Confessions from a Seriously Crazy Baker!

Baking for me is fun and relaxing, and it’s always a joy to behold smiles from those who are the recipients of my culinary efforts. In fact, I have felt a little proud lately about the delectable delights coming from our kitchen.  Well, our dear Lord has a way of humbling me, sometimes at the most inconvenient times.  That is what happened today.  As I prepared the dough yesterday afternoon of one  of my favorite cookie recipes, I decided to divide the recipe in half since I didn’t relish the thought of hand rolling 120 cookies and then swishing each one around in a bowl of  sugar.  I knew half of the recipe would be plenty since the cookie exchange party I would be attending today only required 48 cookies from each guest.  Had I had the common sense and taken the time to use correct math, the cookies would have been wonderful. Unfortunately, when I came to  the part that called for flour my mind must have been elsewhere, and I’m very certain the incorrect amount was used. Early this morning when I was rolling the cookie dough that had been refrigerated overnight, that reality hit me between the eyes. The dough seemed exceptionally sticky and difficult to work with, but I baked them anyway. Then going over the ingredients again, I realized I definitely hadn’t used enough flour. Oh well, less gluten for those with that intolerance, right? Barely out of the oven, we did a taste test and they were oh so blah blah blah!   With just a couple of hours before the party was to begin, I knew I could whip up a batch of another kind of cookie that wouldn’t be so labor intensive but still tasty. That was not meant to be. It seems unexpected visitors were on the way to our house.  We live in a gated community so anyone attempting to visit had to stop at the guard gate. Just as I was about to hop in the shower the phone rang,  and it was the gate calling to see if it was OK to send through some visitors from Minnesota.  What in tarnation?!!!!! We weren’t expecting anyone, but they had decided to surprise us on their way to Sedona to go hiking.  It truly was a lovely surprise because we hadn’t seen the Mom in about 5 years, and her daughter, now a mother of three,  last seen by us when she was a teenager.  They are very special people so of course permission was readily granted for them to  come through. We had a lovely  visit catching up on old times and news from my hometown. It was far more important to visit with them than stress out about making a new batch of cookies. I did, however, think about skipping  the party altogether because I was embarrassed about the sad looking cookies. Instead, as soon as our  guests departed, I ran to the freezer to check my inventory, grabbed several bags of cookies we had stashed for our Wednesday night neighborhood group, and counted out exactly 49 cookies, just the amount needed for the cookie exchange with one  to  spare!  Isn’t God good, especially after I had slipped a couple of cookies from that bag yesterday afternoon hoping that the bathroom scale wouldn’t chastise me this morning.  The scale didn’t say anything (guess it was too choked up for words), but the cat watched the numbers and said, “Whoa,  Mama, you really need to lay off the cookies.”  OK, so he really didn’t say that, but I bet he  was thinking it.

Also at the cookie exchange party there was a Christmas ornament exchange, and I ended up with this beautiful angel “Believe with all your heart”.  So perfect for some of the difficult times we have faced lately. In a nutshell, my  oncologist of 6 years is leaving the practice. This I learn after she informs me that my platelets elevated a lot and it’s necessary to increase chemo capsules.  Every time my  numbers go up and the meds are increased I go through a  funk for a few days. Then the Lord gives me assurance that all things really do work together for good to  those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (from Romans 8:28). 

And  I also  know that He has given His  angels charge over me so keep me in all ways (from Psalm 91:11). So, dear readers, as we begin to join in parties and celebrations throughout the wonderful season of Christmas, my prayer for each of  you is just what it says on  this ornament. “Believe with all your heart!” When I saw this ornament, I stood before the group of 32 women and read what it says; and I proclaimed that I am a believer AND believe with all my heart! Sometimes it’s difficult to share my faith, not knowing how it will be received or if I will be rejected or called a religious fanatic. Those concerns are no longer serious concerns. Now I just want everyone to believe in Jesus with all of their heart!

With a thankful and humble heart from the crazy baker who wrote this in a hurry, so please don’t judge me too harshly. After all, I’m a college drop out. Stay tuned in for the recipe that caused so much angst, Christmas Date Cookies, coming to you in a few days. Seriously!

19 Comments

  1. Laurie Robinson

    Hi Charlotte! So very happy to receive your latest post! I have missed your funny stories 🙂 Excited to see your Christmas Date cookie recipe as my son just gave us dates from Dateland.

    PS. Love your ornament and you look AMAZING! XO Laurie

  2. Linda Scott

    Hi Smiley!! I’m sure your blah cookies were better than anything I could bake! Your Angel was meant to be yours’! Keep the stories coming and have a blessed holiday season.

  3. Terry

    So glad to have this pop up in my email. I remember the wonderful lavender cookies you made for our going away party. Wishing you and Jerry a fabulous holiday season. Sure hope our paths cross in 2023. We love and miss you!! ❤️

  4. Sandra Mahan

    Loved your article this month Charlotte. What a great testimony to put people before things, to have faith and always to share your faith! I got three lessons from it not just one! Praying for you. God is in control and will lead you on the right path for you to follow. Wishing you and Jerry a very Merry Christmas season! Much love!

  5. Linda Johnson

    Oh Charlotte……….you are incredible!!! I have missed reading your monthly blogs!!! Not only a fabulous baker (despite the most recent attempt) but you are an angel. Your hilarious stories brighten our days with laughter and wisdom.

    Keep baking (the lavender cookies mentioned should be wonderful) as I’m not a fan of date cookies. However, I gave up baking about 40 years ago…….so any cookie is good as long as I don’t have to make it.

    A very, very blessed and holy Christmas to you and Jerry…..you are in my prayers.
    wiht love, Linda (Johnson)

  6. Amy

    Always glad to see an article by you, Charlotte!
    Thank you for sharing how God blesses His children in daily life on days that could overwhelm. Sad to hear your numbers are up. Praying for God to continue to give you hope and grace for each day.

  7. Kayla Crowder

    Aunt Char! I love hearing your stories of life and how things are going. I will always cherish the time I got to spend with you when I was 17 in Minnesota. 💕 Your post today was an encouragement to me that God does take care of all things and I shouldn’t be afraid to share my faith. Honestly what do I have to loose?! Love you!!

    Kayla

  8. Kathleen Barclay

    Dear Char,
    It was wonderful to see your beautiful and fun post! I always love to read your posts, they are encouraging and usually make me laugh!
    Well I have news, I have a new little Granddaughter in Austin (Kat and Morris got pregnant quickly after their wedding)! I have decided to move out of my big house and so I’ve (almost) sold it and I bought a townhome in Austin! I’ve already moved to Austin but am closing on my house in Carrollton on the 13th. It has been a whirlwind, and a huge amount of work, but I’m here and am ready to meet new people and spend time with my new little Granddaughter, Kelly, and of course Kat and Morris! God has helped me every step pf the way and I am so grateful for His love and care for me!! He is an amazing God, and I am extremely blessed!! I will definitely be teaching my little Grand baby about Jesus and will love and dote on her! If you ever want to visit, my townhome is large and has plenty of room for guests! I’d love to see you! Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
    Love,
    Kathleen Barclay 🙂

  9. Steve Wallin

    Dear Charlotte,
    It’s fantastic to see you sharing again. Your comment about cookies and the scale sure hit home, as I certainly put on the “COVID 19” (pounds) the last couple of years. Funny (?) how as you get older the pounds go on EASILY but refuse to come off. Evidently another method God uses to keep us humble. And I’ve certainly had some humbling episodes in the kitchen lately – which I’m not going to share!! Miss you tons and hope to see you soon. Steve

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