A Recipe For a Happy Family

***Making a big pot of Gumbo on a Sunday afternoon is a lot like tending a family…

Start with something to hold it all together. We have found love to be the stock that is the most flavorful. A rich beginning.

Add something to bind even tighter; a thickener…to make it robust and strong. Faith is the roux that makes our love like gravy. (It’s better if cooked slowly, given constant attention, continuously stirred).

Next, the meat. To nourish and sustain. Time together is our meat. It fills us up and sticks to our ribs—for years to come it nourishes.

Add other flavors: okra, onion, pepper, celery, a little spice…friends, church time, music, stories, art…Don’t be afraid to try something new. Enjoy these flavors together…let them roll around in your mouth. Umm-ummm.

Simmer for a good long time. Don’t give up before the masterpiece is finished. Let time blend the flavors; it mellows the harsher ones, makes the rich ones richer.

There will be other things…

Let them be secrets. Special secrets to share within our circle. Intimacies for intimates.

Serve it up with style. Let beauty never be forgotten.

Serve large and numerous portions.

Love + Faith + Time together + flavorful experiences + Time + Secrets + Beauty = Delicious Happiness



  1. says

    This is great! I love the recipe and love the message you put with it. Awesome analogy!
    I was wishing I lived just a little closer to you so we could have a bowl together.
    I love okra! Unfortunately I love it best fried. This pickled okra recipe is so good. It better be….looks like we’re going to have plenty of it.
    Talk to you soon!

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