Back on Track

By: Kristina Heaton

First things first. Chrissy Teigen’s new cookbook, Cravings Hungry for More, came in today. It’s already my new favorite cookbook. We were supposed to get it a few weeks ago, but got waitlisted. I think I like it even more than her first, and I LOVE that one. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to diving into this one. So much so, I have my grocery list started and timed to be picked up after work. Thank you Kroger ClickList for making grocery shopping a little easier for this hot mess, working mom.

Cooking went fairly well this week! I made some really gross pumpkin cookies though, and I will not be using that recipe ever again (or mentioning which cookbook they were in!) That’s a great thing about cooking, though, right? The experimenting of it all. Tasting and adding this or that to make it taste better. I have so many of my grandma’s recipes and I love the little notes she has in the margins. I often do the same thing. I’m always writing in the margins of my cookbooks. I have a fun note in one of my books that tells me my son asked me for the recipe and I added the date. He was three. He asks for it every year for his birthday dinner and he is 21. Every time I open up the book (that opens right up to that page, the pages crusted and smeared with butter) it makes me smile and remember that three year old boy that I miss so much.

Some of the successes this week: I really like salads and for the most part, those are easy to throw together – right? All you need are some greens and some fresh veggies. But, it’s easy to get in a rut with the same old stuff. This week I tried a Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto from Ms. Teigen’s first volume. Easy, and so yummy. She uses burrata cheese, and this was my first time using it. It’s a creamy mozzarella, basically. Enough said! Sign me up! I told you I was going to work on some breakfast items this week too. I made some garlic roasted bacon! You would not believe how good this is. Again, from the same book (I promise I will move on to a new book soon!) You’re roasting the bacon in the oven and I’ve discovered that is the best way to make it. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s life changing!

Fall is really upon us now and the shop is getting busier, thank goodness! The summer was rough, I’m not going to lie. We had a lot of days where we just didn’t have anyone come in. Those were hard days, you know? Days where I questioned my self-worth. But, the longer we are here, the more people hear about us and the more word of mouth is spreading. Please tell your family and friends about us. That is how this small, community, independent bookstore will survive in the age of the Internet and Amazon. I love this store and I want it to keep going, hopefully even beyond me, to the next generation.

You’ve heard of stream-of-conscious writing, yes? That’s my style, if you haven’t noticed yet. I wanted this to be a very structured blog – with a running theme that would flow through all of my pieces. The more I write, though, the more I realize: that’s just not me.

Authenticity is important to me. I often wonder how authentic many “self-help” authors are. Sometimes what they are saying is just too easy. But life isn’t always easy. Everyone struggles with their own thing, on their own quest of what their perfection might be. I mentioned last week how I wanted to be upfront and honest in this space.

I hope you’ll stick with me through this and continue reading. I’m not under any preconceived notions that I’m the best writer/blogger out there. I’m not. Not by a long shot. I’m just beginning. But, I do have things to say. I enjoy sharing my points of view and what’s important to me. Sometimes I’m entertaining (at least I think so). Stick around and eventually I’ll say something you like!