good life – by kari holt
Part of cultivating a good life is continuing to learn and try new things.
Several years ago I asked one of my closest friends – who also happened to make the world’s best cinnamon rolls – if she would teach me her secrets. I had always wanted to try and make them on my own from scratch but was intimidated by what seemed a more complicated process. With our toddlers running about, Monika and I spent the day together laughing and whipping up a large batch of cinnamon rolls while I asked lots of questions, took loads of notes, and soaked it all in.
Fast forward a few years and her sister – who is also a good friend of mine – started teaching cooking classes in her home. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from the best! Alisa has an incredible talent in the kitchen but also has a gift for sharing her passion for food as well as healthy cooking. Session after session I have sat in her kitchen learning all about how to choose different types of produce, seeing a variety of ways to prepare meats, discovering spices I had never heard of, and trying new kitchen gadgets I “had” to add to my collection.
Not only have I come home with fantastic new recipes and a renewed love for spending time in the kitchen, but I have also made lots of new friends and tried many foods that I normally would have passed up. One rule I gave myself when I decided to take these classes was that I would try everything that was made in class. That meant “no tomatoes” was not an option and you know what? I’ve actually liked more things than not! I still make some modifications at home and don’t necessarily stock my fridge with mushrooms on a weekly basis, but the experience has helped me expand my palate and feel more adventurous with food.
Taking this time for myself is not easy with the crazy schedule we tend to keep, but it rejuvenates me and challenges me to “do something more” than what I normally fall routine to. Not only has it blessed my life to attend these classes, but it has blessed my family as I’ve prepared a more balanced and broad menu. It has also trickled down to bless others who I have taken meals to and/or shared these new recipes and skills with. On top of that, I now have more ambition to search for new recipes to try on my own and we’ve added lots of favorites to our “approved meals” list.
So decide what you want to learn and GO FOR IT … find a class, ask a friend for help, or look for instructions online or in books. With so many resources available to us through modern technology, the possibilities for our learning and growth really are endless!
Note from Becky
When people ask me “How do you do it all?” – my immediate and sincere response is “I don’t do it all!” I then explain how there are lots of things I’m not doing so as to dispel the myth. And I firmly believe that women need to stop looking at other women thinking that anyone else “does it all.” Because they don’t. But Kari Holt? She does do it all – ha!
Seriously though, Kari’s pretty amazing. I try to be careful about putting people on a “pedestal” but honestly – she’s a gem. A devoted wife & mother, the most loyal kind of friend, the first to volunteer, a leader in the community, a woman of great faith and limitless positivity, the most compassionate-minded person, fantastic in the kitchen (as indicated by her post), a giver, a goal-setter and goal-reacher, and such a hard worker. She’s my right hand, the other half of my brain, and my personal assistant. We’ve only known each other a few years and I can honestly say I can’t imagine life (or doing what I do in my work) without her.