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Spring, Stasis, and Socialite

I’ve been in a slump! Has that ever happened to you? (rhetorically speaking, of course). Perhaps the protracted winter cold and rain had something to do with it, maybe my father’s hospitalization and the ensuing family challenges contributed as well, and possibly a bit of spring fever on the intermittent gorgeous, warm, sunny days between winter storms distracted me… whatever it was, it is over! I’m back!

Stasis is an odd place to be. Feeling stuck perpetuates the feeling of being stuck. The more mired I felt, the slower I was to move. The longer my To Do list became, the less I seemed to accomplish. The less I accomplished, the more familiar it felt to not write, not communicate, not follow up AND, gasp, to experience moments of self-doubt for my place in the world, both professionally and personally. Weird, unfamiliar, and very uncomfortable. Thankfully, this odd place was very shortlived — a few weeks — and I have welcomed myself back!

Socialite is a new plug-in that Lance has installed for me. We just spent 20 minutes on a phone call updating my blog posts to be managed by Socialite, only to be kicked off at the end with a confusing message (at least I was confused, but not Lance), that Facebook needed a new log-in or some such nonsense… so I am writing this blog posting as a test, truth be told, in the hopes of assessing the success of the Socialite install. I’ll be checking FB and Twitter to see what’s what.

Spring is truly here, although in the Sierras, we are experiencing the usual zany snow/hail/bitterly cold rain storms that are the hallmarks of winter’s end. Many luscious warm days have been enjoyed in the past month, however–the birds are ravenous at the feeders in between busy mating and nest building rituals and the dogwoods are in glorious bloom, as are my tulips, wisteria, rhododendrons, and pansies. I even dipped into the Yuba 2 weeks ago in celebration of the transition to spring. Heavenly.

It’s nice to be here.

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery

Robin Mallery is passionate about food! Starting from where and how it's grown, to how far that food travels to the dinner table, to how it is prepared and savored...Robin blends shopping, cooking, and eating tips with her unique Kitchen Zen and mindful meals approach to enjoying real food.

While you are waiting for her to finish the upcoming book, "Kitchen Zen: The Journey to Nourish Body and Soul in Our Changing World", you can find Robin's sporadic blog posts here or on FaceBook.
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"The Holiday Survival Cooking and Eating Class exceeded my expectations. It was so enjoyable to learn new ideas for healthy snacks and meals, taste the delicious treats we created and leave with an inspired hope that this will be my healthiest holiday season yet! I am impressed with the knowledge and care that Robin (and Wendy from In the Kitchen) both possess and I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks again!"  --Rose M.   “What a wonderful, yummy class! Not only did we participate in creating several easy-to-make, delicious, nourishing dishes for the holidays and every day, we also learned strategies for surviving and enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Both Robin & Wendy were delightful and imparted their cooking and eating knowledge with love, humor, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend their classes to anyone who is interested in developing a better way to look at food, using thoughtfulness with mindfulness to learn some very valuable strategies for eating any time of the year!” --CAM   “I found the class delightful with great ideas for the holidays. In the Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place and you and Wendy were great teaching collaborators. Good new recipes. I appreciate your healthy eating information. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to enjoy the holidays without stressing over food. Actually, the information isn’t just for the holidays. I want to stay healthy all year and eat well.” --Pat B.   "I’ve participated in several classes at In the Kitchen, enjoyed them all immensely, but it is always a special treat when Wendy teaches a class. The recipes offered in The Holiday Survival class were easy to make and so delicious. And what a plus to have Robin co-teach the The Holiday Survival class with Wendy. Thank you, Robin, for all your great information on healthy eating, which was delivered so professionally, dovetailing beautifully into Wendy’s presentation. Hope you two team up again for more classes of scrumptious, healthy recipes. What a fun evening!!" --Carol B. _______________ I love this positive feedback! How gratifying it is to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way…and to be able to do so around a topic that is so dear to me, is just the icing on the cake (right—pun intended!). Wendy Van Wagner and I will continue to offer seasonal cooking classes in addition to the occasional specialty class…stay tuned!
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