Every morning I wake up around seven thirty, usually to Dexter’s paw in my face.
I check emails, messages and blog comments on my iphone (still in bed with only one eye open) and then stumble to the kitchen to make breakfast.
Food is always the very first thing on my mind.
If you know me, you know I adore breakfast. In fact, I’m rather obsessed with it. I love trying new things in the kitchen and morning has always been my very favorite time of day (yeah, I’m one of those annoying morning people…can’t you tell?).
I love to pour myself an extra strong cup of French press coffee or Earl Gray tea and sit back with a plate of homemade pancakes while I catch up on emails and blogs. Lately, I’m really loving bircher muesli, whole wheat butternut squash pancakes, cinnamon raisin bagels with whipped cream cheese or, simply, a pumpkin scone with a fried egg.
After I eat, I’ll wander awhile in my pajamas. That’s the lovely part about living by yourself, you know. You can feel free to wander in your pjs till noon, drink Perrier straight from the bottle or sing at the top of your lungs to Taylor Swift (not that I would know or anything…).
At nine o’clock I usually go to a power yoga class or do a podcast in my living room. Then, at ten thirty I start cookin’.
I have to work fast to catch the best light. I always (always!) cook or bake from ten thirty to twelve. Never, ever in the afternoon and never at night (when I plan to take photos).
I do this because this is the time when the light is the best through my tiny apartment kitchen window. Since I do this pretty much every day, I’ve learned that at exactly eleven fifteen, I can capture the perfect ray of light and quickly snap photos like this:
or like this:
Lunch is sort of unimportant to me….always has been. I’ll typically just eat a boring turkey sandwich or an egg and cheese muffin while I’m cooking.
Whatever is in the oven is usually out by noon, so while it’s cooling I’ll usually pop in the shower (I shower–I swear!). And when I get out, it’s time to work. I typically spend the next five hours uploading photos, editing photos, writing recipes, writing emails, and writing and editing blog posts. Favorite afternoon snacks of late include juicy ripe pears with raw almonds and honeycrisp apples with peanut butter.
And then, it’s back to the yoga studio to work behind the desk for an hour! It’s a lovely way to get out of my house and forces me to change out of my pajamas, step away from the computer screen and actually socialize with other humans.
When I get home, it’s almost six o’clock and I’ll throw together something simple for dinner like channa masala, turkey meatballs in marinara sauce, rice noodle bowls with peanut sauce and tofu, or linguine and clams. Wine is a must. Almanzo and I go out to eat on the weekends typically, but I try to cook at home as often as I can.
After dinner I’ll eat an unhealthy quantity of dark chocolate and work on the new ELR redesign (hopefully will be done in a few months) and book edits.
And then I go to bed.
So early I can’t even tell you because you would probably think I was the biggest nerd ever.
I’m so thankful for this life and the fact that it’s my job to cook delicious food, take photos of it and share it with all of you. Your support and friendship means the world to me…thank you so SO much for reading!