Emory and I have found our new favorite pass time. Many changes have been going on in the Lashley household and we needed to find a new peaceful direction. Well here it is!
We bought one of the dutch ovens a year ago and maybe used it once or twice. You know what I’m talking about. You go to the sporting goods store walking down the aisles and see something so very cool. You talk yourself into it and there ya go. It sits remaining in its original container for eternity.
I am proud to say that we have finally put our oven to its intended use. About two or three nights a week Emory and I will go down by the pond to our special spot and he will build a fire so that we can cook our dinner. We have our little portable radio playing softly and I’m usually crocheting and he just sits there watching the fire. The crickets and frogs are having their own conversations and even my owl friend will talk sometimes. The serenity of my country life is unbelievable and truly a blessing to my soul.
We have a variety of foods we cook, but my favorite is probably when he prepares his deer chili. I am telling you, there is something about that black kettle pot that brings forth such a rich and powerful flavor to each and every ingredient. Those cowboys back in the day sure knew what they were doing!
As you can see by the picture, we have acquired another pot. Why? Our church has small group meetings at individual’s homes and Emory and I attend one of the groups every Tuesday night. Upon our introductions the first night, we had to tell something about ourselves. My husband is not a man of many words (at least not to everyone else) and expressed his favorite time of the day was sundown so that he could go down by the fire and cook dinner. The group went crazy and it was on! Everyone came to our house this past Tuesday and enjoyed the infamous chili! We had a few of the guys bring their guitars and played while everyone ate and sat by the fire. We had such a great time that most of them came back last night for my infamous lasagna and of course the ambiance of the cool night air with the warm toasty fire.
I’m not sure it has to be cooking by a fire with friends to make that kind of difference in a person’s life. It is simply enjoying life the way God intended. He wants us to let go of the big stuff and just soak up today. So, no matter what it is, create some memories that can make you smile.