After sleeping in gloriously late, I am spending the day today cleaning drawers, cupboards, the fridge and closets and cooking. The husbando is away all day in TO for some BBQ class, so it's just the kids and I getting jiggy with our inner Molly Maid.
So far I have taken the girls for a walk, cleaned out three kitchen drawers (Why do I own so many fucking wooden spoons?) de-cluttered my cookbook collection (Buh-bye Pillsbury "cook" books) and made shells with crispy pancetta and asparagus for lunch.
I also joined a local food co-op this morning. I went out yesterday with my friend and birthday twin, for our annual birthday lunch and w(h)ine-fest to Rest - Stone Road Grille, which is a fabulous local restaurant in the heart of wine country. We had a really great lunch which featured locally grown food and meats. I had the meatloaf sandwich (meaaaat looooaaaf) and a chef salad with duck confit and the cutest little quail's egg on top. DELISH!
Over lunch, we talked about our mutual love of food and cooking and how lucky we are to live in an area of great produce and local farms that specialize in the farm to table lifestyle. Over the past two years, well, almost three, cooking has become more than a necessity for my family. It has become somewhat of a passion for me, because even though there were days I couldn't eat what I cooked, the mere act of chopping and stirring made me happy and helped me forget how crappy I was feeling.
As time has gone by, we no longer frequent fast food or even many chain restaurants. My kids get excited about what's for dinner and less reliance on quick processed food has definitely helped us all feel better and more aware than ever before.
So I am hoping this co-op of organic meats and free range vegetables (hee) will inspire me to cook even more (new) family favorites. I have herbs growing in my dining room bay window and I am excited to pick up some heirloom tomato transplants next month.
For me, spring has always been about looking forward to the next year. Call it my Happy New Year. So today as I weed out my wooden spoons and too big t-shirts, I am not only removing the clutter from my mind, but also from my mind.*
Enjoy your weekend, kids.