Oh, hey. How’s it going?
It is a peaceful day over here at Happy Ours Cottage. I’ve been thinking a lot about food happiness lately. This blog is often a reflection of what is going on in my life. What started back in 2009 as a means to explore all the touch points of food hasn’t really strayed off track. Sometimes I’ve taken the scenic route while other times I’ve taken the time off to visit a town or two. Deep, I know.
I believe in food happiness. Food is a necessity of life, right? We live in a world of extremes with food starvation on one side to gluttony on the other. And yet there are those who live with abundance at their fingertips and the means to healthy and delicious meals yet chose to feast on empty nutrition. We can be shining lights to our friends and families each time we share a purposeful meal at the table, pack a healthy snack when we know a dear one may go hours without access to food, and chose to serve the most simplest of nibbles on that one beautiful dish that belonged to a great aunt or salvaged from a thrift store.
Small things can and do bring joy.
Recently my friend Beth described this blog as “a hub for food happiness.” A hub has two meanings. One describes the pivotal point of a wheel. The other describes the heart or focal point of an activity. I love that. You see, eating well is the driving momentum behind what I share. Happiness is the heart.
I love this photo. It tells a story of an impromptu dinner with my husband Dennis and our niece Codi. We picked up a few things at the store to supplement what we already had stocked in our pantry. Codi and I sat while Dennis took over and prepared the entire meal. A lone bottle of Lillet is front and center. It’s a sweet aperitif and I am not prone to sweet drinks. It was, however my dad’s favorite – and Codi’s grandpa – and so I always keep it stocked and it becomes part of the conversation. A nod to a memory while a new one is being formed. This picture sums up food happiness to me: family, conversation, and small things.
A food happiness manifesto
I believe that a foodie loves both the simplicity and complexity of food and drink.
I believe that a foodie eats mindfully.
I believe that a foodie (ought to) give thanks for every bite.
I believe that a foodie respects food.
I believe that a foodie believes that we are what we eat – mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
I believe that a foodie is not a gourmand or a food snob.
I believe that a foodie is curious to know how food is prepared, preserved, and planted.
I believe that a foodie is always on the lookout to learn, grow, share, and serve.
I believe that a foodie is enthralled with the 360 degree touch points of food.
I believe that a foodie loves to explore.
I believe in the power of giving.
I believe in not wasting life.
Which of these beliefs resonate with you? I’d love to know.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.