I keep thinking this thought. Over the last few years, I think I've been learning it slowly-slowly. It's been a concept I'm reliving more vividly with a newborn. It's not that overly warm syrupy type of idea that seems to unrealistically croon "potty training can be so delightful if you look at the bright side of following a two year old's erratic toilet schedule around all day." or "making dinner every night is always inspiring and wonderful if you just take the time to plan little"…ya---right. No-no, not that. It's more like "Oh my word…my two year old wondering around in whitey-tighties is hilarious and I just want to grab him and hug all that soft not as chubby any more little person he is on the couch for a minute." or "as much as I'm not totally loving making spaghetti…again… I am looking forward to listing to the boys odd ball stories during dinner and I actually kind of wonder what will happen to Laura Ingalls-Wilder tonight and the crazy girl Nelly at school when we read tonight." Not to mention Almonzo…it's a real thriller I'm sure you know. :)
There isn't enough time in the day to recover if I pretty much detest everything I'm doing waiting for a break.
There isn't enough time to recover if my kids don't think, deep down, that I'm enjoying them…not just loving, enjoying some little part of them that day.
And while I don't always relish a task I'm intrenched in…there is always satisfaction in a job well done when it's complete.
And since a post with all words can be rather dull… ;)
I have no trouble enjoying this dessert-I can't remember if I've posted it before, but just in case not (thanks Heather H) :D
Berry Dessert (a light take on cheese cake from cooking light)
1 c fresh or frozen raspberries (or other)
1 c all purpose flour (I've used whole wheat successfully)
1 c sugar (can get away with 3/4 c)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 8 oz container (1 c) plain low-fat yogurt
2 T flour
1 1/2 tsp (1 lemon's worth) lemon zest
coat 9" spring form pan with spray or butter
thaw berries and drain if very juicy
combine 1 c flour 1/2 c sugar and baking powder. Add melted butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir until combined. Spread onto the bottom of the springform. Sprinkle with the berries evenly. Combine yogurt, other 1/2 c sugar, 1 egg, 2 T flour, lemon zest, and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir until combined and pour over berries evenly. Bake 350 for 30-35 min or until center sets. Chill approximately. 2 hrs.