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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Making Stuff from Scratch

We crack ourselves up around here. . .it's kind of sad, really, what gives us the giggles.  And it doesn't just have to be the first time we hear something, either.  Some jokes never seem to get old to us, and this one is no exception:

'I wish I had stock in the Scratch Company!'
'Why?'
'So much stuff is made from it!'

Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Bordering on pathetic, isn't it?


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Dumb jokes aside, we do like to make stuff from scratch around here, and not just to have an opportunity to give us the giggles!  We like the feel of basic ingredients, the rhythm of chopping and sorting, the process of blending it all together, and the gorgeous result of home-made food.

But, to us, it's way more than that.

It's the time spent in creating something with your own hands that reaps the most value.  If alone, cooking is a cathartic, mellow moment of reflection over the day, or a chance to puzzle through a problem or concern.  While hands are busy doing their work: chopping, peeling, stirring, etc., our minds are free to wander wherever they will.  In the midst of a hectic day, cooking can sometimes be the only pause we have between waking and hitting the pillow again.

Or, it can be a wonderful opportunity to connect with someone else.  So much life is shared over the top of bubbling pots and ancient chopping boards if you're properly cooking.  If you've chosen to open a box and microwave some peas, there's hardly time for a hello, let alone sorting out the world's problems.

But there between the chopping of onions and snapping of beans, between the peeling of potatoes and filleting of fish, there lies the opportunity to connect, and dig deeper, and really take time to listen.

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