There’s a lot going on in the world right now. To be honest, there’s always been a lot going on – but thanks to the miracle of 24/7 media coverage, it’s everywhere we turn. You’d have to be a hermit to miss out on the major headlines. Then, depending on which TV/radio networks, internet sites, or printed news sources you watch/listen to/read, you’re inundated with more than you could possibly want or need to know about everything else – especially given a great deal of it is speculation or “time-filler” and not always fact-checked before release.
So… even though I do know what’s going on in the world and sometimes have strong personal opinions about it, chances are I won’t mention it here. For me, blogging is a form of escapism – much like reading, watching movies, or working jigsaw puzzles. It’s something I can do and not have to think about the problems of the world, including my own personal world. “What? Your life isn’t perfect?”, you say. No, it’s not. Even though I am extremely blessed in more ways than I can count (and try to thank God for that daily), I still have my struggles and worries in life just like everyone else. When it comes to my blog, though, I prefer to focus on lighter things.
The “food experts” say you should never try out new recipes on special occasions like Thanksgiving. That doesn’t stop me and since I’m usually cooking for family, it doesn’t matter. This year I made something I found in the companion cookbook to this book. It’s called “Cranberry Down Under Salsa” and can be more of a relish if you process it a little more like I did. I thought it was great and, surprisingly, it was a seven-year-old who seemed to like it the most! Next time I’ll cut back a little on the maple syrup. I went with the higher range worrying the heat from the pepper and the tartness from the berries and lime might be a bit much. It’s a pretty dish, isn’t it?!