I come to my blog site at least once a week. I parooze what is going on with the other food blogs that I follow, get some inspiration for recipes, and I find myself in awe of how often I used to be able to blog. At first, every other day or so, then a solid 2-3 times a week, and now...well....we know how my posting productivity has been lately. I miss it. I often get the question "are you going to blog anymore" or "when is the last time you posted". My response is usually "I've been busy" but I think we are all busy in life, so I don't know if that is a valid excuse. I also follow that up with "I've been cooking, just not taking pictures throughout the whole process".
I like the documentation that blogging allows for. Not only does it let me show-off what I've been cooking, and give my readers some ideas for things to make in the kitchen, but it is also a diary of sorts that documents what is going on in my life and it makes for a great keepsake. I don't know which direction I want to take the blog from here, but I want to keep those 2 things prevalent - food and highlights of what's going on these days.
Who knew that all it would take would be for Andy to turn on "Meet the Press"on this fine Sunday morning, and here I steer straight for the blog. I'll have you know it is 11:00 am on Sunday morning and Heidi Swanson's Cabbage and Bean Soup has already been made and Rick Bayless' Pork and Tomatillos Stew with Pickled Jalapenos is already going in the crock pot. See? I cook. I promise.
Andy and I are on a new routine when it comes to food and grocery shopping. When I lived on my own, I often ran into the grocery store about 3-4 times a week and that store was almost always Whole Foods. I'll admit that I spent WAY too much money there because absolutely everything always looked good. I could not walk out of there without a container of the Yellowfin Tuna salad and some really nice block of cheese. I would workout at the gym, swing by the store, and whip up something quick for dinner. I would pick a slightly time-intesive meal to make on the weekend and would call it a week. I could get by on apple/peanut butter for lunch or even some oatmeal with banana and peanut butter. Buying lunch at work was never an option, and that still holds true.
It is not possible for Andy to get by on apple and peanut butter for lunch, so I've learned to cook while making enough to have leftovers. GASP. Eat the same thing twice? Never used to happen. But that isn't very practical these days. These days, I spend the week paging through cookbooks, browsing the food blogs, and making a list of everything that will be on the menu for the week (lunches included).
I make a big list: groceries on one side and meals to make, what day to make them, and what page to find them in what cookbook on the other side. My 2 go-to cookbooks these days are Heidi Swanson's "Super Natural Every Day" and "Giada's Kitchen". I like them both because they 1. don't have a mile long list of ingredients for the dishes and 2. they are all relatively easy and quick to make.
And get this.....we grocery shop on Friday night....at Jewel. I mean is that exciting or what? And this is the only time we go to store during the week. And I'll have you know that Jewel is very busy on a Friday night in the city. I'm not the only one with this plan. My weekend is much more relaxing knowing the grocery shopping is already done - Andy can confirm this to be true.
In other news....you might have missed the fact that I had a little surgery. Things are on the up and up and I'm making progress each day. Haven't quite ditched the crutches yet, but I'm hoping to do that soon. This new "compression" style implant in my leg, should be longer lasting than the one I previously had, which is awesome news. Thank you Dr. Gitelis for fixing me.
I had a lot of time at home while being laid up after surgery and spent time making my own gift tags for presents this year....
And to top it off, we got a really great family photo in the Fall of 2011.
Oh....and Andy finished Ironman Wisconsin in September. I made a video about the day here.
So there you have it. We shall see where we go from here.