31 Days of Simple Goodness: Food Magazines

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I’m taking the challenge to blog 31 days straight in a row on a topic.

My topic is “Simple Goodness” and I will be branching out into seven areas near and dear to my homemaking heart during the month of October. I hope it will minister to your homemaking heart, too, whether you work outside the home or are there all the time.  I write to you knowing the value we girls place on gathering helpful information on even simple, daily issues that make our time at home better for us and those around us.  That is our reality after all.

It’s fall y’all and when I think of autumn I think of a plethora of simple and good things relating to home regarding food, family, fellowship, fall reflections, fashion, and freedom.  And because I need a little spontaneity in my life, I’m keeping my Five-Minute Friday posts going.

My goal during this series is to acquaint you with a little bit of info on who I am all the while keeping it simple and bringing us back to God’s gracious goodness in even simple things of home.

I love a good food magazine!  I enjoy the layout, the presentation in pictures, and the wealth of good recipes to be gathered for “some day” to try out on family and friends.  I think I have a pretty good sense of what recipes will work for those I love when it comes to sitting down at the table together.

I have a few go-to food magazines that offer me more usable recipes than wasted coffee table space.  You know what I mean?  I bet you do too.

Southern Living (I wanted to work for them when I was in college.  Time’s ownership has changed the magazine in the past, but they seem to be returning to their roots in recipe selection and style.  I am happy about that.)
Taste of the South (Also from Birmingham, AL, offers the more familiar and more local style of Southern Living before Time bought SL.)
Fine Cooking (Their recipes may be a bit more complicated, but this magazine answers the question of why and also gives reviews of various kitchen gadgets and other equipment.)
Relish (In my newspaper once a month.  It’s the only part of my newspaper I like. Well, that and the Jumble puzzle.)

Fortunately, these also have an online presence.

I can usually find delicious recipes that have been tested and proven for accuracy and appeal.  Occasionally, I put my own spin on them and dish them up to a happy crowd or just the two of us dining together.

I used to hang onto all the various issues, but that’s just not realistic and it makes clutter which is not how I like to keep house either.  My pantry’s real estate is prime and with the advent of the computer and copying devices not to mention a good old recipe card and a pen, I have since become more disciplined in tearing out or copying the recipes I know I will want to try and then filing them away (that’s a post for another day), tossing the magazine to another who would benefit from it, or putting it in recycling. 

So, simply said, it’s good to find recipes to stash for future use as long as it doesn’t turn into a segment of some hoarding show. 

October 1 tip?  Find the food magazine niche that appeals to you and that you know would benefit your family the greatest, gather a few recipes, and make a meal that blesses others.

For more in this series…
Day 2 (Home as haven)
Day 3 (Fellowship – the need)
Day 4 (Stovall House Inn and a Cheese Muffin Recipe)
Day 5 (Five Minute Friday: Welcome)
Day 6 (The Queen Mother on Beauty)
Day 7 (Freedom to Rest)
Day 8 (A Favorite Cookbook)
Day 9 (Jesus at Your Dinner Table)
Day 10 (Fellowship with Christ)
Day 11 (Two Apple Cider Recipes)
Day 12 (Five Minute Friday: Race)
Day 13 (Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tip)
Day 14 (Freedom to Worship)
Day 15 (A Simple Fall Menu)
Day 16 (Who Will Speak Up for the Family?)
Day 17 (God’s Word on Hospitality)
Day 18 (God’s Word on Rest)
Day 19 (Five-Minute Friday)
Day 20 (My husband on Beauty)
Day 21 (Freedom from Fear)
Day 22 (Favorite Food Shows)
Day 23 (Mothering)
Day 24 (Shine Your Light)
Day 25 (A Girls’ Lunch Menu)
Day 26 (Five Minute Friday)
Day 27 (Church Girl Pressure vs. God’s Pleasure)
Day 28 (Free to Fly)
Day 29 (Recipe Organization)
Day 30 (Busy Girl Season)
Day 31 (Fellowship with the Least of These)

PS- there are other 31 Day bloggers too with a plethora of topics!  You can find them all here.

I’m also at the WLWW link-up party!

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