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Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Sorry I can't cook like Marie!"

The title of this post is one only my husband, and two of our great friends will understand (and I hope they are laughing right now).

You see, one of the beautiful ladies I asked to be in my wedding, Marie, is like Super-Mom. She can keep a clean home, volunteer for church like crazy, raise the cutest little gal on planet earth a 3 year old beauty, and cook like a beast. Remember my first bridal shower? All that amazing food in those shots? She did those. Remember those nights I'd babysit Nora and she would leave food out for us and it was just something she whipped up quick?!...Yeah, I was envious.

& I totally still am.
Marie is one of the sweetest women I know. When we first started dating, I was excited to introduce Caleb to her and her awesome husband, Josh. There was one point we'd hang out with them nearly every week and it never failed she had something amazing on the dinner table. ALL HOME MADE. Then Caleb and I got married, and the cooking skills weren't flowing like magic from my fingertips like I'd once thought they would. I remember one night in particular, Caleb getting hilariously irritated with me because I could barely cook ground beef the right way...and I threw my hands up and yelled...


...& there I was, feeling bad for myself. Wanting sympathy from my husband to tell me "no, don't say that, you ARE a great cook...". I probably looked like the psycho housewives I make fun of on TV all the time. I'm just picturing myself right now, looking back at that moment, in slow motion...dropping the wooden spatula in the sink, throwing my arms up, surrendering that I'd never be a good cook.
Well I'm here to report, I'M LEARNING (and I haven't ever said that silly little statement again, cause I'm me. & I'm awesome just the way I am)

I've actually been cooking on my own like 4 times a week and its becoming FUN! Much to Caleb's surprise, I'm remembering to lay the meat out to thaw almost every morning. Even if its not some huge, lavish meal...its something I MADE.

Tonight, Josh and Marie (and their adorable little girl) are coming over tonight for dinner, and she's offered to cook dinner WITH me, to show me just how easy those crazy looking recipes can be. You have no idea how happy this makes me. I can totally cook regular things, but we're making some sort of Pad Thai meal, and typically, anything that requires garlic/powders, count me out. I'm excited to venture out of my comfort zone and LEARN. Watch out for this one, friends...she'll have her own cookbook in no time.

So, here's to you, Marie! Thanks for offering to help brush me up on basic skills.
I'll be a pro in no time.

Happy "its almost Friday" day!


  1. I'm no great cook and I don't enjoy being in the kitchen, but I can follow a recipe like nobody's business. I'm always so envious of those people who always have it together. :) You'll have to share the recipe with us!

  2. That sounds like so much fun! I wish I had a good cook who could teach me that isn't Dom! We've gone through the same thing. Dom has been cooking since he was 8 and can just pick a few things from the fridge and make a masterpiece (complete with styling and presentation)! I can follow a recipe, but still mess up a lot and I'm really slow. Dom loves to come in and take over, or point out all the things I'm doing wrong without recognizing how hard I'm trying. I always just throw him the utensils and say "Fine! You do it!!" and run away hahahaha. Since then he has learned to appreciate my efforts and give me tips in a much nicer way. :) Now I can make all kinds of meat loafs with no recipe or help! Yes, I know that's like 5 ingredients...but it's a start. :) You'll be a pro in no time!!

  3. Marie IS super woman ;) We have to remember too that she is a SAHM and has been doing it for years, too! Never compare yourself girl! Caleb loves you and married you for YOU!

    I just got an idea though-- we should do some type of cooking party sometime... I don't have any details other than that it would be fun haha! Something fun to do in the winter months after the holidays?!

  4. Yay for learning new things! I love cooking and I love teaching people to cook. I think that if you're doing something you truly enjoy, then it's impossible to be "bad" at it... you may not be the best, but you're the best you can be!

  5. That is such a wonderful together! I think all of us want to crash tonight, too!

  6. cooking can be tough but it does become more fun- that's what i've found!! and i love the idea of cooking together! so fun!

  7. Have fun! Can't wait to hear how it all turns out :)

  8. Good friends are come to hard by. Grateful for Marie for being one to my Kayla!

  9. How sweet of her to come and help you!! I bet it will be fabulous!!! :)

  10. Yay! She will work her magic and by next week you'll see how easy those veg. recipes are! ;)


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