Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cooking Italian

I love everything Italian: the culture, the music, the arts, the family oriented vibe, the food...I am more of an olive oil and tomato girl than I am a butter and cream one. It makes me feel better as well. My dear hubby also tells me I am best at cooking Italian!

I used to buy marinara sauce, but now, after watching my favorite Food Network star Ina Garten make it, I make my own variations.

All you need is to saute a chopped onion until tender, then add chopped garlic, dried oregano, crushed hot pepper, salt, bay leaves, pepper, crushed tomatoes and diced ones if you wish, I add a dash of balsamic vinegar to it, bring to a boil then simmer covered for about fifteen minutes, add fresh parsley and voila! Homemade marinara sauce!

My dear wish is to visit Italy someday. It just seens so enchanting and beautiful.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Still recovering from a cold

So I have been doing the minimum housework lately because of this lingering cold I have! But I have been thinking of what I want to do when I feel better. Sometimes it's good to step back and look at things in a different perspective!

We're feeling a lot more settled in now and there is almost nothing to unpack besides a few boxes of things we don't use.

So I just think it's great to have someone at home taking good care of it! To actually enjoy living in it and feeling at home and at ease, to let your spouse do the paid work while making it easier for him/her to come home and relax after work while you enjoy being a homemaker!

I think I want to smplify my life. Sure, housework is repetitive and can get boring, but there are many ways to change it up and try new things. If only I could get trained by a vintage minded homemaker! I would learn so much! I feel like I am constantly trying to learn what women did before me on my own and there is so much to learn. Women used to help each other and train their daughters to take care of the home. But now, with modern times, it is just not emphasized and young women are left to learn everything on their own in many modern cases, while having a career of course as homemaking is not approved by today's society. Not that I want to turn back time, but I want people to stop trowing insults at me because I don't earn money.

Well anyway, all that to say that I love being a homemaker and that I hope I will get to do it for a long time to come. It took me years to come to this conclusion, but I don't think extra money and a career are worth it as opposed to staying at home for me personally.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have been thinking of how fast our society has changed from just a few decades ago.

The argument now is that society does not respect women who stay at home. Why is that? Because they don't earn money? Because they think it is a risk? If mothers decide to work, the risk involved is not to see their children more. I am recovering from the career mentality ingrained in me and have to constantly tell myself every day that what I do is worth it.

Just a few decades ago, women took pride in taking care of their homes, husbands and children. Now that more women are on the workforce, men salaries have decreased.

Are we better off financially? How about the huge national credit card debt? Expensive daycare, housing, technology...Why are we working anyway? Is it to save or to spend? To impress others, succumb to peer pressure? What is important in life? What if learning how to cook, bake, mend and repair things as well as buy less clothes and toys for children would lead to a more frugal lifestyle and a return to the joy of family life?

I myself want to return to working from home, something I stopped doing almost six years ago, in order to keep my skills updated while being a keeper at home. I think part time work from home and using your talents is a good way to have it both ways. I do know though that I will stop when I have kids for a while as I will probaby not be able to stay sane!

So these are just my random thoughts for today as I rest from a cold and think more of what I want to do with my homemaking schedule.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scheduling

Sorry for the late promised post: I have been sick like a dog!

Now that we live in a new place, I have been rethinking my homemaking schedule. I want to start waking up earlier, do more in the morning and learn how to bake bread. I just want to be quicker and more efficient with my time.

We are still living with a few boxes, but hopefully we will feel more settled in soon. We also want to add a fresh coat of paint!

We cannot wait to buy a house one day so that we could finally have a vegetable garden! Meanwhile, we get our summer produce from a wonderful organic CSA.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unpacking...

We are living in boxes right now as we are settling our lives in a new place!

I love that I have the time to do it as I am not at a job all day, so I don't need to rush through unpacking at nights and weekends!

So I hope all is well with all of you. I will come back with a proper post tomorrow! But for now, I have a lot to do!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Creating the life you want to live

It has taking me a long time to realize this but I need to stop dwelling on people's negative views and comments of me. If you are a housewife, especially if you are one without children, it is all too easy to feel worthless after you get comment after comment about how come you don't have a job.

I am also very hard on myself and want to feel accepted by society. That is part of the reason why I started this blog! I don't want to always feel a need to defend myself. I think dealing with chronic pain, taking care of a husband, a cat and a home are plenty enough to keep me happy and occupied.

Now we have faced financial losses over the past year and so I want to start my own part time home business from home in order to save money faster. I hope people won't tell me how I finally "woke up" and got a job. It almost seems like they feel a need to tell me what to do with my life.

My husband always tells me not to listen to them. I am getting better at it! That is why it helps having a family of online homemakers who share my old fashioned values. I definitely need to grow a thicker skin and be who I want to be regardless of those mean spirited comments.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reducing Technology Time

I definitely want to reduce the amount of daily time I spend on Internet and TV! I feel like I could be doing more homemaking and hobbies during that time. The problem is that I invest my time on too many blogs and forums as I enjoy making like minded friends. I guess I just need to find a proper balance!

Perhaps it would also help me not procrastinate on things I don't like doing that need to be done. What about you? Do you feel a need to reduce your technology time?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The "P" word

I am a perfectionist. There, I said it! It is a daily struggle as I never think anything I do is good enough. It is good to have high standards, but it is also a burden...I am working toward acceptance of my mistakes and am trying to be nicer with myself.

I also want to view daily household duties as blessing my home instead of viewing them as chores. I want to have fun doing them and think how blessed I am to be able to stay home. I constantly have to unlearn feminism. There is nothing wrong with taking care of your home and husband. Why pay someone to clean your home when you can add your love and personal touch to it?

I really need to decompress and take my time doing my daily tasks. We live in such a high pace life full of materialism. I want to live simpler and enjoy what is really important in life.