Hobbies. No, not hobbits, HOBBIES. One little seven letter word that people can use to describe you in a nutshell. And one word that has caused me quite some stress this past year. For fifteen years of my life I was constantly involved in a sport. Swimming was my main sport, but in 8th grade I made the switch to water polo, which I played competitively year round for six years. After my senior year I was completely burned out on water polo. I couldn’t be convinced to play a water polo game if you paid me. However, I still wanted to be involved in some sort of sport, so I decided to flip back to swim and join the team at Pepperdine University.
While I used to be a dedicated water polo player, swimming isn’t exactly the most exciting sport (no matter how thrilling Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte make it look). So, I tended to be the swimmer that’s diving down to the bottom of the pool or hiding under lane lines to avoid swim sets (exactly the type of swimmer that is my least favorite to coach, jk I love all my swim kids, obviously).
So when all of my friends went to study abroad their sophomore year, I quickly started to doubt my freshman year decision to skip the study abroad program and stay on the swim team. After a month of discussing this dilemma with my swim coach, my parents, and basically anyone who would listen, I made the decision to quit swim and study abroad in Germany for my second semester of sophomore year.
But now that I quit swim, what describes me? What is my hobby now? I mean, saying, “Hi, my name is Jordan and I like the internet,” isn’t exactly what I would call friend-winning material. So after a year of figuring out what the hell I actually like in life, I realized that I love cooking and baking. Trying out recipes is one of my favorite things to do. It’s always interesting to find out how the food I make turns out, especially because 98% of the time I make accidental substitutions.
So, when I got extremely bored on Saturday, I hit up Pinterest in hopes of finding a yummy new recipe to try. Luckily, I found TWO recipes I was willing to try.
First up were these quinoa burgers from Eating Well, Living Thin!
[These babies smelled so good cooking]
[The recipe made so many!]
[The finished product topped with an avocado and served with a side salad]
[These juicy strawberries were my favorite part of the dessert]
[Instead of our normal Sunday morning walk and brunch, my mom and I paid a visit to our local Farmer’s Market where we picked up these sweet cherries]