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Ramblings

When I was uploading these cookie photos a couple weeks ago, I found myself getting lost scrolling through other recent photos on my phone. It made me realize how many things I think to capture in the moment, that I end up forgetting about so shortly after they happen. It’s a shame to let those little moments fade away so fast — even when they’re seemingly inconsequential, if they can elicit a smile, a giggle, or a happy memory — then they’re totally worth celebrating. So I thought I’d do something completely different today, and just share a few life things. Ramblings. I share lots of recipes and reviews with you here, but truth is that’s only a tiny snapshot of my everyday life. So here’s a bit of a different peek, Instagram style. And with lots of words. I am a writer, after all, and a very verbose one at that!

If you’d asked me even 2 years ago what I thought I’d be embarking on in 2015, the picture I painted then would have looked nothing like it does now. As someone who has historically been scared to step outside my comfort zone, I’ve said no too often to experiences that intimidated me. But recently I decided it was time to change that, and I’ve found that it’s not only insanely fun and challenging to push my own limits, but it’s also kind of addicting. Last year, I picked up knitting and sewing (wild, I know), and have stuck with those ever since. It’s incredibly rewarding to make things with your hands that you can wear, use, gift, etc. As a desk-dweller 40+ hours a week, it’s a great change of pace.

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“Thrummed” mittens, aka a really puffy, warm, troll-like creation.

But this year, I decided to try a few other new things. More challenging things. To start, I signed up for a challenge at work where I had to run outdoors every single day in January. While I didn’t make it outside every day, I did run 29 out of 31 days, only taking off the day of blizzard Juno, and a day for skiing which ended in a run-stopping injury. (More on that shortly :)) What I learned from that experience is that I actually love to run, and by the end of the month I started to look forward to it every day. My body, which I thought detested running, now feels natural doing it, and it’s a feeling I adore.

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Boxing is something else I’ve always been interested in, but rather intimidated by. So to combat that, I decided to sign up for a small group boxing class at my gym. In the few short weeks since I started, I’ve learned that I am super drawn to the adrenaline rush it provides, and I’m also bizarrely obsessed with punching things. Weird? Maybe, but true! For someone who’s generally pretty athletic, I seriously struggle with the movements involved in boxing, but I don’t even care that I look like such an idiot because it’s a total blast. And of course, the bubble gum pink boxing gloves don’t hurt, either.

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Triathalon training has again commenced, and I am LOVING being back in the pool. There is nothing like swimming in a warm pool in the dead of winter, watching the snow fall outside… that is, if I can’t be outdoors in my bathing suit instead!

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Skiing is my newest adventure — I went for the first time in my whole life a couple of weekends ago — and it was a total blast until I literally blasted into some trees, and then it wasn’t so much fun anymore. Fortunately, I got in enough fun hours of it before the tree incident that I got hooked instantaneously. I’m also relieved to report that all of my injuries are superficial, so as soon as they heal, I’ll be back out on the mountain! (The goggles I smashed with my face and the tree, however, will not be revived…) I’ve got an Amazon cart full of skiing gear waiting, so now I just need to find someone who’ll buy it all for me. 🙂 Any takers?!

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One of many, many (too many) work from home snow days recently.

Switching gears from new adventures, to older loves. My cats. They are not a new obsession, but an obvious one. Just check out my Instagram — I’m like a full-blown cat woman! The new year has been a total roller coaster for me emotionally (or, um, the last TWO YEARS if I’m being honest), so having these little buddies around has been a complete life-saver. Their endless love and cuddles make me smile even in my most down moments, and I’m pretty grateful for that.

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Speaking of smiling… there’s also this guy — my 1250lb love muffin. I was home to see my family recently, and got to swing by to see him two days in a row! His presence alone is such a major pick-me-up, and just being around him makes my whole heart swell with love. This year makes 13 together. I am a very lucky girl.

 

There’s also been a lot of eating. And drinking. And more eating and drinking. Betcha didn’t know I loved those two things!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie creation from The Rail Trail Flatbread Co in Hudson, MA.

Oh, and remember how I told you recently that I’d met a new guy, and he’d gotten me pretty excited and hopeful for the future? We shared this brownie, and I really thought things were going somewhere. And then… he disappeared. Here one day, gone the next. Makes me question not only my ability to pick a quality man, but also the quality of men in general. Is there really one out there for me that is kind, considerate, handsome, sweet, and right for me? I don’t know. I really don’t. So it’s back to the drawing board, again, and my hopefulness is waining… but you can’t meet success without perseverance, I guess? But gosh darn, my poor heart. I’ll tell ya… it’s not easy.

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And as if this hasn’t been random enough, a coworker of mine recently bought me a copy of ‘The Associated Press Stylebook,” and I am in love. I’ve been doing a lot of editing at my new job, and often ask him grammatical questions, so he decided it was time to get me a resource of my own. I never thought I’d be the kind of person to dive so deeply into grammar and editing, but turns out, I am! Even better on the work front, we brought a Best Buddies member onto the team last week to help out with some logistics around the office, and I almost wept I was so overcome with emotion when I found out. As a sister to someone who’s been involved with Best Buddies before, and who has his own set of struggles similar to the gentleman who we hired at work, I am always completely overcome by individuals or organizations giving these people a chance. They deserve it just as much as the most able of us out there, but are so often overlooked. I honestly could not love, or be more proud of, the place that I work.

And there, my friends, are some ramblings. Let’s meet again next month, shall we? Assuming I ever get out of this house amidst the mountains of snow! And between now and then, we’ll return to regularly scheduled recipes 🙂

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