This year, I've learned to be a little gourmet. My children taught me that with the hamburger cupcakes. I'm learning to try things that fall way outside of my natural gifts and abilities.
Take green apple cupcakes, for example. My youngest can't wait to bring in cupcakes to kindergarten this week for her birthday. She wants gourmet cupcakes, just like her sister's hamburgers. We search the internet together and find a lovely cupcake blog that features green apple cupcakes.
I'm nervous about this. We get the ingredients for cupcakes, and then I'm told I just need green sprinkles, a pretzel stick stem, a mint leaf, and some brown sprinkles to resemble apple seeds. I'm supposed to take a little spoonful of sprinkles away to make it look like somebody took a bite out of the apple! I have to admit that, in theory, this whole thing has the potential to be adorable.
Slow and steady. I follow the directions, and voila!
I'm so happy I could burst. It's the same way I felt when I followed the directions to thread my old sewing machine. I sewed doll pillows with my daughter just by following directions.
Slow and steady.
Living with flair means we do things we wouldn't normally do. We enter unusual worlds (like sewing and baking) and find pleasure when we simply follow directions.
Journal: Is there a project I should try?