2 months in and 10 things i’ve learned.
With my husband’s encouragement, I reluctantly hit the “Publish” button on FFF nearly 2 months ago. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into, I just knew I had lots of recipes and budgeting ideas in my head and figured maybe they might possibly be helpful to one or two other people out there… so I went for it.
Here are 10 hodge-podgy things I’ve learned along the way…
1. Greek or plain yogurt is a fabulous substitute for heavy cream, sour cream or half and half. It has lots of protein and minimal fat, while keeping recipes creamy and full of flavor.
2. The guys at Trader Joes love talking about their wines. If you get them going or have a quick question, plan on having a good 5-10 minutes to follow them up and down the aisles as they share with you their 7 different recommendations.
3. Our kids are watching…even when we don’t realize they are. We’re their models, and they will often follow our lead. Take a look at this shot of Emma, who I caught snapping a few pics of her fresh-from-the-oven granola (can’t you see it there in that red basket?!) just last week. Seriously, this wasn’t staged.
4. If you want to motivate yourself when it comes to cooking, start a food blog and tell your friends and family about it. Nothing will motivate you faster.
5. There’s nothing like sitting together, the entire family, for a meal. It’s a connection point, perhaps the only one you may have with everyone all day. In an era where we run from this to that, taking the time to sit down and share a meal together is vital to meaningful relationship. And while we’ve generally always done this, the fact that I’m now cooking as much as I do means we do this nearly every night, and I’m loving it.
6. You may be surprised by just how adventurous your kids may be when it comes to food. Here’s my 1 year old Luke putting down his second slice of a caramelized leek quiche. Say whaaaa?
7. I’m not an exact, by the book kind of cook. A little here, a little there…can I tell you just how hard that is when I know I have to write everything down and give a recipe with exact ingredients for others to use? So if you try something and it doesn’t work out, just blame me…I’m lousy with exact measurements.
8. I need to scrub my all-clad better.
9. Adele is great cooking music.
10. Wine Friday is, quite possibly, one of my best ideas ever. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I’m certain it is. But it’s definitely become my favorite day of the week…and Andrew’s too.
Ok, so now it’s your turn. Two months in, what do you think? What’s been helpful? Not helpful? Is this working for you? Input? Suggestions?