Monday, August 28, 2017

Camera Ready

So, I am a food blogger (like that’s news to you, LOL). My kitchen is my happy place. I love working on new recipes, tweaking old ones, cooking, baking even cleaning! I just love spending time in there.

But, what’s a gal to do when she spends a whole Sunday working on a recipe and it comes out looking like road kill deeming the fruits of her labors unworthy of the scrutinizing food blogging world??? We eat with our eyes first, right? Well seriously, if this came to me on a plate in a restaurant, I’d probably send it back. No…I’m SURE I’d send it back!

So, here’s what happened: I tried my hand at lasagna roll-ups and apparently used too much sauce and too much cheese (insert big frown here – the term “too much cheese” isn’t a phrase I use very often). After all, it was my own recipe and not everything can come out right the first time, right (hands in pockets and kicking the dirt)?

Well, I had no other alternative than to eat my failure /unappealing creation and you know what??? It’s delicious! I just used all the basic ingredients found in lasagna; spread the ricotta mixture onto each individual noodle, 

rolled them up, placed them in a cast iron skillet with a little sauce poured in the bottom, 

then poured the remaining sauce over it all and sprinkled a combination of cheeses over the top and baked it.

But here’s the thing with food blogs: 1) the food HAS to look good first – good enough to catch people’s attention (like, you want your blog followers practically licking the screen) and B) it has to actually taste amazing – amazing enough to share with the rest of the world and invite them all over for dinner and finally…4) the recipe itself should be easy to prepare; not a lot of fuss. Yes, the term “user friendly” applies here.

As I stood at the kitchen counter eating my disaster (a.k.a. scarfing down the evidence of a recipe gone wrong), it donned on me just how much I can personally identify with this whole experience.

For example: I absolutely detest having my picture taken first thing in the morning…or any other time, for that matter. I mean, really. Who bounces out of bed at o’dark thirty looking picture perfect and ready to greet the day??? (OK, I know a few of you who can pull if off, but I’m not one of ‘em). Even on Christmas morning when we’re all sitting around in our jammies and one of the kids wants to capture Mom’s reaction to a special gift, you’ll see nothing but the palm of my hand in every pic as I try desperately to spare the world from the horrors of “Morning Debbie.”

I’m just so glad that God doesn’t judge us based on our camera readiness, even though it seems this whole crazy world demands it at all times. We’re expected to always be “on” like the cameras are always rolling and we’re expected to give our best effort at everything we do.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:1-4)

The essence of who we really are is so much more than skin deep. So much more than what others see on the surface and so much more than what a lens can capture. I think I’d rather strive for a camera-ready heart; a heart of love and compassion, forgiveness because I’ve been forgiven, of reverence for the God Who knows my thoughts before I do, a deep, undying love for my family and my country, thankfulness for a life filled with blessings, and an appreciation for the lessons learned along the way.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Cor. 3:16)

And in the end, when it’s all said and done and we’ve breathed our last, what we threw on a plate and tried to pass off as “food” won’t matter. What WILL matter is at the very essence of who we really are is found a camera-ready heart.

1 comment:

  1. "A camera-ready heart..." Debbie, you have a special gift with meaningful and memorable phrases of truth. Keep writing - and baking. Beautiful things emerge from your kitchen.



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