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Why am I Singing?
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By Julie Speece
Julie Speece was born and raised in Jackson County, and has been a resident of Ravenswood all her life. She married her high school sweetheart, gave birth to triplet daughters, and is most recently beginning her new journey as a restaurant owner. ...
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Food for the Soul
Julie Speece was born and raised in Jackson County, and has been a resident of Ravenswood all her life. She married her high school sweetheart, gave birth to triplet daughters, and is most recently beginning her new journey as a restaurant owner. She loves people, cooking, gathering with friends and family, and writing. This blog is her way of joining all of those loves together, and sharing her thoughts, ideas, memories, and recipes.
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Sometimes when I’m in the kitchen, cooking for my family, I discover I’m singing. This is strange because I’m not necessarily good at carrying a tune, would be humiliated if someone heard me, and hit more bad notes than I’d like to admit. Yet, there I am, as I stir my spaghetti sauce singing away, without a care in the world. I suppose that is the point… in the kitchen, I don’t have a care in the world. I’m at peace. It’s a place that comforts me, challenges me, and allows me the freedom to create my own masterpieces. Bringing good food to the table and watching it being enjoyed by people I love brings me great joy, and I’m thankful it brings those people together, allowing me a chance to visit with them, take care of them, and leave them smiling. For me, it’s more than simply cooking. Each meal, each dessert, each mini cupcake is a connection to another person. At times, food is simply a part of the daily routine, yet on others, it is part of a celebration; even comfort during bad days. I truly believe, as I’m preparing something for someone specific, I get to the opportunity to feed their body and their soul, for a brief moment. I guess that’s why I’m singing.

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