I have a request. When I walk into your party with my football-shaped slow cooker filled with queso dip ala Velveeta Cheese and Rotel, pretty please, act impressed. You see I am not a terrific cook and by no means a foodie, but dear lord do I try. Wait that’s not true, I tend to be good at things I actually try — cooking, however gets about 10 percent of my effort on any given day. There are days when I want nothing more than to be one of those women who can walk into a kitchen and whip up a seven course meal — from scratch — or the wife who prepares beef medallions with a blue cheese sauce for my husband’s work potlucks. The reality is, it’s just not in me. Ya know what I can do? Make a mean three bean and beef medley casserole for those potlucks, which I’ve been told goes over very well. If I’m being perfectly honest, getting to the point of perfection on that casserole took awhile and that’s the reason cooking just hasn’t ever really been my thing. I just don’t get it. I know there are people out there who don’t get that. I don’t get cartoon PJs in public, but it happens. The bottom line is we are all good at our own things. I am good at talking, listening and giving advice, but, for example, I can’t hang a picture correctly to save my life. I am excellent at putting together an outfit, styling an entire family even, but DIY projects (like the ones done by our own Dottie Zimmerman) escape me. Obviously we all gravitate to what we like, we do it more and more and then it becomes our thing. I can plan the crap out of a menu and grocery shop like a world-class champion — actually preparing those meals after a long day at the office? Well, you’re far more likely to find me eating at Champps (which happens to be my hubby’s all-time favorite place to eat — maybe that says something about my cooking skills). The point is, I’ve finally accepted the fact that I will always prefer shopping to cooking. I’m totally okay if you like cooking more than shopping, just trust me that when you taste my queso in the football-shaped slow cooker (after all, presentation is everything) chances are you’ll like it (or at least please pretend to).
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.