Life is crazy – we fill it with “to-dos”, “shoulds”, and “promises”.
For many of us the busyness is self induced. There are obligations of course, bills to pay and a world to discover, but the everyday challenges are often created by our own expectations. Sometimes I wish I would give myself a break, sleep in, put my feet up and just let the earth turn without me spinning it on my shoulders.
I was away all weekend, returned to an empty fridge, a bag full of laundry, and a 5 am wake up call. I didn’t let it get to me. I found enough pantry items to fill a bowl of goodness for breakfast and saved my last apple for a mid-morning snack. After a budget meeting, a minister’s briefing and a few dozen emails I decided to sign-out and take myself out for lunch.
I ordered a large salad with ginger date dressing. I bet you could have predicted that, huh? The food was great, nourishing and filling. The time spent away from my desk felt decadent.
With the afternoon schedule to tackle I picked up a chocolate/vanilla macaroon and banana nut cookie. Both sweet but not cloying. A nice balance of flavours and textures.
Wednesday marks the beginning of what is the busiest month of the year for most of us (exhausted Vegan MoFoers excluded). Here is my advice (which I will try to internalize as well): Don’t try to make it perfect. Don’t be perfect and don’t expect perfection. Be generous, accept love and have fun.
Perfectly shaped cookies do not taste better than their more rustic friends. Have fun baking. Let the kids stir and shape cookies for friends, neighbours and family. Be accepting of baked goods of all shapes and sizes
A perfectly clean and decorated home does not mean that people feel welcomed and loved when they visit. Don’t wait to invite people over until you get you act together. Spend time with your friends. Your friends want to see YOU – they don’t care if your dryer is running while you chat over tea, or if the cookbooks are alphabetized. They want to connect…with you.
Being the perfect host, with the perfect outfit, the perfectly toned arms, carrying the perfect tray of perfect petits fours does not make for the party of the year. People can never appreciate your effort enough if you spend the enter day striving for perfect. Host a potluck, go sledding, get covered in cookie dough, and laugh at yourself.
I hope you all had a lovely monday full of laughter and joy.
Tomorrow is the last day of Vegan MoFo. I hope you’ve been following along. It has been a brilliant month of innovative recipe ideas, twists on tradition and flavourful finds.