“Home is the nicest word there is.”-Laura Ingalls Wilder
For me home conjures up only the best and nicest of memories. I had a wonderful childhood of simple pleasures, nothing extravagant. I knew both my parents loved me. I had normal sibling relationships of fighting like cats and dogs and laughing together until milk came out of our noses. We had memorable holidays with traditions we could count on and look forward to. We had simple but delicious meals made of fresh foods from nearby farms or farm stands in the summer that we would ride our bikes to to get corn for supper or strawberries for breakfast.
As an adult now, I treasure more than ever the kind of childhood I had as it was a simpler time. It seemed in fact, that there was time for everything, compared to now when time seems to be the thing I am always fighting against. However, one thing I have brought with me to adulthood, to my marriage and to my family, is the idea that a meal, freshly prepared and shared together is something to treasure and to savor. I have professional culinary experience and a reverence for ingredients, but neither are really necessary to cook food from the heart for those I love.
When I saw that Jeanne Oliver, one of my artistic and entrepreneurial role models, was joining with some of her creative friends to offer an on-line course called Art of Home, I was instantly excited to see what it would be. I signed up, not so much for the recipes or the ideas, but for the content of their hearts that would be shared. I am drawn to authenticity and trueness. Jeanne Oliver's network of artists and makers always seem to come from a very authentic place. I value the feelings and insight I can gather from other women's experiences, especially those who are not out to impress me, but rather who are doing small acts of love and kindness the best they can to build something important that matters. They just may touch and encourage you, too. Right now to celebrate the launch of the course, there is a fabulous giveaway to boot! Let's celebrate the art of home together, not as a quest for perfection but for connection to those that matter most to us.♥