Yesterday’s bake day was an interesting event. Having found a different version of an old recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, I figured it was worth a try. A little alarm went off when I read to bake them for 10-12 minutes at 400F. But, since this is a trusted author of cookbooks in our home, I figured what the hey!
The first batch following precise instructions came out of the oven at 10 minutes. I can’t imagine what they would have looked like at 12 minutes along with dealing with the smoke alarm going off.
Then I went into test mode and by the time all of the dough was used from the bowl, I was down to 7 minutes at 350F and sitting in the pan for 2 minutes before removing to the racks – the second picture.
Moral of this baking day…use what has been tried and true!
Have you noticed how children will be lost to another world while playing with their toys in a dirt pile? Adults are no different. Our toys might be a little bigger and we may be trying to accomplish something other than building a road to nowhere, but the effect is still the same.
This is a form of relaxation therapy that allows our minds to wonder, lets us use our imaginations without question; and, when all is said and done, there is a feeling of accomplishment. Pulling weeds for hours can relieve stresses and boost morale even if you have left the task to the point of overwhelming. The bright point is when you are finished the job the end result gives that sense of triumph combined with a lot less stress.
Huge flower beds or vegetable gardens are not needed to reap the benefits related to de-stressing. Container gardening and time spent maintaining house plants are advantageous to our health. Small tasks like watering the plants and dead-heading annuals permits us to secretly gloat over something that has been created and nurtured by our hands. The thrill of finding the first tomato blossom that has borne fruit or the aroma from a Hoya plant when it blooms, all help our senses cope with our mind and body anxieties.
If you’re considering a makeover of the yard, do your homework. Remember this should be a time of pleasure and relaxation combined with small goals that will be reached easily without creating further distress in your life.