When You Realize You’re a Crummy Chef

Lately I’ve been trying to master my homemaking skills.  This includes baking and cooking.  I learned that cooking tasty food means taking extra time to let flavors meld and really soak into the food.  I thought I had done pretty well, especially for someone who used to subsist on microwavable everything.  I made lasagna from scratch using my mom’s recipe.  I roasted my own vegetables.  I never give my child microwaved food.  I thought, “yes, I am killing this homemaking business!”

Then I went to my friend’s house for dinner.  She made something I often make, meat sauce with noodles, only it was delicious and Ro ate two helpings.  TWO! I can hardly get her to eat any of the sauce when I cook it.  That’s when I realized I am in reality a crummy chef.  It’s as if some people have the magic touch in the kitchen and some just don’t (ME).  Much like a green thumb, I lack this magic touch.  No matter how hard I try, my lentil soup is bland and my meat sauce is lackluster.  I’m thinking I need some one on one tutoring.

Maybe this is an unrealistic goal, but I want to be the mom who makes delicious food that her children remember fondly and come home for as adults.  But, so far it looks like I’ll be the mom my child invites out to eat.  Wondering if I can turn this around, or if after 15 years of cooking for myself I should just let it go.


So Grossed Out

I knew we had silverfish, but c’mon!  No matter where I’ve lived I’ve always seen them.  Every once in a while I’d encounter a silverfish in the bathroom, and no biggie, I’d squish it and not think twice. But after today, it’s all I can think about.  In case you live in a really clean world and don’t know what a silverfish is, here’s a close up picture:LepismaSaccharina


Apparently our bug problem has gotten so bad, that nature has called in the big guns (i.e. house centipedes).  I guess they eat silverfish, ants, and roaches.  I’m beyond disgusted.  This morning hubs found one in our bathroom amongst ants and I’m sure silverfish.  If you’ve never seen one, brace yourself:


I purposefully picked a small image so that you don’t throw up.  Just searching for images gave me the heebie jeebies.  I can hardly finish writing this post and can’t believe I’m subjecting anyone to reading this, but here I am.

So what are we to do? I’ve googled natural ways to rid our home of these pests, and come up with one that I’m willing to try first. Well, obviously we need to do a deep cleaning (spring cleaning here we come) and then I’m going to spray lavender oil everywhere.  Lavender is going to be my signature scent.  Ants and silverfish are supposed to hate the smell, so I’m going to go nuts.  In fact if you ever come visit you’ll probably feel very relaxed when you leave.  Let’s hope it calms my fears a little too.