Maddy sent this cookbook to me for my birthday, unbeknowst to her that I had been coveting it for ages. She said she spent several HOURS on Amazon looking around. Should make the trip to the farmer's market tomorrow a little more focused.
My coworkers, aware of my combined passions for running and cooking gave me kitchenware, cookbook and running attire. My husband and younger daughter conspired to buy me a Kindle--knowing that I love to read but also that I would never buy one for myself. My mom found a beautiful Coach bag that is the epitome of summer. My in-laws got me a gel mat for the kitchen so I could cook in comfort. My girlfriend got me a tagine. My best friend got me some satsuma lotion that I have loved and used for years. I am truly blessed.
Approaching my 5th decade, I am at the age where many women prefer to stop counting. I prefer to count these advancing years as experience on my life's resume. I have been a runner for more than 30 years, a knitter for 30 years, cooking for 35 years, a mom for 20 years, a wife for 15 years, a nurse for 19 years, a nurse-midwife for 11 years. I know myself, and, as evidenced by the wonderfully thoughtful gifts, people know me. The time has come to be comfortable in my skin, wrinkled as it may be.
I continue to be amazed by the communities we form with like-minded individuals. My military friends, spread far and wide--brought together on Facebook. No longer just a Christmas letter every December. Beginning a food blog--initially to track the progress of our family through the fellowship of food--now a place where I can meet new friends, like Stacey:
Can't count the number of people who have requested this recipe after seeing me eat a jar of oatmeal in morning report.....
And who would have thought you could make a pancake with garbanzo bean flour? Thanks Casa Yellow!
The Tipsy Baker, the first food blog I followed, who made me realize that a 40 something mom just might have a voice worth listening to.
So I will keep posting, and preserving a little slice of Lee family history. Hoping you will stick around and see what happens.