Yes, I know what you are thinking and “No” this is not a food blog.
Even though I enjoy them very much. The cooking blog Cookie and Kate is my favorite one, it is a vegetarian based cooking blog. “No” once again, I am not a vegetarian, I enjoy having a balanced diet that includes meat. I am just saying, I love my barbecue meat! I am from the south everyone… give me a break!
I enjoy reading the blog for the healthy whole food recipes that features fresh fruits and vegetables, that are easy to make however, can be somewhat time-consuming . Since about 4 months ago, I had made the decision to go completely gluten-free, for purely health reasons. And, the cooking blog Cookie and Kate, has provided me with a good source of vegetarian/ gluten-free sweet and savory recipes. They are a huge asset to my growing collection of cookbooks and electronically bookmarked pages stored in my favorite web browser of gluten-free and healthy recipes.
For me, cooking has always been a wonderful morale booster. I enjoy baking the most, done in moderation, of course. It helps me to mentally decompress, when I am having a bad day, am feeling stressed, upset, sad, or trying to figure out a problem. I can clear my head and just focus on following the instructions: of a brand new recipe I have found or on the back of a box or package of cakes, cookies, or brownies. “Yes” I do use store-bought cooking mixes, they are quick, they save time, take fewer ingredients than a regular recipe, and more recently, it has become easier to find some of my favorite gluten-free mixes in almost every grocery store. Don’t judge me! The blueberry muffins featured in the picture above, I made by using Martha White’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix and “Yes” they are as delicious as they look.
I believe that finding the time to do a task or choose a hobby to boost your morale, is very important in keeping your hope alive. It is so easy to get discouraged, agitated, and frustrated in your daily life.
Having a healthy outlet if it is:
- Restoring Vintage Cars
- Wood Carving
- Or any other hobby, you prefer
Will give you something to look forward to. Providing an opportunity to take your mind off of your troubles for a short time. The reason why I enjoy baking so much, is not only for the purpose of eating the yummy finished product. It is the combination of the happy, satisfied, and excited responses; I evoke from my family and friends such as: “This is so good!” or “Did you make this?” Those responses make my day and uplift me. They make me feel like I am doing something right, when everything else around me is falling apart.
Think about the methods I have discussed, the next time your morale needs a much-needed boost.