If you’re reading this, you can probably already relate to the idea that we want to be more like Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Lately, upon reflection, I wondered why. Because she’s beautiful? Sure – but we’re all beautiful. Is it because she’s a princess? Yes, that certainly helps. Because she’s perfect? Well…what is perfect?
One of the things I love love love about Kate is her image as a Domestic Goddess. She is truly Princess perfect, and that includes a bit of pre-Prince Cinderella. So what do we mean by calling Kate a Domestic Goddess? Well, here is some proof:
- Kate is a fan of roasting her own chicken – not buying a pre-roasted bird from Wegman’s (guilty)
- She has a green thumb! Although her potato crop flopped, her garden is lovely
- For Christmas, she gifted homemade jam to friends. Home. Made. Jam.
- The Duchess has taken up knitting, in preparation for Baby’s arrival
- And other, fabulous D.G. projects!
Five years ago, these things would have seem so fuddy-duddy. But now we all want to be a Domestic Goddess. While it may be difficult, but NEVER impossible, to become a Princess (in the legal sense), we can easily become a Domestic Goddess, just like Kate!
Roast a chicken
Nothing says Domestic quite like Martha. Try out her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe and make your own! Set aside a Sunday afternoon to work through the recipe. You will be thrilled when you can say you can roast a chicken all by yourself! Once you’ve perfected it, half an hour of work will lead to an amazing, homemade product! Impress your friends, your Prince, and (the best part!) your Mother in Law. Recipe found here.
Grow a Garden
If you are just starting your Domestic Journey, your thumb probably doesn’t look very green. The best way to learn the ins-and-outs of gardening in an effort to be a D.G. is an herb garden. I love fresh herbs, and an indoor herb garden is a great start to a very Emerald thumb (Pantone’s color of the year!). Start with small pots, pick up some seeds or small plants, and begin your experiment. Don’t start with potatoes – think smaller. Try basil, lavender, green onions, or thyme. Pick a sunny window and don’t forget to water!
Make your own Jam!
This is my favorite “domestic project” that we have seen from Kate. Our very own Duchess made vanilla extract for her loved ones this year, inspired by Kate’s gift of jam. I simply love this idea. Who doesn’t love jam?? Plus the whole idea seems very British to me. To take your D.G. self one step further, spend the day picking strawberries at a local farm. There are plenty of recipes and how-to’s online to make your jam, whether you want it to last forever or just for the week. But if you ask me, nothing sounds more Princess-like than this Strawberry and Champagne Jam recipe from Downton Abbey Cooks.
Learning to Knit
Ah, knitting. Such a noble pursuit. No matter how many times my mother tries to teach me, I generally end up using the needles as psuedo-drumsticks during particularly excellent songs. No longer for Grandma’s, knitting can yeild adorable baby booties, Kate-inspire shawls, and even stunning wedding gowns (okay, that’s crocheting – but you get the idea). Your local Michael’s store has frequent knitting and crocheting classes to pick up the technique!
How do you let your inner Domestic Goddess shine? Let us know!