I mentioned that it might be a little quiet in Wonderland this summer, but even I wasn’t expecting the silence to be so drawn out. And the longer the gap, the harder the re-start. I have a small stack of draft posts, but I haven’t been quite sure how to put what was holding me back into words even for myself. Today, it was put into pictures with way more power that I ever could have generated.
That’s not to imply that I have lost interest in researching or testing recipes, writing about or photographing meals (and eating remains a central priority in my daily life, one way or another). There is something so energizing about sharing food with friends and family around the table; the fact that in 2013 you can tweet a quick picture of that meal to a recipe creator and invite them in for a virtual “thank you” bite is a very sweet icing indeed.
— Wonderland Kitchen (@WonderlandK) August 10, 2013
While I’m nowhere near as serious as some, I find blogging to be a beautiful final step in documenting what was once ephemeral women’s work. For me, however, it often comes at a cost in lost attention to the present.
With that in mind, I’ve dedicated myself (unconsciously at first, I’ll admit) to being a consumer of internet knowledge this past month rather than a contributor to the volume, and it’s been grand. I’ve actually finally made a lot of the dishes on my “To Try” Pinterest board! Here’s a round up of some of my new DIY discoveries and recipes. Yes, I fully grasp the ridiculousness of expressing anxiety about the volume of internet content in a new post published on the internet. It’s hard to let go of the dopamine hit that is online (over?)sharing, for sure.
- This Greek yogurt/avocado dressing has rocked my summer salads this year. Just thin it with more lemon juice/oil as needed to taste.
- A dear friend returned to the States after a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. We welcomed her home with these Double Chocolate Muffins…
- …and this grilled asparagus topped with a cilantro pesto that just won’t quit. No pepitas on the shelf at my grocery, so I substituted sunflower seeds. It was still fantastic (and the extra pesto saved exhausted Monday dinner a few days later).
- Also on the table: a butter-rich polenta bread topped with thyme and pine nuts. Bonus: It was another great chance to use my DIY cornmeal.
I’ve also turned the kitchen over to crafting some DIY beauty products. While I recently figured out that my body is much too irritated by the baking soda in this deodorant recipe (who knew?), I’m loving these other Wellness Mama concoctions:
- DIY Beach Waves Spray
- Sea Spray for Skin
- Homemade Natural Lipstick
- Epsom Salt and Baking Soda Detox Bath
While you’re at it, take a second to make a little olive oil candle scented with the essential oils of your choice to keep you company in the bath. I rigged this wick with a bit of picture frame wire.
Now that I’m almost all the way back on this pony, more on other projects, such as DIY bug spray and citronella soy candle making to come…