Monday, January 30, 2012

The Kitchen, an Interesting Room

Edith Schaeffer shares insights from her experience as a homemaker and mom in her book "The Hidden Art of Homemaking". Her goal is to share creative ideas for enriching everyday life. I love how she expresses herself and shares what sounds to be a very delightful time in the kitchen with her children.  See what you think.

"For growing children at play, there is nothing so interesting as really 'doing things'. To 'help cook' is one of the most enjoyable things of childhood --- to say nothing of being a sure way of producing good cooks.  A child can cut up carrots at a very early age, with no more risk of injury than from falling down outside at play! A child can mix and stir, knead the dough and be given a piece to make a roll man, cat or rabbit with raisin eyes. A child can fry eggs or make scrambled eggs ---- one of mine did every morning from the age of three! The kitchen should be an interesting room in which communication takes place between child and mother and also among adults. It should be interesting in the same way as in an artist's studio, as well as being a cosy spot in which to have a cup of tea while something is being watched or stirred, or while waiting to take something out of the oven."

Now, doesn't that just create the most pleasant word picture in your mind? I hope it inspires you to make your kitchen such a place! It inspired me!


  1. This book, I've never read and have heard so much about, needs to be on my shelf or perhaps my daughter-in-law's shelf since she is more in the thick of it than I. I remember making my parents scrambled eggs one morning loaded with the shells. One was very impressed; the other not so much.

  2. One of my most favorite books ever is La Abri' (which means Shelter) the story of francis and Edith Schaeffer. I is a wonderful motivation to me of how a family can serve God together. The children were always included in the ministry which basically was a ministry of hospitality to visitors in the area of which they felt God led them. They led people to the Lord by way of the Supper table. Using Hospitality as a means of outreach. Great! Blessings!

  3. Hi La Tea Dah....Oh, my kids were always in the kitchen with me. Always. We made cookies cakes, trees from broccoli, clouds from cauliflower, sun from carrot sticks, and on and on.

    Yes, my kitchen was always (and remains) the heart of the home. These days, though, the computer and chair in front of it get quite a bit of use, too. ha ha ha Susan

  4. Yes - a warm and friendly place and the heart of the home!

  5. I love Edith Schaeffer's writings. This was just the next 'kick' I needed today. Time to get together with my granddaughter - and the other grandkids - and start cooking. They need to learn how interesting the kitchen can be!


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