1 Nov 2011
This month at Attune Foods we are chatting about creating savory recipes.
As we’ve previously established my family and I love everything Attune foods.
As we’ve also previously established I’m not a cook.
Allow me to rephrase that.
I like to cook other people’s creations*, but I rarely concoct my own. I’m simply a woman who knows her gifts and they don’t lie in creative-kitchening.
As a result, when I heard the word savory it immediately brought to my mind the notion of savor.
Savor as in relish and not the kinda-icky-slather-on-hotdogs-kind.
Allow me to gaze lovingly into my navel for a moment. **
I lead a very slow existence.
Gone are the days of frantic go go go work routines.
No more are the raucous, late nights embracing liquid-enhanced fun.
My first appointment of the morning is no longer with my coffee maker (once required for all the go go go’nessment) but with G-d.
I savor the silence of the dawn.
I treasure the peaceful moments.
The entirety of my day unfolds with the backdrop of savor.
I peek in and watch my daughter sleep.
I savor the sight of how tiny she looks in her big girl bed. I recognize how ephemeral these times are.
Later, as my day bursts to life, I repeatedly make the conscious decision to find pleasure in the mayhem of my morning.
What might have caused consternation before (back in those go go go days) I now stop and appreciate.
When my five year old whines I’m brushing her hair ‘hard hard Mama!” I savor the moment knowing too soon she’ll brush her own hair and I’ll miss these ‘fights.’
Savoring has crept into my workout routines.
In my younger days I’d fly through exercise eager to finish, check off my to-do list, and move on to the next item.
My workouts aren’t longer now, yet they feel l-o-n-g-e-r in a *good* way.
In a decadent way.
I find pleasure in and appreciate how my body feels during the exertion.
I relish the indulgence of me-time even if it’s an aspect of my workout I don’t traditionally enjoy.
This mindset continues as my day unfolds.
I savor my work.
I don’t take for granted I’m privileged to share my words with others. I write. I edit. I savor the process of bringing ideas to life.
Later, as my day unwinds, I relish the time I’m able to spend with my family.
I delight in hearing about their days and savor the stories they’ve chosen to share.
And later still, as my day comes to a slow end, I treasure moments of relaxation and reflection before I fall asleep.
One last time.
And now I ask you: do you savor?
*This is one of my family’s favorite savory recipes.
**Thanks to Attune Foods for indulging my navel gazing this month. We will return to regularly scheduled programming in December.
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