As time goes on I am reminded of how the perception of things can change. What was once a big dilemma is now not such a big deal.
Maybe it is due to the fact that as you experience what life throws at you and manage to get through it somehow in retrospect it wasn’t so bad to begin with. You have more to go on. More to relate to. There are reminders that you have gotten through worse and it all worked out.
Case in point, a couple of years ago I got the news just after Christmas (and I mean, just after Christmas) that my vehicle would require a new motor. So it was decision time. As a family do we spend money on a motor for an older vehicle or start over with something new? I am in love with my vehicle and they don’t make them anymore. It was pretty hard to think about purchasing something newer as I only drive maybe once a week. For real. I don’t really want to be making payments on something that is sitting for 6 out of 7 days.
A decision did have to be made and a working vehicle of some sort needed to be obtained. My extended family lives out of the city and it is nice to have some ‘freedom’ of the open road.
Well the mechanic had some good news and some bad news – the good news was a gently used motor was located, but the bad news was it still had a substantial repair price tag that you could tell he cringed telling me about. Honestly, I think he was more worried about it than I was. Yes it was a lot to pay just after the holidays, but you really have to take it in stride. I could make it work and it was not the worst news I have ever heard. So onward and upward the vehicle got repaired and my ‘baby’ was back home.
I sometimes forget about how much experience plays in handling dilemmas. I think back to my teenage years with those moments thinking that the world would end over a break up, a fight with a friend or heaven forbid a bad hair day.
Seeing my daughter try to manage through small issues and feeling like there is no hope of ever cleaning her playroom, putting her clothes away or making the bed in the morning takes me back to my younger days. My mind instantly goes to ‘Get over it’, ‘Just do it and it will be done’ and the like. I have to keep remembering that her experience to draw on is still pretty limited and that, as frustrating as it is, the process is important.
I have to stand back, let her process what the problem is, and try to sort it out. Sometimes I see the steps she was taught as a toddler – Take a moment, try again, try something different or ask for help. As adults we all need to remember are those things as well.
Having some patience is not always the easiest thing, but providing guidance is invaluable. Share the love this Valentine’s Day and let the little people in your world help you out in the kitchen. It may not always run smoothly and there likely will be a mess, but the lessons are great.
I must confess that I did not make these cookies on my own and had some help from a little girl who just wanted to be part of it. They are the pinkest of pink, flowery and heart shaped. Everything a five year old needs in her life at the moment. There were smiles when dinner was done and we all could enjoy dessert.
Share the love and let me know your best life lesson.
Shortbread Heart Cookies
Show your love for shortbread with these heart shaped cookies
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut out 2 sheets of parchment paper to fit 2 large baking sheets. Using a medium sized heart shaped cookie cutter and a pencil trace 6 hearts on each piece of paper. Flip the paper over so the image is on the bottom, but can been seen through as a template. Prepare 3 piping bags with large open tip designs and set aside.
- In a stand mixer cream the butter and icing sugar together until light, fluffy and the colour has left the butter. Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixer bowl periodically. Add in the milk and vanilla and mix for another minute or so.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Sift 1/2 of the mixture into the butter mixture and fold in with a spatula until just combined. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture in the bowl.
- Spoon the 1/3 of the cookie dough into the 1st piping bag. Add light pink gel colouring to the remainder and use the whisk attachment to mix in. Spoon 1/2 of the cookie dough into the 2nd piping bag. Add in a darker pink gel colouring and whisk to mix in.Spoon the remaining cookie dough into the 3rd piping bag.Use the piping bags to make designs to fill in the heart templates making sure that each piped section is touching one another.
- Once all the cookies are piped, place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let rest for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.