Whenever I sit and try to write something, I like to think about something I haven’t written about yet. I don’t want to seem like I’m just rehashing the same subjects repeatedly. At the same time, I want what I write to be relevant to the day(s) I write. If this were a political blog, I would have absolutely no lack of material. However, politics is extremely dicey and divisive. I do go political on occasion, but we get enough of that everywhere else.
I also don’t want to just talk about my work. I do it sometimes, but this isn’t a journal of my life’s minutia. I’m sure people get tired of reading the same stuff with every post.
But what is my life, though? Being introverted, I tend to stay away from groups and huge gatherings; my lifestyle is basically work and home. Especially now, during travel restrictions, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders around the country, many introverts are still living the same life we’ve always lived, only now no one judges us for it.
In my other blog, I post weekly, and whenever I write about food, it gets more views than some others. There’s only so much I can write about food, also. It’s not like I’m a chef or have a box full of recipes. I could never be accused of being a chef. I don’t take random ingredients and whip them into a delicious meal. If I have a recipe written out, I can follow it okay, but I’m not the one to write the recipe. I would have to look up how to make an Alfredo sauce or ranch from scratch. I followed a recipe once for Alfredo, but it was way too much work for my liking, so I just use store-bought stuff.
Even where I work, everything has a recipe. It’s just that after so long, some of them are memorized. I could spout off the recipe for Cracker Barrel’s Hashbrown Casserole, cornbread batter, or mashed potatoes—by the way, in spite of what copycats try to say on the internet, Cracker Barrel does not add sour cream to the Hashbrown Casserole. Sour cream goes into a dish called funeral potatoes.
I do, however, like to research recipes to try out. When the ambition strikes, I like to try making new things, and when I find a good one, do it again sometime. Even though it’s a bit of work, chicken parmesan is delicious. I just wish there were a less messy way to prepare it.
Have you ever tried beer bread? It’s a quite simple recipe that uses beer as the yeast element to the bread. The alcohol bakes out, and you get left with a slightly pungent flavor from the beer. Since the recipe I use calls for a 12-oz can of beer, I buy the larger 24-oz cans and bake two loaves. They usually don’t last very long around the house. Neither does the blueberry loaves I make. It’s just a blueberry muffin batter baked in a loaf pan. If you top that with streusel, you’re lucky if it makes it to the end of the day.
Now, here are a couple of quotes for today that has absolutely nothing to do with anything:
“Relationships are like fine wine—they’re expensive, and eventually you just end up with a headache.”– Unknown
“Dogs have no idea what’s going on, and I am so jealous of them.”– Unknown