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It's been Bobbified!

Today is my day off, and I'm trying a new approach to the typical "to do list." This morning I decided, and pronounced to my friends on Facebook, that I was going to make a list simply of all the things I accomplished.  Now normally, I would create a list of all the stuff I know I want to get done, the stuff that's just constantly going in my head. Which is the problem. There is always something to be done, leaving me with a list far too big to humanly achieve in one day. (I know I'm a Super Woman, but I also listen to my body when it tells me I am at my phyisical or metal limit. My happiness is keeping balance and that my friends is balance!)


So today I'm going to just do, and write it, and do some more, and then write that down, and go onto something else, then add that to my growing list, and then by the end of the day I will see this list of everything I accomplished! Leaving me with the sense of how productive I was, instead of the typical, "but I didn't get X,Y or Z done" feeling.


I am already noticing that this list idea actually seems to motivate me more. I am looking for things to do, just to fill that list up! Making yourself proud of yourself is a fantastic feeling- you know like, you're sitting on top of the world, kind of feeling....


So here it is not even Noon yet, and I have written about 7 things down. I thought writing a blog about this would be a cool thing to add to the list, so here I am! Except my original intention was a blog about how I Bobbi-ify food, since yesterday I masterfully Bobbified Strawberry Shortcake.


So, on to the Bobbification of things...


Some of you might know that one of my first discovered passions is working with food. In high school I excelled in a two year culinary arts program, and thought I would continue my education in that field. But honestly, no one really knows what they want to do when they are 18. So fast-forward through my traditional college education, working, going back to school for massage, and starting a business and welcome to today.


I still have a passion for incorporating new ideas into foods I make and infusing them with love and it shows through. I almost never use recipes as they are. I change them. I get a general idea from them, and then I Bobbify them. Ask Adam, we hardly ever eat the exact same meal twice!


Basically, I like to be creative and try new things. I like to take recipes and make them my own, which usually includes trying to make it a tad healthier. I eat pretty healthy, but no one is perfect. And I come from a family who shows their love with food, it's in my blood. However, that also means it's not always healthy for my blood. Balance is key.


If you know me, you've probably heard me say that when you're trying to make an improvement in any area of your life, you have to reward yourself for the little things you do, not get down on yourself for what you didn't. It's kind of how I think of my approach to food. Any little healthy improvement is going to begin to add up, creating a difference, creating change for the better.


A few weeks ago I Bobbified a blueberry cobbler. I didn't have a recipe for this, I just came up with it. I knew I had some frozen blueberries from the peak season in the freezer, so I lightly dusted them with cornstarch and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then stirred in some orange juice and dumped them in a ceramic casserole dish. For the topping I used crushed walnuts, whole flax seeds, oatmeal, more cinnamon, some nutmeg, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, and a little butter. Topped her off and baked it in the oven.


Yesterday, I was asked to bring a healthy dessert to our normal Sunday Football & Dinner gathering. I was craving some strawberry shortcake to be honest! Then I got thinking... can I make that baked, like a crisp? How can I make it healthier? So again, I took some peak time frozen fruit from the chest freezer and tossed it in a casserole. This time I added just a light sprinkle of sugar. Then I made biscuit dough from buckwheat flour and some New Hope Mill's buttermilk pancake mix. Added a teaspoon of baking powder, a little salt, some cinnamon, cut in cold butter and added enough cold water to form a drop dough. I dropped eight biscuits on top of the strawberries and baked.


MY. OH. MY! Served warm with a dollop of homemade vanilla whipped cream, (I don't do that coolwhip garbage) and we were all relishing in a healthier, and just as fantastic, strawberry shortcake. Or otherwise know as Strawberry Shortcake-Bobbified.


Really, this blog is about more than to do lists and cooking. It's about trying new things. Knowing you have the power to change, make new, transform the old, create anything you want. When something isn't working, change it. When something needs improvement, it's a process and one step at a time is the only way to begin.


Healthy living is a journey, not a destination to be reached my friends.

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