Monday, August 3, 2009

Boredom & Snickerdoodles


This picture say it all...we are at that point in summer vacation where boredom sneaks in...a whole plate of snickerdoodles isn't going to bring a smile to this little blue face...
"Everyone is doing something but me!"

We were probably all this way at sometime in our childhood...and yet now the days fly by ever faster. I consider myself sort of lucky to never be bored...but maybe I am missing a good thing here. Maybe boredom is a gift rather than something to be avoided like the plague. It is that spaciousness and awareness that keeps grabbing my attention. Of all the seasons, summer is comfortable with moments of boredom...a.k.a. freedom from the to-do list...time to watch the clouds go by...take a nap on the sand...to do nothing and be okay with it. Stop. Time out. Do nothing. Despite the fact that I have a million places to be today, I am intrigued by the idea of taking a moment to do nothing. Maybe by creating this space of nothing...something will arise.

Snickerdoodles
(just in case you want the recipe)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Crisco (or vegetable shortening)
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream the sugar, butter and Crisco. Add the eggs. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough into round 1 inch balls and roll the cookie dough in a mixture of:

2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Cool before serving. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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