Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Blog, New Direction! Happy 2011!

HAPPY 2011! May this year bring you all prosperity, love, peace, joy and may you transform into the being you always wished to be!

Yes, it's been a while since I last posted to my sadly neglected little blog. But in my defense I was quite distracted. My whole life turned upside down, and through the transitional phase, I found myself with little time for my own interests anymore. If you've read my previous posts, you'll know that we moved 3 states away, went through an unemployment phase and stepped back in time about 50 years in terms of modern amenities. More like nostalgic amenities, but it's actually kind of fun. I only lament the loss of using my dryer-which sits next to the washer taunting me-because in freezing weather you have to hang clothes inside. That severely limits the quantity in which I can get done in a day. But, we are LOVING the 6.5 acres we now sit upon, the fresh air and the cute little house that is becoming our home. (And I've started a dryer fund to save for the electrical work that needs to be done!) Gratitude is abound, and my awesome hubby finally found a new IT position in our new state, and things are settling back to normal. I am also happy to report that I was able to resign from my less than desirable part-time job I had taken during our interim period of unemployment. Man, it's good to be back to my home, my kids and my joy!!

Since right after Thanksgiving, I have been under the weather with some kind of bronchial infection. I didn't go to the doctor because we have a lull in insurance coverage at the moment since hubby was laid off last summer. (His new insurance starts in February, hooray!) Well my sickness got so bad that I was getting dizzy spells and my heart was racing from coughing all the time, and my throat felt like I swallowed magma spiked with razor blades. Right around Christmas I couldn't function anymore, and just walking around would get me dizzy and pounding. So finally I went to the doctor in town and just paid outright for the visit and meds. He gave me some antibiotics, prednisone and an inhaler and within about 5 days I was feeling back to myself again. The reason I'm sharing this is because during my downtime, I came across the movie, Julie & Julia and was inspired by Julia Child's masterpiece, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I thought Julie Powell's initiative to cook all 524 of Julia's recipes in 365 days was amazing, and I decided that after I recovered and acquired the book, I was going to cook those recipes too. I don't know about the aspics, or if I'll get it done in 365 days, but I am going to get the book and learn to cook the way we were meant to cook. Everything nowadays is rush through in 30 minutes, get it done fast, use canned ingredients, hurry, hurry, hurry! Well I am home with my kids, I have the time and I love to cook. I feel like I've been resting on my laurels as far as my cooking skills and needs to branch out so to speak. And so I'll be getting Julia's book either today from the Books A Million that's 30 minutes away in the next town over, or I may order it from Amazon if they don't have it in stock.

Cooking to me is a release, an outlet and a way to bring family together. Plus, my 2 year old demands dishes with an adult palate. Everyone needs to eat, so why not make it something really special, every time? Why settle for good enough or 30 minutes or less if you have more than that to put into the health of your family? I remember as a child going to my Grandparents' house on Sundays and my Grandma cooking half the day and making an amazing meal for everyone. We gathered in the kitchen and the women helped her, and we talked and laughed and snitched food. Grandpa would patiently and eagerly await the meal and praise her highly once it was presented. I must expand my skills and master the ART of COOKING!

524 recipes in 365 days? Umm no. Julie Powell didn't have 3 kids. I do. So I'm thinking more like 524 in 524. Minus the aspics. Yuck!

Don't worry all you bookies. I am still a big reader & writer and I'm not giving up on my dream of becoming a published author one day. I'm still working on my manuscripts and querying agents with my finished and polished children's book. But I'm a Gemini and must do something to appease the other half of me, and she loves to cook. ;)

Wish me luck, and happy eating!!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." ~Neil Gaiman

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