Chocolate macaroons were one of the first recipes that I learned to make. Not the pillowy meringue kind from France but the humble, chocolate sticky kind that require little planning and only some patience while you wait for them to harden in the refrigerator. The kind where you scrap the pot with a wooden spoon to get that last bit of chocolatey sauce. The kind that if left in a warm spot, become a gooey mess and you’ll probably still eat them! Years ago, I started added Cadbury mini eggs (no other brand will suffice) to them at Easter and wham! They are an Easter classic at my house. The children love them and they also satisfy Easter cravings for those who are gluten-free.Read More
I was instantly drawn to this cake based on the name. It is instantly a feel-good type of cake. Who doesn’t gravitate towards the hazy world of dreams and dreaming?
In retrospect, I was a dreamer as a young adult. Virtually anything seemed possible to me. I had no doubt that I would bungee jump, skydive, master photography, knit a hat or travel to Vietnam. It just seemed like a matter of time before I got around to it all. I was busy living and didn’t write down lists (such as, the bucket list phenomenon). The only thing that I did accomplish from the previous list was skydiving. I’m just delving into the wonderful world of photography and now have zero interest in bungee jumping. I also don’t have plans to take up knitting any time soon. Of course, I still think about Vietnam and I know that one day, that will happen.
It is a fantastic world to live in. Living more for the moment. As we age, living for the moment becomes more difficult. It is something that we need to be reminded of- put down the phone, turn off the television, stop working at home after your work hours are over. There are even more things on our plate. We have far more responsibilities than we did in our 20s. It’s not easy. But every so often, we catch a glimpse of our former selves. Our wandering souls who had a vague plan and were content with not knowing. With taking things as they come.