Monthly Archives: March 2013

The minute I started to say  ”Yes” was the minute my normal, everyday life started to become not so predictable.

Would you like to join my writing group? Yes!

Are you interested in taking a photography class? Yes!

Do you want fries with that? Duh!

My latest “Yes” has been one of my more exciting and unforeseen to date. A few months ago a former Mrs. California spoke to my writing group. Not about pageantry, just her incredible story in general. After the meeting she asked if running for Mrs. California had ever crossed my mind and I immediately said “No.” First of all I have never been in a pageant and second of all I am not a pageant kind of girl. Despite my No she emailed me a few weeks later and asked again. After listening to her powerful story and walking away so impressed with the way she held herself I decided to listen to this woman and go to a Mrs. California workshop just to see what it was all about.

The day of the workshop I arrived slightly suspicious and very nervous. Within the first 5 minutes of the meeting my nerves were put to rest and everything that I had assumed about pageant women went out the door. Instead I had found myself in a room full of intelligent, inspiring, beautiful women and was once again shocked with where my simple “Yes” had taken me. I decided that day to join the ranks of these incredible ladies and compete in this year’s Mrs. California pageant. Unknowing of where this journey will take me I know that I will eventually land exactly where I need to be as long as I keep saying “Yes” to the opportunities that are placed before me.

Do I want to encourage more families to cook and eat together at home? Yes!

Would I like to someday speak to children about the importance of eating fruits and veggies? Yes!

Should I start my busy Yes filled days with a good breakfast like these morning muffins packed with oats, bananas, carrots, and walnuts? Absolutely!

My washing machine broke on a Monday night, but of course I didn’t catch that until Tuesday afternoon.

I called the repair man right away and he told me that he could squeeze me into his schedule on Wednesday between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

After arriving promptly at 4:00pm the repair man informed me that he needed to order a part and it wouldn’t be here until Friday morning. “No problem”, I said slightly disappointed, ”See ya Friday.”

Friday afternoon rolled around and my repair man regretfully told me that I would need yet another part for my machine. And of course ordering a part on a Friday means you’ll need to wait until next Wednesday to get it. “Ok”, I said fighting back the tears, “I’ll see you Wednesday”.

Did I mention that my husband was also out of town this week and that my boys were pretty upset with me because they could not have a sleepover with their cousins now that I had to drag a weeks worth of laundry over to the laundry mat to wash, fluff, and fold. After a disappointing day and a not-so-hot evening spent at the laundry mat we  needed something quick and comforting to enjoy for dinner. I could have gone through a drive-thru to pick something up, but I knew a bag of greasy tacos or shriveled hamburgers wouldn’t be enough for this tired mama or her four sour faced boys. Instead I decided to take on the challenge of having a hot, healthy and easy meal on our dinner table in 15 minutes or less!

So what did I come up with? This grilled cheese on sourdough with spinach and tomato sauce! Full of comfort and spinach! It was a total win which my boys and I needed that night. And it almost made me forget about the 27 loads of laundry that now needed to be put away or that it might have been easier to have just replaced my poor, tired washing machine!

In three years time a gal can grow out her cute bob haircut and bangs into the long and luscious locks that her mother never let her have when she was a kid. (In my mom’s defense I cried whenever she had to brush my hair!)

In three short years your baby will grow up to be a big boy and your sweet 10 year old will become an incredibly opinionated teenager. Oy vey.

In just three years a troubled relationship can hit rock bottom, pick itself back up, dust itself off and slowly start to become the supportive, loving and fun relationship it was always meant to be. It’s never too late to apologize, start over, and forgive.

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I decided to write this blog. In that time I’ve become a better cook, somewhat of a food photographer, a paid and published writer, (that one still blows my mind!) and a much more confident blogger in general. Thank you for sharing these past three years with me and please allow me to apologize right now for not telling you about this chocolate gravy sooner. Here’s the deal, when I first started all of this I really wasn’t much of a baker or a sweet’s kind of person. I wasn’t aware that sour cream biscuits were so easy to make or that this rich, chocolate gravy is the perfect compliment to these biscuit’s flaky layers.

Can you ever forgive me? I hope so because not even I know what’s up my sleeve in these next few years! But I’m hoping that it’s as good as this chocolate gravy and that you’re still here to share it with me!