Sunday, January 26, 2014

Scents of Home

Today is a very warm day for January, with the temperature nearing 50 here in southeast Kansas after single digits and below zero windchills.  It has been wonderful, with opening up the bathroom window for a nice airing, opening blankets from the doors to let in light from the pretty windows inset into the wood, pulling curtains back to let in lots of natural light.

In the afternoon I donned my apron and started cooking for the evening's meal, as children will be coming in hungry and hubby will be a growly gus without a home cooked meal.  I started with turkey casserole to turn into a pot pie, homemade vegetable soup, homemade breads, and the dessert of cinnamon roll cake with homemade buttercream glaze.

Ah the scent of home cooking!  There's nothing like the fragrance of fresh baked bread right out of the oven.  Tummies rumble at the aroma of a warm cake Mama made herself.  Husbands enjoy the hearty helpings of a home cooked meal.

This is home.  This is what I want my family to remember as they grow older, to look back and think of our home when they smell fresh baked bread and home cooked meals.  In our day it is a rarity anymore for children and father to sit at the table together around a meal that Mama took of her time and talents to prepare.  This is a shame, as it is an important time of the day.

Do you cook from scratch?  If so, what are your favorite recipes?

I gather mine from old Pilsbury cookbooks from the 1950's, from old Betty Crocker books, and a variety of novelty cookbooks I've collected through the years.  My best recipe so far isn't something found in a cookbook, but one thrown together while mixing up dough for a loaf of sourdough bread.  It is a stand by for my family, a love for the kids as they eat homemade garlic toast, breadsticks with spaghetti sauce to dip, a PBJ on homemade bread finely sliced.

This is home.

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