Cookies and connection go way back.
Throughout the generations, apron-covered grandmothers, relying on their superb homemaking skills, spent one afternoon after another baking cookies in their old-fashioned kitchens. Why? For the sole purpose of warming their loved-ones hearts with a plate of fresh cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. Sitting down at the table next to you, Grandmother would ask, “So how was your day?”
Food binds us together in ways that little else can. In the Bible, Jesus was often found sharing food with others; filling stomachs and filling hearts was always part of His ministry. It’s been said that Jesus ate and drank His way through the Gospels. He ate and drank with sinners, fed the 5,000, turned water to wine, ate meals in the homes of His friends, dined with the Apostles during the Last Supper. Yes, the relationship between food and connection is irrefutable. Food reminds us of our dependence on other people. Food, in very real ways, connects us to God.
Through the sharing of food, we have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus by nourishing the stomachs and hearts of the people in our lives.
Recently, my children and a few of their friends gathered in our kitchen for an afternoon of baking. The afternoon was filled with flour-covered faces, almond-flavored cookies, and pumpkin spice muffins. But more importantly, it was filled with fun, laughter, and the making of the best memories. Friendships were strengthened and authentic relationships forged.
What an exciting opportunity our generation has to pass on to our children and grandchildren the profound relationship between food and connection. Let us not run from this opportunity, but, rather, let us embrace it. How might we embrace it? By slowing down and making food a deliberately beautiful part of our lives.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Prepare meals together as a family
- Eat meals together at the dinner table
- Bake cookies with friends
- Deliver homemade (or store bought) goodies to a neighbor and stay and visit for a few minutes
- Invite friends or neighbors over for a potluck dinner
- Meet friends at the park for a picnic
- Serve dinner at a homeless shelter
- Participate in church-sponsored dinners
- Host a holiday dinner party
- Donate food to a food shelter
May the powerful lessons of the Bible regarding food and connection ring in our ears this holiday season and throughout the coming year as we strive to become more authentic in every area of our lives.
Day 12 Challenge: Make an effort today to connect in a meaningful way with someone in your life, using food in one way or another, and see if it doesn’t strengthen your relationship with that person.
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Have a favorite cookie recipe? Our family does! Who would have thought that something so simple, egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free could be so delicious?
MAPLE ANZAC BISCUITS
- 1/4 cup + 1 T coconut oil
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 1/4 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup maple sugar
- 1/2 t bicarbonate of soda
- 2 t boiling water
- Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
- In small saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth.
- Mix flour, oats, coconut and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water. Add to saucepan and stir well.
- Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix well.
- Roll golfball-sized dough into balls and place them on your baking trays. Flatten to 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool until crispy and enjoy!
(Recipe adapted from THIS recipe.)
We’ll be serving these Anzac Biscuits at our upcoming Australian-Themed dinner party.
What is your favorite cookie recipe?
This is Day 12 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life.
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