I have learned a lot about baking in the past years. Many lessons were learned “the hard way”. I have discovered that in baking (unlike in cooking) that you have to follow the recipe for it to turn out right. This is a lesson I continue to learn as I’m more a “pinch of this and dash of that” baker not a strict recipe follower.
Last weekend I decided to make raspberry scones. I pulled out my ingredients, followed directions and then had a “brilliant idea”. Raspberry scones are delicious but lemon raspberry would be to-die-for. I added a few tablespoons of lemon juice and some lemon zest and put them in the oven.
The house smelled amazing and my mouth began to water…I opened the oven and to my surprise the scones had turned blue! I was making these for a special breakfast celebration and didn’t have time to redo the recipe. Instead of throwing away the scones and settling for a store bought version I decided to make the most of it! I put them on a pretty plate, drizzled a bit of lemon glaze on them and laughingly shared the story of my grace- not perfection- scones.
I tend to be a planner, and I typically have my day planned in a specific way and then all of a sudden something comes into it I didn’t expect. It may be something good (like a surprise visit from a friend) or a bit more demanding (like a flat tire). I can choose to become anxious and stressed or make the most of it and celebrate the reminder that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. When I move through my day aware that I’m dependent on God’s grace and His timing for my day, it’s easier to celebrate the extra-grace required moments. A flat tire and trip to the mechanic goes from an excuse to gripe and complain to a time to work on scripture memory or chance to call a friend and catch up.
Lessons in GraceFull Baking:
-When you have the urge to bake and don’t want all the treats laying around pack a few up for a new mom, local retirement home or friend who lives close.
-Although something doesn’t turn out the way you expected, there is joy and beauty in the imperfections. It’s a choice to complain or choose joy!
-Laughter and a little lemon glaze go a long way!
I would love to hear from you all. What are some of your favorite baking recipes or disasters? What lessons have you learned in life about finding joy and beauty in imperfections?