If there is one thing I have learned over the course of my marriage, couples can have a lot of fun in the kitchen together!
We might be cooking, we might be throwing food at each other, we might be entertaining guests together, but some of mine and Audley’s best conversations and most memorable times have come as we prepared meals together. I have always maintained magical things happen in the kitchen. As we have welcomed more people to our kitchen, it has become even more of a special place.
The kitchen is also the center of our home. It’s where I connect with my kids after school and enjoy “story-time with Kenzie” (kind of like chasing rabbits from one field to another for an hour every afternoon), catch up on middle school drama with Madeline, or listen to the details of the latest book my Bradley is reading.
Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a wedding shower of a sweet young lady from church. I love wedding showers. It’s so much fun to watch an eager young bride tenderly opening presents as she is anticipating where they will go in her new home. As I pondered what to give as a gift, I reached for a cookbook. So many young girls don’t know how to turn on a stove when they marry, much less cook a meal for their husband. I thumbed through the cookbook thinking of some of the wonderful moments spent with my husband in the kitchen and had the desire to pass it on.
The cookbook I chose was the Pioneer Woman. I love this book as all of her recipes are so simple. We all like simple, especially when most of our days are anything but! I also chose this book because of the detail Ree puts in recipes. The clear color step-by-step recipes are a comfort when you are working in unfamiliar territory.
For the gift I added a serving spatula and a dish towel, in which I wrapped the book. Tied up with a blue ribbon, it was a very unique presentation.
My girls thought it was silly, but I thought it was charming. You can never have too many towels in the kitchen! And a serving piece? We all need them! I included a card with a note and tip for the newly married couple: always date each other. You might not remember what movie you saw at the theater, but setting a pretty table, cooking a meal together?
I promise, it’ll be a date you will remember.
The shower was memorable for me as I was asked to make the cake that was to be served. It was a pleasure to make something so simple for such a wonderful occasion.
Moving week has arrived….