October 28, 2014

Thoughts on Slowing Down

Slowing down has been on my mind since we got home from this past baseball season.  Our second Minor League Season was one for the books.  It was full of memories that I wouldn't trade for anything, but it was a season of chaos.  It was full of transition, miles on the car, and more hotels than I wish to count.  As wonderfully hectic as the season always is, there is something about being home for the offseason that makes me slow down.

After reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I realized how much I miss when I get sucked into the fast paced way of everyday life.  I miss so many small blessings that the Lord is giving me if I would just slow down enough to look.  I'm learning to take notice of the small everyday blessings even when life is hectic.

"Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing.... Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.” 
― Ann Voskamp

I'm a lover a lists and getting things done.  I feel the most accomplished when I'm checking things off my to do list.  I'm not going to lie, I've been known to write down things I've already done just to mark them off my list.  This isn't always a bad thing.  I mean we have to get things done.  But, I hate to think of all the small moments I've missed in my rush to mark things off my to do list.  If I learned one thing from reading One Thousand Gifts it is to take notice the small blessing and give thanks for those gifts.  Small gifts, small moments of grace is worth being grateful for.  Because those small gifts that we notice when we slow down are so sweet.

I'm trying to implement the act of slowing down in different areas, but one of the places that I am trying to slow down and see the small, sweet moments is in the kitchen.  It isn't just about the yummy food that is the product of cooking, but the process of making messes and singing loudly are the sweet moments that are worth saying thanks for.  It is amazing all the life lessons learned in my kitchen.

There are ways that I'm making the process of slowing down while in the kitchen easier.  I've started by meal planning to eliminate the craziness of trying to decide what to cook and what ingredients you need right before dinner.  And thanks to Blogging for Books I am growing my cookbook collection so I have something to look forward to looking through to find recipes.  It has become more about challenging myself in the kitchen so that I get to enjoy trying new things and not just rush through cooking recipes I could make in my sleep.

One of my newest cookbooks reminds me to slow down with recipes that challenge me to slow down when in the kitchen.  If you are looking for a great cookbook with beautiful pictures, recipes that don't have crazy ingredients, and has meals already planned for you...Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai is for you!  And what is slower than a sweet Sunday afternoon in the kitchen? 

Here are some of the examples of the meals I can't wait to try...
Breakfast Bread
Granola and Yogurt
Cinnamon Iced Coffee and Cream

Some other recipes I'm itching to make... 
Cinnamon Iced Coffe and Cream
Concentrated Coffee
Macerated Blackberries with Brown Sugar and Mint
Homemade Everything Bagels
Lemon Hummus
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Apple Cider Cakes
Mustard and Peppercorn Roast Beef with Tomato Gravy

And no, I didn't intend on that list to be so long...I just couldn't narrow it down.  Do you have a cookbook that encourages you to slow down in the kitchen? What other areas have you learned to slow down and see the joys the Lord has for you? Come back tomorrow for Wednesday's Words and more on noticing the small, daily joys the Lord has for you if you slow down to notice them! 

 I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  All opinions and photographs are my own.

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