PRAYER OF GRATITUDE
For each new morning with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food, for the love of friends
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am extremely grateful for the time spent with friends and family on Thanksgiving and the weekend that followed. I must admit, however, it left me wanting/needing rest and quiet. I was in dire need of “pajama” day(s) by the time the last dish was washed and stashed away. Let’s face it, it might be fun to host the big holiday dinner but it is also a lot of work, requiring time for planning, shopping, preparation and fulfilling the duties that dictate good manners and hospitality. That said, very little creative cooking has been going on here of late. Leftovers long gone, rich stock has been made from the turkey carcass and now the focus turns to the traditions of the next holiday. My goal is to carry in my heart the feelings of gratitude and thanksgiving throughout the holiday season and beyond. I hope you will make this a goal for yourself as well. Collectively, we will make the world a kinder place for all.
It was one of those PJ days and I just finished putting a fresh batch of yogurt in to incubate and am feeling good about the accomplishment. Sitting in my house watching as the sun streamed through a prism hung on the window creating a spray of rainbows, I was struck at how beautiful my house looked as it was washed in sun creating shadows and a general feeling of good will. I picked up my camera and began discovering the beauty in the simple things. You are invited to come with me on this journey. I hope I captured the feeling of the moment as well as the beauty that surrounds us daily. It is great to take time to really appreciate it.
In addition to cooking and creating in my kitchen, I like to engage in a little whimsy. This week, a new critter came to live here and has been placed strategically so she can protect my stove. Her name is pepper. Seeming lonely, I introduced pepper to a frog friend who has been living in my bathroom, her name is salt. Now they stand as protectors in partnership.
Nothing wrong with whimsy. Big hit with the kids.
Sometimes we get so busy and preoccupied that we forget to have fun. More importantly, we forget to be thankful for our many blessings. It was the quiet after the holiday storm that was most helpful in assisting me to see the beauty of my life. Quiet often allows the inner voice to speak the loudest and with the greatest conviction.
As I sit here, I am smelling my Nonnie’s braised rabbit as it quietly does time and cooks, low and slow. All my senses are alive and I am grateful to those who made me and loved enough to pass it on. I hope you will take time in your busy lives to reflect on your blessings and to keep spreading the love, one dish at a time. I send my love and gratitude out to all of you today and everyday. Until next time, Jeanne