What Now?

What do you do when you just don’t know what to do now? Uh, make an Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Cake (can be Gluten-Free) or maybe even some homemade Croissants? Uh yeah! And maybe, most definitely, just go to God – ‘God, You brought me so far, but what do you want me to do now? Help me to enjoy life, live life, love myself and those around me and just shine for YOU!!’ What now? Call a friend, go on a walk and just get in the kitchen and make something, enjoying every second of it! Let your mind and your body and your heart just relax and be patient with the whole process of buttery croissants – the result is very rewarding:)…or peeling and cutting up apples for a cake that tastes like fall. Allow yourself to just ‘be’, to just ‘enjoy’. Get out of your crazy whirlwind mind that’s just constantly on ‘go go go’ and allow yourself to rest, wrapped in His loving arms, hearing His gentle whispers.

What Now?

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Yummies Croissants

Croissants were today! 

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Croissants

I kept watching the dough rise in the fridge.  Okay I didn’t literally watch it like a hawk, but every time I opened the fridge it kept getting bigger and bigger and so did my anticipation.  
Just like my Sugar Buns recipe, Croissants take time and patience – with a lot of kneading, rolling, rising and refrigerating – it’s worth it, though!  As you are waiting for each step go for a walk, read, pray, meet up with a friend.  It’s a fun process if you just allow yourself to be still, relax and enjoy life.
 
Anyway, after I was done watching the dough rise in the fridge, the time finally came for me to finish rolling them out, cutting and shaping them.  It was kind of funny, I just have to laugh at myself and tell on myself.  After I rolled them out, cut them in half length wise and stacked them on top of each other like the recipe said, the next step was to cut them in triangles.  Well, I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to do that.  I think I stood there with the ruler and pizza cutter for like ten minutes trying to figure it out!  Oh my….too much thinking, just do it!  And did it I did!  They weren’t perfect but they were triangles – they kind of shrunk – they were little, but puffy!  They looked very ‘homemade’ and not like Martha’s pretty picture.  But, hey, it’s my first try and we can’t always make things pretty picture perfect like Martha…this is real life!

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Sugar Bun Success

My first try at pastries – Sugar Buns to be exact.

Sugar Buns

Sugar Buns

It has been a process of a couple of patient days but it has been fun, exciting and what I have been wanting to do!  I’ve always stayed away from trying something too labor intensive such as pastries, because it has to refrigerate, then be kneaded, and then refrigerated some more and more, and then rise.  Did I mention kneading and then rolling it out, oh and then letting it rise again!  Okay, don’t give up yet, because I set out to do it and overcome my labor intensive fear and guess what? I did it!  You know what else?  I enjoyed every minute of it!

When the Sugar Buns were finally baking in the oven I was salivating, anticipating trying them because the smell was amazing.  The buttery flaky smell of a yummy danish dough with a pastry cream filling! Continue reading →