How’s it going, you ask? Why… thank you for asking! As the end of the school year looms, it’s going about as well as expected. Translation: Hang on! It’s gonna be wild!
I also began pushing more on exploring baking and cooking for home and others. I decided to focus on creating and stretching in my creative play in the kitchen. As I deal with both work stress and concern for a dear one that is battling for her life, I need a positive distraction.
Lately, I’ve been putting in time baking. Baking is not my comfort zone. I feel that I’m far more confident and accomplished cooking. But there is something that just draws me with the slow, measured and meticulous process that is baking. I’ve had some astonishing successes. I’m not sure how, as I’ve been distracted. But the Zen of baking grounds me.
First up: I was asked to bake a Keto Cheesecake for a friend and his wife. I was upfront and disclosed that I’d never done such a request. Yet, somehow I hit a home run! His positive review sent another request my way for a Gluten Free Cheesecake. That was also fun and successful.
There were scones and black bottomed cupcakes and Chicago Butter Cookies! I discovered the recipe about 6 years ago. I love these cookies. This weekend, a real Chicagoan gave them her stamp of approval!
Finally, this weekend I tried my hand at homemade pizza. It looked good. But it was not good. It was slightly less than mediocre. Why would I share this? Because we all miss the mark sometimes. It’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes we eat mediocre pizza.
I know that I am a creator. I thrive in creating with different flavors, textures and colors. But really, the Greatest Creator of them all makes me smile the biggest with His gorgeous flavors, textures and colors.