Hi there! My name is Lindsay. I’m 24, and I’m married to the best guy in the world. No seriously…I found THE BEST guy in the world and somehow convinced him to marry me. His name is Blake. We do not have any kids, except for our 4-legged, furry one named Jazzy.
I am a graduate of Auburn University. I love Auburn (WAR EAGLE). It’s my favorite place in the world, and I am a ridiculously diehard Auburn fan. I got my bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and I now work full time as a choir teacher for middle school and high school students. Singing is a big part of my life, and I’m so glad I get to spend my days teaching it!
What’s the best part of being a teacher? SUMMER! There will be significantly more posts during the summer months than when I’m busy at school.
One thing you should know about me is that, before marrying Blake I was a college kid who ate like most college kids. I lived on Easy Mac and Chef Boyardee. And believe me, I am not knocking these two fine culinary delicacies. To this day, I still love some good ol’ ravioli from a can. Whenever I wanted to cook “something fancy” I’d make tacos. Ya know, where ya just cook some ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning and then let the guests actually fix their own plate with the toppings and such. That was pretty much it.
There were three primary reasons why I didn’t cook:
1. I hate going grocery shopping. I don’t know about your particular market of choice, but here in the south, it’s Wal-Mart all the way. And no matter what day or what hour you go shopping (cuz it’s open 24/7), there WILL BE a bunch of screaming babies wailing…there WILL BE ridiculously long lines…there WILL BE those annoying people with 4 carts blocking the aisles and moving as slow as molasses. And then when you’re all done, you have to hike 8 miles back to your car in the sweltering 98 degree heat. (Southern ladies know what I’m talkin’ bout)
2. I hate cleaning the kitchen after I’ve cooked. After I spend time cooking a meal, I’m usually very hot and often sweaty. Hot stoves and ovens tend to do that to me. Plus I feel like once the meal is done, I should be too! I might enjoy the smells and tastes and complexities of cooking…but I really hate the boring, monotonous, back-ache inducing task of doing dishes and wiping counters and such.
3. Why should I? Chef Boyardee is AWESOME and Easy Mac even has the word “easy” in the name!
Well here is what changed it all: Blake. In case you didn’t believe me before about him being the best guy in the world, you’re about to. He solved all three of these cooking dilemmas. First, he goes to the store for me. I give him the list, and he braves the horrors of Wal-Mart. Second, He does most of the dishes/cleaning. Once we’re done eating, he steps right up to the sink and gets to those dirty dishes. I still help with the clean-up, but it’s so nice having him take on the majority of the dirty work. And finally, he gave me a REASON to cook. Sure Chef Boyardee and Easy Mac are delicious and simple, but is that really what I want to set in front of my husband? Being a teacher allows me to get home at least an hour or two before he does, so I felt compelled to use that time to prepare dinner each night so that it would be ready when he gets home. I want him to look forward to stepping into our home, smell dinner on the stove, and know that I had put time and effort into this meal for him to enjoy.
So now that I’ve been married, and been cooking, for almost two years, I’ve realized that I really REALLY enjoy cooking! I hope that this blog will help you discover how easy cooking really can be and get some new ideas about recipes and meal planning.