Lately it's hard not to think about cooler weather, pumpkins, holidays and family gatherings. Fall is in the air even here in Texas. One of the things that I really enjoyed doing years ago when I was a stay at home mom to my 3 precious little boys, was to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of coffee, cocoa, or apple cider and pour over cookbooks. Yep, cookbooks! Nothing made me happier. I've always had a passion for cooking and baking, really mostly baking. Ask any one of my boys and they will tell you that they fondly remember the evening meal together as a family. Rarely was there a meal served that did not include homemade bread of some sort (before I owned a bread machine), and a wonderful dessert of something gooey and delicious.
It's so easy now to jump online, type in a specific ingredient and have hundreds of different recipes at a clicks notice. Don't get me wrong, I use the internet for recipes all the time and love that I can find a recipe for anything quickly. I just miss the slower paced life of living in a very small town, going to the public library on a regular basis, checking out a new to me cookbook and looking for that delicious goodness that might find a permanent place as a family favorite.
A few years ago I ran across a book that I just had to have, so I added it to my collection. Yes, it is a cookbook. It's called "A Return to Sunday Dinner" by Russell Cronkhite. Oh what a lovely cookbook it is. There are beautiful pictures and amazing recipes from around the country to remind you of the indelible memories a simple menu can bring your family.
I think today will be a perfect day to snuggle up with a fuzzy throw, a warm cup of coffee and my precious cookbooks..... here's hoping you too will will find a simple past pleasure to revisit today.