It's almost 2016 and, thanks to several motivational and inspirational books I’m reading and all of the green smoothies I've been drinking, I’m already feeling like it's going to be fantastic! Plus, I'm already on Day 16 of 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene! First thing this morning, I sent text messages to a few friends regarding a get-together invite to watch the new BBC Sherlock Holmes episode, The Abominable Bride at my house New Year’s Day. Next, I sent a follow-up email requesting the status of a refund from myVessel. Waiting a year and six weeks, patience or crazy? And finally, I made sticky toffee pudding. That is, not just any sticky toffee pudding but.. (wait for it) Kate Middelton’s favorite sticky toffee pudding.
I found the recipe here.
While I mostly had every intention of making the sticky toffee pudding for family coming over Christmas Eve, I was sort of hoping to find Lyle’s Golden Syrup instead of using a substitute and then put it off. Fortunately, my patience (or procrastination) paid off and I found it during a recent outing with my husband. And, besides that, my uncle Rex brought over a chocolate Bourbon pecan pie on Christmas Eve. Thanks Uncle Rex!
I’d like to say that the pudding I made this morning was magnificent but unfortunately, my oven temperature wasn’t spot-on and, due to the high sugar content and excess heat, the pudding started to smoke and had to be pulled from the oven before the center was fully baked. As I was pulling the pudding out of the oven, (fun to say, lol) I began feeling my spirits droop. (kinda like the center of that pudding!) Then, I started to reflect on a series of Facebook posts I read late yesterday. A friend’s dad fighting to be cancer-free and surrounded by family, another friend’s reminder to reflect on our many blessings. I read through post-after-post of friends being thankful for each other, celebrating each other! And, just like that, I shifted gears. I began problem solving. I remembered something a contestant said on The Great British Baking Show when she was asked what she learned from the recent technical challenge and responded “don’t throw it in the bin.” Then, I removed the under-cooked portions and reserved the done portions to cube and combine with toffee sauce to make sticky toffee trifles!
As we move past this season of under-baked sticky toffee puddings into the season of sticky toffee trifles, my hope is that you know how much your thoughtful words have meant to me over the years, how thankful I am that you are a part of my life, and how much you continue to inspire me. Today, as I look at my collage and reflect on the words and images I’ve chosen to pull together, those that are shining most brightly are “dear friends”, “inspirations”, and “blessed” !!!