Your {Home} Work: The Kitchen

“Cooking as an art — ‘Hidden Art’, if you want to call it so – should be recognized
and then developed in everyone who has to cook, wants to cook or could cook!
Cooking should not be thought of as a drudgery but as an art.







The danger today.. is to take the short cut of using prepared and frozen foods all the time,
using things from packages, bottles, tin and cans, rather than starting with fresh food,
or food from one’s own garden.



Just as it is good to get one’s fingers into the soil and plant seeds,
so it is good to get one’s fingers and fists into bread dough and knead and punch it.
There is something very positive in being involved in the creativity which is so basic to life itself.



{vanilla essence in the making, kefir water and orange-infused vinegar}

Home-made bread, home made cakes and pies, homemade vegetable soup from home grown vegetables,
these are almost lost arts in many homes. ”

– Edith Schaffer, The Hiddern Art of Homemaking


Do you love serving your family home-cooked meals?

Oh, I do!


And yet, it was not always this way. We can only laugh (and cringe, sadly) at our early years as a young family and my years as a younger mother – with no skills in the cooking department and absolutely no knowledge in baking or nutrition, I did not even know how to make one meal for my family. It was only after our fourth child — who became ill and lost all her hair from an iron deficiency—  that I learned the value of eating well, cooking homemade meals and growing our own food.

Many days, I am amazed at the amount of from scratch cooking and baking required for this family of 11. Every day in the winter months, we eat soup for lunch – a variety of soups so it is not boring – with fresh bread.

Our supper meals vary and I do not meal plan – but cook from what we have on hand. You would think our food bill is large, but truly, God provides and, somehow, always have enough food to feed our family. From our large vegetable garden grown in the summer months, to raising our own chicken and beef, our meals are never lacking. God is good and will provide, but sometimes, you must do the work! If I had to buy all our vegetables and meat, we would certainly be seeing steeper food bills.  We have a beautiful farmer friend, just down the road, who grows organic vegetables nd has blessed us with many carrots, turnips and cabbage this winter. We are so thankful for such gifts of health!

I see my work in the kitchen as a ministry — and feeding food to my family is not a burden, but a joy.

Just for fun, my favourite meals to cook for the winter months would be:

Chicken Noodle Soup
Shepherd’s Pie
Beef Stroganoff
Chicken Schnitzel with noodles
Chicken Alfredo
Cheese-Stuffed Cannelloni




How I wish I could have more mothers over and have tea and swap recipes and just enjoy our journey together ….
Dear fellow momma anad homemaker, may you be encouraged today as you feed your beautiful family and serve them with love.



Know which part of the Lord’s work He has called you to
and give your whole soul to it. -Charles Spurgeon


February 9, 2022 - 7:13 pm

Kristal I love winter cooking! It’s funny because I feel our bodies are made by God to know what we need in the seasons. Winter, all I want is something warm that sticks to your bones. Keep up the great work Gillian!

February 9, 2022 - 12:57 pm

Michelle Thanks again for your encouragement/advice Gigi, and for letting me know you think IT IS STILL POSSIBLE for me, even though I have been in a rut a long time!! I DO need to limit my time–it is taking it away from who/what I should be. It is an addiction!! Many would deny, but it is for me! I know it will be work to be “different” than what the crowd is but I truly desire this and think this is the will of God for me–to be/live more simply. I have gleaned a lot from your blog. I appreciate where you are as a wife and mother and keeper of your home. I am also wandering about a schedule or at least some what of one, for accountability?? Do you have one?
Thanks again–you are ALWAYS encouraging and helpful. Have a blessed day!!

February 9, 2022 - 5:12 am

Gigi Michelle, I would suggest to simply limit yourself in your time online … also, find something you like to do with your hands that is ‘the old fashioned way’ — crochet, plants seeds for spring, bake, sew, paint, read, etc. and use that to fill up your time that would have been spent on the computer. In the winter months, that is what I do – in the summer, it is different as I am outdoors and rarely near a computer! Simple is not always easier – it takes more effort to go against the grain (avoid technology, work at home, living that simple life) that it takes to follow the crowd. As Lyla says, only dead fish swim upstream! 😉

February 9, 2022 - 5:10 am

Gigi Michelle, thank you for your prayers. I love that. 🙂
I will share the baguette recipe! 🙂

February 8, 2022 - 6:19 pm

Lynnea Dear Gigi,
Thank you for your post…everything looks scrumptious and lovely.
Your meal list sounds so good…now I’m getting hungry!
It is my husband and myself at home now. There are a handful of meals I regularly make in winter (ie., beef goulash, chicken enchilada casserole, baked chicken dinner,…) although I especially love making soups and chowders using broth made in the crock pot. Also, I have a bread recipe (I have tweaked it a little), that we both like to go with meals. I would like to branch out a bit and learn to make a baguette…do you use the same recipe for your baguettes and loaves, just shaping them differently?
It’s been fun sharing!

PS- Michelle ~ praying for you❤️

February 8, 2022 - 4:59 pm

Michelle I am referring to my role as a wife and mother, keeper of my home. And I do some business paperwork for my husband at home and we homeschool as well. So I really don’t have time to waste uh? But I do. I do not use my cell phone for my “-time wasting” but I do spend way too much time on the internet with our tablet and computer. I want to be free and live the simple life. It is truly my desire!

February 8, 2022 - 4:38 pm

Gigi Yes, my dear friend, it IS possible!
Do you have a cell phone?
Put it away for a long time … see what difference it makes. I do not have a cell phone, but I try to be careful with my online computer time when children are around …
Technology can definitely waste your time! FOR SURE!

February 8, 2022 - 4:37 pm

Gigi Michelle, that is a good question. Can you elaborate a little more on the items you are referring to?
As in — daily household tasks? Leading Sunday School? Being a mother full time?

February 8, 2022 - 4:28 pm

Michelle Meant to ask Gigi. What would be the best way to balance ones time for the things God has called us to do. Any thoughts??

February 8, 2022 - 4:22 pm

Michelle Another wonderful post Gigi. Thank you for encouraging me as a wife and mother to 5 to do more of the things I should and not try to take short cuts or just be plain lazy. I struggle with wasting time on technology, not doing what I should. I have been for a good while now and because of this, neglected my role as a wife and mother. I would really enjoy having a more “simple life” and getting back to some “old paths” is it possible for me you think? You seem to do so well with this! Thank you for your much needed example to me. I sure appreciate your encouragement in many ways!

February 6, 2022 - 11:10 am

Claire Oh my, I have to ask, what is in the pot on the stove of yummy looking cheesy goodness?Looks delicious Gillian!

February 5, 2022 - 7:23 pm

mrs C Thank you for your encouragement.
It is a blessing.

February 5, 2022 - 9:54 am

Gigi Oh yes, I remember you! I love your blog and your writing. Praying blessings for you … xo So glad you are back.

February 4, 2022 - 2:13 pm

Mrs. Cox Gigi…I’m in Virginia. I’ve visited with you before on your blog long ago. I recently started blogging again. I grew fearful after a lot of unedifying comments in the past and shut down my blog called Teach The Younger Women. My friends reached out and encouraged me to blog again so I’m back…. quietly:

February 3, 2022 - 9:21 am

Gigi Hello Ruthie, yes, and a chat – so blissful!
The vinegar will be infused and diluted for cleaning (all purpose).
The vanilla is soaking in vodka and will turn into vanilla essence – it’s so lovely! Yes, for baking! Mmmmm.
And chickens – good question – yes, you need a house for them, but even a humble shed (or even a large dog house!) will do. We began when we lived in town 10 years ago – I was desperate for country living! We raised hens and then we eventually moved to the country and added to the flock. We incubate the eggs in the spring to increase our flock. Raising chickens is not hard – it is easier than having a dog! It is very homey and fulfilling to have hens!

February 3, 2022 - 6:53 am

Ruthie Another lovely post, Gigi. I would love that, to gather together as mothers over tea! So much fun❤. Those recipes sound yummy! I’ve always wanted chickens, but my sons give a negative response. We don’t have outbuildings to house them, and we also have coyotes in the area, so that’s probably their reasoning. How did you get started with them? Perhaps if I had a working plan, they would allow it.
Also, your infused items…will you use your vanilla for baking? What do you use your orange vinegar for?
Much love, Ruthie

February 3, 2022 - 5:58 am

Gigi Mrs. Cox, thank you for your sweet words. Where are you located? The world is certainly upside down, but hopefully in our homes, we are centered and grounded on and in Christ.

February 2, 2022 - 9:07 pm

Mrs. Cox I haven’t commented for awhile. I sure enjoyed my visit here today. You have created such a warm and lovely home Gigi. I know your family is blessed by the fruit of your hands.
Thank you for these beautiful posts that prove we can create beauty and a wholesome life in an upside down world.

February 2, 2022 - 6:11 pm

Gigi Miriam, so lovely to hear from you. I love chili in the winter months. Tell your daughter my family says hello. 🙂 She has a lovely name. ((hugs from Canada))

February 2, 2022 - 6:11 pm

Gigi Laura, I love love love my slow cooker! It makes the best stews! Yes, keep stocking up!

February 2, 2022 - 4:16 pm

Laura Jeanne I’m always so excited when I see you have another beautiful post, Gillian! I love the photo of your crusty bread, it looks beautiful the way you’ve made the slash marks on the top. You are so artistic!

One of my favourite winter meals to make is beef stew in the slow cooker, with homemade bread. We’re going to be getting a large order of beef very soon from a local butcher, so that we can be sure to have many pots of stew in our future. With the way things are looking in the grocery store, I think it’s more important than ever to be able to source our food locally. I’m so glad that you have a farmer neighbour who was able to share with you. What a blessing!

February 2, 2022 - 9:43 am

miriam stoltzfoos Beautiful post! I love cooking for my little family as well. I only have 1 child to cook for, besides my husband and I. It’s snowing this morning so I’m going to make chili today with venison from our freezer. I like it better frozen than canned so I make a big batch and put some in the freezer. My daughter wants me to tell you her name is Tatiyana Rose and she’s 5 yrs. old. And she loves playing in the snow.