Well, I don’t know that I will follow my original blog intentions after all. I’m a full time student and I don’t feel that I have the time and energy to maintain the blog I had originally envisioned. I will plan on it for a future project, but for now I think I will just use this spot for a creative outlet.
Aside from struggling with a capricious nature that has decided it is no longer interested in being an over-achieving student, I have recently become addicted to baking. I have spent most of my life in open rebellion against “traditional women’s activities”, but I’ve recently become more at peace with such things and have begun to embrace the “domestic goddess” within…
My dear friend Sally taught me to knit last winter and I think it started from there. While I will probably never graduate from scarves and simple blankets, I do get a great sense of accomplishment from wearing or using something I made with my own two hands (and what I described after my first successful project “a piece of string and two wooden sticks”…)
The other day I made my first loaf of bread. It was Challah bread (which is fairly complex as it has to be braided!) and that encouraged an army of French baguettes. Today I labored over a batch of “cowboy cookies” and actually made a tray of homemade croutons! Who am I? I’m just realizing how much of a creative outlet cooking can be. I used to think I could never have the patience for it because I hate having to follow specific rules and exact instructions. Happily, I’m discovering you don’t necessarily have to do that after all! I like to substitute not-so-healthy ingredients with better ones and see how they turn out. I made chocolate chip cookies a few weeks ago with “smart start” instead of butter and they ended up being the best ones I’ve ever made! Today’s cookies though I followed pretty closely because they were a Martha Stewart receipt and let’s face it- she makes you feel like you better play by the rules with her stuff!