I absolutely delight in old fashioned, simple pleasures…. especially ways to make time shared with family or friends feel extra special, and create a mood of unhurried enjoyment. As a mother of 3 young, preteen children, my days often feel packed to capacity. We’re on the go at warp speed these days!
When I find an idea that brings a little nostalgia to our daily routines, I hold on to it!
Serving meals accompanied by cloth napkins is the most recent simple pleasure that I have stumbled upon, and it is doing my heart a world of good! I was intrigued by a close friend’s reports about Laura Calder’s latest cookbook, “Paris Express”, so I picked up a copy to help inspire my culinary offerings as my veggie garden grows. I use the word “cookbook” as a description of Laura’s book, but it really is so, so much more than what one has come to expect in a cook book type publication. Reading this book just fills my spirit – from her thoughtful introductions included for each recipe to her snipits of thoughtful ramblings that read more like blog posts relating to food, dining, and the presentation of simple, fresh meals shared in the company of friends. One such snipit pertaining to the warmth of presentation characterized by the use of actual cloth napkins inspired me to purchase some of my own for my family AND to spend an afternoon crafting napkin rings with my 6 year old daughter. [Read more...]