Do you remember filling out questionnaires in elementary school that asked about your favorite color, hobby, and food? You might still have a few brightly colored pieces of paper tucked away somewhere with your crooked, misspelled handwriting scrawled across it. Well, my answer to the food question growing up was usually ribs--smoked barbecue ribs to be specific. Honest, to goodness, it's one of my all-time favorite foods. Yet, at some point in my teenage years, I became self-conscious of my love for ribs. I thought, shouldn't my favorite food be something more sophisticated? Like a perfectly cooked steak, fresh steamed shellfish, or pan-seared foie gras?
Do you have a love affair with pasta, but totally hate the carb coma afterward? I was the same way until I discovered einkorn wheat noodles! I used to fix huge bowls of saucy spaghetti back in the day with all the fixings (wine, salad, garlic bread) and always planned on changing into my pajama pants soon after the meal in order to get comfy. I always felt suuuuuuper full and tired from all that pasta. I'm sure you can relate! Well, this all changed when I picked up a box of einkorn spaghetti and gave it a try one night. Like my typical self, I ate a ginormous helping expecting to feel sleepy immediately. Instead, I felt normal. Full, but not overly full. No need to unbutton my pants or curl up in a ball. I even went back for a second helping just to prove myself wrong. That made me a bit more full, but still no carb coma. I was flabbergasted.
Occasionally you come across something so immediately and profoundly impactful on your life that you're compelled to share it with all your friends and family - if not the whole neighborhood (or the internet in this case). In early January, I experienced just that when I bought a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese author Marie Kondo. It's an insanely popular book on decluttering a.k.a. "tidying" (#1 on the New York Times bestseller list and seemingly always checked out at the library), so you've probably already heard of it by now. So What's All The Hubbub About? This book ditches typical organizing advice like "do a little each day" or "focus on one room at a time" and instead teaches you how to tidy your home (not to be confused with cleaning) once and for all by using the KonMari Method.