Wouldn't our grandmothers be so very upset?
There was pride in taking the time to make such treats. We have fond memories of those times today partly because of how delicious the food was, but more so because we remember the time and love that went into the preparation of those meals.
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Now, don't get me wrong--I'm not against the ease and convenience of store-bought, pre-packaged items. They truly are time-savers, but in exchange for ease we lose appreciation for quality. I guess I just don't think that they taste very much like they came from my grandmother's kitchen.
I have a vast appreciation and interest in the way we as a society functioned before the "modern" inventions that we know today. The main reason that I named my blog "Hearthside Gatherings" is because of the image that comes to my mind when I think of what the hearth was in a home: a place where the family gathers together, maybe for conversation, games, cooking, or perhaps reading the family Bible. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed his homes around a central hearth, because that was typically the main gathering place for families back in his day, and he felt that it was an important design element in a home. Before central heating, a fireplace or wood stove was likely to be the main heat source in a home, and was a family's only way of surviving a long, cold winter. There are two separate Bible passages that can apply to all of this: "If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward" (1 Cor. 3:12-14). Is the work you do for God and your family pre-packaged, so to speak, and convenient, or is it a labor of love and devotion? Will it last through the fire, when everything else is lost? The other passage is from Revelation 5:6: "Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth." Are you centered around the hearth of your home, which should be Christ, as it will be in Heaven, or are you the center of your own small world? Food for thought (hopefully homemade)!
P.S. Special thanks to my husband for his contributions to this entry!