Sunday, October 11, 2009

Something Smells Good

The other day I saw a commercial that depicted a mother, fully dressed and ready for the day waving pleasantly as she sent her children out of the house and off to school.

"Ooooh," I sighed wistfully to Brian.

Brian looked over at me and said, "It's going to be a looooong time before that happens."

"I know," I sniffed.

"What would you do all day?" He used the same tone I often get from non-parents or non-stay-at-home parents when they are wondering what I do all day with children at home.

I pondered that question for a little while. What would I do all day?

My house would stay spic and span so I wouldn't need to clean it as often and even when I did clean it would probably take me a fraction of the time without any interruptions.

I'm not much of a decorator. Or crafter. Or shopper.

I do like to write (i.e. blog) but one can only stare at the computer screen for so long before the creative juices run dry. Besides, idle time on the Internet only convinces me that I absolutely must be the highest bidder on eBay for some name-brand something or other that I didn't even know I needed just a few hours earlier.

Finally, I looked over at Brian and smiled.

"I would spend entire days in the kitchen!"

And it's probably true. This new kitchen of mine has made me realize how much I really do love cooking, baking and creating works of edibles.

It's also this autumn weather. Everything is in harvest and I feel like I need to hurry up and use it all before the prices go up and the freshness goes down.

Apple crisp and butternut squash soup. Brownies and carbonara. Zucchini cake and zucchini bread. Baked oatmeal with blueberries and raspberry cream cheese muffins with streusel on top. Homemade baby food delights! The make-your-own ice cream didn't work but that's OK. It's all a part of the process. The chili with cornbread turned out divine. So did the red pepper risotto and that's not especially easy to do. Tomatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, potatoes. They're coming out of our ears!

But I do have bums and noses to wipe in between so something's gotta give. Usually that something is a shower.

I might not be particularly beautiful to look at with my stringy hair, no make-up face and my yoga pants and old t-shirt uniform but my family eats well.

They're calling for two to three inches tomorrow. It's pretty early to start the snow season even by Minnesota standards. I better go see what I've got in my pantry.

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