A Blog in the Box!

January 1, 2016

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I don’t regularly spend a lot of time in the blogosphere, so imagine my surprise this past Christmas when I received my own blog from our newlywed son Bradley and his wife Lindsey! I might as well have unwrapped a new hoverboard as I tried to comprehend the reality of my strange new gift: 1. How do I get on and off this thing? 2. What if it’s too hard to learn? 3. What if I become obsessive about playing with it?

After some fretting, I was determined to brace myself, hop on board, and take a ride because, as my kids and husband have told me, I seem to have a lot to say about a lot of things. Even if there are only a few people who ever read this blog, I will be satisfied to leave this tiny digital footprint somewhere out there in the cosmic dust. I even allowed myself to think about what many bloggers dream of—that the blog might be so entertaining that it would catch fire! (Remember, I’m talking about the blog, not a hoverboard.) Seriously though, my only mission is to entertain.

In recent years, Kelly has subscribed Bob and me to Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as TED Talks and various podcasts, which have provided many hours of satisfying binge-watching and listening. Our kids have kept us tethered to the internet in so many unique and interesting ways. I like to imagine all those bytes of data zipping through the ether and funneling into our TVs, computers and iPhones, with Bob and me strapped tightly to our seats ready to rocket down the digital superhighway. (In my mind’s eye, we do not look confident—we are in a driverless car that’s been programmed to send us off of a virtual cliff.) So, if one day this blog disappears, then you’ll know what happened.

Bob the Cleanup Guy
Bob the Cleanup Guy

I am enjoying the time I spend on these entertainment and information platforms as well as in the development of this blog. What this means, though, is that I have less time to clean the phalanges on my garbage disposer and to spritz and iron my sheets with lavender water (oh, right—I guess I never did that). Anyway, whether I’m binge-watching House of Cards or brainstorming ideas to write about in my blog, it’s easy to forget to make dinner. Lucky for me, a restaurant close by makes a lovely crab bisque that tastes deliciously homemade. I look quite capable as I ladle steamy hot soup into sturdy bowls just as Bob walks in the door.

The ‘Foodiva’

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Even my cookies wear scarves to keep warm.

I don’t consider myself a diva, but my spirit spirals to the cellar when something is making me uncomfortable, such as: 1. Feeling obliged to eat unpalatable food. (A sandwich doesn’t have to be gourmet, but it certainly can be prepared with care and fresh ingredients.) 2. Driving a car. (Yes, I do drive within my own city limits, but it must be with a full tank of gas, during the daytime, with calm winds, partly cloudy skies, and no precipitation forecast for the next 12 hours. 3. Not being warm enough. (I’m part-Scandinavian and part reptilian, so my blood flows like  molasses in January. I’m like a Norwegian snake looking for a sunny spot on a fjord.) In most other situations, I think I have  temperate nature.

Bottom line: Cooking and eating will be a priority. Watch for food stories, occasional restaurant reviews by the Foodiva, helpful cooking hints, must-have grocery items, maybe a guest cook or two, exceptional recipes, food embellishment ideas, and some nonfood topics.

Last Bites

My advice to you is not to inquire or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.—Thornton Wilder. A fine quote to ponder. My take: Don’t dawdle when you find a beautifully wrapped blog under your Christmas tree. Tear it open, jump on board, and maintain your balance! (Yes, we’re still talking about the blog …)

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I want to know what’s cooking inside your head, too. I welcome your comments and questions. Thanks for visiting! Please return soon. —Tracy Mullen

http://www.messycookblog.com

 

 

 

 

 

44 thoughts on “A Blog in the Box!

  1. So great to learn the secret to your great cooking–CS! I recently combined several recipes for a new year’s day Rose Bowl party–Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas for good luck) and gumbo. To my surprise and delight it was a big hit! Those pink shrimp and savory sausage made the peas nearly undetectable.
    Just this past Tues. I made Jane Fogg’s spinach and rice dish, but the cocktail hour ran a little long…luckily our guests were in good spirits when the Greek dinner was plated–burnt offerings!
    I look forward to staying in contact with you and many DM friends via your blog! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I’m sure your Hoppin’ John/Gumbo dish was amazing (and loaded with good luck)! It’s funny that you mentioned combining two recipes because I did the same thing recently with two casserole recipes. I thought the new creation was really tasty! Combining recipes might be a good post topic some time. If so, I hope you’ll share your recipe. (Burnt offerings–ha ha–loved it! We’ve all had some of those!) Thanks so much for your comments! –Tracy

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  2. Very enjoyable Tracy! This will be a superior alternative to “mindlessly scrolling Facebook”. Some day soon when you’re famous I’ll be able to say “I knew her when….” 🙂 Wonderful…..and your cook books aren’t too shabby either!!

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  3. So they’re called phalanges! I’ve learned something already. And where do you get the bisque? You are full of information and humor.

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  4. How does one create a blog? Love to gift one to my s-I-l. Looking forward to learning more… Like, one can pick up bisque for dinner, blogs can be gifts… And the fluidity of your mind, the eloquence of your writing. Thank you.

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  5. In Steamboat Springs with your cookbook…love your writing..yours is the first blog that I have ever read!!! You are so gifted and I am excited to have a regular stream of your inspiration and humor…Kathy Stuart A friend just gifted me today with the best selling book, “Delicious” by Ruth Reichl…supposed to be sprinkled with a delectable mix of flavor, fantasy and emotional comfort food…..

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  6. Hi Tracy!
    I don’t even know if this is the way to “like” a blog or leave a comment since I am a luddite in this hemisphere of the digital world. If you are reading this, I found my way. It’s fun to read your written words — always so clever and well-composed. Looking forward to some cooking stories and recipes (yum).
    What a great gift from creative kids!
    Susan

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  7. Wow, Tracy! This is so great! I have always loved your sense of humor and look forward to getting to enjoy you and your great insights whenever I think of you. You are very talented and I have laughed and reread your first blog over and over! Love, Chris

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  8. Big thanks to Bradley and Lindsey to give you your very own blog. The real winners in all of this will be your loyal fans and readers as you take us along and share your views. Can you please add a sound track with your laugh in the background? Congrats, have fun and enjoy!

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  9. This is amazing Tracy!!! I cannot wait and plan to entertain Denver by reusing, maybe even on occasion reclaiming (never) your recipes. Xxo

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    1. Hi Tricia! Thank you for commenting on my blog! I’m definitely in new territory here! I hope you do claim any and all recipes that you serve to your Denver friends. You do the work, you get the credit! I’m sure you love being out there, close to your parents, and in such a great city. I hope I get to see you again sometime when you’re back in town. Happy New Year!

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  10. Tracy – you were born to be a blogger!!! What a fantastic gift from Brad and Lindsey! I’m hooked now and look forward to the next and the next and the next . . .

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  11. Tracy I keep up with you thru Connie who I call sister. This is a perfect gift and I cannot wait to see where you continue to take us. Everything you do is always such an adventure. Glad I can hop on for the ride!

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    1. Hi Julie! I’m so happy that you will be following my blog! So sweet of that dear sister of yours to share it with you. I hope you have a Happy New Year, and I’ll hope to see you in Des Moines some time when you’re up this way! Tracy

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    1. Meredith, how nice to hear from you! Thank you for your very kind comments. So sweet of your mom to share the blog with you girls. I’ve been thinking about you. Hope you all have a very good new year, as well! Love, Tracy

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  12. Well….this could not be a more perfect gift! You will be fabulous at it! Can’t wait to enjoy all your wonderful words of wisdom, recipes and fun stories. You’re the best!
    Rita

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  13. Tracy, ♥️ you & all the creativity you’ve shared.
    Your Gingerbread Bear will be displayed in my kitchen every Xmas. Do my Xmas baking listening to your wonderful CD. What a gift this blog is to all of us inspired & encouraged by you.
    Nancy😍

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  14. To heck with the phalanges…bring on the messycookblog! Loved your first blog and can’t wait to see where you take us on the next one! Thank you Brad and Lindsey for the gift that keeps on giving to all of us!!

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  15. Congratulations Tracy! I can’t imagine a better person to have blog, and I’ll look forward to many laughs! Enjoy every minute of your Christmas gift!

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  16. You and your many talents always amaze me! Please thank Brad and Lindsey for giving all of us such a very special gift – your blog! I loved reading your first blog and now look forward to all that follow! You are such a special friend and talented woman. Thank you for sharing. Waiting for the next blog!

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  17. Love it – love it – love it!! I, too, am a messy cook. I feel as if I am related to you!!! You SAY what I am thinking. . .keep it up, Sister!

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  18. Love, love, love!! This was the perfect gift for you , my dear friend, and for all of us, your dear friends, to get to read it. I am vying for the position of your #1 fan, Trace! Will be a loyal follower and am eagerly awaiting your next post! You’re the BEST!! ❤️

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  19. My friend-this will give your friends so much enjoyment. But of course the part I liked best so far was the driving part. Ms Daisy’s sister

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  20. Here I sit on my second attempt to post a comment as the first has disappeared in cyberspace. Forgive me if I duplicate!……
    Try to imagine me cleaning my pantry, hearing a ding that an important email had arrived, and finding the news of Bradley and Lindsey’s unusual Christmas gift. I stopped mid-cleaning, rushed to my computer and read the blog. And I am delighted …it made me smile and I can’t wait for the next post. Thanks to Bradley and Lindsey for providing such a great forum for Tracy’s fascinating ramblings. I love it!

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  21. Tracy – Congratulations!! this is a perfect way to get to enjoy your great sense of humor and entertaining writing….looking forward to jumping on board and ride along… love, Kate

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