I know. I know. I profess my distaste for the exclamation point and then I use it over and over. But here it is warranted! Why, you ask? Because after 3.2 decades of whining about how I do not cook but that I would like to, I am finally cooking! (See Evidence A above.) Okay, I did not think about cooking much for the first two decades of my lovely life, but you get the picture.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about change. About how there are some things in my life that I would like to alter. About how there is a certain way I would like to look and feel and a certain kind of example I would like to set for my girls. Obviously, these are big deals - looking, feeling, modeling - but in a decidedly practical un-Aidan way of tackling things, I decided to break it down. To conjure a list. Of real things I can and am willing to change.
And so. Just like that, I started cooking. We started cooking. I started making trips to the store and buying fresh ingredients. I started hunting down recipes and even making some up. I just went for it. And in the past month? We have barely ordered takeout. We have grilled and roasted and sauteed and steamed. We have collected sauces and spices. We have made an important change. One I'm really happy about.
There have been many yummy meals. Quinoa, farro, tilapia, cod, chicken, brussels sprouts, beets, burgers... And lots of summer corn. We even made a little BBQ chicken and blue cheese pizza. Now, let's be real. I did not morph into Martha Stewart during my time away. But. We are doing things differently around here. And it feels good. It does. It is really good to know that change is possible, that habits really can be broken.
So. How long will we keep this up? I don't know. I'm sure there will be plenty of nights of ordering in ahead of us, but I think we are headed in a good direction. Kind of a boring, feel-goody post, huh? Yup. Oh well. I can't be edgy and existential all the time :) Now, I'm off to the store to stock up on supplies for din.
Do you believe change is possible? Do you cook? Do you think I will keep up this cooking thing or is it just a passing phase?