Thoughts and something new

As followers of My Life As a Modern Wife, you have a front row seat in my tiny crawl space of a kitchen. You get an up close look at some of my favorite creations. You see the final product after it has been  brought through a number of processes and are given the opportunity to try it for yourself (I hope you do!). This is usually how the process works… I brainstorm new ideas from several different sources:keeping tabs on each seasons fresh produce, reading tons and tons of cookbooks from different cultures& eating styles, staying current with new trends in gourmet cooking, eating dangerously (you can’t be afraid to try new things, being adventurous really makes life sweeter), learning as much as I can about nutrition, and last but not least, reinventing old recipes that I have previously made and thinking of old standbys in a completely new way. Then once I have the creativity percolating, I will start to experiment. This is the best and sometimes most frustrating part. Sometimes the end result is surprisingly good, and sometimes well..not so good. So then I formulate my new recipe based on the results of said experiment and continue to tweak and adjust it until I am exhausted satisfied with the end result. Then my dear readers, I will graciously share my findings with you. And that is how I do what I do. As I go through this process I am continually reminded that success in the kitchen can be such a fleeting thing. One day the souffle rises and the next it falls flat, one day you create something wonderful and new and the next day you can’t remember how you did it. So I have learned to embrace this natural ebb and flow and also be very grateful when things work out in the end. So all of that to say there is a lot more happening in the “modern kitchen” than you may think. If you would be so brave as to follow me on this,  I will give you a closer look into the everyday happenings of my kitchen and let you in on all the in-between kind of things that you miss out on. Just trust me on this, it’s gonna be fun. Have a Happy Holiday & I’ll see you in the New Year!

PS: Speaking of something new…I have decided to make a resolution (I know, how original) to join the WordPress community Post A Week 2011 challenge. It is a community of bloggers joining together via The Daily Post actively working to improve your reading experience (in a nutshell). I am hoping this next year your in-box (or Google reader etc.) will be filled with weekly snippets of inspiration straight from my kitchen to yours. Why? Because you deserve it. Thanks for reading!

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Sam and I recently celebrated our very first anniversary! It’s  hard to believe that barely one year ago (October 10,2009) we were exchanging our self-written vows anxiously awaiting the biggest change in our lives. I blink and here we are, a year later, a bit wiser and still crazy about each other. I look back on my life before I met Sam and think of how cynical I was, and how I never thought that I would be able to trust another so wholeheartedly. I think of  how God slowly smoothed out my rough edges, and brought healing to my life in such an overwhelmingly big way. I am a true work in progress, growing and learning,  and dying to my selfishness. Believe me, it is a daily process of renewing. And when I am weak and reminded of past fears God sends me such a comfort in knowing that (especially) in my weakness, he is strong. My heart can safely trust in my husband,  because my heart safely trusts in God (and vise-versa). I am reminded of my vows to follow him wherever life takes us, and I know that we are together in this. So I can smile at the many many years to come.

“..For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”     ~Ruth 1:16-17

sharing is a good thing

Welcome back my dear readers,  I hope your summer was a good one! You may notice that things are a bit different around here at My Life  As a Modern Wife. The upcoming change of season has got me craving some inspiration, and what better way to start than a fresh new look..well sort of. You’ll notice a few changes to the site, including a bio column, an updated (and ever-growing) current “foodie” reading page, and an Archive for quick reference to articles of late. Another thing that I am very pleased to bring you is multiple options to share the featured article. (You may have noticed the icons on the bottom of the entry. Each gives you a different option to print/e-mail/Facebook/Press This etc..) So if you see a recipe you like and want to try it for yourself (kudos to you), simply click the print icon and there you go, portable shopping list! Lastly, I’d like to introduce you to Word Press Tags. (You’ll notice the little filing cabinet icon in the comment section.) Following the Tag link allows you to view all of the articles in that particular category from MLAaMW as well as other Word Press bloggers. As always, I love hearing your feedback so feel free to comment, rate, or “like” anything that catches your fancy and  let me know how I can make your visit enjoyable.

I hope you enjoy the new digs! ~D.

My Whole Life- a book review

You know “those” people. They stalk the produce aisle, pay $4 for a gallon of milk, and spend hours pouring over labels and nutritional stats, maybe you’re one of them, maybe they live next door to you, or maybe you avoid them like the plague…

In case you’re feeling a bit confused, I’m referring to whole foods shoppers. For the past year or so of my life I’ve been opening my mind to the many benefits of buying and cooking with whole foods. What are whole foods? Well, the basic concept is food that is grown or raised naturally without additives, preservatives and the like, and is not refined or processed. Sounds kind of complicated right? I was a bit overwhelmed at first when I started doing research about whole foods. The amount of resources on the subject is very weighty, so naturally it can be very difficult to decipher what is true golden knowledge from the fakes.

Well if you find yourself in this predicament or are just interested in eating more healthfully, then I highly recommend snagging a copy of Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. I stumbled upon it at Amazon.com one day, while browsing for cookbooks and it immediately caught my eye. The cover boasts, “Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents”, and Ms. Lair delivers that and much more. Feeding the Whole Family is a wonderfully comprehensive guide to wholesome eating and cooking. Lair gives the basic principles and identifies a well-balanced whole foods lifestyle in a very straightforward way as well as offering shopping helps, pantry building guides, menu plans and tons of delicious recipes.

One of the most interesting things I found in this book was the focus on family meals. It gives very specific attention to feeding babies and children in every stage of their development,which I found very informative and sensible. It guides parents to raise their children to become healthy eaters from infant-hood and so on. Theses chapters highlight everything from breastfeeding to toddler finger-foods, to packing healthy lunch boxes. It gives recipes for homemade baby cereal and natural baby food that are simple and extremely economical. (Yes, eating whole foods can save you money.)

Feeding the Whole Family is an easy read, not at all overwhelming. And best of all, it gives pure helpful information without being preachy or condescending. It’s realistic in the sense that real lifestyle changes shouldn’t be rushed into like a fad diet, but made slowly and consciously. As Lair so perfectly states, “Make small changes over weeks and months, and create the time and space needed to give your family deeply nourishing food a little at a time.”

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Hello again my dear readers, I am writing this post because I realize that (as I’m sure you can agree) life simply moves too fast! I have a heavy sense of awareness about that. As much as I would like to slow down life’s pace, gravity is against me. It seems that even with the best of intentions I have been slacking on writing. I have absolutely no excuse for it except that with changing seasons of life I have had a difficult time keeping up with it. I just wanted to write a note to say how much I value you…yes, YOU! Thank you very much for supporting me with My Life As a Modern Wife. It’s amazing readers like you that have given me such joy and encouragement to pursue this passion of mine. I love hearing your thoughts and opinions. So that being said, I am working on being more of a diligent person (and blogger).

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Home Away Adventures

Striker

As a third floor apartment dweller, I am always surrounded by lots and lots of background noise. I’ve grown accustomed to the sounds of barking and whining dogs, cars coming and going, construction and maintenance repair, loud parking lot music, giggly college girls, and  the massive (and not so massive) birds that reside in a nearby group of trees. Strangely enough, I’ve become quite comfortable living apartment life (I prefer it actually), but even so it is nice to get away every once in a while.

This post is brought to you by a change of scenery. Allow me to elaborate…I recently accepted an offer to house sit/dog-sit for my wonderful mother-in-law Susan, while she and the family took a week-long visit to California. So far it’s been a quiet and restful experience. I’ve gotten the chance to catch up on my reading (you might’ve noticed my updated current reading page), gain some inspiration for new articles, enjoy a nice St. Paddy’s Day date with my husband, and of course spend some time in the kitchen. I guess it just goes to show you that you can be inspired anywhere you are, you just have to take some cues from the noises around you.

Best Friends, Callie the boxer & Isabella the Dachshund

Striker, the energetic Sharpay

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Turning a New Page: How it all began

I guess you can say it all started when what I had known ended. Upon getting engaged, I made a pact with my (now) husband that I would resign from my hectic job and take the first year of our marriage to explore the brave new world of domesticity.  So resignation in hand, I said goodbye to my vocation of four years and armed to-the-teeth with cookbooks I set out on an extraordinary adventure. It’s been quite the adventure too. I’ve had the opportunity to take root in my strengths and learn from my mistakes. This is a compilation of my experiences as a housewife, my culinary feats and ever-growing search for great food, and pearls of wisdom that I’ve gathered along the way.

This is a gift to you, my fellow readers.