This morning I awoke to a snowy day. The fluffy flakes cascading down, just coating the tree branches and dusting the garden, the same way Confectioner's sugar dusts and coats something ordinary and makes it extraordinary...
I donned my boots and tiptoed my way to the morning newspaper as individual and unique pieces of frozen heaven clung to and then melted on my head and shoulders. A sense of peace and happiness seeped into my pores; melting away my winter blues. Thoughts of lovely pastries and tea parties filled my soul with nourishing joy. Next, I tromped into the backyard garden with my favorite shawl over my shoulders. Our oldest daughter, Alyssa, made it for me. (The shawl is black and white and stitched entirely with love and kindness.) The snow fell from above onto me in fluffy flakes and squeaked and crunched below me. As I type, the cuddly and protective shawl is still speckled with dampness from outside.
Have you ever just needed a bit of cheering up? Well, I have from time to time... Sometimes we don't even realize we are need of cheering up. Today, I thought I would offer some suggestions for cheering yourself up.
1. Make yourself something to drink in your best cup or glass. Then, eat something off your best dish, using your best utensil(s).
2. Take a moment and dust Confectioner's sugar over something, anything. (I am not judging.)
3. Offer a smile to a stranger.
There. Maybe you are not in need of cheering up but someone near you may be. Share a bit of yourself through your smile and you may just be the Confectioner's sugar dusting on someone's day.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor