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Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

I hated cooking for myself when I was young and alone in Shanghai. I didn’t know how to cook either. Seriously, I lived on carryouts and leftovers. Most of the days, I would only eat two meals and some days it would be only one. When my late husband and I were dating, he came to Shanghai to visit me. I was trying to show him that I could be a good wife. So I bought a bag of frozen meals at the supermarket and cooked for him. Don’t ask details, just let me tell you that was the end of my cooking career. 😉 My man was a great cook and he promised that he would cook for us. 😉

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

I tried cooking again after I moved to America to marry my man. It started about a week after I arrived, I was seriously thinking that I would end up starving to death. At that time, I REALLY didn’t like any American food. This forced me to cook Chinese food. I guess many years of eating at restaurants had helped me develop some cooking sense. Surprisingly, my cooking turned out to be quite good. I never even knew I had it in me. I guess when I cooked with love, everything turned out to be great.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Cooking for us, for our family and friends, is some of the warmest memories the last 10 years. My late husband loved my Chinese cooking and he was very proud of me for becoming a great cook. When I first heard the saying “Cook up a storm” I was laughing so hard because that was totally my type of cooking. Usually after I cooked, our kitchen was a disaster… dirty pots and pans everywhere, the stove top covered with oil, spices and pieces of food. 😉 Hey, I said I cooked well, I said nothing about cleaning.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

My man was the biggest fan of my cooking. I never follow any recipes and just cook whatever I can find in our house. He was often amazed by that. I loved watching him eating the food I cooked. His satified face and joyful eyes made me super happy. We often spent hours during dinner talking about our days, our thoughts or just some silly stories.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

But now, I lost my best audience. The first 4 months after he passed away, I was living on carryouts and leftovers again. If you have never lived alone, you probably will not understand that feeding yourself may be a challenge. When it’s just you eating, there’s a greater tendency of not bothering to cook because it feels like it just isn’t worth it. Cooking for 30 to 45 minutes, eating for 30 minutes and then cleaning up for 15 minutes. That totals about one and a half hours! For that much time, I could write a blog post or reply to some emails.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

That was the old me of thinking. If you have read my last post Life After Loss What Death Has Taught Me you will know that I am all into living in the present and making every day a joyful experience. So eating 3 meals and eating healthy has become my top priority. Below are some of my recent cooked meals. I have tried many western recipes recently.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Cooking for others, for your loved ones, is pure joy. Cooking for yourself, is where the true self-love begins.

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Life After Loss Cooking For Myself

Photos credited: Grace Liang/ @yasballo

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Hit the Outdoors in Style and Comfort with Glampinghub Part 1

Hit the Outdoors in Style and Comfort with Glampinghub.com Part 1

I grew up in the Chinese countryside. I didn’t have a single toy when I was little but I had the whole world of nature as my playground. I spent hours outside – running, climbing, jumping, crawling and sitting. Our house was tiny and my mom wanted me out of the way when she was cooking so the Great Outdoors was where I spent a lot of time. But I knew when I grew up, I’d have a nice place to stay where I would be comfortable, warm and dry. So after I moved to America, and my husband tried many times to take me camping, I was like, “what is wrong with these Americans?” I worked so hard to finally earn my own home so I didn’t need to stay in a place in the wild, and now, let me get this right, I have to pay money to suffer? 😉 But my husband didn’t give up and kept telling me many interesting camping stories so I decided to give it a try.

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

That was about 9 years ago and I had spent exactly 2 nights in a tent. And that was one night too many! It turns out that like many things, there are several different levels to “camping”. When I went with my late husband, we were at the bottom level. That means we used a tent and pretty much slept on the ground. Oh we had an air mattress, but there was nothing to insulate us from the cold. I love to be in my garden and a walk on the beach is one of my all time favorite things. But at night, give me my nice king size bed and electric blanket if I need it and that’s my idea of comfort! The first night was quite nice in the tent, but on the second one, I froze! That was 9 years ago and I’m just now starting to feel my toes again! As you can imagine, I quit camping since then.

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

3 years ago my step-daughter bought a fancy camping trailer that would let us move up a few levels on the Camping Comfort Chart! So with this in mind, I tried camping again and I loved it.

Leather jacket and ripped jeans

Hit the Outdoors in Style and Comfort with Glampinghub Part 1

Now, I am ready to move up to the next level of camping, something most people call “Glamping”! I love fresh air and the great outdoors, but I’m not into roughing it. So Glamping is the fun and chic alternative to a traditional weekend in the woods for me. Some of you may ask, what is Glamping?

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, is a one-of-a-kind experience where you’ll get to choose an extremely unique accommodation, pick an amazing backdrop and get ready for the experience of a lifetime – all without sacrificing even an ounce of comfort. When you glamp, you can expect amazing views, unique structures (like a tree house) and secluded landscapes while you relax in comfortable beds, take luxurious bubble baths, enjoy on-site spas or even escape to your private beach. You see, this is my type of camping! 😉

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

I found this super cute Cottage Rental with Private Lakefront Yard near Niagara on the Lake, Ontario on Glampinghub.com. Take a look at those photos, how pretty! I am planing a girls Glamping trip next week and we are staying here. Super excited! Make sure you follow me on my Instagram to see my travel stories. I will write another post to share with you my experience after I am back. You can start to book your own trip at Secluded Rentals.

Hit the Outdoors in Style and Comfort with Glampinghub Part 1

Hit the Outdoors in Style and Comfort with Glampinghub Part 1

Photos credited: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to get to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

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