This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own.
Christmas is the season of giving, and that has always been important to me. Some of my favorite holiday activities are participating in the Giving Tree at our church, and performing Random Acts of Kindness to brighten a stranger’s day. But sometimes I forget about all the opportunities I have to give and give back to the people who are much closer to home!
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That is what today’s post is all about—taking the time to show our appreciation for the people we love the most. And what better time to do it than Christmas? :-) (And this post also contains a special offer from Blue Apron that you won’t want to miss! Check it out at the end of this post!)
“Who Would You Cook For?”
When I teamed up with Blue Apron for today’s post, they asked me to answer one simple and meaningful question: “Who would you cook for?” As soon as I read the question, I had my answer without hesitation. I would cook for my mom Carole, who lives alone in her apartment at an assisted living facility about 30 minutes away from us.
My dad passed away last November after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Adjusting to life without my dad has been hard for all of us, but I know it has been especially difficult for my mom. I wanted to cook for her because it seemed like the perfect way to care for her, considering all those years she cooked for me and my siblings.
Enchiladas, With Love
It couldn’t have been any easier (or more fun!) to cook for my mom than it was with Blue Apron. I had 3 delicious, chef-designed recipes to choose from, and after some serious deliberation I decided to make her Cheesy Veggie Enchiladas (yum!) I had all the farm-fresh ingredients and instructions I needed at the ready. And it took less than an hour from start to finish!
Thanks to Blue Apron, cooking these enchiladas for my mom allowed me to to truly appreciate the act of giving back to her. I wasn’t stressed out because I had what I needed, and I wasn’t distracted because I had clear instructions! I just got to focus on cooking for my mom, just like she cooked for us all those years.
A Very Special Delivery
Bringing a meal “just because” to my Mom was a memory I won’t soon forget. Sure I visit her other times, or I take her out for a meal, but bringing a meal we could enjoy together was extra special. There’s just something about sitting down together and enjoying some home cooking with someone you love that is so comforting. Especially when that someone is your Mom!
Psychologists actually confirm that cooking for others and sharing food strengthens the bonds between us and our fellow humans. And that feeling of being connected with others can have real positive effects, including living a longer, happier life.
Now that my mom is living in an assisted living facility, her apartment only has a small kitchenette area with no stove or oven. She has access to delicious meals anytime she wants, but there’s just something about a meal made with love that makes food taste even better. :-)
I’d like to thank Blue Apron for providing me with this opportunity to do something special for this wonderful lady. It’s hard to put into words how precious she is to me and all my siblings (and her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren!) Her fine example of a woman, wife, and mother is one I’ve tried to emulate my whole life. I’m am so grateful to call her Mom.
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Who would you cook for?