To know a lot about a person, all one has to do is go through their kitchen, especially true for women most times. Some kitchens are seldom used, some are impeccably clean, some you wouldn’t want to look at much less eat out of. The kitchen reflects the families life-style, the things that are important to them. Many kitchens today reflect the families busy-ness, their desire for convenience. The essentials are usually there, but it is mostly used for a quick snack or a boxed dinner before running off to baseball or cheer-leading practice, or the late meeting your boss called. Other kitchens are warm and inviting, with scents from food cooking and coffee brewing, music playing in the background to someone banging dishes. The floor in these kitchens may be littered with playdough and children, spills from the food being prepared, dirt from the many family and friends passing through during the day to say hello. I think this is the kind of kitchen that calls to us. It is the one pictured in magazines and old photos of what a home is, and I think many crave it and just don’t know how to find it in today’s busy world.
Thinking aside, I wanted to bring you into my kitchen this morning. It’s not pretty or up-to-date. My 8-year old scrubbed the floor, and there are paint spots that just don’t come off. The counters are covered in food, cookbooks, and schedules, in addition to the things left as our children pass through. I wanted to take you into our food areas, share how we are eating and living. Only in the last year have we turned our cupboards into almost all basic ingredients instead of packaged foods, and we have been working toward that for years. It was really hard for me to give up the convenience of them. As many of you know, while I do not work, I am still very busy, and it takes so long plan and prepare food. The more I am in the kitchen, though, the more I love being in it and the more I want to make it friendly and warm. I hope this peek serves as an encouragement that you can take your kitchen, and life, back from the busy life that has stolen it from you, even if it’s just being too busy on the homestead.
So, I guess I could go on, but I’m probably boring you. I have shelves of oils for cooking a making soap, essential oils for everything under the sun, cupboards full of pots and pans and baking sheets. Someday I will have real cupboards that are pretty, and decorations on the walls, and a booth for people to sit at and visit with me while we work (I often have extra hands in the kitchen). For now, I hope you enjoyed a peek into my soul, for to me the kitchen is the start of everything for my family. It is where our health starts, the energy and peace begins to carry us through the days. It’s where I pour out my love for family, friends and guests. Thanks for visiting 🙂