As I made my way around the kitchen last night and this morning, preparing our Thanksgiving meal, I was reminded of myself five years ago.
Cooking was not my thing (you can read more about our first Thanksgiving here at Agriana in this blog post). I was mortified at the idea of cooking a Thanksgiving meal back then . . . not only did I think I couldn't do it, but I wasn't interested in doing it. My choice was my career and I put everything I had into that. There was no room for cooking, and who needed it anyway with so many outstanding restaurants nearby? My life without cooking was just fine, and not for a second have I ever regretted that choice.
Fast forward to today. I move around the kitchen easily. I made a delicious venison breakfast sausage cornbread dressing . . . with venison we processed ourselves. I tried a corn casserole that really tasted good (although I might use a different cheese next time). Using a pumpkin "butter" made of cream cheese and pumpkin and other good stuff, I made stuffed crescent rolls.
I did cheat by ordering the turkey and ham. Our local school had a fund raiser and, well, I just had to support them and order those items. Both were very good.
So I guess I was a little surprised at myself this morning. What a difference! Maybe I shouldn't be surprised . . . afterall, I put all my heart into home making these days, just like I did with my career back then. I was very good at one, so being good at a second makes sense.
Now that we are all stuffed full of food and just happy to be together, I am reflecting on how happy I am. Having the opportunity to live a different life has been very rewarding. I loved life before Agriana. I love life at Agriana just as much.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. My hope is that you have a moment to reflect on your life today and realize the same happiness.