Ch-ch-ch-changes and a little bit of self-reflection

While I wait for my cream puff shells to cool, I thought I’d squeeze out a post.

I’ve changed my blog name from “More Words, Less Pictures” to “I Smell Like Butter”.

The original name was when I was hesitant about posting a lot of written content (not really my forte), and wanted to instead focus on the images that I was able to capture while cooking, baking, and going about everyday life.

Since moving to Joburg, I’ve realized that I’d like to do things a bit differently. While I still prefer Instagramming and sharing my life via pictures, this naive New Yorker didn’t realize that not every place has unlimited internet for a reasonable price. Here, you can get uncapped internet, but not without paying a price. Since we’re still busy getting ourselves settled, we are living without that extravagance for awhile and making do with 10gb a month.

Sounds like a pretty generous amount, right? For those of you who have uncapped internet, have you ever realized just how much data you use? I sure didn’t. I used to have my laptop open all the time back in New York. If I wasn’t going through the 20+ food and lifestyle blogs I had bookmarked, I was on Facebook. When I wasn’t doing that, I was clicking through different news stories or looking up new recipes. And of course there were those times when I would get sucked into the black hole of YouTube. There was never something I wasn’t looking up or doing on the internet.

Anyway, back to the change in blog name. Since I have to be a bit more aware of the data that I’m using, I have decided to cut back on the photos that I upload. There will be a time when we can include unlimited internet, but today is not that day.

“I smell like butter” is a phrase that I say more often than I ever thought I would. My husband has also on occasion told me that I smell like butter and sugar. I suppose it’s a testament to how often I’m in the kitchen, doing one thing or another (usually baking). I’m no Paula Deen (pre-diabetes drama), but I do believe that if you’re going to make and eat a baked good, you should use pure, simple ingredients, and enjoy the richness and deliciousness of the end product (in relative moderation).

There was a time when I was obsessed with low-fat baking. Applesauce replacing butter, eating fat-free Cool Whip, eating oddly textured cookies and cakes that were a result of subbing out all of the “bad” stuff. Then one day, I came to my senses. Why not just enjoy food for what it is? I once heard someone say “If I’m going to get fat, it might as well be from GOOD fat.”

Preach, sister.

I still try to be active and run every once in a while, and I always have my body insecurities. But, so I have a few extra lumps and bumps and curves. I like…no, I love food and everything about it. It’s the price I’m willing to pay to keep my soul happy. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my cream puffs and fill them with some gorgeous vanilla crême pâtissière.

What keeps you happy and fulfilled?

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