Just when you think life is going smoothly…the road gets bumpy. Things you never thought would happen, happen. There are two ways I see life. When all is in order, I picture a white sand beach, gentle waves, sunshine and a light, cool breeze. After the beach, a nap. When there is disorder, it’s like a mass of people with muddy sneakers and greasy hair in the street, indulging in food, drink and other pleasurable activities.
Lately it has been a mix of both. A trip for work here, a vacation there. A sick pet today, a healthy one tomorrow. Family in town to brighten two weeks of your life…and help you indulge in the food, drink and other pleasurable activities. Then the house is quiet again…almost sad.
Red roses surprise you on Valentine’s Day. Your nephew, even though he is less than one month old, smiles when you say “’Tia Kittycat’ loves you.” You plan your days and wish there were more time to accomplish all the things you want to do. Paint, run, practice yoga, cook, write on the blog, play with cats, rescue cats, grant wishes, go to the beach and practice Italian. Tomorrow I will do this, the next day I will do that. Then the Ferris Wheel of Life makes another round and you acknowledge that the best days are those you don’t plan for.
I prepared the dough for these cookies on a Monday and planned to bake them that same night so they could be iced on Tuesday…for someone special on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday). I watched a Brazilian soap opera (novella) while I prepared the dough on Monday night (bad decision) I messed up the dough because—oops, I doubled the amount of butter. I was sorta (it’s sorta not a proper word) able to fix the error by adding more flour and sugar…but there wasn’t enough time to roll out the dough and bake the cookies.
I left the dough in the fridge and called it a night. I expected it to become solid as cement and useless for baking the next day. Valentine’s Day would surely be ruined. LOL
After work on Tuesday, I took out the dough and let it sit for an hour. Guess what? It became workable. I rolled out the dough, cut out the heart shapes, baked, iced, and decorated the cookies, all on the same night. What a feat! Remember, the best days are those that aren’t planned. By the way, calm and chaos are the best combination.
Note: To find the recipe for the cookies and icing, just type cookies into the search bar and the recipe will pop up. Or go to the post dated May 26, 2016.
Vejo a vida de duas formas. As vezes é um dia tranquilo de sol, areia branca, ondas calmas e outras vezes é um carnaval agitado em que as pessoas brincam na rua, soadas, de cabelo molhado e tênis sujo. Ultimamente tem sido as duas coisas. Um viagem a trabalho aqui, férias alí. Um gatinho doente hoje, outro com saúde amanha. A familia chega do Brasil para alegrar a vida, depois vai embora e deixa saudade. A casa fica triste.