a personal note and a resolution…

a personal note and a resolution…

I know it’s been a while, but life has been crazy since my last posts. So much has happened over the last two and a half years: some not so happy things, and some very happy things. There’s been some losses and some health scares which are fortunately resolved… but Joe and I have had some amazing experiences, fun travels, and both of our careers are in good places. I’m not even sure I’ve posted about our family growing by four little paws (If you want to keep up with the many adventures of Albus, you can follow him on Instagram: @Albuspug) However, the biggest change since my last post is that we are no longer in D.C.

New opportunities for both Joe and I took our little family to Atlanta where we’ve been for the last year and a half. Thankfully we are very happy here, and it is nice being closer to friends and family. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve come to realize that while we have loved our jet-set ways, what we really need is a home-base where we can feel close to our loved ones and connected to our community. Atlanta is the perfect place for that while I finish up my Ph.D. and we figure out next steps for our family–sadly, the nature of my work means we will likely be moving a few more times before we fully put down roots. BUT we really do love it here and there’s also AMAZING grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and international stores right down the street from us which makes cooking an even bigger joy in both of our lives.

Anyways, because it is the new year, I’ve made a resolution (yeah, yeah..) to start making more CONSTRUCTIVE me time that goes beyond just “self-care.” Sure, I can take more baths, buy more sheet-masks, and wear more yoga pants… But if my 2020 is going to be better, I think self-care needs to mean more. It’s no secret that I struggle with balance (both figuratively and literally), and with no real structure of a 9 to 5, the nature of my work means that even when I’m “not working” I’m still on: If I’m not writing, I’m reading, and if I’m not doing either then I feel like I’m wasting time and am dooming myself to never get a job once I earn this damn degree. It’s a vicious cycle, and one I am by no means alone in experiencing. Sadly, however, is that one of the hardest things to come to grips with is the fact that I TRULY love writing and reading for pleasure, but because my life is so inundated by it, it’s the last thing I want to do when I’m not “working.”

So, part of this constructive “me” time is making sure I GSD (get s**t done) but also making more time for me to take care of myself and to actually spend time doing the things I love doing: adventures with the husband, exploring new places, reading mediocre historical fiction, knitting, sewing, AND OF COURSE making, eating, and writing about GOOD FLAVORS.

So, ultimately my dears…here we are. I have multiple recipes in the pipeline, and I have no excuse but to get back to blogging. Over the last two years, I’ve picked up some new culinary hobbies: macarons on macarons, sourdough bread making, cake decorating, and even fermentation. We’ve been pickling a LOT of yummies, and are even making a foray into canning and eventually homebrewing once we get more space. I can’t wait to delve into these further and share what I’ve learned with you all.

So, if you’ve stuck with me this far, thank you–it means so much to me to be able to share my life and love of flavors with you. If you’re new to EGF, the same can be said: it means so much to not only have you here but also for me to be able to share with you the foods and flavors that bring me both nourishment and joy. I hope they do the same for you.