The beauty of the unexpected
I usually like surprises; they add spice to life. However, if I am being totally honest my preference is for only good surprises. It feels that childhood naturally lends itself to more surprises than adulthood. However, I believe the unexpected can be a blessing and a bright spot of happiness for our days.
This week, I had a chance to do a fair amount of holiday baking. I made some classic recipes as well as two new-to-me recipes, avalanche bars and Italian ricotta cookies. The avalanche bars did not turn out well. If you haven't heard of them, they are Rice Krispie bars made with peanut butter, white chocolate, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. They tasted great, but they did not stay together and instead easily crumbled. The Italian Ricotta cookies, something I have really enjoyed from bakeries in the past, turned out well. I think that may have been helped by the two sticks of butter and container of whole milk ricotta in the recipe. I would definitely make these cookies again, and I enjoyed sharing them with friends and family. After baking, I finished the cookies by dipping them in glaze and topping them with sprinkles. As I was cleaning up the sprinkles, a few in the sink got wet and created this beautiful image.
I was focused on cleaning up and hoping to remove the frosting, flour and sprinkles from the many areas in my kitchen, but I was stopped in my tracks by the unexpected colors in my sink. It reminded me of a watercolor painting, and it was nice to see something beautiful during the long cleanup.
Our days can be so busy and feel as if they are like brick walls, so tightly packed that there is not room for sunshine or air to get through. Instead, we could try to think of our days and our attitudes as something more like a net with the tools to accomplish things but still space for sunshine, air and the unexpected to get through. You never know who you might meet at a meeting, children's game, networking event or workout class. Maybe you will learn something that changes your life if you pick up a new book or explore a new website. Perhaps, you might start a new practice like walking, meditation, yoga or painting, and it could affect you in a way that you didn't know was possible. We can try to plan for the unexpected, but we can't always know what it will bring. I am glad I took a risk with baking new recipes of cookies, and it reminded me to be open to the goodness of the unexpected.