by Divine Domesticity on September 11, 2008
I was in high school when I started collecting Martha Stewart Living magazines. It wasn't long before I realized that I had a problem. I wanted to hoard them, to preserve them...and I would go to strange (and expensive) measures to do so.
I had turned into a total:
Yes, I carefully tore out the recipes, craft projects, menu plans, and put them into sheet protectors, then put them into binders.
Apparently when I was younger it never occurred to me that I could always look these recipes up online. There was something about the printed magazine that I loved. Being able to flip through it, pull out a particular month, organize them a certain way.
Now, the binders, they mock me. I can't throw them away. I won't. I love them too much. From Living, to Everyday Food, to (squee!) the baby issues, the kids issues. All so very, very precious, and perfect. During the past four moves, all within the past year and a half, I've made my husband lug these beasts around the country. I'm not sure he feels the same way about Martha that I do.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Dinner Tonight, a blog by the editors of the Everyday Food magazine. Was I interested in being a guest poster? Erm, exsqueeze me? Me?
Honestly, I got myself a little worked up when I was preparing for my post. WHAT RECIPE WOULD I MAKE? I kept asking my husband for his thoughts. Helpful he was not.
Then, I have to prepare the food. OH, the pressure! I was elated when my dishes turned out aboslutely delicious.
The next step was to write the post. You'd think after blogging about food for 4 years that I'd have a handle on it, but I was caught up in the moment. Honest to God, I don't remember writing the article. I think I checked out at some point, the nervousness getting the best of me. I sent it in and hoped for the best.
It is going to be posted tomorrow (Friday).
So, please, if my article sucks butt, please, leave me a nice comment, give me pat on the back, and don't judge me too harshly. And please don't let Martha read this. She would not approve of such a lack of confidence!
Coming soon to the Dinner Tonight blog -- BBQ Chicken Pizza & Chutney Chicken Salad.
I'm going to go get drunk. I can't handle the pressure.
*Semi-related side note: I am in love with Martha's daughter, Alexis. I might even love her more than Martha. Shush, please don't squeal on me.