Monday, April 4, 2011

A - Z Challenge: C is for . . .

So it's day 3 of the A - Z Challenge which puts us at letter C. Again I couldn't decide on just one topic so I chose to write about three different C's that mean a lot to me. Cooking, Crafting and Camping.
First on the list is cooking. I can't remember how old I was when I learned to cook, but I do have many fond memories of spending time with my nanny in her small kitchen. I'd stand on a kitchen chair and watch her take on the world one recipe at a time. Of course she didn't need to actually see the recipe to cook the most amazing dishes. As I got older she let me help out. I'm positive I made more of a mess then actually helping her, but I think she enjoyed having me there as much as I loved being there. To this very day I have my nanny to thank for my passion towards cooking. I love being able to go into the kitchen, select ingredients and come out with a meal. To me being in the kitchen cooking or baking is an escape, its calming.
It's a way to accomplish something and yet relax all at the same time.
Another thing I enjoy and have my nanny to thank for it also is the love of crafting. I, like my nanny love to craft. It never mattered to her what she was making, as long as she enjoyed herself. She could knit, crochet, macramae, plastic canvas, sew, make animals out of bars of soap and faceclothesab you name it and I think she could do it. Everything she could to facinated me. I guess that's why I don't just do one craft. I can crochet granny squares, create beadwork, make soap & candles, make dreamcatchers, scrapbook & make greeting cards. I'd like to learn to quilt, do more leatherwork and expend on what knowledge I do have. Just like cooking I get lost in my crafting, hours can pass and they feel like minutes. Now thats how you know if you are enjoying yourself.
Last on my list is camping. My camping knowledge expanded when I was 18. Up until then I do not remember spending the weekend in a tent, on an air matress, cooking with a camp stove or using an out house. My idea of camping was going to my grandparents trailer. It was a 40 minute drive from my house unless my grampy was driving and then it was over an hour. Their trailer was kept at a nice trailer park, with full electric and water hookups. Their was an inground pool, arcade games, basketball net, volleyball net, lake, convience store, movies at dusk, dances on long weekends & bingo on the weekends. That was my idea of camping. When my dad was dating his current wife, her and her kids liked to go camping. Their idea of camping was more traditional. They camped in tents, slept on air mattresses, cooked on a camp stove and used an outhouse. Even though this was a very different style of camping then what I was use to, it was still a lot of fun. In face its a family weekend every year now. My dad and his new wife got a small trailer last year, becuase being so low to the ground was hard on their backs. I think that they just wanted to have a bit more luxury in their life. Having a travel does make setup and taredown a lot easier. I do enjoy camping, either way is a lot of fun, with lots of great memories.
I'd love to hear from you. Do you enjoy cooking, crafting, camping, or maybe all three like me?
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  1. Great post! I love to cook and craft too...but you knew that lol. I'm sad because I missed out on cooking with my Grama - by the time I was old enough to cook, she was already in a retirement home and didn't have a kitchen. Luckily, I got to learn other things from her, like knitting and plastic canvas, so I guess it evened out. I pretty much taught myself to cook, and I learn a lot from the food network. I haven't done much camping - I think the grade 6 VIP camping trip was the only one where I camped in a tent, otherwise it's been trailers. I loved hearing your stories, they make me feel closer to you. :-)

  2. Marie, we have so much in common, I learned a lot from the food network also. I can spend hours watching it. I'm glad my stories make you feel closer to me. We seemed to have missed a lot when we lost touch. I'm so glad we are back in contact now.