I enjoy baking, and I find it relaxing. It's a good weekend activity, especially in the cold months. I like to make frosted sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, and layered desserts. Before this fall, I had never made a pie, and I thought it would be fun to make one for the small Thanksgiving dinner we were going to host. I wanted to do everything from scratch, including the crust.
On a warm and sunny day at the end of October, my husband, Dan and I went apple picking. The beautiful apples inspired me to attempt pie making for the first time. I thought this dry run would help to ensure success for Thanksgiving. I had fun making the pie and enjoyed seeing how all the ingredients worked together to make something delicious. However, I was challenged by figuring out how to not overcook the crust while making sure to fully cook the crumble topping.
This photo is of my second attempt at pie making for Thanksgiving. I knew I would have to make some adjustments, but I had almost a month to prepare. Making the pie well in advanced allowed me to leave a little room for failure. I gave myself mental room for unexpected outcomes because I didn't know how the pie making would go. This made the pie making in October enjoyable, and it took a lot of the pressure off of the situation. If I had tried the pie for the first time on the night before Thanksgiving, my stress level would have been much higher.
Trying new things is one of the greatest adventures in life. We never know who we will meet, what we will experience or where it will take us when we open ourselves to the unknown. The next time you take on something new, consider giving yourself time, space and room for growth and learning. This will help you to create an optimal environment and make for an enjoyable experience. You can remind yourself that this is your first time doing something, and you will need time to get up to speed. Think about how it was when you first drove a car versus how you are as a driver now. We have the capacity to learn and excel at many things in life, and if you reflect on your life you will likely realize how much you have already done.