Saturday, August 31, 2019

Take The Time To Make Time

A couple of weeks ago, Lisa and I were chatting about dishes and desserts that our parents and grandparents made when we were kids. Our mouths were watering as we described the savory and sweet nostalgic culinary yumminess. One of the desserts Lisa mentioned was something that had graham crackers and marshmallows in it. I tried to search for it online, but nothing came up that was familiar to her. 

Lisa called her Mom.

Moments later, I had a slightly confusing recipe that required a double boiler. 

We didn't own a double boiler. 

I really wanted to make this dessert for Lisa. 

A few days later, I ordered a double boiler. 

And, a new set of Cuisinart pots and pans because the retailer was having a kick ass sale and I had a couple of online coupons. 

Within the week, both were delivered. 

On Thursday, we did our grocery shopping and picked up the ingredients needed to make this dessert.

Today, I made it. 

Lisa sat at the kitchen table and ate 2 squares of this nameless dessert. I could tell she had a moment where she traveled back in time. 

She said I nailed it.

I'm not going to lie. I was proud of myself. 

But more so...

I was grateful that I could give her the gift of something her grandmother used to make. A treat that she hasn't had in over 20 years. 

In this day and age, it seems as if the homemade meals and desserts we grew up on are a thing of the past. Handwritten recipes are pushed aside and put away. Collecting dust.

We're living in the age of convenience. Boxed meals delivered to your doorstep already measured and cut. Chef made microwavable dinners. Meals being ordered with a few taps on the phone while sitting in traffic. Takeout. Fast food. 

Life is busy. I get that. Most people don't have the time to spend a few hours in the kitchen every evening. 


If we took the time to make time. Even if it's once a week or a few times a month. 

Dust off those old recipes. 

Take the time to shop for ingredients, prep, and make. 

Inhale the aromas that waft thought your kitchen and home. The ones that instantly bring you back in time. 

If you have time to binge watch a series on Netflix or spend an obnoxious amount of time on your phone, you have the time to do this. 

Yes, you do.

Trust me.

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