I have never liked cooking. In fact, I've dreaded it, put it off and felt totally insecure about it for way too long. Baking, though…. baking is one of my favorite kitchen activities. I think that has been impacted by my unhealthy relationship with all things sweet, but still. I've enjoyed it since high school.
So for the first two years of our marriage, I tried really hard to be a great wife. I meal planned (with frustration), made tons of meals that were so-so, and even entertained guests for dinner! That last one was the real stressor - I never felt like what I made was up to par, especially compared to my friends who are great in the kitchen!
But over the past couple months, I have actually enjoyed cooking almost every meal! I could almost call it relaxing (gasp!). I've even had the nerve to try new recipes that turned out nicely and didn't stress about having guests over. To be honest, I'm shocked.. still! Here's the real topper, though, I also successfully made a few pasta sauces from scratch - something I've tried to master several times and failed miserably!! It's the little things.
So today I'm extra excited to be partnering with the sweet ladies below to hook you up with two cookbooks and a copy of a recent favorite book, Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrieder. These two cookbooks have sent me deeper into the kitchen and have the most beautiful stories to accompany the show stopping recipes!
Oh Simple Thoughts / Gather Around Our Table / 23 Magnolia Street / Life with the Casterlines / Elah Tree / Sew My Soul / With Flowers in my Hair / Seasons with the Strattons / Wetherills Say I Do / Tiny Painter / Newly Nabors / Butcher's Niche
The winner will be announced this Friday so stay tuned and play fair! All entries will be verified. Have fun!!