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Day 25: Baking Bread (31 Days of Simple Truths)

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I’ve tried giving up bread a few times. It’s not a problem if it’s for a limited amount of time, like during a Whole30 or some kind of cleanse. I miss it, but I can manage.

But I’ve tried it on a more prolonged scale, primarily seeing if a more Paleo-compatible diet works for me. And while there’s no question that my body feels better without white flour and basically all store-bought bread items, it turns out my soul needs bread. Specifically homemade bread.

Something about the process of mixing the ingredients, taking the time to knead the dough, waiting for it to rise, smelling the comforting scent that fills the house, and eating that first slice fresh from the oven—it’s sacred. It’s life-giving.

Yes, the main purpose of food is to feed our bodies, and the fuel you put in matters. But I think feeding our souls matters too.  Everything in balance and moderation, right?

So I think I will keep making bread and eating bread and sharing bread with others. It’s an act of love, a creative offering, and I’d rather not live without it.

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Day 19: Kitchen Therapy (31 Days of Simple Truths)

Food Network's image of the cookies we made. I forgot to flatten mine slightly, but they still came out good, just probably a little more chewy.

Food Network’s image of the cookies we made. I forgot to flatten mine slightly, but they still came out good, just probably a little more chewy.

In spite of my best efforts to slow down and take my time, most days I feel like I end up in a hurry. It’s a race against time to squeeze in all the things that need to be done. I tend to be a more task-oriented person. I used to be feel guilty about this, but that fades more and more all the time, mainly because the world would never get anything done without people like me in it!

Still, especially when it comes to my family, I have to be very intentional about slowing down and letting the moments of connection take higher priority over the to do list. And one of the things that helps me make that happen is cooking.

If I’m in the kitchen, inevitably one or both of the kids want to come help. Or even if they don’t want to help, they tend to gravitate into the room anyway, a coloring book or toy in hand. They’ll sit on the floor and chatter away to me while I do my best to not trip on them or spill anything on them. I love it.

On top of that, cooking forces me to slow down. There are so many things in the kitchen that simply won’t turn out right if you try to rush them. Things like kneading bread or even making mayonnaise (SO easy! Who knew?) become holy moments as I take a deep breath and let go of all the other things begging for my attention to simply focus on the task in front of me.

And whatever’s happening, whoever is gathered, you can be sure there are taste testers always at the ready. So we linger, munching bread or cookies fresh from the oven, getting a spoon to dip into that sauce, sniffing the spices to see what else we should add. It is sacred and nourishing, not only to our bodies, but to our souls as well.

We made these cookies tonight (again!) and this time added 1/4 t. of ground cloves as well. Perfection!

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Day 11: Pumpkin Thoughts (31 Days of Simple Truths)

*It’s Sunday night. I’m moderately rested. A new week is on the horizon. I decided we should go with a light-hearted, carefree post tonight. Still true!*

20151010_191042The last month has been such a whirlwind that my attention to social media has been minimal. I sort of breeze through, scrolling fast for the highlights before moving on with life.

So imagine my surprise to find that pumpkin—PUMPKIN—of all things has become somewhat controversial. A minor controversy, admittedly, but enough that people felt the need to speak up that liking something doesn’t make you basic or cliche or something of the sort. Why is this a conversation that needs to happen? Why did someone feel the love of pumpkin a necessary thing to belittle someone over? What is happening???

This autumn was also the first time I was made aware that the love of pumpkin and all things autumnal is apparently a white girl thing. Again—why? What does this even mean???

I’ll admit I occasionally feel the pumpkin craze has gone too far, mainly when all the processed, packaged, fake foods in the grocery store have decided to jump on the bandwagon with artificially flavored, brightly colored, pumpkin weirdness. “I really wish there was such a thing as funky orange colored pumpkin spice Oreos!” said no one ever.

But, I digress. My main point being, I don’t have time for pumpkin controversies. The rest of the world can duke this one out. I’ll be over here, happily munching on fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin bread and spiced pumpkin raisin cookies (just made the cookies for the first time tonight – delicious!). If you love pumpkin or bread or cookies, feel free to stop by sometime, and we can share over a cup of tea. If you really love me and I really love you, you might even be able to put in a request for your favorite baked thing! If you don’t love pumpkin, that’s more for me! I see no reason why we can’t still be friends.

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