Filling Up without Filling Out

Preparing Shish kabobsI’m rarely intimidated by cooking for company—probably because my default setting is simplicity—but when Joel told me that Joanne was in her last year of Ph.D. studies in the field of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Heath and that roasting brats at our fire pit might not be the best option…and that futhermore Joanne was very health conscious…well, I became the least bit insecure about what to provide. Joanne is one of Joel’s housemates at LCC (an intentional Christian community in Boston), and she came to visit yesterday with Andrew. We settled on BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, tossed salad, green beans, sweet potatoes, and cherries for Sunday dinner and shish kabobs, fresh berries, and cold slaw for supper…although, when Joanne and Andrew arrived bearing a box of mangoes from the Eastern Market and a half a dozen bagels from Zingerman’s, I knew things were going to turn out just fine! Suppertime In fact, they were both totally gracious, non-critical, very appreciative guests…and after I discovered that Joanne really likes Joel’s desserts, we even made some brownie sundaes with green tea and coffee for the last course.  Shish kabobsJoanne has only been in America since starting graduate school, and neither of them had made shish kabobs before, nor had they used an American-style grill, so they had fun helping us arrange the kabobs, and Andrew became our grill master. Grill master                                                           We had such a good time! Meijer Japanese Tea Garden       Between Sunday dinner and supper, Joel took them to Meijer Garden, Kayaking and after supper Joel took Joanne for a kayak ride while Andrew tried our SUP (stand up paddle board), which he’d never done before!  In all, it was a perfectly happy day, and I woke up down a couple of ounces this morning. What? Is that possible? Being active and eating a healthy diet is possible, even in the summer…with company! And, really, I have company every day. Someone even more auspicious than a Harvard nutritionist is at my dinner table!

Shish kabob skewers“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1-2).