"If when cooking you think of yourselves as the chemist that you are, combining different ingredients into a food that will properly nourish human bodies, then the work takes on a dignity and an interest. And surely a family well nourished with healthful food so that the boys and girls grow up strong and beautiful, where their elders reach a hale old age, is no small thing."
Little House in the Ozarks, Laura Ingalls Wilder, p. 206, May 1923
When I think of all my tasks and chores and duties, this quotation sums up one of the most important jobs that I often wish to put aside because I feel in such a hurry - getting good food on the table for my family. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Hurry to get the boys up for breakfast. Hurry to get it on the table. Hurry to get started with school work. Hurry to get done with school work. Hurry to get a few household chores done. Hurry to get lunch going. Hurry to eat the lunch!
|Cranberry Rocket Salad|
I am thankful that one day this week my oldest said - Hey, I'm going to wash the dishes after lunch! Woo! What a spontaneous thrill! No asking! It was wonderful.
|Ingredients for my Lentil Vegetable Soup|
Tonight they all said, Mmmm... this food is great! Ah, my heart is happy. Well, I am a cook! When people ask me what I do on the mission field, I find myself saying more and more - I cook food! I guess cooking and getting things ready to cook takes up about half of my time each and every day. But that's just fine!
At church the boys and girls love our soup time after Sunday School just before church. It just tickles me pink when they come running back and ask for seconds and thirds when the soup is super good. Tickles me even more when it is on my night to make the soup!
Cooking for my family is NO SMALL THING. It is preventive medicine. It is providing a balanced meal with enough fruits and vegetables. It is making sure no one gets too much white sugar and every one eats enough but not too much. It is teaching - teaching what things are good to eat and what things are best left in the store. Cooking is a wonderful task, but it sure is nice when someone helps with the dishes!
Just a few thoughts!
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"There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves." Thomas Wolfe