Transitions

It’s amazing what your expectations may be of something and then when you actual experience it, it’s completely different. But that can be a good thing too: it’s nice to have expectations but I’m finding it more beneficial (and saner) to go into things with a more open mind.

Life on the island is interesting, to say the least. Things just move differently here, and I’m just not talking about the weather. For example, we inherited the previous owners ‘stray’ dog. There’s not a real ‘pound’ here so rather than adding to the stray dog problem we called city hall to have the dog removed. For $40. That we had to pay. This was over 3 weeks. The dog is still here. We’ve called multiple times and this dog guy has got to have the best job in the world because he checks in at 8 and no one knows where he is until 4 that day. One week he was sick. And the last two weeks his van has been in the shop. 2 weeks.

Internet. Don’t even get me started. I’m writing this on my iphone because we’ve lost our wifi. Again. Internet will be back soon. Albeit at on 2MB’s because of our remote location. Nice.

But we knew there would be challenges. And thankfully the great things of PR have definitely outweighed the bad.

Which brings me back to cooking. Isn’t that interesting that everything leads back to food? Or maybe that’s just me.

So food. I had these expectations of fresh fruit, produce, lovely meats, and an abundance of fresh herbs because c’mon! I live on an island where the weather is super duper ideal for growing things! Yea- I was wrong. But that’s ok– keeping an open mind and fishing out different grocery stores I’ve been able to find some really great deals and better looking produce. Plus- I’ve got my guy in the way to James’ work who still has the best looking tomatoes on the island.

So last week I was able to churn out Ellie Krieger’s stuffed peppers . Yum. And of course, it’s loaded with cheese. Being lactose intolerant whenever I do anything with cheese I go all out. If I gotta take pills I gotta make it worth it.

IMG_2628.JPG

We also received a huge avocado from our fabulous neighbor, Don Carlos. These things are bigger than my head and they taste so much different than the ones on the mainland. It still amazes me how fresh and amazing something tastes when it’s just picked from a tree, vine, or plant.

IMG_2631.JPG
This is definitely making me miss my garden I had in Dothan.

IMG_4352.JPG

IMG_4354.JPG

Rounding out the weekend I made Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Ribs. These never disappoint.

IMG_2685-0.JPG

So even though things may not go as we had planned or our expectations fall short, in the brand scheme of things (like my sister Natalie said to me the other day) it’s probably not that big if deal. And in the end, there’s always a meal that can bring you comfort.

Advertisements

Tagged: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Life of Jan

I am a mother, a gamer, a writer, LGBTQ+, an equality warrior, a YouTube junkie, a Netflix binger, and an exceedingly average human being.

The Love Bungalow

a thoughtful lifestyle blog

Cooking without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Easy Toddler Meals

Food Inspiration for babies, toddlers and families

myfussyeaterdotcom

A fine WordPress.com site

thedancingrunner

living, dancing, running, loving life...

It Ain't All Flowers

An Honest Perspective on Being Mom

my lovely little lunch box

happy home cooking

This & That

Ramblings

Gringo With A Green Bag

The World has a story to tell...luckily, this Gringo loves to narrate!

Drunk Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we're drunk

Bad Vinaigrette

Tales of the everyday, with recipes

love.life.eat

living a mindful life

The Excellent Adventures of Miss P

A Family and Lifestyle Blog

Black Panty Salvation

My tongue hurts from all the biting.

Masala Baby Food

Global Cuisine for Tiny Taste Buds

Cooking Up The Pantry

Feeding a hungry family!

%d bloggers like this: