Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kitchen Doodle Art inspired by Julia Child

I hate cooking, I abhor cooking, I detest cooking. What other word can I use? How about just simply I'm terrible at cooking! Wait! That is probably why I hate cooking!

If you follow my instagram account "springtimedoodles" you can see my doodles but you also see my history of cooking fails.

"My apologies to the church Christmas party. Looks like the Oreo pie I made wont be attending the party tonight. She's a hot mess."

I was craving my mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yep, nailed it! In case you couldn't guess, mine are on the left. My mom's are on the right. They were rock hard within 10 seconds of cooling.


Sometimes my children are so very thoughtful and try to help with my kitchen fails. Like the time my toddler spilled a whole bottle of cayenne pepper. I don't even know why I have cayenne pepper. What do you put it in??

 And on the slight occasion I don't burn something I flip out. Quite literally. Forcing my children to give me high fives and then instantly sharing on instagram to prove I didn't starve my children that evening. This was my first time making creamed peas and potatoes. I was so excited. And guess what? I haven't made them since. I can't remember the recipe. I'm too scared to try again. 

"I'm so proud of myself tonight. If I had 10 hands they would all pat me on the back . .  I made cream potatoes & peas."

When I married my husband he had to do most our cooking. Our little apartment didn't have any room for a table, so I sat on the counter, pulled out a drawer below me, stuck my feet in the drawer and ate Twinkies while he cooked one of the 3 meals he knew how to, frozen burritos, angel hair spaghetti, or shrimp fried in butter. 

I slowly started cooking more and more, you kind of have to with three children. Hating every minute of it. However a couple years ago I learned about Julia Child. Awwww, I love that woman. She was a 6'2" American lady who married her lovely husband, Paul, after WW2. They were stationed in Paris with his work for the US government. It is said jokingly that she couldn't even boil an egg before she went to Paris. But she fell in love with the French cooking and wanted to share it with the world. She became trained and then spent the rest of her life teaching how to cook French food, writing books, television shows, etc. 

Julia Child had wit and humor and the world fell in love, just as much, with her as they did her cooking. 

Some of my favorite quotes from her:

“Everything in moderation... including moderation.” 
― Julia Child

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” 
― Julia Child

“Remember, 'No one's more important than people'! In other words, friendship is the most important thing--not career or housework, or one's fatigue--and it needs to be tended and nurtured.” 
― Julia ChildMy Life in France

Julia child was also kind. Whenever she went to a restaurant she would visit and shake the hands of every staff member in the kitchen. There is a story shared where she visited a restaurant and her friend noticed her struggling to eat her meat. He told her to send it back to have it cooked a little more or to send it back for something else. But she said no, it would terribly embarrass the chef to have the famous Julia Child send back his food. So she simply smiled and ate it.  



So I made the change. No more fear. If I'm going to cook and fail, then great! More funny pictures to share. But I'm going to do it! 

I tried to think of ways to motivate myself, and I thought of my little doodles. I wanted to hang some in my kitchen, so I searched for some of my favorite and funny quotes and went to work drawing and designing them. 


And here you have them, the first 2 are Julia Child quotes, the rest are just funny ones I found online. (I have found even more quotes I want to use, so I guess this is just the first installment)

If you would like to purchase one, click on the individual links, they are an instant digital prints. You can print from home or send to a print shop, sadly the frame is not included. 



This one is a personal favorite of mine. My apologies to all my vegetarian friends. 

And this one!! This one fits my personality best. 



This one I might have to hide in a cupboard, it would totally gross my children out. But the statement is true! :)


Here are a few framed in my little kitchen. It's bigger than our first apartment, and yes, we finally have a kitchen table. 






I grin a little every time I see them, and they motivate me to cook just a little more. And look, I planted my first garden, three little containers of herbs. Yippee, look out Julia Child, I might be the next food extraordinar . . . or maybe I'll just sit here and eat my Twinkies. 




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