Life Lessons – from the Kitchen?


Daughter, Dixie Lil, D-I-L, Grandaughter
Cooking – Learning about life

Anyone who knows me knows I like to cook.  When I have lots of time, there’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than creating a meal from scratch to share with my friends and family.

Since I have cooked for nearly 4 decades, I’ve come to realize that cooking teaches you lessons that you can apply to life. In today’s blog, I want to share three of those lessons with you.

Lesson 1 – Just because the recipe didn’t turn out like you thought it would, doesn’t mean it’s not good.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  You’re making that gorgeous 3-layer cake with the beautiful swirled frosting.  But when yours is finished, it’s kind of lopsided, or a little flat, or the frosting is a little thinner than you thought.    It just doesn’t look like the picture in your cookbook.  So you take it, add a little ice cream and serve it with a cold glass of milk (or a cup of hot coffee).  And your family eats it and says it’s so delicious.  You thought it was a total flop.  But you took what you were given, and made it into something better.

Isn’t that like life?  You know how it’s supposed to turn out.  But wait.  Your marriage isn’t supposed to end.  You thought you would keep your job.  You hadn’t planned on being ill.  Now life just didn’t turn out like you pictured.  But you take what you’ve been handed and make it turn out better – and you become better and stronger.

Lesson 2 – That recipe is written that way for a good reason.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m all for creativity in the kitchen.  But sometimes the ingredients are what they are because the recipe has been scrutinized in test kitchens by expert chefs and nutritionists.  And it’s written that way because after much testing, those are the ingredients that will give the best results.

Just like in life, we all have a recipe or guide we follow. For me it’s the Bible, but most everyone will have some guiding principles they live by.  And we know those with more experience than us showing us what the best recipe is for our life to turn out great.  Since they have been in the “test kitchen” of life longer than we have,  they probably have some idea of what they are talking about.  It would be wise for us to follow their recipe, because that’s the way we will get the best results for a great life.

Lesson 3 – It’s a good thing to try new recipes and experiment with the ingredients sometimes.  Even though I believe there are some recipes that have to be prepared exactly, sometimes creativity is a good thing in the kitchen. It’s always fun to try a new recipe or change a few ingredients here and there for a new taste experience.

So in life, always be willing to try something new.   Get out and meet people. Visit new places. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.   Those things are like adding new flavors to an old recipe.  It will give more flavor and excitement to your life – and it will keep you young.

So keep on cooking, keep on learning –  keep on living life!

Blessings!

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