I had some time off in between jobs and decided that I should make the most of it. I cleaned out our closets and donated items to the Goodwill and our church. I also volunteered at our church by helping put together the certificates for sacraments. I spent some time with my nephews by taking them to Barnes and Noble to do some reading during their summer break and had time to do more of my own reading. I increased my exercise activity since I had more time on my hands. I accomplished a lot of the things I had been putting off because, well, work. I also had the opportunity to travel with my hubby to Alaska and we got to spend the 4th of July in Reno and Tahoe. We hiked a still snowy Tahoe Meadows in the warm weather! Needless to say, I enjoyed my time off, it went by very fast!

One of the things I was looking forward to was cooking and baking some of the recipes I had saved on to my Pinterest board. It was fun until it wasn’t. I have always enjoyed baking, but cooking not so much. As I tried new recipes I thought it was so cool how good my food was tasting (insert smiley showing teeth). My hubby certainly enjoyed it. You should know that I’ve never been one to like cooking, it’s like a chore for me. I was that daughter who often used homework as an excuse so that I didn’t have to help with that, sorry mom! It was bad enough that I had to do the dishes…and, you know, all those things that come with being female. Gender expectations annoy me.

With that said, this was something I wanted to do for myself and I learned a few things. First, I still hate cooking. I’m sure people wonder how I got through all those years of college living on my own. The thing is, I always tried to eat healthy and simple. Secondly, trying different recipes is too much work, there are often too many ingredients to worry about. Cooking can be fun, but only if done every now and then…lol. Lastly, I learned that it is best to find basic recipes that you can cook that will last you a few days. I found a few easy recipes, started making them to last a few days and started rotating them. This is as much as I could handle.

To some this might sound silly, but really, cooking is just not my thing. If you saw my vision board you’d see that I have a personal chef on there, that’s my goal. I want to get to that point where I can afford a personal chef, even if it’s a few days a week. Heck, even if its once a week! I HAVE GOALS PEOPLE!

I know, I’m quite passionate about this, but don’t we all have that one thing we feel passionate about? I am fortunate to be able to put food on my table, and I know cooking is something I shouldn’t take for granted. I cook, I just don’t like doing it very often. That said, I’ll continue to try new recipes, just not all at once!

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