making up is hard to do

by Holly on December 6, 2010

in blog stuff,breakfast,lunch

I can’t remember the last time I cooked something.

Luckily, I just so happen to have a blog where I record such food things. Based on said blog, the last actual thing I cooked was The Sandwich That Changed My Life, and that was 22 days ago.

I honestly thought after the elections, life would want to slow down, drink a frozen margarita and kick it by the beach for awhile. However, I am quickly learning life is a bit more adventurous than that. Between San Francisco, trips home to MN, holidays and wedding shenanigans all throughout the month of November, I’ve barely had time to spend more than four days in a row at my apartment much less cook.

As a result, instead of talking about food, I’ve scattered the blog with travel posts, fundraising pleas to help Jovenes en Camino and half-hearted attempts at deep, introspective prose.

While I consider this a “life blog,” food is reason I started writing The Healthy Everythingtarian.

I love food.

And I want nothing more to spend an entire day just cooking.

Then, I would obviously photograph + write about it.

But not when I eat the same sunflower seed butter + raspberry jelly toast for breakfast every. single. morning.

Sometimes I may throw in a banana or two clementines to the breakfast mix.

Lunch is even more UN-photographable.

Sometimes it’s been a take-out salad from my fave salad bar (complete with SunBun!). Other times, it’s been cans of soup. Most times, it’s just a random mixture of stuff I can grab as I am running out the door and cursing myself for being late to work.

Greek yogurt with Galaxy Granola + raspberry jelly. Dried apricots. Amy’s Spinach + Feta Pocket. Two large carrots. Two unpictured Diet Cokes as well as 1/ 2 bag of Stacy’s Everything Bagel Chips…all eaten throughout the day.

Dinner has consisted of more toast, meeting up with friends at fun restaurants or even better – being invited to friend’s houses for a homemade spread. Tonight, my lovely host was Rassa, and she made a killer Red Curry Turkey Chili.

While I could say this week is the week I regain my life, get back in the kitchen and whip some magical meals up, that would be a blatant lie.

Tomorrow, my friend + I are going to Pilates, out to dinner then building a lightbox.

Wednesday, I’ve got a dinner date with two lovely ladies.

Thursday, I need to start a freelance writing project due Monday.

But the weekend…that I have free!

So send me some recipes.

I have some serious making up to do with my kitchen.

I really hope he takes me back.


Lynn @ The Actors Diet December 7, 2010 at 12:25 am

i haven’t been cooking in a while – other than microwaving frozen veggies with leftover frozen meals i made a few weeks ago. eating out is too much fun!

sofia December 7, 2010 at 4:34 am

don’t fret miss holly, i forgive you for your kitchen ifedelity! often times life gets in the way of recreating fabulous coffee shop sandwiches and so we make do with what we’ve got hangin’ around the kitch. you’ll get back to your masterly kitchen skillz and habits very soon, after your fun dates. besides, your photo skills are saweeeeeet so even a simple nut butter sandwich is photogenic. nice work.

Susan December 7, 2010 at 4:40 am

Don’t feel bad Holly! Yep, I know you will feel awesome once you get back in the cooking groove but it’s no biggie. Remember, we don’t eat to blog, we eat to live!

Have a marvelous day you rock star!

Matt December 7, 2010 at 5:15 am

Don’t feel bad! I haven’t cooked much this week either! I know! *GASP*

Amber December 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

I haven’t posted to my blog in awhile because I don’t think any of my readers want to hear my 101 ways to eat pancakes since that has become my go to dinner this month. I think it’s kind of funny when foodies are in a foodie block. :)

Lauren December 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

I haven’t been cooking lately either and its killing me. I’ve definitely been eating more frozen meals than I prefer but oh well, it’s just how it goes sometimes. I do LOVE that Amy’s Pocket though. In fact, I just had it a few days ago.

Why not stock up on some sweet potatoes and baked beans? That does make such a tasty dinner and super quick.

Sounds like a lovely week Holly. :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 7, 2010 at 6:14 am

Life has been busy lately, hasn’t it? I hear it only gets worse as we get older too… ::sigh:: I try to make my Saturdays all about the kitchen. I’ll wake up, and go to town!!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

I haven’t done serious “cooking” in a little while. I don’t really consider the 10 minutes I take to make my eggs as cooking. It’s my lazy way out. Something new should probably happen…

Erica December 7, 2010 at 6:19 am

This time of year seems to get the best of all of us. Those Amy’s Spinach + Feta Pockets are one of my most favorite frozen meals. How about making this butternut squash with black beans and walnuts dish? I eat it as a main course- delicious with a great Kick:

Kailey (SnackFace) December 7, 2010 at 6:22 am

Shoot, I don’t even remember the last time I was like, “I’d really like to make _____ tonight,” and then actually make it. That’s probably because MamaJ is the head chef around here, but I’m sure she’d like it if I took over every now and then.

I have a feeling Ruth Reichl’s carbonara would be outstanding:

Heavy meals for chilly nights– I’m all about it.

Still miss you! xoxox

Nelly@CrazySexyFit December 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

SQUASH SOUP. I’ve been slurping on one batch for about a week now.

*Slice, de-seed, peel and dice a bunch of squash (I used butternut squash but whatever)
*Toss it all in a bag with some EVOO and salt
*Spread it on a pan to bake at about 350 for a while

*Chop up some onions into thick strips
*Cook them, covered, in EVOO or butter on low heat in a big pan while you chop up some apples into thinnish slices
*Once the onions are mostly cooked, set the apple slices in one or two layers over them, sprinkle with a little salt and re-cover

*Let everything keep on keeping on until the squash is done – soft and sweet, possibly a little golden on the outside (means it’s caramelised!). Puree about 2/3 of the squash with as much water or milk as you need to get to the right consistency, then add the other squash pieces and the apples&onions (I like to keep them separate and serve on top). Season with salt and pepper (or whatever – butternut squash would be good with some ginger, acorn squash might benefit from a little orange juice, etc) and enjoy! This also keeps beautifully and tastes AMAZING if you stir in a spoonful of leftover cranberry dressing.

Jessica December 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

I thought living at home would make me soooo responsible and I’d pack a beautiful lunch everyday and make elaborate dinners. My lunch today is a tub of hummus and a bag of veggies I found in the refrigerator. *Womp* I feel your pain. Thankfully there are several Kashi meals in my parents’ freezer.

brandi December 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

i’ll be posting an awesome potato soup recipe this week – perfect for a cold day :)

Erin December 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

I know how that goes! It seems that our house has falling into a dinner rut lately.

Totally interested where you work… My sister is in Madison and just left her job after the unfortunate turn of events – she’s been really down about it all and is trying to figure out where she wants to go from here. Strangely enough her boyfriend was on the “winning” side and ended up with a promotion out of the whole thing! Crazy crazy times we’re in.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

You can do this sister……just woo that son of a gun into your kitchen.

Katie December 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

I like that your kitchen is male. As it should be.

I’m not cooking much either, and my formerly fully stocked freezer is starting to look quite sparse. I have no time to fix that though, so in the meantime, my blog has suffered. Alas. Life.

Gillian Young December 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

I just bought sunflower seed butter for the first time and LURVE it. No shame in not cooking, I like to day long vacations from it from time to time.

Want a turkey chili recipe, or lentil stew?

Sami December 7, 2010 at 10:22 am

okay…so that breakfast might get old for ya, but sometimes all i’m craving is some plain olde peanut butter toast. less is more sometimes :)


Megan (Braise the Roof) December 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

I feel your pain. This time of year gets so busy it’s hard to keep your kitchen stocked without letting everything you bought go bad because you’re gone so much. I made a killer stuffed acorn squash last night- check it out, it was pretty fast and easy (I made it while I put my Christmas tree up).

Katie December 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

I hear ya, sister. With a few exceptions, my eating experiences of late have been more about “feeding” and less about pleasure and enjoyment. But like Shakespeare’s Wheel of Fortune, things DO go round and life will get less hectic (or so we hope!) and more balanced again.

Do you like those Amy’s pockets? Ari’s sister in law eats them quite often and they always look so tasty!

Just donated to JeC. Thanks for fundraising!

Angharad December 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

Life gets in the way! Especially this time of year when holiday parties abound. I had a spell of cooking/baking craziness a couple of weeks back and now I’m triple booked until the holidays…so that’s that.

Enjoy the time with friends and family and know that people reading this blog love reading about the “other stuff”.

p.s. completely missed each other this weekend, no? I hope your time was glorious.xx

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Sometimes life just gets in the way of food! ;) Just never “gets in the way” but you know what I mean.

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

pilates and dinner dates are way more fun than cooking, for me at least :)

sunflower seed butter + raspberry jelly = heaven on a stick! SFSButter is my fave nut butter of all time!

emily (a nutritionist eats) December 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I need a lightbox so bad. I was contemplating asking my Dad to make one for christmas…let us know how yours goes!
I have not been into cooking lately either – post is coming this week! I hope it comes back!!!

Dawn December 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I do NOT remember the last time I cooked something! This time last year I was a holiday cooking machine-this year I’ve eaten breakfast for dinenr more times than you could imagine!

Suzanne December 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I so enjoy your blog! You are so very talented!

Caree @ Fit-Mama December 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I totally understand what you mean! I am trying so hard as a full time working mom to be better but I feel like I am constantly just grabbing things to go. I feel like I don’t have enough time in the day to od everything! I want to so badly cook really healthy meals…but then find myself just wanting a quick dinner at night.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I have some serious making up to do as well! I blame it on my busy couple of days, weeks (months?) The weekend involves lots of creativity, but I need some spicing up during the week too! :D

dana @ my little celebration December 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I can’t wait to see the fruits of your light box labors! So neat.

No worries, he’ll ALWAYS take you back : )

Try this:
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jen December 8, 2010 at 5:50 am

Have fun building the lightbox :)
Your kitchen will always take you back, i’m sure he misses you too ;0


julie December 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

tis the season to do. it. up. so keep doin it girl! the oven ain’t goin nowhere ;)

Damaris @Kitchen Corners December 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

enjoy your time where everyone else cooks and there is plenty of holiday food around. fage yogurt rocks my world.

Christine (The Raw Project) December 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I’ve been cooking, but not too adventurous in the new recipe area lately because of stress and lack-of-time. Ah, soon when things settle. :-)

K - Anywhere There's An Airport December 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I will be of NO help with this one! The Spain kitchen hates me! I’m still afraid of the what I hear is the “oven.”
But here is my favorite snack:Rice cake – smear with a hefty amount of avocado – top with arugula – drizzle really good olive oil – sprinkle with sea salt.
Seriously – you might never cook again. :)

garet December 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

Red curry turkey chili? That sounds like the center of a Venn diagram of things I love. Think you could snag a recipe?

elise December 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

your day’s eats reminds me of my work packing. awwww…

ok those carrots? yeah, thats looking mighty dirty m’dear.

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