I think of the kitchen as the heart of house. I am learning to cook and bake and I just love to put on a pretty apron and bake treats for the people I care about. My favourite thing to make so far is bread as I love kneading it by hand and the anticipation while waiting for it to rise. Warm, homemade bread, straight from the oven – such a lovely treat!
The kitchen isn’t very big but it is bright and cheery. I sing along to the radio and dance about! There is something about putting on an apron that makes me feel all domestic. It feels natural to me. This weekend I made cherry scones and, as I was also wearing a skirt, I felt like a proper little home maker!
Baking something from scratch for someone says to them that they are worth the extra time and effort that you have taken. That they are special and that you want them to feel cared for. You add the ingredients like flour to your baking but you also put in a big dollop of love!
I am learning that doing things for the people that you love (like baking and cleaning) isn’t drudgery. These tasks are a physical, tangible expression of your love and affection for them when done well. Housekeeping may be a duty but, with a positive attitude and a sunny spirit, it can be a pleasure too.
I am changing my thought processes to view even the tasks I don’t like as a blessing. I generally don’t like ironing and will put it off for as long as possible but I should be thankful that I had clothes to iron and, likewise, I am thankful to have a home to clean. My aim is to find the joy in every task! In that way I am putting my heart into my work and home.