Today I made Homemade Red Onion Marmalade, a recipe I got from cameraandclementine.com. So delicious! I love this blog. Fabulous recipes, beautiful images. I love exploring blogs that post about different genres of cooking and especially those with wholesome, fresh and nutrient dense ingredients. And I love cooking these recipes for me and my family. We have a seasonal, varied diet which for me is my outlet for creativity.
Although it’s vital for my happiness and feeling of success, I don’t always find the time to be creative. Or perhaps I should rephrase that: I don’t always value what I do as having been creative, and thus worthwhile. Sometimes I feel I am the proverbial hamster wheel: wake up, make breakfast, wake the kids, take them to school, go to work, get dinner and snacks ready, pick up the kids, take them to clubs, eat dinner, read stories with kids, put kids to bed, clean house, collapse in to bed. Repeat ad infinitum.
Lucy Pearce, author of The Rainbow Way, Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood writes about balancing creativity and motherhood, and how to get unstuck in your creativity. Unstuck from the feelings of failure, not being good enough, pulled in every direction, weak, emotional, guilty, unsuccessful, and on and on. I have found reading her book very helpful in redefining success, and re-evaluating what I do that I can define as creative, and my contribution to the beauty in my life, and the lives of those around me.
I have learned that if I can infuse my day with creativity then my soul is fed. For me, one of my creative outlets that I can do on a daily basis is cooking. Because I love to cook, I remind myself every day, that what I am doing is not only creative, but valuable. I love to challenge myself with different methods of preparing food or with ingredients I’ve never tried before. I never tried making a marmalade before. To be honest, I don’t even eat marmalade very often, but I love red onions, a great source of fiber, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, manganese and vitamin C. And the extra jars I made will make great gifts for some new mums I know.
When I cook, I know I am doing something positive for both me, and my family. This is success. This is where I have power. This is how I can effect change. And this makes me happy.
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