12/31/06

TASTY BITS OF THINKING for the NEW YEAR 2007


Thinking back to when my daughter was only three, as we were sitting on the couch, she turned to me with a twinkle in her eye and asked, “Mommy, what corner exactly is Christmas around?”

The mind of a child is so literal. I think of that statement that Abby made, and relate it to this upcoming New Year. The New Year is right around the corner and I find myself reflecting back to many lives that have been touched in 2006. Lives that, hopefully, in a humbling way, our family has touched. And lives, in a powerful way, who have touched our family. And much of this building of relationships has been centered around breaking bread together.

Looking at a magazine recently, my husband and I noticed a very popular celebrity cook on the front cover. We both noticed she looked different, she looked … thinner! Then we talked about how the new “hot” popular celebrities look … better, skinnier, more beautiful, and even “touched up”. These people are suppose to be the ones who we look up to, who have the unfettered answers in life. Who live perfect lives.

Thank goodness we can be ourselves. Life is not perfect and some people just naturally have the gift of hospitality, of creating inviting, mouth-watering meals and a warm environment. Those who don’t can learn. We can extend the same warmth and exuberance to others that we would to our own families, if we would just step out. We all have potential to make guests feel nurtured.

In a world of perfection-driven cooks, I urge you to make it a new goal in 2007 to reach out and bring more people into your home. Food is often the magnet that draws even the “out-of-sorts” family member into the warm embrace. It’s a good challenge, one that can be exciting and fun and, “wow! what a ride!”

Here is a great quote I read today:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: ‘Wow! What a ride!'" – Robert Wickman
HAPPY 2007!
PHOTO BY PAUL COUGHLIN

8 comments:

Melissa R. Garrett said...

Sandy, I thought of you today and of how I hope to be a bit more hospitable to people in 2007. I would LOVE to invite friends over once a week just to get together, eat together, chat together. You've truly been an inspiration - more than you know!

Happy New Year to you and your family! God bless :-)

Barb said...

Wish I could be myself in Rachael Ray's body, sigh. Maybe if I knock off with all the holiday goodies and concentrate on serving others instead of myself.... 0:oD

linda t said...

I LOVE that quote too!
Thanks for sharing your insight. Fellowshiping around food is powerful... breaks down the walls and provides an atmosphere where people feel relaxed, accepted and loved.
When people feed me, I feel so loved! Ha!
Happy 2007 Sandy!

linda t said...

Wow, I just got done reading all about your husband, his ministry, your new book! Cool!
Sooo excited... great stuff!

La Tea Dah said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for sending a note to my blog --- and thereby directing me to yours. I will be a frequent visitor! It's wonderful to be able to share gracious hosptality with others!!!

godgirl said...

HELP!

I am on the 'cooking team' for a family who just had triplets. I thought I could get away with something simple but there are some diet restrictions. Any ideas?

Restrictions are...no onions or spicy foods, needs to be high protein and low calorie. =(

Sandy said...

Linda, I feel loved when people feed me, too!

Godgirl, here is an idea for your dinner: pick up at rotisserie chicken at your local market, make a salad and put in a large zip-loc bag (no onions!), buy some fresh fench bread (or make a side veg. dish if they want lo-carb). That should be good. They say lo cal, so skip the dessert. Just make an overly big salad. Don't worry about sending dressing or butter. Every home has those. Hope that helps.

godgirl said...

I LOVE YOU SANDY! Perfect idea. See, I need others to think for me on the food front. Good grief! hehehe

Lots O Love to you! Happy Thursday!