Last year my mother-in-law got me a subscription to Better Homes & Gardens. I found this to be an interesting selection of magazine for me. Truth be told, I’m more of a People or US Weekly girl than the do-it-yourself homemaker. I immediately wondered if maybe she was trying to tell me something. Had she caught on that her daughter-in-law wasn’t exactly Susie Homemaker? That the only thing I have done to BETTER my home since moving in was preventing my husband from purchasing the Tim Tebow Fathead he wanted to put on our son’s wall?
After skimming the first two issues I could not have been more disappointed. It was around the third issue that I found myself completely bored one day and actually read the magazine instead of just glancing over each page. By the end of the magazine I must admit I was quite surprised. I had actually enjoyed my reading.
Not an enjoyed as in, “I can’t wait to put this magazine down, run to Lowe’s and buy that fabulous new pumpkin colored paint to redo the living room.” But enjoyed as in, “wouldn’t it be nice if I actually had the money, motivation and desire to run to Lowe’s, buy that fabulous new pumpkin colored pain and redo the living room.” It’s not that I’m lazy, nor that I don’t care about the appearance of my home, it’s just that I honestly don’t have that …. “thing” … that some people have. That instinct of exactly what will make their home look better. That drive to spend hours in antique shops looking for that one perfect item that will change the entire room. That crafty ability to take a pine cone and turn it into this holiday’s latest rave. And yet, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying every tip and tidbit Better Homes & Garden’s gives me each month.
I’ve found my excitement at opening the post office box to see the latest BHG issue equal to the excitement at my monthly delivery of Cooking Light (another gift from the mother-in-law, and possibly another hint). No, I don’t cook, but I absolutely LOVE to read cooking magazines and books. Every month I’m scanning the recipes and cutting out the ones I’d like to try. Try eating of course, not cooking. I collect all of these in a cute recipe box which I scan each weekend. I usually pick out two or three and include their ingredients on that week’s grocery list. I pull out the ingredients each night and hand the recipe over to my husband. “I was thinking of making this chicken pot pie tonight, what do you think,” I ask him. Nine times out of ten the response I receive is, “I’ll make it, you just watch the kids.” I’m not 100% sure if this is his response because he’d rather cook than watch the boys, or if it’s because he realizes I will probably ruin the meal if left on my own, but either way it seems to work out for everyone.
Now I just have to figure out a way to take my new Better Homes & Garden’s tips and work them into my husband’s to do list. Come to think of it, maybe this was his mom’s plan all along…. Hmmm, smart lady!