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.
This week I’ve been in California visiting my sister and awaiting the arrival of her precious new baby. We were able to have some good quality time together before the baby came, but she was definitely ready for the baby to come to meet the little guy and to just not be pregnant anymore. I was anxious, too, because I was hoping to be here a good bit after the baby was born so I could hold and love on that baby all I could before I had to leave. It’s so hard to be so far away, but this time with her has been awesome – cooking, baking, walking and just hanging.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cool Whip
One of my jobs (and my mom’s, too, us three girls stick together) was to keep my sister busy, keep her walking, feeding her spicy foods and sweet baked goods, of course, to get that baby out and keep her happy:) I did just that, at least I think I did, with this Pumpkin Cheesecake she was craving. She absolutely loves cheesecake, plus I had to bring in some fall, especially since the weather here has been so hot! Definitely not California weather! This isn’t something I usually make, but, I was here to make things for my sister and keep her well fed and nourished. I did add some of my Summie’s Yummie’s health-isms to it, of course! She loved it!
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!