Thankful Thursday: 3 things in the kitchen

3 things in the kitchen…

My kitchen and I are getting “acquainted” again now that I no longer work full-time.

I am enjoying the process of cooking and baking a whole lot more than I ever have in my life! I’m experimenting with new foods and techniques, making dishes I’ve never tried before, and thoroughly enjoying my accomplishments.

I have found that it’s so much more enjoyable to cook, when I am not cooking for two little kids. They weren’t always real fond of what was for dinner, or if they were, it’s because it was macaroni and cheese or spaghetti, and neither one of these are real culinary achievements as far as I’m concerned.

But…my kids are on their own now, and for the most part, I have a fairly adventurous husband.  He’s willing to try just about anything I concoct in my kitchen (especially my baking endeavors), and I’m finding great joy in this new journey!

1: I’m thankful for clever tools that make the kitchen tasks just a little bit easier. I can’t wait to try the one on the left! I’ve never had one like it before!

kitchen gadgets

2. I’m thankful when a batch of cookies turns out great…the first time that I make them!

cookies

3. It’s not very big or fancy, but I’m pretty happy when I’m in my little blue and white kitchen, and for that, I am very thankful!

white kitchen

There are so many things and people who I am thankful for in my life.  I have found it to be so important and helpful to stop and think about these things in life, and make a concerted effort to focus on the good!

I hope you will take a few moments today to do the same.

Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” —Samuel Logan Brengl

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7 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: 3 things in the kitchen

  1. By the time my daughter left home I was so sick of chicken and pasta that I went on a 5 year hiatus for cooking either of them. I’m back to cooking chicken again (after 15 years!) but noodles? Not so much. I love your Thankful Thursday posts.

    • Becky says:

      Ha! I know exactly what you mean! I think spaghetti was on our weekly menu when the kids were at home, haven’t fixed it for YEARS…and we don’t even miss it! 15 years without chicken is a long time though, that’s pretty funny!
      It’s also been kind of interesting to see the things that the kids cook for themselves and their family, (my daughter is better about it now than my son is) but I have still found myself thinking, “I’m so thankful I don’t have to cook for them” on more than one occasion 🙂 I love them dearly, just don’t want to cook for them on a daily basis anymore!
      Thanks for the visit, I’m always encouraged by your kind comments 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. dogear6 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the post and the pictures. The cookies looked wonderful and the kitchen was great too. You’ll like the Oxo tools – we’ve been using the peelers for a while and have been happy with how they work and hold up.

    I have to echo Apple Hill above. I was so glad when my daughter left home too and we could simplify everything down. Even now, for the holidays she likes a big production. I don’t help her cook – I want to spend time visiting. If I let her, she’d pick all kinds of complicated recipes then go off and do other things while I did all the cooking. So I don’t cook for the holidays and have no guilt over her doing it. I will help clean or chop, but that’s it.

    Thanks for the laughter! And drooling. . . ummmm coooookies.

    Nancy

    • Becky says:

      HA!! That is so funny! I’m not the only one who went through this agony!
      Yeah, that whole cooking experience took me a little while to figure out, but then it was like a light turned on – WOW! NO ONE is complaining about dinner tonight!!!! This can actually be FUN!
      I always love to hear from you, thanks for stopping by. Sorry I couldn’t actually share some of those cookies with you, they are really delicious! REALLY! 🙂

  3. Oh yes, cooking is more enjoyable when you have the time and don’t have to worry about children who are picky eaters (I had one picky eater and she still is as an adult!). I liked every single thing in your post from the new peelers to the cookies to the lovely kitchen. Isn’t it a lot more fun to be adventurous with new recipes now? And I’m not really a big-time fan of cooking but even I find it more enjoyable now than I did when the kids were all still at home. 🙂

    • Becky says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked it! It’s a fun place for me to be 🙂
      It’s been interesting to find out that we are not alone in this battle of “picky eaters” …. I guess I always knew that to be true, but it’s been fun to hear the stories from other moms about their cooking challenges with kids. I guess it’s true what they say, misery loves company!
      Oh well, those days are over, and new recipes, here I come! 🙂
      Have a wonderful week-end….cooking? Maybe? Ha!
      Becky

  4. Power Summit says:

    Well . . . where do I begin 🙂 I’m the very blessed recipient of all those delicious goodies – Yum Yum Yum – Thanks Kid – I love you! Keep the goodness coming

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