When the depravity of humankind seems too much to bear, when we don’t want to try to bring our minds to accept the in comprehensible tragedies we never even knew possible, it seems a cold bleak world indeed.
I cannot offer up much to alter one’s impression of our world or the atrocities that occur therein, nor have I anything to give beyond kind thoughts and prayers to console those who suffer pain and grief, especially from such unspeakable events. But as we draw nearer to this Christmas day what I can do is offer some joy and light to this space, and some happy thoughts, be they trivial or integral to my very being – to make the world a little brighter, even if only a tiny bit.
Some Happy Thoughts
to add a little cheer to this bleak depressing world.
My Mom’s Chocolate Truffles
Gluten Free Baking Successes
Waking up Early to Catch the Sunrise
Seeing Beauty in the Little Things
Feeling Small in the Wonder of it all
Staying up Late to See the Stars
Carefree Afternoons on the Water
Sharing Meals with Friends
This maple cream was originally my attempt at making maple sugar candies. Unfortunately, it didn’t set up well in the molds. However, it is particularly delicious when spread on top of bread, scones, pancakes, and still has that characteristic melt in your mouth quality that I love about maple sugar candy, even if it is just a spread. It doesn’t matter that it didn’t come out how I originally intended. It’s beautiful, each bite a moment to savor, just like each precious blessing we have in our lives.
May all our happy thoughts help make the world the brighter place we know it can be.
Homemade Maple Cream
From Joy of Cooking
- 475 mL (2 cups) pure maple syrup
- In a large pot on low heat, bring maple syrup to 112 C (233 F) without stirring.
- Remove from heat, let cool without stirring to 43 C (110F).
- Use a wooden spoon and stir vigorously until the syrup turns opaque and starts to thicken. Pour into jars to finish cooling. Enjoy.