I first saw something about this at The Kitchen Witch, a blog (and blogger) I've loved since I started visiting her place last fall. At least, I think it was last fall. 2009 is kind of a blur.
The actual project originates with Momalom and Bad Mommy Moments. I love the idea: Intentional Happiness, or seeking out and documenting the things that put the !!! in your day. So I'm finally joining in after locating some index cards -- essential to making this work.
What's been the !!! in my week?
Well, to some degree, it started off last week after I'd picked up some of this
which Marketing Sis encouraged me to try during my visit. Skin problems, hair problems; I was feeling pretty down about how I looked after several months of feeling pretty down. "Use my stuff while you're here," Marketing Sis said. "If it helps, great! And if it doesn't, you won't be out the cost of the whole product."
Both products seemed to help -- at least, they worked better than what I'd been using. So off to Target I went.
I looked in the mirror this week and someone with a bit more life in her face looked back at me. Maybe it was just the act of doing something a little special for myself. Or maybe it was feeling the moment of connection to my sister. Either way, I'm grateful -- !!! grateful.
Then there was this:
I've had a subscription to Living for a few years but the back issues have been collecting dust in a bookcase -- not a great use for the ideas in there and definitely not a good use of shelf space. So I decided several weeks ago to collate the recipes that were appealing (and adaptable to the Troubadour diet) into one binder, a project I finally finished this week.
I know, I know; why not just use the online archives? Because I'm tactile. I like to get my cooking inspiration by flipping through pictures of tasty food, serendipitously falling upon a recipe for celery root and apple salad while searching for a way to braise a roast. D and I have been trying out new recipes in the last few days, a refreshing change from some of our weeknight standards. (Sometimes habit gets the better of us during weekly meal planning.)
But the topper to it all? This:
I went outlet shopping on a whim Wednesday, not knowing what I'd find. Lo and behold, a Le Creuset store with a sale on already discounted merchandise! D and I had just been talking about how half the recipes we wanted to try requested a Dutch oven. So I called him up and told him about the deal. Was he interested enough to jump on the promotion?
I have a feeling the recipe binder is going to get a lot of use in the coming weeks ...
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