I left the store in a state, and decided to listen to the most recent Joy the Baker podcast, where she incidentally talks about the horrors of jean shorts. I knew I wasn’t alone . . .
Other news? I have been in the midst of finals- crazy brain in over load! Losing sleep over studying, final projects, working full time, and all the joys of life that pull me away from writing. But I have come to realize that when pulled away from writing, I love it and miss it all the more.
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
Truer words were never spoken.
When I do get a quick 10 minute break at work, I try my best to catch up on some of my favorite blogs, and I have been inspired by some of the wonderful women in the blogosphere. Not only by them, but I have also come to recognize where I pull my inspiration. Because we all don’t simply copy recipes word for word (or ingredient by ingredient, rather), or else no new recipes are ever born. And sometimes the preciseness and unwillingness to change can pull the creativity right out of a creation, and that’s no good for anyone.
(top left, clockwise)-Roasted bulb of garlic, kale, & lime. In the spring, this just seem to go well with lime. Especially if there is a sprinkle of sea salt involved. And no, this is not my subtle hint that I need a shot of tequila.
-Lemon sorbet milkshake topped with whipped cream and bran flakes. Supposed to be topped with cookie crumbs, but bran flakes were the only carb I had in my house. So . . . ya. Resourcefulness is key.
-Chicken soup, over a handful of chiffonade spinach and cooked quinoa. I made this soup on a day I was feeling particularly lousy, and it just turned my day around! It wrapped it’s arms (soupy arms?) around my tummy and made it better.
-Basted eggs atop multigrain sourdough, extra sharp cheddar cheese, and tomato slices. Oh, and the b-e-a-utiful flowers? They are from a very handsome man. 😉
-Cinnamon truffles, with a touch of ginger, some with roasted, crushed pecans. I was inspired by the characters in “Once Upon a Time,” who love cinnamon in their hot chocolate. If you have never seen the show, you should. It’s wonderfully addicting and engaging. Eat a truffle (or two) while you watch. 100 % better.
-This salad was inspired by the future of my garden! Cucumbers, avocado, shredded chicken (I’m not growing chickens, just for the record) on spinach with some roasted garlic cloves smashed onto a couple baguette slices seemed to be the perfect thing to welcome new growth out of the dirt.And today? A lie-in. Reading. Pastry with a friend. Garage sales. Graduations. More short-shopping (success this round!) Grocery shopping. Garden weeding. After that day, a fresh pasta was in order (along with some red wine, which is a give in).
These are a few things that inspire me. What inspires you? I’d love to hear about it!