First, my story is: I have been really, really busy with school, church, and family.
That is my story, and I'm sticking to it....
I do have some plans for some really good food to bring your way over my spring break. I'm not going to share my menu because, life happens, things sometimes get in the way, and my routine may be interrupted.
But to tell you what brought me to creativity today is, my last trip to the grocery store.
The lady in front of me in the check-out lane had a total purchase of $209.00.
WOW!! You can get a whole lot of groceries for $209.00, right?
But what were the items that she was paying that amount of money for?
Cases of pop
Frozen French fries
Bags of chips
Bags of cookies
All I could picture in my mind were her children.....Are you with me here? Those poor kids...
As my soon to be purchases on the conveyor belt are coming up behind hers, I notice a tremendous difference.
100% natural juice
okay, a couple cake mixes and frosting
$209.00 unhealthy, versus $88.00 healthy
There are things to consider: She may have a bigger family than I do, she may have a job that requires a lot of her time, she is lazy?, she treats her kids with garbage too much, her family may like to eat that way....and I'm sure there are many more considerations.
But, is it really that hard to feed a family by preparing good foods?
I used to work 50 - 60 hours a week when my children were small. Part of my creative life consisted of feeding them well, cooking for them daily, and sitting down to the table together everyday for our meals.
Let's see, how much time did that actually take out of my day? Home-cooked meal + family conversation = maybe 2 hours
What do you need to be creative?
Courage - try new things and risk failure.
Intuition -make decisions and produce ideas.
Play - humor and fun are the ultimate creative acts.
Expressive - injecting your personality into your work
Find Order - research and critical thinking are key tools the creative person
Motivated By A Task - persuading (healthy eating)
Find Solutions - the opportunity to enforce something new
Challenge Assumptions - take what others advise with a grain of salt
Make Connections - between old ideas and new ideas
Push The Envelope - expand the boundaries of what is possible
Test - new ideas (do not be afraid of being wrong or losing)
Do you think this creative list could be applied into everyday cooking? I do! And it can even be fun with the whole family involvement.
"Those who have been stealing must never steal again. Instead, they must work. They must do something useful with their own hands. Then they will have something to give to people in need." Ephesians 4: 28