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Life Lessons in Baking

April 25, 2019

1.  You don't have to be a baker to enjoy the talents of others.  Mr. B and I are hooked on The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.  (Or I am anyway.)  The contestant's skills and creativity are nothing short of amazing.  After watching 3 seasons, I'm inspired to learn how to make biscuits and scones.  Baby steps.

I helped an elderly woman take HOMEMADE cinnamon rolls around to women in our church who had birthdays for the month.  In return she was so kind to give Mr. B and I some.  Can I tell you I actually sighed - deeply - when I tasted them!  

2.  Cream cheese makes everything taste better.  Seriously, when someone raves about a recipe - from spaghetti to cookies - and asks what's in it . . . I say "cream cheese".  

3.  DO NOT taste almond flavoring off of a measuring spoon.  I don't know what I was thinking.  I had never done it before.  Maybe I was thinking it must taste good since I love every recipe that includes it.  A word from the careless to the wise.

4.  Cookies or sweet bread make financial meetings easier to swallow.  Mr. B is a facilitator for a 12-wk program of Financial preparedness in the Self-Reliance Services (SRS) program.  These classes are so helpful in becoming better managers of our income and planning for the future.  I bring some goodness to the table for the discussions and everyone leaves happy.

5.  You can still make treats and sweets without eating them all yourself.  Give them away!  I think people simply enjoy being remembered and treated with something special you have created.  (Or bought from Kneaders or Panera.  No complaints yet.)

Do you have any baking tips to share?


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