Roasted Cauliflower Cake

Roasted Cauliflower Cake | Lisa Samuel |

Two weeks ago, I turned 40.

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know that I had planned to be biking through Vietnam on that day, but we had to cancel the trip.  Instead, Elie made sure I was spoiled.  I went to a yoga class with Mom, got pampered at the spa, spent time in the hospital with Moe, and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Hawksworth.  It was a great day, and a joyful one.

Truth be told, I wanted to be biking through rice fields when I turned 40, because I thought it would distract me from that milestone.  Historically, as my birthday approaches, I click through the running life list in my head, making note of the things I haven’t yet done, my shortcomings, the failures and disappointments, the mistakes I’ve made.  Am I the person I want to be? Have I accomplished enough? Done enough? Am I enough?

It’s exhausting. 

I almost didn’t write this post.  The topic of easy holiday entertaining sounded trite to me, and maybe even a little pompous. Because really, holiday entertaining can be stressful.  Especially if we start to compare ourselves to Pinterest boards and Instagram posts and beautiful blogs portraying perfectly set tables (or perfectly imperfectly set tables) and…