The Kitchen Sink
A month-long meal plan, current reads and a video featuring cream puffs.
What good can be done in 20 minutes? I loved what my friend Jen wrote in hernewsletter this week discussing the value of 20 minutes. So my timer is set, and we’ll see what happens.
There is so much I want to write here on the topic of the kitchen, cooking, menu planning and keeping company with Jesus amidst it all. I just created a month-long menu plan that feels like it just might be a good fit for our family. I spent two hours on Monday morning at Costco and Aldi with my son, attempting to more or less shop for the month. I’m freezer cooking with a friend this week. These are the things I want to write and document and share here.
But that takes time and mental energy that is in short supply currently with the fullness of my paid work, the demands of love in caring for my family and community, and obeying the command to rest.
But the desire to write about keeping company with Jesus in my kitchen is still there. So how to do that in a way that works with the life before me? That’s the question I’m asking myself, and you’re reading the answer.
Twenty minutes on Wednesday morning to reflect on my week with my kitchen as my focus, write it down and then share it here is the goal.
We’re calling whatever this is The Kitchen Sink. Nothing escapes my kitchen at our house. It’s where I read books I love while sauteeing onions for dinner, study and work standing at the counter while my kids watch Wild Kratts, check in on friends and family in between unloading the dishwasher and packing lunches, listen to books and music while chopping produce and putting groceries away, watch TV shows while baking, talk with my husband when he gets home from work, hug my children when they’re sad and give high-fives when excited in between filling sippy cups with milk and topping off bowls of goldfish.
I’m not committing myself to any particular form here, but it will be reflective of all the things that happen in my kitchen, week in and week out. Here’s a photo of my kitchen
I recently finished “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver and still have a hangover from it. Read it, or better yet, listen to it. It’s well worth the 20+ hours.
What Kingsolver did with David Copperfield in “Demon Copperhead,” I’d love to see someone else do with Jane Eyre. Barbara, do you have another book planned? Because think you could do it.
Up next is in my airpods is “How to Stay Married” by Harrison Scott Key, and I can’t wait to dig in. (thanks for the reminder about this book in your newsletter this week,!)
Want to check out my month-long menu plan for October? Well, here it is. Have questions about it or want links? Ask them below.
I’m re-reading “Everything Sad is Untrue” for a book discussion I’m co-leading on Monday and love this little video of Nayaeri and his mom.
My life has been deeply formed by Iranian friends, and my faith is in many ways a testament to the witness of the Iranian church. And re-reading Nayaeri’s book I’m thankful for his creative, entertaining and poignant telling of his story.
Twenty minutes is up. Thanks for reading.
peace to you on this Wednesday, Abby