A Big Announcement!
Hello Beautiful People!
I hope you’re doing well. 🙂 A Very Happy Wednesday to you! Let’s get right into it today. As the new blog title suggests, I have a dream. And that dream is to one day own a sailboat. Yes, I am chasing the sailing dream and I couldn’t be more excited about it. This blog has always been my space to write about food, recipes, and life. But sometimes I’m just eating tofu stir fry while pouring over sailing books. Other times I’m curled up eating chocolate chip cookies while watching sailing movies. Yes, sailing has become my new passion and creative project, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops on here.
I want this site to slowly morph into a place of recipes and sailing information. There are times where you’ll see sailing book reviews, or movie reviews too. There will be pages suggesting the best songs to listen to while cruising along the coast. This is my passion and my dream.
The Noob Chef has been my blog for almost 2 years now so just as I change… it will change with me too.
So why sailing instead of, say, scrap-booking?
As a kid I grew up around boats. My grandfather took my brother and I out of the water plenty of times in his power boat. It was an incredible feeling. We saw him tying off the boat. We’d go down to the anchorage to gas up and grab an ice cream cup for a couple of dollars. I learned the importance of having fenders (or bumpers) ready to go as you approach the dock. And I got to feel the splash of the lake water popping up from between the boards of the lake house. I remember vividly squatting down in the small dock of the boathouse that my grandparents owned and looking down into the green-ish-white water below. The glow from the sun made the lake water a pale green. I’d look for catfish or trout and gasp if I actually saw one.
That was the place I also learned to fish. My Papa Pat taught me how to hook a worm, cast the line, and reel a fish back in. Then he’d toss it in the bucket and later on skin the scales off with a pocket knife. Summers were long. Time moved slow. And being on the water made my soul come alive.
Then my grandfather got a small catamaran. It was a tiny one, meant for 6 people at max, but I remember sailing out on the lake with him. One time we were out in the middle when the wind died. The boat drifted to a standstill and I looked at him. “How are we going to get back?” I asked nervously. “We’ll wait till the wind picks up, or row ourselves back” he said smiling. We weren’t in a hurry and I had plenty of sunblock on. So we sat and watched the jet ski’s race by. I’d laugh as the gentle waves rocked the boat.
A few years later I went away to a summer camp in Pennsylvania where they taught campers how to sail on personal sailboats. I eagerly signed up. While some of the kids wanted to do archery, arts and crafts, and sports… I wanted to sail and learn to scuba dive. I loved both immensely. I remember ducking under the boom and listening to the wind fill the sails. It was incredible.
As I got older life happened… I moved away from the ocean… and time changed things. I always assumed my life couldn’t have anything to do with the water. But life has a funny way of opening doors when you least expect it. After years and years away, I finally did move to a coastal town. 🙂 In fact, I’m 20 minutes from the beach! For so many years I spent worrying about what I should be… or what I hoped to be… instead of simply being. Then one day I thought, “why not sail?”. So I began studying sailing. I researched the curriculum I would need to get my ASA certification (more on that later!) and found myself happier then I’ve been in a long time.
I wondered if I should write about this journey on here and share it with all of you. It’s not about food… well… I guess it could be 🙂 I do love one pot cooking and Lord knows you have to cook in one pot on a sailboat. But more importantly, I wondered if it was the right place to share with you who I am. This is me. A girl who wishes she was a mermaid and loves being around the water. A girl who burns easily, so I slather up in 100 SPF sunscreen and plenty of rash guards and sunhats. A girl who loves to cook, eat, explore, and travel. I’m a sea gypsy… or at least… I’m on my way to becoming one. ❤
So what can you expect on here in the future?
There will be a TON of links regarding sailing with pages on the homepage as well. So if you’re into sailing… well… you’ve come to the right place. If sailing isn’t your thing, that’s okay! I’m still cooking and will be sharing plenty of recipes with you. I hope to be making cooking videos by the end of the year to put on a Noob Chef Youtube Channel. So stay tuned!
I hope you come along on this exciting journey with me 🙂 Stay tuned for more fun everyone and as always, keep on cooking ❤