We are often told in magazines, by all the "experts" that we should think about our motives behind our eating and in doing so we would better be able to manage our eating. I am inclined to agree with them... at least from my own perspective. Food is something of an issue at our house; Steve and I were just talking about it the other day, saying "what in the world is up with all the food issues we often seem to have at our house". Much of that conversation stems from our last 3 children, who came to us as adolescents, bringing with them pain and fear from their own heartaches, resulting in a huge barrage of emotions that often exposed themselves through food. It made me think about our emotional connection with food. I know I certainly have an emotional connection with it; especially when it comes to chocolates and sweet treats ... and I am one of those people who loves to eat when I am happy and loves to eat when I am sad. Certainly a quality that can make me fat, and believe me I have had my own "battle of the bulge" because of it. But, with that said, how can you remove yourself from that emotional connection with food? Of course we must eat to live, nourish our bodies etc.. but I believe that we were created with the emotional connection to food. Babies are soothed as soon as they are born with their first little portion of Mama's milk, all the great moments of our lives are celebrated with it, even the death of a loved one is mourned with it., and in heaven, there is wonderful wedding feast being prepared for us. For me personally, "Comfort Food" is a delightful thing to share with those I love. It connects our hearts with good feelings and happy memories.
So yes, we do indulge in comfort food in our home, and we let it soothe hearts and comfort us when the occasion comes around; It has been an important factor in helping our adopted children, and is an important factor in many occasions of our lives. Having babies is certainly one of those "occasions". I thought I would share some of the comfort foods we have been eating here at Jon and Marie's. I was able to help Marie put some of these meals in the freezer for future dinners, and give her a little extra help now, especially when there are two babies. I remember the days of having more than one baby.... lots of work. Something that "comforts" my heart, is knowing that Marie and Jon and the babies will have meals already prepared on those busy and hectic days. I have links to most of the recipes if you want them.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup