Hello there. It’s time for a much needed honesty hour.
Maybe you noticed I haven't posted anything here in a few weeks. Maybe you noticed I took down the recipes page. Or maybe you didn’t notice either because you have a life, which is totally fine. (let’s be honest, the latter is the most realistic)
Even though you probably weren’t wondering, I want to provide an explanation. I know, that sounds silly, but I learned an important lesson recently that I’m hoping someone here can relate to.
Something to know about me is that I love food and I love to cook. Fortunately, Grant is even more passionate about food and cooking than me. Cooking together is one of my favorite things, even if we don’t end up eating until 11pm or later. Because of my love of food, I enjoy sharing with other people the things I make and the foods I eat- ultimately in hopes of inspiring others to get in the kitchen and enjoy good food.
My attempt at doing that on this blog was to have a recipe page here where Grant and I could share recipes that we have either created or adapted so that others can enjoy them too. Sounds like a harmless goal, right?
The first recipe I posted was difficult for me. I didn't like the way the pictures came out or the way the pancakes looked on the plate. I didn’t like the way the recipe printout looked or even how the blog post about it looked. Thanks to Grant’s encouragement and a moment of bravery, I decided to post it anyways.
I haven’t been so bold since then. EVERY time I want to tell y'all about a recipe, I’ve been frustrated and disappointed that my food photography is not up to par with Cooking Light or Food & Wine. So I’ve withheld posting more.
The silly part is, the pancakes in those pictures tasted amazing but all I was concerned with was how artsy my photos looked to those reading. And the things I have wanted to share since then have been so fun to make and delicious, yet I haven’t shared them because I couldn't get the pictures to come out perfectly.
The truth is: I’m not a food photographer, we don't normally craft our own recipes, and I don’t have an immaculate kitchen with top of the line appliances and ideal lighting. And that’s ok.
This whole time I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. I was trying to portray to y'all this image of perfection, when in reality, my life is FAR from that.
One of my goals in starting this blog was to be real and transparent. On the “about the blog” page, I even stated that I wanted this to be a place where we don’t pretend to have it all together. I want to do a better job of doing just that- I want do do a better job of being real with y’all.
My whole life I’ve cared way too much about what people think of me, and I’m guessing some of y'all out there feel the same way. But y’all, life is no fun when lived in constant fear of what others think of you. The Lord made you YOU for a reason, with special gifts and talents and passions unique to you. What a shame if we brush those aside in the strive for approval from others via being someone we aren’t.
Moving forward, I am going to continue posting recipes, however now they will be in the form of blog posts. I simply want to share with you the journey of cooking and point you to where we get our recipes. Maybe one day we will be able to provide you with unique recipes crafted by us, but in the mean time, I hope you are inspired by the stories behind the food.
If you’ve read this far, thank you for letting me get that off my chest. If you relate and any way and need some encouragement, hit me up!
Join me in learning to embrace our passions and our gifts unapologetically.
Y'all are the best,