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The evolving kitchens in our lives.....

It would be interesting to see a 90 second flip-book of the changes that happen in a kitchen during the lifetime of a family. The book would begin with just the two of you, and flip forward to a new image showing the changes when a family member is added.

The change could be a newborn child or other family member joining the household and thereby creating a new image in the book. These changes might continue for many years with new (or returning) family members joining you at the table. Each time there is a change, there would be a new image created for the book.

Until one day the reverse will begin to happen. Folks will depart for their own households and eventually the book will show a new image of just the two of you. During all these changes one thing remains constant, and that is the need to cook and serve healthy food.

Interestingly, how we do that one thing, is the single most interesting, frustrating and rewarding part of the evolving kitchen.

I have many years experience cooking in an evolving kitchen. Including but not limited to, cooking too much food, and then not cooking enough food, until I have come full circle and once again, I am cooking too much food.

If nothing else an evolving kitchen will teach us new skills!

My flip-book would also have to have a few images for burned food, wasted food, as well as inedible food that no one wanted to eat. It takes some experience to get it right and just about the time you do, the page flips!

Food brings us together as a family. This is true in your own home as well as a restaurant or cafe. If not for the food, then we still need to sit together and eat together, because we are family. Eating together is the one thing we can do to keep the family unit strong. Including just the two of you!

It does not matter that your cooking skills are a bit rusty, or your food budget a bit thin. It does not matter that you don't have a dining room and take all meals at your kitchen table. It does not matter that your dishes might be a bit chipped from many years of use, or that you have mismatched glasses.

It only matters that you take the nutritious food from your kitchen, that you serve up that food to those you love, while you sit together and eat.

That my friends is family, all the rest is but an image in your flip-book.

Note:  All photos are courtesy of PEXELS

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  1. oh my gosh what an amazing idea,, I never thought about this but you're right,,
    such a beautiful post,,this really hit home to me,,

  2. I loved this post, Melynda. It's so true, our kitchens do reflect our lives. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  3. Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this post at the Hearth and Soul Hop this week, Melynda! Thank you again for sharing it!


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