Emily’s Mama, Marnie was kind enough to sit down with us to answer some questions. Her humor, joy in taking care of her family, and humble service are evident. This mama had five children (!), loves the Lord, and makes an incredible loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. Read and enjoy!
1. What did you wish you knew when first setting up a kitchen/home?
The main thing I found most challenging in my early days, and I should say years of homemaking, was cooking and preparing a meal to all be finished at the same time. I probably put more pressure on myself than I should have, but for some reason it was difficult to time everything just right so the meal for my new husband could be eaten together. I had watched my mother for years prepare and serve delicious meals with such ease that I found it difficult to do the same.
2. What is your favorite kitchen shortcut?
I am not sure I have a favorite shortcut in the kitchen, but there are a few things that have helped me in the kitchen. I love having what I call my ” baking corner”. In this corner of my kitchen everything is kept within reach to bake! (Excluding milk and eggs )This isn’t your typical shortcut but it does make cooking easier to whip up a batch of cookies, a cake or bread! Another help is washing your dishes as you cook so they don’t pile up into a huge mess. This is simple but so helpful. A more typical shortcut is when I make a batch of Pesto from fresh basil I freeze what is left over in ice cube trays. It’s the perfect portion size to be served over pasta. Another favorite short cut is when I buy chicken breast I slice each breast in two and lay them out individually on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. I then cover the chicken with a piece of wax paper and put the tray in the freezer. When the chicken is frozen, I put them all in a ziplock freezer bag and then I have individually frozen breasts I can pull out anytime.
3. What is your favorite dinnertime memory from your childhood?
I have many favorite dinnertime memories from my childhood but I would have to say one that stands out is every year during strawberry season my mother would serve Strawberry Shortcake for dinner! That was all we had and it was Delicious! Complete with piles of fresh whipped cream! A second favorite was on several special occasions I would hide a tape recorder somewhere in our dining room and tape our entire dinner conversation . We would have such fun later listening to these conversations – in fact I still have one of the tapes!
4. What is your favorite dinnertime memory from when you had kids at home?
There are so many favorite dinnertime memories from when our children were home…where do I start. Birthdays were always celebrated in a special way. We decorated the dining room with banners, balloons and streamers. The birthday person would request their favorite meal and cake which was sometimes a challenge with twins! Extended family was often invited and sometimes special friends. These meals were always very special. We also loved having people over for dinner especially on Sundays. We have enjoyed family, friends, visitors at church, missionaries , college students and neighbors. I don’t share this in a boastful way but it has truly been a blessing to get to know so many wonderful people and hear the most amazing stories. On a lighter side, our children were sometimes known to slip an artificial snake or fake cockroach under a napkin of a familiar guest! Advent devotions during the month of December were always highlights too. The children loved to participate in these devotions every year.
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