Friday, January 14, 2011

Black Forest Cupcakes-to soothe and comfort


I've sat down to blog several times this week.  But each time I tried I just couldn't.  My heart and my mind was occupied by the events and tragedy in Tucson,Arizona.  I would sit in front of my computer and just stare. I would walk away and watch the news and wander aimlessly around the house.  I'm sure I've asked all the same questions all of you have asked, questions that have no answers. What can I do in my own little world to change things.  All I can do is my best.  My best at my life with J, my best with my family, my best at my job, my best with my friends and my best with the human race.  I don't want to lecture-that's not my thing and I don't want to tell anyone how to live their life.  All I know is that I have to strive to be human and caring and not take life for granted .  All I know is that I have to strive to be courteous, loving, peaceful and respectful of each and every person I encounter. That's all. 


I've noticed I've sought comfort food  this week-mac and cheese, egg sandwiches, waffles, grilled cheese and tomato soup,cottage cheese and bow tie noodles.  Foods that always made me feel better when my heart was broken or the world seemed a little too much .  The world has seemed more than a little too much this week.  When I started to make these cupcakes for my Martha Stewart Cupcake Club, they just seemed too festive, too joyful,and I set them aside.


 But every time I opened the refrigerator they were in there reminding me that life goes on .  So I took them out tonight and made the pastry creme filling and put the sweet cherries in the center and topped them with chocolate ganache.  And I remembered that life can be whatever we make it and tonight I will bring a little sweetness into my world and pray for all of those who have much sadness in their world.




8 comments:

bellini valli said...

It has definitely been a week of reflection Sandy. So much senseless tragedy. On the homefront we have experienced a personal loss this week which makes these little bundles of joy all the more welcome!!

Simple Girl said...

I think that even looking at your beautiful cupcake photos can soothe a saddened soul. They are gorgeous! The world can often seem senseless. Keep looking up and keep making a difference!

Elaine said...

I've been feeling the same way this week, Sandy, just feeling totally helpless with everything that is going on in the world around us and also at home. And I have been absolutely craving comfort foods. Your black forest cupcakes certainly fit that bill. I can just imagine how wonderful they taste when bitten into.

Andrea said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful post! And, your cupcakes look delicious.

Janine said...

beautiful cupcakes. Thanks for baking along with me. Plus, think about it this way, all of us MSC club strangers are getting to know one another through these cupcakes. And making those around us happy with our creations!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for your reflection. It was really meaningful. And, your photos are stunning. I hope they bring you and others a little smile.

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

This is what I love about blogging-the friendship and support and knowing you are not alone in what you are feeling..thank you all of you for sharing.

Deb said...

I think I missed reading this blog, and here I sit with tears on my face thinking of the Arizona tragedy...but it is always amazing to me, sis, how you have such a gift of adding peace sprinkled with joy to anyone's heart through your writings and touching thoughts. Thank you for being such a caring person....and hey...think you can start freezing some of these so I can always get a 'live sample' of your goodies? Or, maybe I could start paying for overnight delivery! LOL You will always be my mentor and role model...