I must confess to feeling like a ship lost at sea these days. My navigational beacon seems to have lost course. I've been slowly recharting and finding my way back to where I want to be. When the waters seem the roughest that is when I most need to drop anchor.
For some maybe it means being alone and quiet or sweating it out at the gym, for me it's bringing those that I love even closer to me. I invited over a few of my favorite people for a Cookies and Crafts Party. I was ready when they arrived with a tray of cookies and lots of colorful icing and sugar sprinkles. I made the cookies and icing, but you could just as easily buy some. A huge basket of craft items from the dollar bin at the craft store and smiles abound.
I didn't want my little guests to go hungry so I set out a few things they might enjoy such as these baby carrots and spicy hummus, store bought I wanted to have plenty of time to spend with my guests.
I did take a few minutes and whip up some bruschetta for them. Slice a baguette 1/2" thick and lay the slices on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake in a 325 degree F oven for 15 minutes. While those are cooking, chop two tomatoes (good ones of course), mince two cloves of garlic and toss the whole thing with a dash of salt, a sprinkle of pepper and a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil. All you have to do is wait for them to take the bait.
I was afraid they might have needed a bit more, so I made a pan of macaroni and cheese and a green salad, just in case.
My god children, they make my heart smile. That little guy has boundless energy; I wish I could have just a smidge of it. His sister she has always been the apple of my eye, yesterday she was just a baby I was cradling now she is in middle school.
A little bit shy at times yet sweeter than any sugar cookie. Just watching her makes my heart swell.
I know my brother has many gifts, who knew cookie decorating was one of them? They now share a love that will carry them through time.
She blows me away with her verbal and reasoning skills; this little lady is one to watch out for. My brother and sister-in-law are so blessed and so am I to have them in my life.
When she is smiling, so am I. Gifted, determined and strong willed, I can see infinite possibilities for my girl.
I'm always in calmer waters when I'm with the ones I love. I hope you find your way to calm seas; perhaps a fun afternoon like this can do it for you.
I've been in my kitchen whipping up some other goodies I will share soon; hope you have a wonderful week.