We interrupt your regularly scheduled Wellness Wednesday to bring you:
Yes, you read that correctly: 14 days of love from me to you! I know people have some pretty strong feelings about this holiday. I do too. And that feeling is: just have fun with it. Does it matter where you are in a relationship or if you are between relationships? Does it matter if it's the excuse so many companies use to sell candy hearts and teddy bears? No! Just enjoy the moment and look for chances to spread love and happiness around. We could all use more of those things.
So what do you get out of all this? Check back every single day because I will have a new post waiting for you. Some of the posts have gifts for you, some have gifts you can give others, and some are just there. Let's get this started!
The first month of the 365 challenge has actually gone really really well! I've made time to take a picture every single day and I've already gotten a lot that I like! So far, I haven't seen it as some form of protracted torture (as I've read some photographers do), I haven't gotten bored with it (as I suspected I would), and I haven't run out of things to photograph (an irrational fear I've harbored).
There's a term in food photography called "the hero angle". This just means this is the best angle for taking a picture of the food so you show it in its best light.
Mississippi Mud Cake doesn't have a hero angle.
It is almost defiantly unheroic in pictures.
It is, however, a superhero for your taste buds, and an easy one to summon!
I had the privilege of being put on dessert duty for the January birthdays at work and the only request was "something chocolate." I wanted to bring in a dessert I hadn't brought in previously, that I had most of the ingredients for already, and would be fairly simple since I would be baking it after a lengthy day at work. This cake hit all of those marks, except I couldn't quite remember how it tasted. All I knew was that it must have gone through all the necessary revisions and personal vetting to be committed to the handwritten cookbook. As it turns out, according to my enthusiastic coworkers, its flavor is "sweet, but not too sweet", "light", "delicious", "amazing", "so good", and the pecans "taste like they're candied." If reviews like that don't get you past the unattractive pictures, I suppose it's time for you to move on. If you're thoroughly convinced, though, let's talk details!
A year of Christmas? What the hell?! That's not wellness! Au contraire, my friend! Taking a day or two every month to prepare just a little bit for my favorite holiday that falls during one of the busiest, stressful times of the year means that when I get to that particular time, I will be able to actually enjoy it and not feel like a failure for all the things I haven't done! Taking steps to reduce my stress? Sounds like one of the best steps I've taken for my wellness yet! Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
A few years ago, having been inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a reluctance to deal with the stress and disorganization I'd dealt with in previous years, I issued myself a challenge. To refresh your memory, you can read the original post here (and see some truly eye searing graphic work). If you wish to be spared, here's a basic summary:
I'll be honest, I don't know what spurred me on to suddenly be obsessed with the idea of making fortune cookies out of felt. Something must have made me think this was a good idea. Thankfully, I'm not wrong. These are adorable and, almost more importantly, easy. And they are so simple to customize that you will never run out of reasons to whip some up!