While serving the homemade minestrone soup and blondies to my parents, Uncle Mike and Pepere, it suddenly occured to me: I love to cook.
In case you’re ready to tell me, “well…duh…you do have a food blog,” then let me explain. I haven’t always enjoyed cooking and I most certainly haven’t always appreciated food. I was just as happy with opening up a box of hamburger helper or a can of sloppy joes and calling it lunch. I didn’t understand why people would waste time roasting a vegetable since I had to pinch my nose to eat them anyways—why waste time?
But all throughout highschool and well into college, something changed. It wasn’t just the fact that I began to appreciate food—real, honest-to-goodness food and not just something out of a box or wrapper—but I also enjoyed the process of preparing the food for family and friends. I honestly can’t think of anything that I enjoy doing more than watching people enjoy the food that I worked hard to put together. Better yet, I love it when they get involved too—cooking can be such a social event! Take tonight for example. Dad cooked the salmon, mom snapped the beans, and I sauteed the cabbage (with a bit of seedy mustard), baked the potatoes, and roasted the beans to a caramelized state of sweet perfection.
When all is said and done, there’s something special about sitting down to enjoy a meal at the end of the day. Knowing that a little bit of work and a whole lot of love went into the meal—it’s one of life’s simplest pleasures.
Happy Weekend! I hope you’re all feeling refreshed and energized for a brand new week. Personally, I could use some serious motivation to get everything done this week that I know I need to get done. 😉
In light of that, here’s the question of the day…
Question: How do you get yourself motivated and how do you stay motivated when it comes to getting things done? Usually I’ll write it down in my schedule. Having a major “to do” stare me down does wonders when it comes to getting things done. Sometimes when I need a little extra motivation, I’ll give myself a deadline and a “final reward” for when I do get it done (i.e., new magazine, bubble bath, going out for a coffee, etc.)