Labor Day this year is different like everything else this year. What is a day of rest for some is the official end of summer. For us it’s about the food. We love to plan and prepare tasty meals. For me, setting a beautiful table is as much fun as the meal. I call it the missionary of hospitality. My goal is to have delicious food, a beautiful table, and meaningful conversation. It’s the sharing of a meal, listening intently, and making memories. That hospitality is my gift. I love pulling everything together. The older I get the more I cherish the simple and quiet evening at home.
In this culinary ritual we are learning to prepare food, table manners, and social skills. We stay up a little later, watch the sunset, snuggled in blankets. I can not think of a better way to end summer.
Our Sunset supper included smoked and braised beef short ribs, sweet potato risotto, smoked coleslaw, and fresh apple cake.
As we are all struggling to make it through this year we crave the normal and the familiar. Eating around the table builds those relationships and memories. It’s more about those around the table than the food. So go gather together breaking bread. You do not have to cook. Order takeout, have a potluck, or just serve snacks. Linger at the table. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.
PS: Fresh Apple Cake Recipe coming soon 🍏