When I was a kid, I spent every weekend I can remember with my grandparents who lived in a small rural town surrounded by apple orchards. I remember going with my grandma to these orchards and being so very confused with what she was going to buy a “bushel” for and how on earth we’d ever get through so many apples. They returned home to her house to the cold storage room in the basement and would be turned into delicious pies, pastries and confections all winter long.
As I am getting older, one of the main things I’ve realized is that I’m a terrible dieter. I’m awful at limiting things out of my diet (as soon as I can’t have it, it becomes all I think about) and since I’ve let myself fall into the “working mom” excuse, it’s not getting any better. In fact, despite my knowing better and really and seriously wanting to change, I’ve fallen into a rut of eating my fruit from cans, my pasta from packages – anything possible to make eating as quick and painless as possible. While thinking about my grandma and her apples the other day, I realized that I was lucky enough to have this woman in my life who would be rolling in her grave knowing that I fed my toddler applesauce from tetra packs rather than taking the 10 minutes to do it myself.
And so… I bought apples.
Like most things in life, I don’t start anything half assed. The picture above might not accurately portray just how many apples I bought. So here’s another angle.
See? You now know I:
- Bought a lot of apples. Enough to fill one tub in my house with about 3-4 apples deep
- Own a lot of Laura Mercier Face Cleaning Products (and love them)
My new philosophy is this – I spend a fortune on face, beauty and makeup potions to make myself look better and yet continue to stuff my face with Diet Cokes, hamburgers, pizzas, ice creams… Which is fine, in extreme moderation, but not as regular dietary sustenance. This is why this past weekend I made several gallons of applesauce for my son and I without sugar and with cinnamon as sweetener. It’s why I’ll be having an apple every morning for a snack and it’s why I’ll be choosing fresh fruit and homemade pastas, sauces, pizzas and so on more often so I’m not consuming copious amounts of chemicals, sugars and terrible ingredients on a regular basis.
Friends, this is part of my Refined Side journey and why I think you’ll love joining us if you’re new. I’m far from perfect (far far far as my wonderful husband would vouch) but I’m making efforts every day to add luxury to my life and live la vie en luxe. We want the Refined Side to help you feel and look as best as you can, inside and out, and for me right now that means eating better and in turn teaching my son the very same lessons I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother teach me.
Anyone need an apple?