Last weekend I hosted one of my favorite kinds of holiday parties. I asked guests to bring a dish to share that was a traditional dish in their families at this season. In past years my guests excitedly shared both the tradition of their dish as well as the yummy food.
Living in a melting pot of cultures always made the event one of surprising delights and heart-warming stories.
So I was shocked how differently this year's event ran.
Here is what shocked me...
When I invited my friends some of them really wracked their brains thinking of a traditional family dish. In fact, only one guest and myself actually shared traditions.
Perhaps even more surprising to me (okay, I have always been a cook-from-scratch person) was the fact that 3 of us brought a home-prepared dish and the other 3 bought something new at the store.
What followed this past week explained what has happened in today's hectic world.
I listen to many radio shows and podcasts. And the past few days I listened to many talks about how people spend more money eating out and buying prepared food than they do in their kitchens. One speaker shared that he and his wife had the kitchen removed from their New York City apartment!
Some statistics thrown out said 90% of people eat out more than they eat at home! AND the numbers show that food stores have seen a 30% decline in real food sales.
Have you noticed that stores, today, have huge areas offering prepared or done-for-you food?
People say they just don't have time to cook. Has life gotten so busy that traditions too fell away?
Life will always be as busy as you choose it to be. It is YOUR life, isn't it?
Well, given the never before seen rates of obesity and chronic illness that accompany this trend, I decided to take action to offer a simple solution at this holiday season. One that, for the most part, eliminates cooking while increasing yumminess, fun and simplicity into your kitchen.
I updated my Christmas Art To Eat recipe book and edited and uploaded the videos demonstrating the step-by-step procedure to make each item - for those who want to add to the photos inside the ebook.
And I priced it at less than the price of a cup of coffee or tea.
Personally I have been making some of these edible sculptures for 30 years. Having gifted hundreds of people these items I have gotten only joy and Yum! reactions when sharing them as gifts or party additions.
The really cool part is these recipes are so easy you can make them easily, quickly, and your kids can join in the fun.
Click here to get your copy today and watch the looks of delight when you show up with something new and different like this...
I mean, who doesn't chocolate - white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate - your choice.
I love causing smiles to blossom!
P.S. My InJoy closing usually carries an implied emotional message. Today it also includes a tummy-pleasing meaning.