Recently my friend, Cheryl, gave me this cookbook. She thought I would enjoy it. It is small. I did find a couple of recipes I want to try. However I decided to list it in My Shop, so someone else can enjoy this retro cookbook with a look of the past.
Don’t you just love the retro cover? I love the housewife with her apron. There are interesting sections in the cookbook like this one.
Menu Suggestions. (You may have to click on the picture to see it more clearly.) I love how there is a Main Entrée, Garnish, Potato or Substitute, Vegetable, Salad and Dessert. I don’t know about you, but I never have meals with all of those foods.
My favorite part of this cookbook, though, is the first page. It is My Creed. It is the creed of a late 50s, early 60s homemaker. It states, “The good health of my family is of paramount importance to me and is my responsibility. So I will make every effort to prepare the foods which will nourish and strengthen it–and to retain as much as possible the nutritive minerals and vitamins in properly prepared food.” This is important to me, but do I really think about everything I feed my family? Nope, sometimes I am just happy I got something on the table.
It continues, “The enjoyment of well-prepared food is my responsibility, so I will make every effort to enhance and increase the attractiveness of the foods I daily serve my family and my guests.” Really? My responsibility that my family enjoys their meals? Nope, that isn’t usually on the top of my list when I am thinking of what to make for dinner.
There is more but it ends with, “The well-being of my family is of prime importance to me, and is my responsibility, so I will derive a feeling of happiness and enjoy the personal satisfaction of a job well done.” That got me thinking. I really do feel that the well-being of my family is of prime importance to me. But do I derive a feeling of happiness and enjoy the job? I can say I do more than I used to. I remember when I first became a stay-at-home Mom. It was such a transition from being a Human Resources Manager and then owning my own consulting business. I felt like I was not contributing. I felt like I was just changing diapers and cleaning house. It was a hard transition for me. But I have never regretted leaving corporate America. Now I see that what I do with my family has lasting effects. My boys are growing so fast. I make many mistakes, but I love them dearly. My oldest will graduate in 2014, and my other one will leave home in 4.5 years. Not much time left with them. So they are my priority. So when I want to expand my business or write more blog posts; I have to remind myself that time is speeding by. Enjoy the moment.
Guess I can learn a thing or two from the Homemaker of the early 60s.