For as long as I can remember I have always loved gatherings. Whether it be the family getting together for Christmas or a meal celebrating someone’s birthday. I enjoyed the conversation and stories and not to mention the food. As time passed and my passion for cooking grew, I loved taking on the challenge of cooking and baking for a crowd, in addition to having the companionship of family and friends around. Meals/food bring people together. The gathering allows people to develop the relationships around them (sometimes strengthening and sometimes challenging). Either way the companionship is what we humans thrive on. Sometimes I feel like it’s the one thing we are missing- a meal, at a table with conversation and connection.

Technology- phones, the TV have all become distractions for us connecting to those closest to us. The ringing, pinging of something happening in that “cell space” takes our focus away from what is right in front of us. I’ve become caught up in that, the feeling of being chained to my phone or using the TV as a babysitter while my husband is at work and I cook dinner, to then let is spill over during the meal, not allowing conversation to be the focal point between the precious time I have with just my girls and I. 

Recently, the pastor at our church started a series on the meals Jesus had and the connections he made. Jesus didn’t dine with celebrities or the elite. He ate with the sinners, the outcasts, the unclean. “Healthy people don’t need a doctor-sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners”. Mark 2:17

It hit me that not only if I want to connect with my girls, husband and family I need to set a tradition in our house. To come to the table, to gather with our family, to invite our friends. We share great food, stories from the day or giggles from two little girls daring each other to eat what’s on their plate. We connect, being in the moment and loving what is. Sunday suppers have come to our family and I hope they come to yours.

Recipes will follow for the meals that are shared as we gather together. We hope they inspire you to cook, bake or pick up something tasty for your family and friends to connect with. Reminder- put the cell phone down.