Sorry about the macarons, Mom...maybe this cake will be arriving at your house soon!