I hope everyone is having a great New Year, I suppose we will all take it as it comes, hope for the best, and then try to make the best out of whatever comes our way. So what big plans do you have for 2022? Maybe you don't plan and just receive whatever comes your way. Or, Maybe you make resolutions and set goals for yourself? Me?, Well, I always have goals and plans, usually don't stick to them all but most of the time end up just doing the regular things I enjoy doing which is baking, cooking, painting, working in my plants in the spring through summer and hanging out at our local markets, town festivals etc. I have got to get back on the wagon to better health for sure. Hoping to begin some juicing this week. I really did not want to turn 60 this month and feel like I do right now. I'm kind of sluggish and slower, although I rarely set down long enough to do anything online. My goal this year is to get an online communication going, maybe some live podcast with others who just want to have a discussion to help each other with certain issues or hobbies, Not sure what all they will be but I think live would be better than the FB pages because they just don't allow people to discuss how they really feel on a page and end up taking the comments off. I have really gotten into house plant collecting . I have always had many plants and several house plants but this time around I have been on the search for new ones, hard to find ones, and rare ones. It is so much fun to do and when you walk into a greenhouse or a market and see the plant you have been searching for it is the biggest WOW! feeling. I have had a lot of conversations with others this year wheather it be via FB, phone calls, in person etcso I am so excited to get moved into a larger place where I can do videos, hold classes on cooking and painting etc. So much fun. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year ans step out on faith and do the things you have always dreamed of doing.
Gingerbread Cake Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1 cup melted butter
1 cup molasses
¼ cup hot water with 2 tsp baking soda added to it
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
1 cup hot water
Gingerbread Cake Directions
1. In a large bowl cream sugar, melted butter, molasses, and eggs.
2. Add water and soda mixture.
3. Mix together dry ingredients.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
5. Add 1 cup of hot water to the batter. This will result in a very thin batter.
6. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan, pour in batter. I use a tube pan for the decorated cake.
7. Bake @ 325°F for 40 – 60 minutes. Check to see if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick, when it comes out clean the cake is done.
How are you doing since all of this Covid has been going on? Have you been ok or have you been stressed? A lot of changes going on right now huh? Well, let me share a little of how I have had to process all of this. First of all fear crept in, to say the least fear crept in to so many areas that I had no idea even existed within myself. Being at home more but Thank God I am a home body to begin with as is my two boys who are 14 years old. Secondly I started getting stressed out and becoming overwhelmed at how different everything around me seemed if & when I happened to have to run out to the grocery or any other store. Seeing everyone in masks literally caused a moment of anxiety where I was just frozen while sitting in my vehicle at Walmart and could not get out of my vehicle for the emotional feelings and crying. I left and came back home.
Then the thinking set in. I have always been a thinker, years ago while having many problems going on in my personal life, stressing out, being fearful I had no choice but to either just collapse or take on the state of mind with what is now my favorite two words in the world "Be Still" When you are still and you do not make rush decisions and you listen to your inner self, your gut feeling which is a gift from God, you then can funtion with more peace and make wiser decisions.
The problems going on right now with people having difficulties in their marrigages, with their children, with their finances, with lots of other things, Those issues were already here long before this Virus came along, They were just not discussed, they were not taken seriously and sorted out, even finances were probably not where they should have been with no money in savings in case of a difficult time or job loss, because let's face it most of us live pay check to pay check and never think of a major crisis beyond an illness or death.
We have built our lives around material possessions such as clothes, shoes, jewelry, pocket books, cars, and anything else that can give us a quick fix to make us feel better for the moment, but all of the underlying issues are still there within us. We needed these these things to make us feel good or like we had some type of power and in an instance the HIgher Power said "Enough" Everything humans worshiped has been taken away, all over the universe, the clothes, the fame, the money, dining out, jobs, movie theaters, concerts, it's all been removed for right now. There is no use for all those shoes or the totes full of designer handbags that I took to put into storage, I am honestly ashamed to say that I could not possibly even tell you how many clothes that I found in my closet with the tags hanging on them that I put into those totes and took to storage. There is nowhere to go to wear them! lol.
I love nice things, I have never worshiped them per say and I have done without many things early on in my life, but I have always, always been thankful and grateful to God for what I do have. This time has been a time for all of us to reflect on ourselves, it has truly brought out many sides of our personalities regardless of how good we thought we were before. So today I hope that anyone going through anything that is reading this will change their way of thinking and know that THIS IS NOT A TIME OF CRISIS this is a time of DEVINE POSSIBILITIES!! To spend time with family, to discuss any problems that there may be, to create a new finance plan for future purposes and a time to hold tight and be grateful for the many things that are right in front of you that matter most. FAMILY.