Just like myself, this blog has had a few changes through the years. One of the first was in the name, we use to be known as Mom's Sunday Cafe. Mom's Sunday Cafe started out as a way to keep the family close and provide an opportunity to share a meal each month. I had noticed it was harder to stay connected as the kids grew up and had families of their own. By having dinner together each month we could keep our schedules up to date, yet pencil in time with the family.
|Kitchen pantry practices we employ.|
Our dinners were held on the last Sunday of each month. A fresh menu was dreamed up and the cooking would begin! As a bonus, I had lots of new recipes to share right here on the blog. It was wonderful to have the family home, with everyone getting caught up on what had been happening since the last time we all visited. And then....
As is in life, changes began to occur. Jobs changed for some, and due to this locations also changed. Families changed as well with some family moving away. We all struggled on for awhile, but eventually, it seemed like the best idea would be to stop our scheduled dinners. However there is a standing invitation, just let me know your coming and dinner is at 2:00 pm!
|Vegetables served at our table.|
And then the biggest change of all, my own retirement. I was fortunate enough to retire early with my dear husband and we made the decision to move to a small town on the coast. Our new hometown is tiny and quiet and so close to the ocean we can hear the waves from our yard. And we love it here! We get to explore new surroundings and have added volunteerism to our list of accomplishments. Currently, we volunteer at our local library and humane shelter.
Our change in location produced a change in my cooking, as well. With limited stores and products, I now concentrate on a homemade pantry and more planning in regards to our meals. And the return of my favorite creative outlet in the kitchen, homemade bread. I am not certain what it is, but baking bread is a passion and one day I will have mastered the baking of a perfect loaf of bread. Until then we enjoy great bread, but perfection awaits!
|Bread served at our table.|
With it being just the two of us (most of the time) I am finding ways to cook smaller amounts as well as perfect recipes that can be stored in the freezer. We prefer homemade, whole grain, and mostly organic meals, but honestly, my dear husband from time to time must have chocolate covered donuts from the bakery and BBQ chicken wings from the freezer aisle!
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have as well as accept suggestions for future recipes. I have a large selection of cookbooks for fresh ideas and research. But it is always fun to engage in conversation regarding food and cooking. I hope you take a look around and find a recipe or two to enjoy, and please if you like what you see here, tell your friends!
|Desserts served at our table.|
Thanks for visiting,
Melynda @ OurSundayCafe