Hallmark Holidays

I really dislike Hallmark Holidays. For years we have been conditioned to think that once a year, in celebration of love, we need cards to say the things that we should say everyday, or candy, flowers, or jewelry to show undying love.

It’s not just about the cheesiness of it, but also about the manipulation of it. We are constantly being manipulated into thinking that we need to do, say, or feel a certain way.

Just sit with that awhile. The realization that you are, or have been played for years should be enough to provoke a few palm head slaps. 🤦

You have choices. Sure picking up a card, or flowers is the easy way out, but is it really what your love wants?

Note: As I’m typing this my 8 year old grand daughter entered the room wanting to know if I got her a valentines gift. And so begins a new generation of hallmark holidays 🤦

Finding Joy in Homemaking

Homemaking use to be a way of living. Women took pride in their homemaking skills, and hosted dinner parties, garden parties, afternoon teas. They were not always as happy as they appeared, but it was not acceptable to express unhappiness, or complain so they also enjoyed the occasional afternoon alcoholic beverage.

In the 70s with more women heading to work, the need to balance it all and bring home the bacon became even more stressful. The art of homemaking fell away.

Fast forward to the Pinterest era.

Suddenly homemaking becomes fun again. From diy gardening inspiration to recipes for triple layer cakes the Pinterest movement has revived the joy in making a home feel like a home.

There are other differences in homemaking today. It’s no longer something with rules, or strict schedules. It’s fun, it brings joy, there’s a sense of accomplishment, and when we share the tasks with others, it promotes bonding.

So fluff the pillows, rearrange the furniture , line your cabinets. It’s okay if it’s not perfect, it took me a lot of years to unlearn that.

Accidental Food Blogger

Even though I have a background in nutrition, I didn’t set out to blog about food. It just seems to be happening that way at the moment. Probably because I am in a creative mode, searching for healthier alternatives, and pretty annoyed with crappy recipes.

This too shall pass as soon as fresh fruit and veggies become, well fresher and more abundant. Well not completely, after all there are amazing possibilities for fresh foods.

Last summer I was introduced to bright line eating. It felt good, wholesome, but it lacked grains. We need grains for heart health. Currently I haven’t had any sugar since November 2018. Only recently reintroduced heart healthy whole grains, and today a gluten free flour. Dairy has been minimal, with the exception of half n half, grass fed butter, and Greek yogurt.

So what’s left to eat? Real food!!! Crazy right? Anddddd that’s how I ended up here, blogging about food, on a blog intended for witty musings, and opinionated feedback.

For now I’ll just keep sharing my experiments, I mean..creations.