“The best way to be in a better mood is to stop thinking about yourself and do something for others.” ~ Victoria Kenow
The other day I was tired, un-motivated and just going to class and class and class. I didn’t really realize everything around me. All I could think was that I was so tired. I joked with my friends saying I wanted to fall asleep and not wake up till summer. I just wasn’t motivated. I was talking to some of my friends and they were cheering me up. Telling me I could get through these last few days, and it finally clicked. I knew what I was going to do today. Sure my homework would be there for me later but at the moment that wasn’t going to make me motivated. I could have taken a nap…I probably should have. But instead I made cookies.
As I was making them, I realized it was very similar to life. To make cookies you have to first cream together the sugars and butter. This is always my favorite part. You get to use your hand and just squish it all together.
So next you add two eggs. With a wooden spoon you start to stir. Now at this point it doesn’t always look right.
As you can see it is all disoriented and not at all mixed together. As I was stirring I realized life is like this. Sometimes it just doesn’t work. There are people who don’t always act like our friends… family, who just gets on your nerves. As hard as you try to make it work….it doesn’t. It is complicated, un-attached and it just doesn’t feel right. Kind of like I was feeling this morning. However, you can’t just put the brakes on life right there. I always say you can’t give up if you have a little sped bump or detour. You have to keep going. Through our challenges there will be rewards. So I kept stirring and stirring. Soon the wet mixture was nice and smooth. Yes it took time, but in the end it looked good. It also tasted good! 🙂 But you really shouldn’t eat batter with raw eggs. 🙂 Once you add in your dry mixture you continue to stir and stir and stir. In time it will shape into a dough.
My mama’s recipe says to have the cookies chill for about an hour. When I put the cookies in the fridge, I stopped and took time to think. Chill. Take some time for yourself to chill. Don’t do anything but just slow down. Unwind. Realize you can take time for yourself. So I had them chill for over in hour and in that time I went on a nice walk with my mama. It was such a beautiful day God had given to us all. It was sunny, it was a little breezy but it was beautiful. There is no better scent then freshly mowed grass. The daffodils were blooming, and the lilacs! The lilacs smelled wonderful just so fresh and glorious! I could already tell my mood was improving, and you know why? Because I was doing something for others. I was making the cookies for my friends. 🙂 They were little gifts of, “YOU CAN DO IT!”
When I got back the cookies were ready. My Mama and I worked quickly and they were done baking after 8 minutes and 30 seconds. Careful you got to watch them so they don’t get burn. Sometimes life just happens to quickly and we don’t have to time help everyone. It is just a matter of life and sin. However, with God by our side we can do so much more than without him.
The cookies turned out perfect! They tasted so sweet and chewy! 🙂 But I wasn’t done yet. I made little notes for some of my friends. I put a few cookies into little mason jars…because I love mason jars, they are SUPER cute! 🙂 I made little labels with a template from avery.com/ print. Then with some Modge Podge, my Mama and I made these little name tags. I have a picture below of the final project.
At the end of the day there will always be things to do. However, it is our attitude that can change every situation. This life isn’t about ourselves, it is about others. People around us. How we can help and lift them up. I also posted the recipe to make these cookies if you want to! Enjoy 🙂
3/4 cup of butter -Make sure it is room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs. – Make sure it is room temperature
3 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Cream together the butter and both sugars in a large bowl. Mix in with a wooden spoon eggs. Continue to stir until your batter is smooth. Set aside. Sift your flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Then gradually add your dry mixture to the egg mixture. Continue to stir until all ingredients are mixed well. Chill for one hour.
In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Shape dough into 1″ balls. Roll in the cinnamon sugar mix. Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper..or an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy! 🙂