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Going on 6 months…

Well gang, we are just about at the half way point of my husband’s deployment.  Sadly, keeping up with a career, a home, 2 kids, a dog, and everything in between has left little time for blogging.  But, I’m still here!!!  If you’ve been reading here lately, I’ve discussed that I am keeping the faith for a career change in the future and that hasn’t changed.  Nothing has transpired as of yet, but the magnetic pull I feel every single day that there IS something more is so strong I find it’s tangible.

I HAVE started running a little again, just a couple 2 milers last week, but it’s something.  I’ve also started cooking again, which makes my heart just happy.  Moving forward I am going to try a new recipe that will challenge my skills-every week-and I’ll highlight what I made for you as well as critique how the dish turned out. I’m a huge collector of cookbooks and cooking magazines, so it’ll be fun to try out some new recipes!  I figure it’s a good challenge for me, and it will keep me accountable here in blog land.  More to follow on that…

With that, I think I’ll just give you a snap shot of my week in pictures which include my beautiful daughters, (S is starting 5th grade and had band camp last week, and J is going to be a JUNIOR…sigh) some of the dishes I cooked, and a couple of my work outs.


I am linking up with Holly @ and Tricia @ (Will WordPress EVER let us link anymore?) for the weekly wrap.  Please make sure to check them out!  ❤


How was your week?  What is the longest distance you’ve ever been on your own with your kids (if you have them, dogs/cats count too!)?  Have you been cooking anything interesting lately?

Hope you are all doing well!  Cheers!




Gravitational pull

As of late, the dreary, cold, and bleak winter days have left me with little motivation to run.  In fact, I only ran once last week and probably because I put it out there for all to see in order to hold myself accountable.  I’m just not feeling it again this winter.  Although our temps are actually quite manageable, leaving for work in the dark, and driving home from work again in the dark DRAINS me.  Ultimately, winter blues suck. That. IS. ALL.   My hubby and I DID sign up for a 5K on Sunday called the Underground Polar Express, where ALL proceeds go to Suicide Prevention/awareness, a cause that touches my heart.  Check it out…

So I’ve really continued to pour myself into my cooking.  (HAHA, see what I did there?) I’ve kept on with my studying recipes, techniques, and experimenting with different dishes.  I have spent the better part of 2014 actually writing out my recipes, and pray I can get my E-book/Cookbook in the works next year.  Why?

Well, because I know I meant to do something OTHER than work in a hospital.  A job I didn’t choose for myself…But it’s been a good job for the last 24 years, and for that I am grateful.  I think I am just at a point in my life where I KNOW I need to be doing something I LOVE.  All the signs are there…pulling at me in a million directions.  I just need to find my “IN” so to speak.  I need someone else, other than my amazing family and friends SEE that I have a gift when it comes to creating food and say, “Hey…I think we could use talent like yours, let us mentor you…”

So yeah…that call hasn’t come yet.  So I keep putting myself out there on social media, posting my recipes, my dreams, my goals…PRAYING someone out there will see the fire I have in my soul.

Sure…I love to run, and it’s a part of my life that I wouldn’t trade.

But I LOVE to cook.  I love to create….to plate…to make my food not only pretty, but amazingly tasty too…

Even more…I love when someone takes a bite of my food, closes their eyes, and sighs in appreciation.  PURE. BLISS.
Last night while watching the “Hundred foot journey” it hit me like a ton of bricks.  The opening scene shows the main character, Hassan, as a young boy in small food market.  There were dozens of people crowded around to buy some sea urchin.  The merchant saw the crowd of screaming potential buyers, but he watched young Hassan pick up a single sea urchin, close his eyes, and deeply breathed in the fresh scent.  He sighed, and took a small bite and smile.  The merchant immediately sold the entire lot of sea urchin to Hassan and his Mother.  Because he “GOT IT.”  He recognized the beauty of the product, with the smells, the sight, and the taste of the food.  And it hit me…THIS is what I do.  I LOVE food. Good food.  Fresh food.  CREATING food.

Later on, as an adult Hassan made the 5 staple sauces of the French for his Chef friend. They can be found here:

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He starts cooking with her, and asks her if she thinks he is a real Chef, not just a cook.  “Yes!!” She replies, in which my husband turned to me telling me he thinks I am real Chef…of course, I nearly cried.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it highly.

At the end of the day, we have to provide for our families, often times doing jobs we don’t love.  But as I’ve told my husband, “You just watch…ONE day I’ll make my mark on this world, and it’s going to be amazing.

Until then, I’ll keep movin’ forward.

❤ Michelle