Thinking outside the box.

I love to cook for my family.  Growing up in an Italian home, both my mother and father were excellent cooks.  Italians learn to cook from watching and recipes are loosely followed, at least that’s how I learned to cook.  Throw a little of this, a little of that, and somehow, it always turns into something wonderful.  Or, you learn from your mistakes, making it better the next time.  That’s why my meatballs always taste a little different each time!

Baking is another story and in my opinion, not nearly as much fun as cooking.  Baking is less forgiving of the “a little of this or that” method and is probably primarily why there are very few things I bake well.  I’m a creative out of the box kind of person and baking, in my experience, requires you to be “a by the book” kind of person.  I know someone who says that I don’t like to follow the rules and he always makes it sound like this is a bad thing.  I’m not talking about legal or moral issues, but questioning long standing ways of thinking and doing certain things.  When it comes to creative thinking and trying to find new ways to do things to be happier and more successful, I think there are rules that can be broken.  I don’t subscribe to the theory that life is hard and then you die.  I’m not saying life isn’t hard some days, of course it is.  I just think that we are meant to be happy and need to work hard at finding ways to be just that.  

Do you want to be a cook or a baker in your life?  You can be both at different times.  Me… I’d rather cook!

Here’s to letting your creative juices flow.  I bought myself a notebook because the cover said “You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece”.   I couldn’t have said it better myself.


 

 

 

5 Responses to Thinking outside the box.
  1. Loreena Yeo
    January 20, 2012 | 6:22 pm

    Love your analogy, Susan. I’m not a cook, neither am I a baker but I love how you said we got to paint outside the lines every once a while to see the masterpiece. Beautiful!

    • Susan Mangigian
      January 20, 2012 | 8:29 pm

      Thank you Loreena! You reminded me that I have yet to use that notebook. I bought it so I could write down every inspiring thing I see or hear, and it’s under a pile of clutter! xxoo

  2. Russell Lewis
    January 20, 2012 | 11:56 pm

    Susan, Like you I love to cook and yes you are right cooking is more Art and baking…Science 😉

    • Susan Mangigian
      January 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

      Russell, you are the male version of me with a little hot sauce thrown in for good measure. I can’t wait to come to Austin someday and sit on your deck and hear you and your lovely wife tell me how you met!

    • Susan Mangigian
      January 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

      Russell, you are the male version of me with a little hot sauce thrown in for good measure. I can’t wait to come to Austin someday and sit on your deck and hear you and your lovely wife tell me how you met!

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