Archive for May 10th, 2009

Do You Do Hard Things? Part 2

The benefits to doing hard things.  Ok, since no one helped me out on my last Hard Things post and named some benefits of doing hard things (like I asked!) I’ll have to do all the hard work and put together a list of reasons why we would bother doing hard things rather than coasting by in our every day lives. And, yes, I tried to make that last sentence as long as possible.  Wasn’t too hard.

Let me just start by saying that right now, this is a really hard thing for me.  My brain is tired and I really want to make this post meaningful, but I’m afraid I won’t say enough. or I won’t convince you or me that it’s worth it–to skip easy and do hard instead.  But, it’s been a week since my first Hard Things post and I can’t put it off forever.  So, here comes a less than perfect answer…

  • produces growth and change-I want to be different next year than I am right now.  If I never change, I could grow stagnant and moldy–what kind of a blessing would I be to others?
  • makes you stronger-without pushing past our comfort zones, we’ll never get stronger (the same is true w/ physical exercise too!)
  • develops character–
  • accomplishes something-this one’s obvious.  If we don’t try, then we never will succeed.

This is all I have for now.  I know there is infinitely more to say on this subject but it’s just not flowing right now.  So, if you’re reading—chime in.  Even if it’s hard!



Mom’s Day Cake

I wanted to make this cake for Mother’s Day dinner.  I don’t get to bake very often and it’s something that me and my precious daughter love to do together.  What better way to spend this special day! And, the icing is something called “ganache” pronounced gun-ASH.    I just wanted to make that because it was different and new to me. 🙂    So, we began with killer chocolate cake…

begin w/ cake

combined heavy cream and chocolate chips…

cream and chocolate

heat the cream and pour over chocolate…

pour heated cream over chocolate

stir to melt chips…

still warm-very creamy

pour over chilled cake and spread.  Isn’t is so shiny!

pour and spread

If you chill some of the ganache and then whip it with a mixer, it looks lighter (in color and texture) and you can pipe it onto the cake for decoration.  If you are a 15 year old boy, you’ll probably want to mound it up like poop in the middle…(thanks, dude)

mound of poop

If you’re that boys sister, you’ll spread it out so that it DOESN’T look like poop before you serve it to your moms! (thanks, sweetie!)

finished project

Next time we’ll probably use a different kind of chocolate though–maybe milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  It was enjoyed by all three moms around the table!

~~Happy Mother’s Day!~~