Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Perfect Afternoon

Since early this afternoon, I've been in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, this is the second day in a week that I've spent hours in there. I couldn't be happier. I love to cook.

When Big Daddy was away, I still cooked but I could only spend short periods of time working on the meals that I made. Any longer than ten minutes at a time and civil war broke out between the little people. When I needed to make bread or other staples for the week, I had to wait until they were asleep. Now that Big Daddy is back, the little people in the house have someone to play with while I cook.

And, let me tell you, I've been cooking. This afternoon, I made bread, two batches of cookies and dinner. I even did dishes. As I type, I have a turkey breast in the oven to use for our lunches/sandwiches this week. Two days ago, I made a few batches of waffles to have in the freezer for quick breakfasts on school days. I finally feel caught up and like I have a good handle on our meals. My oven, mill and mixer are equally as satisfied with a job well done.

My favorite cooking to do is baking. I have finally gotten to a point where I feel comfortable changing up recipes and making them my own. I'm no longer afraid to experiment and make recipes work for us. A year ago, it never would have occurred to me that it was acceptable to change a recipe. I'm loving the freedom. :)

I'm thinking that I'm going to start adding a recipe to the blog once a week. I'm also back to posting more often than once a week so check back more often. Big Daddy heads back to work after this weekend and life is settled again. I'm so glad he's back with us, in case you can't tell.

Do you love to cook? What are your favorite things to cook?


  1. Baking is my favorite, too! I love to make my own bread, but can't resist grabbing a slice with butter, so I've been buying store0bought while I'm trying to lose weight. It's totally resistable to me :)

    Glad to see you back, I hope you had some great time with your hubby!

  2. Isn't it funny that we love cooking when we're most happy?! I think so anyway. And I KNOW you're happy girl! I'm happy for you that Big Daddy is home. Right where he's supposed to be, right?


  3. I don't particularly care to cook, but I do enjoy having Joe home to keep Kayla occupied while I at least attempt to make dinner! LOL

  4. I desperately need one of these afternoons. I feel so rejuvenated after accomplishing an a day of cooking and baking. I find much satisfaction in it. I am so happy for you that you were able to have that time - and know that your kids were being loved on by your husband as you worked hard in the kitchen!

    Yes, you should post a recipe on your blog!!