Cozy Winter

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s been three weeks since I abruptly deleted all of the social media apps from my phone and subsequently logged out on my computer and desktop. I’m such a fragile creature and I tend to compare myself so often to other people. It didn’t make me sad to see everyone else being happy but I could feel it begin to and I have been having such good moods lately and I didn’t want to spoil that.

Don’t get me wrong, I love, LOVE seeing what’s happening and all of your lives. I mean, BOY are they lovely! But mine is lovely too and I fail to see that sometimes. So, I want to live and appreciate my lovely life right now. You understand, right?

This last bit of winter has been an intense one! We’ve been slammed with unexpected snow and it has meant more time stuck inside creating and enjoying one another’s company. I have especially loved cooking and I was so blessed to be given the chance to try this cozy little cookbook, The Cottage Kitchen.

I will admit, that I was a bit intimidated by some of the recipes. I’m a simple girl and some of the recipes seemed more posh than what I would consider cozy but once I stepped out of my comfort zone, I managed to create new food experiences that helped me make the best of our snow days and the time I had with friends and family during this hiatus. I find it so odd that largely, English cooking is mocked because honestly, from my experience, the food seems so diverse and it always makes me feel at home. I love how this cookbook provides recipes that pushes you to get your hands dirty so that you create food that is undeniably homemade. And there is something soul-warming about serving your loved ones something made with care and heart. If you’re looking for comfort that it both conventional and a bit fancy, I highly recommend this cookbook by Marte Marie Forsberg.

I hope you all are doing well. If I haven’t checked in on you, I hope you understand. If you would like to reach me, just send me a message using my contact page. Or email me if you have it. 

Remember, I love you too.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

9 thoughts on “Cozy Winter

  1. The last sentence of this post put a smile on my face. 🙂 I’m glad you are doing well, Joy. And I completely understand if you see social media (or, well, people posting on social media) as a potential trigger for putting a downer on you. I respect that – you gotta do what is best for you ❤️

  2. It’s totally understandable to want to disconnect and focus on yourself! You have to do what works for you 🙂 Cooking new things sounds like a great way to pass the time while you’re stuck indoors. Plus, you get to eat good food, haha. I haven’t heard of this cookbook, but I’m glad you like it and that the recipes worked out for you!

  3. That’s awesome that you were actually able to pull away. I’ve been meaning to do at least a day of social media detox, but my resolution has not been strong enough. I guess I need to do what you did, to actually log out of the accounts! One of these days I’d like to go a month free of social media luggage!
    That being said, hope it’s been good detox for you 🙂 I’d imagine it’s a lot calmer, not chasing all the statuses! I feel like I waste SO much time and energy on these platforms.
    I think Blogging for Books is going away soon or something and that made me sad. Just got an e-mail yesterday about it. 🙁

  4. It sounds like you did the right thing. I love that you’ve branched out with your cooking. That cookbook sounds amazing. I might have to pick up a copy. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your time at home!

  5. I get that, I totally miss seeing your updates and work in progress pics but I totally understand. Stay strong and you know you can text me whenever you need to!!! Miss you! <3

  6. Sometimes you just have to do what is healthy for you, and there is nothing wrong with needing space to heal. I think it kind of becomes a social ‘requirement’ to be on social networks when it’s not. The most important thing is doing what makes you the healthiest and happiest. I just hope you know that I care about you.

    The book sounds fascinating and it’s great you could take a hands-on approach with the recipes. I am sure the food was delicious. 😀

  7. Nothing wrong with leaving social media off your plate. Sometimes I hate myself for wasting so much time on Facebook. I’d rather be more productive than scroll endlessly through some great things and many useless things . . .

    I hope you’re feeling better now. I get it’s hard to not compare ourselves to others, but we just have to tell ourselves that we have our own strengths and to give ourselves self-love. Hope you’re doing well, Joy! <3

  8. I stopped blogging for almost a year and a half not long after my husband and I got married, much for the same reason. I was so busy and it’s not that I had nothing to say but just that I wanted to take some time to really appreciate our lives together and not pay so much attention to everyone else.

    I love English cooking. I want to start collecting cook books, ones I can pass down to my kids some day. I am not all that at home or comfortable in the kitchen but I am hoping one day that will change and maybe a few cook books will help with that. I absolutely love to bake. I am going to add The Cottage Kitchen to my list.

  9. I completely understand why you would disconnect like that! I’ve had feelings of doing the same but for some reason, I just can’t bring myself to do it! But yes, as much as everyone else’s life is great, it’s good to take a step back and enjoy your own.

    Girl, if you ever come to London I will have to take you to a pub for some good old English grub. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not my favourite type of cuisine but I definitely appreciate it a lot. Speaking of, I could do with a roast right now.

    Love you, Joy ❤️

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