Happy New Year

Seven days into the new year, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Did you plan to read through God’s Word this year? How is it going? Or are you still in need of a good reading plan?

A few months into 2018 we’ve started using The Legacy Reading Plan and we are loving it! I love the Psalms and find them so encouraging, so healing, so powerful. So I wanted to read them more often. In most of the plans we had been going through, though, I had always missed that. Yes, each plan will arrive at the Psalms at some stage. However, I wanted to read them all year long. This reading plan will help you to read through the Bible in one year while it’s still flexible enough for you to read more or less each day.

You might also want to check out last year’s post called Reading the Bible and Devotionals. It will give you a few more suggestions on reading plans and more or less famous books on devotions which I have found quite helpful over the years. In it I have mentioned Spurgeon’s devotional called Morning and Evening. It is currently (January 2019) available to download for free at Christianaudio.com

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The Homemaker‘s Kitchen — Part 2

In Friday’s post I’ve told you a little about my struggles of rearranging and organizing my kitchen. If you have read The Homemaker’s Kitchen — Part 1 you will know that I’m very pleased by the outcome. It was worth all the pain 😉

I worked my way through the lesson about Effecient Kitchen Organization which suggests to divide the kitchen into several areas. Here is what I have come up with:

Baking Area

The storage area for dry food and the refridgerator are to the left. In this area I keep everything I need to prepare bread, cakes and meals: measuring tools, mixer and its attachments, bowls, wooden spoons, baking pans, cupcake liners, dry ingredients like flour, sugar, seeds, recipes and cookbooks.

The workbook of the home economic course says to use a round tray for storing spices. However, I’m using a small box for salt, pepper, herbs, etc. (see on the countertop) and a small tin box that contains baking powder, soda, cinnamon, vanilla and so on (see right-hand side of top shelf inside the cupboard).

Cooking Area

Here is where I store the frying pans and cooking utensils (hanging on hooks to the right), pots and colander and slow cookers (in the cupboard below), and where I’m baking and cooking (see the double oven with built in stove to the left).

Washing Up Area

There is a dishwasher on the right-hand side but I’m actually washing my dishes by hand. I find this more efficient and hygienic.

Dishes and Cutlery Area

I keep coffee, tea, bread and oats in the cupboard above and the coffeemaker, foodslicer, etc. on the countertop so I’m also calling this the Breakfast area.

I stack the plates that I use daily in the front and the others in the back. Cutlery, towels, cling film, aluminum foil and bags are found in the drawers.

I’m very happy that I was able to arrange all of the areas right next to each other and that I can continually work my way from left to right.

You might doubt at first that dividing your kitchen into these specific areas will change anything. I did, too. I can tell you now, thought, that this does make such a big difference. Give it a try and you will see!

The Homemaker‘s Kitchen — Part 1

A homemaker will spend many hours of her day in the kitchen. What a joy for her if she loves to spend time in it. It’s the place where she stores her food supplies and where she bakes and cooks her family’s favorite meals.

Imagine for a minute, how much more is going on in this part of her home. Look at her kitchen table where she can do her arts and crafts and sewing projects, or where her children sit down to do their assignments. It’s there that the family gathers for daily worship, to play board games, or to host their guests.

What do you think of your kitchen? Do you like it? Or do you find it would need more cupboards? Perhaps its front doesn’t have such a lovely color as you might wish and/or the countertop reveals its age by now? Say, would you like to spend more time in it again and transform it into a cozy, clean and pleasant place for your family and guests?

“You don’t understand. We don’t have the money to buy a new kitchen,” you say. Don’t worry. Theodore Roosevelt once said:

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

That’s exactly what I’ve reminded myself of, about two weeks ago, when I struggled very much with my own kitchen (we are renting the house we are living in). You see, I had just received the workbooks of my new home economic course and began working my way through a section called Efficient Kitchen Organization. The more I read, however, the more I frustrated I became. Why couldn’t I have a different, a better kitchen? One that works?

I longed for a bigger and nicer one with new appliances; one that would have more than one hanging cupboard; one that would have a sink with two basins… It was no fun baking and cooking in this place.

Oh my goodness!

After taking a break and slowly reading through the same section again, I rolled up my sleeves and began to work with what I have and where I was at…

By the end of the day the job was done and I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Yes, I did struggle and, to be honest, it wasn’t easy at all to rearrange everything and reorganize my working space according to what the workbook said, especially since my space is quite limited. But, I did it. Now it makes such a huge difference and working in it is so much fun again. More on that in Monday’s post.