Monday, September 5, 2011

Puffs

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a BIG fan of food and cooking shows and competitions.  It's surprising how much you can learn and also get inspired to experiment at home.  I've watched plenty of the chefs use puff pastry in recipes and it always leaves me curious.  Even the top chefs get scared off by the complexity of making it from scratch and make no apologies about using the frozen (pre-made) kind.  But, alas, even though I often make my own pie crust from scratch, I've never bought or used puff pastry and I'm not sure why the hesitation.  Perhaps because of the intimation factor or just simply because I've just never tried it?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Advantages

It's almost the end of June, about a week into summer break with my kids, and, ummm, I'm not doing so well.  I totally expect (and dread) my kids inevitably going through their annual out-of-sorts whack-a-doo behavior from the huge change and decompression that the end of the school year and the beginning of summer brings.  But, me?  Well, I guess I'm entitled to feel the brunt of their intense emotions plus my own emotions from the change, too.  I give up a lot of my own freedoms and routine when I'm practically on mommy duty 24/7.  I know, it's what I signed up for when I had kids, but it's still a bit overwhelming sometimes, especially after getting used to having six hours a day all to myself.

I feel blue.  I feel sad.  Uninspired.  Unmotivated.  Disconnected.  Totally blaaaaaah.  I didn't like how I am feeling one bit.