Tuesday, January 20, 2009

process

Why the photo of cookie dough? Well, last week Beki inspired me to think more about the process of making things. I will admit that although I enjoy the process, I am more driven by the end result. Which, in some ways, is a little surprising. I thrive on processing things in my head. I am definitely the slow to speak type, especially when it comes to giving my opinion. I like to mull things over in my head in an effort to ensure that I say just the right thing. Sometimes this has been misinterpreted as me not listening/caring/having an opinion, which couldn't be further from the truth. I just really like to process my thoughts. But apparently that is where it ends.

When I am creating, I mostly just want to hurry and get to the finished product. But I know that by doing that I am missing out on a lot of the learning and enjoyment of creating. So, yesterday as I was baking these cookies I decided to focus on the process a bit. Because, truth be known, the wonderful strawberry aroma was amazing (I chose to use strawberry cake mix this time and it is my new favorite.) My kitchen smelled delicious! And it hit me that other than knowing how happy Larkin and Lucy would be when they came home to fresh-baked cookies, I had joy in simply mixing the batter. The process. And yes, I still enjoyed the finished product...

*updated to include recipe

Cool Whip Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
1 egg
powdered sugar for coating cookies

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Mix all ingredients (batter will be thick).
2. Form into small balls.
3. Roll in powdered sugar.
4. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Cool on pan a two minutes before moving to cooling rack.

And I decided not to stop with just the cookies, but to also enjoy other processes of the day like making the December One Quilt block (the final product will be revealed tomorrow)...
So, here's to enjoying the "doing" more and not rushing through life just to get things done.

5 comments:

Allison said...

Lovely post. I needed the reminder!

Janelle said...

Great post on the process of things. I should think about this for my creative world. Thanks for the reminder. BTW, do you have any more cookies? I'd love to sample to final product :) hee hee

kristi said...

ha, i wish i was more slow to speak. :) i'm quite the opposite. so THERE's a difference in us, friend! for sure.

i need to try those cookies. i love the photo you took. very pretty.

Tania Julian said...

how very zen of you! it is so important to remind ourselves of this simple truth!

hannah singer said...

these look easy and YUMMY.

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