Saturday, October 27, 2018
As I start preparing the last dinner of the season, it is raining heavily and very windy outside. Our guests are safe and warm inside their warm and cozy rooms watching movies and college football. The last load of laundry is folded for the day. The gas fireplace is warming the dining room.
I baked today. I wanted one last hurrah in that glorious kitchen before we close it down for 2018. I made pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls, granola and garlic rolls. It smelled so good, it smelled like home. Those aromas draw people in don't they? People come into the kitchen to see what we are cooking and we welcome it! This kitchen is the heart of this home we all call Log Cabin. We have guests who clear their own tables and bring their dishes in, we have guests who come in to chat after breakfast, we have local friends who come in for coffee on the weekends and catch up on our busy lives.
The kitchen is where our staff spends the most time together sharing happiness and heartbreak, laughter and tears. It is where we plan our meals and allow our culinary creativity to shine. It is where we watch the beautiful sunsets you all see from your decks or the dining room. Many times this summer, this kitchen was filled with warm golden light of a sunset even prettier than the one the night before. Today it is where I sit filled with gratitude and content for my first season is in the books, 2018 was a great year wasn't it?
Tomorrow is my first "last day". I'm told it will be all hands on deck, lots of work but fun too! Aimee will organize us as we check items off of our lengthy task list and then we will stand around that big kitchen island and share pizza together talking about our off-season plans. When you are spending your holidays with your families in your kitchens, think of us and know that we are thinking of you as well. See you in 2019! XOXO, Stephanie