Pulling the thread on kitchen/dinner systems, letting go, and grace for a new year
Beautiful, all of it, just like you. Also, big fan of store-bought rotisserie chicken. We do it too and then I make the broth! ❤️
You. Are. Speaking. My. Language. This fall, I'm letting so much fall away. I'm so tired of feeling guilty for not doing it all. I'd rather be happy than be "accomplished" according to American standards. Though, I did just dance around my kitchen when my $170 Plum custom planner and custom notebooks arrived… so there's that. But I swear it's only to keep loose track of my "Bare Minimum Era!"
This was so lovely to read Sarah, funny at times and so honest. What I love about you, besides your wonderful recipes is the way you re-evaluate life as you go. I’ve learned change can be hard but it is also good for us! My children, in their 40’s now have many memories of home cooked dinners and holiday feasts but they also love to tell their kids about the Friday Friendly nights or Pizza Hut! It’s the time together that matters and your two certainly have such love in their lives! Have a wonderful fall! 🍁🍂
Love this. Long live the white binder!
Sarah, I loved this post. It is so honest. I see that things have not gotten any better for moms since I was in that stage of life. I lived through a workaholic traveling husband, three kids, big fluffy collies, two cats, a large in-ground pool (which needed cleaning by me constantly), college, and work once our youngest went to kindergarten. I never felt I was enough!
But I honestly feel that life is even harder for today's moms/stepmoms. So many expectations that were not even on our radars. I really relate to the food in the fridge, especially the one in the basement, yikes! I love your posts!
Your posts fill me with hope that I can "do fall" my way. Life spins so fast and September always fills me with dread of the coming holiday chaos. I am currently reading your terrific "Feast" cover to cover. I really love it and your inspiring recipes. I am not a vegetarian so I had put off getting this one but now we are trying to eat less meat as the center of our meals.
This was EPIC to read Sarah! Thank you for sharing a peek into your life. I just had Ed pick up a roasted chicken at the grocery store for lunch. I am under multiple deadlines and have recently realized that NO ONE asks you to cook breakfast or lunch when you are on set; it was one of my favorite parts of working on food styling shoots in NYC. A shift I have opted for is aftercare this year so my nervous system can rest and have the full space to complete my work. I have pushed all kids activities to Saturday and Sunday. I feel like this collective Aries North Node, it's been active since July 17th and will go through January 11th 2025 is pushing towards the self — what actually works for us (and our families). I will have to write about this in Nourishing Creativity! Thank you for the inspiration❤️ xo Carla
That’s it! All of it. One enjoyable read later, and I can feel the anxiety and tension release from my core. One day, life will feel slow and we will miss it all. So, what is to be done? We embrace the mess, find the chunks of gratitude hidden in the chaos, and love deep. Beautifully written. xo
Even Marie Kondo has admitted to letting go... https://www.npr.org/2023/01/29/1152149068/marie-kondo-revealed-shes-kind-of-given-up-on-being-so-tidy-people-freaked-out#:~:text=Kondo%2C%20whose%20organizing%20skills%20landed,she%20said%20was%20a%20misconception.
As I read this story, I was remembering the days my kids we young, they are 41 and 45 now, yup, I remember. It wasn't so frazzled as younger parents today. Yes, there was ballet and baseball, soccer and football, etc, but I ran the company that my Dad had, so I was free to get away when I needed to. Lucky them, lucky me. Winter was spent buying new ski duds and equipment to ski every chance they could get. I loved the hut, the fireplace and the hot cocoa and adults like me. By the time the kids finished their runs, I drove them home, they slept.....until the next day, back on the slopes.
Now it's just hubby and me. We pick up the rotisserie chicken every now and then, bagels when I can't find the time to make them and kugel, always a favorite. I make Challah once a week.
You will remember some of the things, they won't. Ageing is wonderful for remembering the good stuff! like baking and cooking!
Such a beautiful piece Sarah, with so many gems! The rotisserie chicken is a weekly staple in our household too, and I like your rice cooker idea. I've really been enjoying 'On Our Best Behaviour' - I'm almost finished reading it. Thanks for sharing, xx
“The living is now, here in the mundane.” Amen ❤️