“Your mission is the one call on your heart that screams out louder than anything else”
Thanks for stopping in to read about me and two of my favorite things; reading and cooking. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to read. I think I must have picked up that love from my grandfather. He was always reading, he loved westerns and I have quite a few of his books lying around my house. It’s a way to keep him close and whenever I’m missing him, I can pick up one of his books and know that his fingers flipped the pages and he, too, was once immersed in the story.
Anyways, life seemed to get in the way of me being able to read. College required me to read often and often involved themes I wasn’t interested in. Then after college, there was the whole having a full-time job that prevented me from feeling like I had the time to sit down and pick up a book. I found that when I did have time to read, I could never feel fully immersed in what I was reading. It was just something for me to do before bed that didn’t involve watching TV or playing on my phone.
Last year things changed, I took a new job that allowed me to have summers off. I said goodbye to the long hours, the nights, the weekends and the stressful (crazy) days. I had time to breathe.
So what was I going to do with this newly acquired time? I didn’t want to spend it laying on the couch binge-watching the newest Netflix series (don’t get me wrong, I still binge watch every now and then). One of my dear friends is an avid reader so I asked her what suggestions she had and she sent me a LONG list of options. I went to my local library and picked up the first book on the list; the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
I promptly went home, let my dogs out into the backyard, plopped down on the big chair we have on our patio and started reading. I didn’t stop. I read the entire book in ONE day. When I finally closed the book and wiped my eyes (I was sobbing- more to come on that later), I felt like my life was changed. I had fully immersed myself in the world of Evelyn Hugo. All of the stressors of life had disappeared in the 6.5 hours that I had sat there reading. I felt I had been walking along through the story of Evelyn and her life. I felt this high (one I’m assuming runners get but I’ve never experienced) from allowing myself to be sucked into a book. It was fantastic!
I made a list of the books that I wanted to read (Thank you, Goodreads) and ordered them from the library. As my summer went on, I found that I spent my days, outside, with my dogs, reading and I was happier than I had been in a long time.
It was also during this time that I was able to spend more time doing my second favorite activity; cooking and baking. I grew up surrounded my incredible cooks; my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mom. My fondest memories from childhood were being woken up by the smell of bacon (or country ham) being cooked in my Granny’s kitchen. She always made the most incredible meals. Thanks to her, I went through a rather chubby baby phase because once I had her mashed potatoes, there was no way I was going back to pureed carrots. My grandmother, Libby, was the baker of the family. She taught me how to make her delicious Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Icing before I was tall enough to reach the counter (she always made sure I had a chance to lick the spoon). And my mom, who despite being a vegetarian for her entire life, would cook up a delicious dinner of fried-chicken for me but always instilled the importance of healthy eating into my life. These three ladies are why cooking and baking is so important to me, it’s my way of relaxing and also of feeling connected to them.
So, here I am, trying something new. After a year of wanting to figure out a way to incorporate two of my favorite past-times together, I decided to start a blog. I want others to be inspired to read and to spend time in the kitchen creating things outside of my comfort zone. I hope to be able to introduce you to beautifully written novels, savory meals, deliciously sweet treats and maybe even a few refreshing drinks.
Thanks for joining me!