June is the month of transition and big changes for many high school graduates and their families. This June my husband and I join the ranks as our eldest collects her diploma and takes her first steps into adulthood. Treat your graduate to a casual outdoor graduation party with these fun ideas.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
I am going to let you in on a secret. Writing content for this blog is stressing me out.
Each time I think about sitting down to write, I seem to find every excuse not to open up my word processor and just start.
“My idea is not creative enough.”
“Will that topic even be interesting to anyone?”
“How do I even construct the first paragraph? If it isn’t really compelling, no one is going to read on.”
Yup, lots of negative self-talk goes on in my head.
And then it hit me. Why do I expect myself to be a brilliant writer when I sit down to write once or twice a month?
The air is crisper. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of gold, red and orange before they drop to the ground. Fireplaces are being lit. Holiday songs are playing in every store and restaurant. Winter is on its way! No longer do I crave iced tea, mojitos, and magaritas. Now is the time for drinks that warm your belly while curled up on the couch after an intimate dinner party with friends. Now’s the time for winter cocktails.
Move over frozen chicken nuggets and French fries! Brown bag lunches can be fun and good for you too. Even the pickiest eater can get excited about eating a healthy lunch this year by including these fun ideas in his or her lunchbox.
Do you have a fear of cooking? Are you nervous about holding a chef knife, cooking foods to the right temperature, and burning things in your oven? You are not alone. As a personal chef, I have had a number of clients express these fears to me. As a novice cook myself a number of years ago, I had some of the same concerns.
Mornings can be hectic. Whether you are a morning person or not, we try to get so much done between the time we rise and the time we rush out the door. Exercising. Showering. Blow-drying. Meditating (yeah right!). Corralling children. Making lunches. Packing backpacks. Signing permission slips. Feeding the pets. And the one thing we often sacrifice during this mad dash to work is…breakfast.
If you were to keep track of all the items that enter your refrigerator by putting a little Post-It note on each one and then placing the Post-It on a poster board that read “Used” or “Threw Away”, what percentage of those items would have been unused and chucked into the garbage at the end of the month? If you said about 30%, you would be right. About one-third of all food we purchase ends up in a landfill never having been eaten. So how can we prevent it? Make a salad of course!
Are you stuck in a food rut eating the same meals day after day. Meatloaf Monday. Taco Tuesday. Wish Someone Else Was Cooking Wednesday. Takeout Thursday. Just Forget About It Friday. You need some inspiration to bring new life to your weekly meals! Well do I have a fun way for you to jazz things up in your kitchen! Read on…
Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Whether you are sharing the day with one special someone, a group of friends you adore, or treating yourself to a day of indulgence, a delicious (and healthy) dessert is a must!
As a personal chef, I have seen a lot of different kitchens over the years – some extremely small, some that look like they came out of a design magazine. Having cooked in so many different spaces I have developed a clear opinion on what works in a kitchen space and what doesn’t. Read on. My thoughts may surprise you.