Saturday, January 15, 2011

Stolen Inspiration

View from the Kitchen

There’s nothing wrong with stealing a little inspiration from someone else, right?  Inspiration only becomes inspiration because of the exchange from one person to another.  On that note, I’ve been enjoying the archives of the minecreations blog, a crafting and cooking blog written by Julia, a fan of all things homemade and heartfelt.  I’m really excited to make her apple granola and her banana bread.  Julia’s kitchen posts have a soft, quietly joyful quality to them that I really like.  She makes me want to learn how to make jam and quilts and live in a snowy, wintry place.  On her blog, I bumped into this meme, which I immediately decided I would borrow.  It’s like a writing prompt for bloggers, right?  Right!  Let’s do this.  (And please, do visit the minecreations blog!  It’s an inspiring read for anyone who loves home and homemade things.)

What were you doing ten years ago?

I was a nineteen-year-old college sophomore, slogging through organic chemistry and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up.  I made it through the chemistry class, but I’m still working on that second part.

What were you doing one year ago?

I was doing more or less what I do now: scientist by day, hungry cook by night, bookworm all the time.

Five snacks you enjoy:

Pretzels, especially whole-grain ones.

Almond milk and strawberry kefir stirred together in a 1:1 ratio


Green apples dipped in peanut butter

Cheese and crackers

(Wait, does wine count as a snack?  Because I like wine too.)

Five things you’d do if you were a millionaire:

Donate more money to my alma mater (go, Brits, go!)

Buy a house for me

Set up two trust funds, one for my niece and one for my nephew

Take my mother on that trip to Hawaii that she’s always wanted (and deserved!)

Set up an endowment to fund research for cancer or bipolar disorder

Five bad habits:

Not washing all the dirty dishes each day

Being grumpy

Bean counting (i.e., keeping a running “tab” on relationships) and not being generous

Letting my recyclables pile up

Procrastinating on certain tasks, like scheduling doctor’s appointments (but I’m getting better at this one!)

Five things you like doing:

Sleeping late


Shopping for birthday cards and presents

Reading blogs

Visiting libraries

Five things you’d never wear again:

Stirrup pants (and they’re back!  Oh Lordy.)

Jelly shoes

Tank tops with arm holes that are too big

Too-tight anything (shirts, pants, whatever)

White tennis shoes

Five favorite toys:


Laptop computer

Le Creuset Dutch oven

Running shoes

Leaf-shaped cookie cutters (thanks, a!)

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Happy weekend, everyone!


Shannon said...

fun! an oh boy, stirrup pants and jelly shoes, oh my :)

Rosiecat said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVED my stirrup pants. LOVED them. I probably had 5 pairs of them. It's actually a little hard for me not to buy some now, but I'm going to resist.

But I never wore stirrup pants with jelly shoes. Would that combination work?

daphna said...

Just stopping by to say hi! I'm making Lydia's stew for a soup swap with some of my friends, I'm very exited. Your blog is looking so gorgeous these days with the addition of photos. Hopefully I'll have time to come back later and actually read some of it. Love, d.

Rosiecat said...

Hi, D! It's so nice to see a note from you. I forgot about Lydia's stew, but that would be a great recipe to make now. Your soup swap sounds really nice--it sounds a little like what you and I used to do with our cooking extras :-)

I hope all is well with you and all your boys! The little ones are looking so good these days.