One of the goals we set back in the beginning of January was productivity. I have to admit that I haven't felt very productive so far this year. Here we are nearing the end of February already, and I've barely touched my to-do lists, my goals lists, my 50 before 50 list. Sigh. The thing is that I'm busy. All the time. And while I know I'm productive, I've been struggling to find a balance between that which I'd like to accomplish and that which I need to do on a daily basis. Thankfully, this past weekend provided the opportunity I'd been longing for to break from the tyranny of the urgent.
Eager to get back into the bread baking groove I so thoroughly enjoy and have sorely missed, I decided that bread baking would be Saturday's primary task. I rolled out one loaf and sprinkled on cinnamon which made for some really delicious toast on Sunday morning -- num.
With that mission accomplished, I eagerly worked on several other kitchen projects I've been wanting to tackle including starting a sourdough starter...
And was thrilled to see it showing signs of life on Sunday evening.
I set a jar of buttermilk on the counter to culture.
After the bread came out of the oven, I baked a "speed scratch" cake for Sunday's fellowship meal. It's called Too Much Chocolate Cake, and, yes, it's made from a cake mix. It's a compromise from our normally healthy low-sugar, whole foods way of eating, and we're ok with that!
Dinner was supposed to be a chicken Caesar salad, but after being on my feet in the kitchen all day, I was hungry for something with a little more substance. I borrowed this recipe, and, of course, I played with it and created what I'll call "garlic Parmesan pasta" (will share the recipe soon!).
And since that cake was calling our names (it smelled soooo good!), we decided it wouldn't hurt if we each enjoyed a small slice with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. :)
Saturday truly was a productive day, but then every day typically is. I'm thankful that after the kitchen was cleaned I was able to sit down with my knitting and actually finished a knitting project! But that is a topic for tomorrow's post.
Anyway, what I'm really trying to get at here is that I'm thankful to have refound my bearings after a busy end-of-2011 and a slow-to-get-back-into-the-groove-2012. I'm thankful to have begun being more productive in my kitchen in ways that not only stretch my grocery budget but also that serve to improve the health of my family (well, except for that cake...).
Spending a day busy in my kitchen while the sounds of music and laughter and life swirl around our home is just about as perfect as a day can be.The realization that there is so much to be thankful for in any given day...just the fact that I'm breathing in, and out, and have eyes to see and hands with which to work and arms to hug with is a gift. That my husband is...amazing, and that I've been blessed with children who love their mama is really, quite simply, overwhelming. Hugs from my sweeties are precious as are the conversations we share. I am truly blessed. What any of that has to do with productivity is beyond me -- just had to let it all out! (It's that Voskamp woman's book getting to me...)
Before I sign off, I just have to share what I discovered last evening:
Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. ~I Thessalonians 4:11
However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. ~John Calvin
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~I Thessalonians 5:16-18
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