Remember

Many want and need to grow
Only to find their will is not enough
Regrets fill our lives
Especially when we forget to try

If you want to be more, failure will only refine you as you continue striving towards your goal. Don’t forget that falling down is part of learning how to walk.

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So everything is going great
United beyaond your own fate.
Children grown and
Children gone, yet
Everyone is still there to get
Success will come for all to see,
So do not hesitate to be.
You can’t fail…
For failure only comes
Along, when you give up.
I know that it’s hard, yet.
Longing fills your soul still;
Until the victory is yours,
Remember that you’ll surley fail
Especially if you never try to avail.
Failure is not an option if you have any options in the first place.

Written for Traces of the Soul’s prompt this week: http://tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/reflections-traces-of-the-soul/#like-9567

Like her, I too was missing the DungeonPrompt for this week as the Steward for The Seeker’s Dungeon has gone on a journey. He’ll be back, but until then there are no prompts… (*looks sad)

So I’m glad that someone else put up a prompt randomly for this week!

One Recipe For All

Several years ago (I forget how many), my sister and I acquired a new cookie recipe that was little more than a list of ingredients as well as what temperature to cook them at. Nothing else. It was a fairly easy recipe to follow and through some trial and error we found a way to make them low-sugar without sacrificing any taste or even how the cookies look. (They are delicious crisp looking/tasting cookies.) Still we like to make little changes to different batches now and then, which is a given for us most of the time. grins

My favorite way is to switch out the butter for some applesauce. It tastes soooo good.

I recently ran out of applesauce and wasn’t able to get to the store, but had heard that you could use mashed bananas and/or mashed peaches instead of butter as well. I tried the bananas first because, let’s face it, they’re easier to mash. The batter was too liquid-y to actually hold its shape as a cookie after being baked. When I tried to move the baked cookie off the cookie sheet, it crumbled into banana flavored granola. It didn’t taste bad per say, but they were horrible cookies, structurally.

I eventually added flour and baked it all at once in a cake pan. My eldest niece dubbed it ‘cookie cake’ and most everyone enjoyed it quite well. I didn’t and my eldest nephew didn’t, but we both have problems with things that taste and/or smell very strongly. The smell of lavender, for example, will completely knock me out and give my nephew a headache.

Today I tried using peaches instead of the butter. It wasn’t quite as liquid-y as when I used the bananas, but it still wasn’t quite right. After baking they stayed stuck to the sheet; with a lot of scraping I was able to get them off and they didn’t crumble. Instead they crumpled up into a cookie cluster (as my mom called them). They were also quite delicious and chewy, but the effort to get them off the cookie sheet was not worth it. (I’m weak, it’s kind of a running joke/truth in my family.) Trying to use wax paper was a complete failure and we didn’t have any parchment paper or cookie sheet liners other than the wax paper. (I couldn’t get the cookies off the wax paper at all. It made an interesting taste to the ‘lace cookies.’)

I added some flour, once again, and baked it in a bigger cake pan as there was more dough this time around. After it was done, it looked an awful lot like brownies and tasted so incredibly rich and delicious. (I am aware that I’m using that word a lot, but it definitely applies.)

I’ve made crisps, cookies, cake and brownies all from the same recipe with only slight adjustments. It’s a very interesting thing for me as I am not the cook or the baker in my family. I’m just the manager.