Feeling a little blue and trying to figure out what to do to cheer up I remember how much I like to bake, so today I got up early and dug through my cupboards to see what I had to bake with. Well I came up a little short for the masterpiece cake I want to make one day, but I did have enough to make chocolate chip cookies. So here I am sitting at my computer and smelling fresh baking cookies, nothing make me feel better than that. I remember the first time I baked with my Mom and all the things she taught me about food.
Something people don't do much any more is make bread, but I remember one winter Sunday morning sitting at the kitchen counter, my Mom in the kitchen with a big tub of dough rising under a fresh white linen towel. I was always amazed about the way the yeast created bubbles and made the dough grow, as it ate the sugar and turned to a sweet smelling, intoxicating aroma. My Mom would turn out the dough and punch it down then measure out a piece of dough and gently fold it into the shape of a loaf. As she worked on the bread for the week she also had extra for us kids. I remember we would sometimes make little loafs of bread or for fun we would make animals, bears, dogs, mice or dragons. She grew my imagination and made days like this a time I will always remember her. There goes my timer and the cookies are ready............
Now here is a dilemma, I have been on this new style of eating that is working with my lifestyle, it is called fast5 and I don't normally eat until 3pm and then only for a five hour period, and not for the full five hours. I should have held off baking until later in the day, but then I wouldn't feel happy right now. But I am happy the way I have kept control of my eating so I think I will go out and buy some new shoes for work. I saw Mark's Work warehouse has a sale on steel toed shoes and I need a new pair this year.
Now that I have fresh cookies and I feel less of the winter blahs I know it's not the cookies that make me feel better, it's the memories of my Mom and the time spent baking, cooking and learning with her, Thanks Mom, Love you and Miss you!