I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day and spent some time with that special guy!
Our family usually celebrates with a good ol’ fashioned rib cookout. This year, B wanted to make a dry rub that he had been drooling over for weeks. He found it on Binging with Babish‘s youtube channel and finally made the jump to making it, sauce and all! I think that for a first try at making his own barbecue sauce, he did pretty well!
He learned how to pull the silverskin off the back of the ribs, which is always an interesting experience. That membrane is tough to get a hold of! Especially if you forget that a paper towel makes your life easier haha. It was cute watching him fuss over his sauce- wondering if it was simmering too much or just enough. But between the sauce splashing the stovetop while it cooked, to all of my dishes in the sink, it reminded me of one thing.
Cooking should be fun.
Some days, I don’t care about the mess. He had a lot of fun making it and figuring out what he would change for next time. I’ll always encourage him to play around with recipes- mostly because he’s a bit of a stickler for exact amounts and ingredients.
I’m a bit more…fluid.
I was making a berry cobbler for dessert- because I was impatient and made my blondies too thick so they didn’t cook well in the middle until I smooshed the tops and made them look terrible- and realized I didn’t have enough blueberries. So, I threw in raspberries and strawberries. Didn’t have almond flour, but I did have almonds! So, I threw them in a processor and ground those guys right up until it was a fine powder. Close enough, right?
The blondies are sad looking with the crushed top, but they’re delicious. They taste like a coffee cake in blondie form! I’ll be perfecting that recipe soon, I think. Originally, I was going to make brownies, but realized I didn’t have cocoa powder. Improvising meant these blondies came to be!
At any rate, I like to let my inspiration run a bit wild.
More often than not, I’ll be watching a video and my mind will take the recipe in a whole other direction. Usually with good results, but not always. It’s one of those “nothing ventured, nothing gained” types of inspiration.
With that in mind, these are some of my favorite ways to find inspiration! It can be for writing, food, health, really whatever you’re feeling a bit lost on!
Inspiration on the web
- Watch a video related to something that interests you.
- For baking inspiration, watch Masterclass or the British Baking Show on Netflix, or a documentary on whatever interests you!
- Browse through Instagram and Pinterest. I love this for new recipe ideas!
- Listen to your favorite Pandora station, or find a new 8tracks playlist.
- Go for a walk! Cliche, I know, but it really does work.
- Go to a farmer’s market and see what catches your eye.
- If you’re artistic, paint or sketch outdoors.
- Join up with a yoga/pilates in the park group and see where it takes you.
- Take a moment and close your eyes for a quick mediation. Being surrounded by nature can make a huge difference.
Inspiration in yourself
- Brainstorm about your topic.
- Remember something that you used to love doing as a child and do it.
- Try something new! It can be a type of food, and activity, a new genre of book, anything. Stretch your comfort zone!
- Let go of your expectations for the day. Just see what happens when you let go of the pressure to be that perfect model of yourself. Some of my best learning moments are when I just let go and go with the flow.
- Sing. I don’t care if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket! Sing in the car, sing when no one is home, just enjoy the moment!
- Write down a challenge you’re facing and then ideas for a solution- talk it over with yourself outloud. Or, ask someone to be your sounding board. The number of times I’ve answered my own questions this way is a bit embarrassing.
- Ask yourself what answer you would give to someone struggling with the same roadblock that you are. How would you go about finding inspiration for a new post or topic? More often than not, the solutions are already in our own heads.
Most importantly, just start. If you’re having trouble finding something to write about, just start writing. Don’t go back and edit. Just follow that rabbit hole to where ever it leads you! Once you’ve found your muse again, then you can go back and be picky again. Fear of failure will always hurt more than it helps. Promise me that you’ll let go and just pick up the pen or lace up your shoes, and just go with it!
Until next time,