Awkward Conversations about Homemaking


I hold a cherry chocolate pie in my hands and nervously make small talk with a woman at a neighborhood block party. I am reminded of how much time I spend alone. Well, I’m not exactly alone–I do have a baby to talk to–but conversations with my baby hardly help train me be less awkward at social gatherings. The woman mentions she used to teach Home Economics. What are the chances of that? I actually have something to say about the subject.

I respond, “I’m learning about home making from a 1929 textbook.” I add other details. I’m much too excited. I soon realize that my comment was probably a bit weird after the woman jokes that “she’s not that old.”

Homemaking is leading me in peculiar directions. I’m only beginning the fourth week of my homemaking project and focusing exclusively on breakfast during June, but my perspective on life and the home changes and keeps changing.

And now, to prove to myself that I indeed sat down to a pretty table and a decent breakfast this past week, here’s a peek at my diary from Project Homemaker: Week 3.

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Week 3

Day 16

Monday, June 16, 2014

My mind wanders in a hundred directions. I have so much to do. I eat fresh pineapple. We bought a pineapple cutter that slices through the fruit in a matter of seconds. Perfect rings.


  • Fresh pineapple
  • French Press Coffee


Day 17

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My garden, if one can call it that, has an abundance of basil and parsley. Last night I concocted a pesto in an attempt to use my herbs. I blended basil, parsley, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and cashews. This morning I add pesto atop two eggs over easy.


  • Eggs over easy and pesto
  • French Press Coffee


Day 18

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fresh blackberries from a friend’ s farm. She picked them off the vine for Matt when he visited. I added vanilla yogurt and served in striped Martini glass. Madeleine played with a toy in her highchair. No crying this morning.


  • French Press Coffee
  • Blackberries and yogurt


Day 19

Thursday,  June 19, 2014

My grandfather Ralph ate bacon and eggs and drank a glass of whole milk every morning. He lived to be 103.


  • Bacon and eggs
  • French Press Coffee


Day 20

Friday, June 20, 2014

I finally got around to baking Greer’s recipe for cinnamon bread. I baked it the night before and heated in oven. I even lost my mind for a minute and dumped all the ingredients in same bowl. It still turned out well.


  • Cinnamon Bread
  • French Press Coffee


Day 21

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I was wide awake at 3.40 am and in no mood to cook. While watermelon, mint, and yogurt hardly counts as a meal, it’ll work for today.


  • Watermelon, mint and yogurt
  • French Press Coffee


Day 22

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I take my mimosas with a splash of orange juice. I’m focusing on the important pleasures of life this morning.


  • Daddy’s gluten free pancakes
  • French Press Coffee
  • Mimosas


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