A lot can happen in a year. For those that have followed this blog this past year, you’ve witnessed some of the great projects we’ve taken on, new cooking and entertaining ideas, and how much fun we’ve had together as a Cookbook Committee.
On a personal level, I’ve found more joy in cooking this year. I have cooked more new recipes this last year than any other year! I started this journey twelve months ago looking to spice up my marketing skills. When one typically needs a little extra seasoning she may ask for some salt and pepper. That is exactly what happened — I received some salt and pepper. Along with that came many opportunities to build my skills through promoting the Junior League of Wichita’s cookbooks, planning and hosting Kitchen Tours, and working on this blog.
It’s been a year peppered with light-hearted and serious moments.
My family found a new favorite recipe: the Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cookies from Sunflower Sampler (my mom keeps asking me to make another batch).
We introduced Junior League of Wichita cookbooks to a new audience in Wichita at the CIG Chili Cook Off.
|CIG Chili Cook Off October 2014|
|Kitchen Tours 2014|
We raised $26,000 in just four short hours at our Kitchen Tours event featuring five beautiful dining and entertaining spaces.
And after borrowing my mom’s well-loved copy of Sunflower Sampler this last year, she surprised me with my very own copy on the day of Kitchen Tours.
I’ve also laughed a lot this year — even when I just wanted to cry. Because it’s been a year filled with change, too.
As I get ready to pass the salt and pepper to someone else, I’m doing so without my biggest fan, my dad, to whom this blog entry is dedicated. I lost my dad in December and the support from my fellow committee members was shown in so many ways — including kind words and sharing food with my family while we grieved. My dad loved seeing my byline on this blog, and knowing that helped when I needed a little bit of extra strength to keep pushing on to raise money for a good cause.
Food has always brought my family together and I think my dad would be proud of all that I’ve done with the Cookbook Committee this year. He would be so happy to know that I am cooking more and inviting my mom and brother over for dinner more often so we can eat together. Just last week, I invited my mom over for dinner. I made the Chicken Wontons with Asian Glaze from Pinches and Dashes and my mom gave me the best compliment I could receive, telling her grandsons, “Your mommy is a good cook.”
As I look back over this adventure, I can’t help but think that my life has been seasoned by so much this last year – remembering and honoring my dad, memories I have made, skills I have learned, and friends I treasure. For me, these are life’s measures. I wish you good luck and good fortune as you discover your seasoning.