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We enjoy much of the world through our senses. When we are in the kitchen the air fills with aromas that pique our sense of smell, our tongue is enticed with flavors that excite our taste buds, colorful vegetables call to our eyes. And when we take those first bites of our meal, textures please our mouth. If we are blessed, we can hear the laughter and voices of the friends and family that we love. This experience becomes a feast not only for our stomach but especially for our senses. ”

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There is a great power in the ability smell has to spark a memory and make us feel something deeply. To varying degrees, every sense has that ability. When all of that is brought together in an atmosphere of sharing, of support and creativity, a fullness is created. There is a richness in cottage cooking. Wrapped in the harmony of home, surrounded by loved ones and charged with the activity of meal preparation, everything combines to produce joy.

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Sometimes life can seem overwhelming, and drudgery and exhaustion steal our joy. But there are those special times when it is possible for things to combine in just the right way to produce that moment when we stop and realize that the potential has become realized, that the fantasy has emerged into reality. It might be only for a second when everything stops and we step back and observe. Then we witness our child’s laugh, our friend’s or our partner’s dedication, our dog’s gentle snore as he sleeps on the floor. We take it all in, slightly above it all, slightly removed. In that moment we can understand why we strive, why we work so hard and why we love home so much.

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