This week we’re doing more cooking and baking than I’ve done all year. Since that’s what’s happening, I wanted to share what 300 meals in one kitchen looks like for this ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ link-up! It’s fun, tiring, and exciting. I really love it, and I thought I would share it with you.
Cooking is my love language, even more than conversing or hugging people. I do really love hugging people and conversing, but cooking makes me come ALIVE. It just feels like it was meant to be, like God wired me that way, and I’m learning to embrace it.
It’s rewarding to feed people because people have to eat. It’s always a plus when you can cook, bake, or assemble yummy dishes for hungry people and watch the food disappear before your eyes, truly marveling at God’s bounty for us.
This week we’re doing a conference in our house.
Is it super easy to serve 300+ meals in our house? No, but it’s fun because it challenges me. It means getting to go to Costco and fill up 2 entire flatbed carts and get the stares of the Costco clerks. Ok, that part is a little awkward, but it’s still pretty fun. It means waking upat 5:30 AM and going to bed at 11:00 pm. It means laughing, talking, listening to music together, dancing in the rain, and sharing heart to heart talks over what God is doing in our lives with my friends. And I’m not an expert by any means, but it is super fun and an incredible learning experience, so I thought I would just share few tidbits and snapshots of what a conference in our home looks like.
My eats have been really varied lately, and I like that. I’ve definitely struggled with nutrition over the past few years, and I’m slowly, ever so slowly learning to eat my carbs, love my salad, embrace the fat, get in protein, and savor the taste of a mushroom, yes even a mushroom.
Yesterday I made some effort to sit down and eat, but I admit that I did do quite a bit of eating on the fly. Thankfully, I did get good nutrition in despite all the bustle, and I’m excited to say that intuitive eating is coming along, slowly but steadily. . .
As a result of my intuitive eating journey, I’ve learned to not hold myself into a box of ‘healthy’ eating, but eating that works for this temple, so here’s what went into fueling the day yesterday.
I’m going to take the day in reverse for a change so here is my ‘midnight’ (AKA: 10 PM) snack.
10 pm snack – 1/2 a tortilla with almond butter, honey, and raisins…
Dessert: Apple Crisp & Vanilla Icecream! This bowl is quite a bit bigger than it looks. We made 1 GIANT pan of this. The girls peeled and sliced about 15-20 pounds of Granny Smith Apples.
Have you ever had white chicken chili? 🙂 I like it much more than beef chili… Maybe I’m just strange?
Afternoon Snack: Pumpkin bread from a mix at Costco. I used to have this bias against mixes, but now, I don’t have that bias anymore. This bread was GOOD!
I had curry yesterday for lunch with crackers, but this was my lunch today. 😀 So I thought I would sub in that picture for yesterday’s lunch.
Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I LOVE big bowls of yogurt with toppings. For some reason, I’m not usually all about the carbs in the morning, although I <3 french toast, pancakes, and oatmeal too.
And, here are some snapshots from the conference.
The weather was absolutely beautiful this morning… Fog is one of my favorite parts of early mornings in the fall.
Fun girls after a crazy day.
The sky after the fog lifted was so clear and blue I had to just stop for a minute and admire the awe of God’s painting.
Other eats included a warm bowl of ‘Apple Pie Oatmeal’ this morning from Arman!!
I made the girls stand outside in the hail storm to take a picture and a Snapchat. They were in motion because they were Aren’t a nice friend?
It’s empty now, but this chafing tray will be filled with teriyaki chicken, chicken enchiladas, peas, eggs, and other good food throughout the week, (not all at the same time.)
Conference week always means beautiful fall table decorations, attributed to my beautiful sister.
My other sister also has an extreme funny bone, so she wrote this menu at lunch time.
To keep our spirits up we found Pinterest inspired quotes.
I do like cauliflower, but I had to smile when I read this.
This girl. She is one of the sweetest, most spontaneous Christian young ladies I’ve ever met. She loves to travel, meet new people, and SMILE!
Our living room doesn’t look like a living room this week. It looks more like a ‘mini dining hall.’
I peeked down the stairs during the conference.
It’s AUTUMN y’all! 🙂
We really like to utilize our stair space as we have this HUGE space taken up by our stairwell. Thus, we turned it into a drink station.
Have you ever cooked for a large group of people? Did you love it or hate it?
Do you like rainstorms or would you prefer snow falling from the sky? (I love the violence of rain storms. I love the peacefulness of snow storms.)