What an amazing opportunity I embraced on August 25, 2016. And I just had to share.
It has become quite apparent to me that my love of old fashioned traditions in the area of food preparation and cooking has become a skill that is craved for. A friend of mine at church requested that I teach a class of meal prepping to several women in our church. Everyone is so busy now days, work, children, demands, we all tend to slip into the grab and eat on the run, how can we be healthier and still have time to get everything done?
The biggest part of this question, is how do we prioritize and organize our time to be productive. Advance Meal Preparation is only a small part but it is a huge benefit to busy family life, no matter what the size of your family is!
Last night I helped introduce several women and one man to the joys of home-made crock pot foods. We completed 12 meals (4 different recipes, 3 of each) in just under two hours, and that included dicing, cutting and prepping fresh veggies as well as our prepared meats.
The meals that we prepared for our freezer which at a later date will be thawed the night before and placed in a crock-pot on low the day to be eaten were as follows:
- Black Bean Turkey Chili
- Vegetable Turkey Soup
- Bell Pepper Chicken
- Asian Sesame Chicken
I had the most wonderful time sharing my knowledge with this group. The best part is that our hostess also celebrated her birthday with us and her loving husband surprised her with cake and a group birthday serenade.
For years, I was very sad that my own children never wanted to embrace these traditions. My grandmother Inez and my Mom, Kathy spent quite a bit of time teaching me basic techniques in preparing for the long winters. I longed to teach my children these same skills, but they were more intrigued by modern convenience. We all have our own paths to follow. But, I continued to pray often to be able to pass down what had been so generously passed down to me. God answered those prayers to give me the opportunity to teach others. And continue to teach I shall. It is wonderful to find your purpose and enjoy it with all of your heart.
Good friends, old-fashioned values and knowledge and time well spent. This is what life is about.
Until next time, have a glorious day and count your blessings!
Mrs. Kay L. Rice