I have accepted a 30 day Gratitude challenge. It involves taking a photo and recording the things you are grateful for. I hope to blog them all but... you know my past record.
I have been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. I watched a random Youtube clip this fall that really got me thinking. It is by Robert G. Smith and he tells about a Gratitude Journal. It really got my attention. We are experts at focusing on what makes us unhappy and putting our energy into that. Things like.... oh... your looks... that weird scar on the end of my nose from Shingles a couple of years ago... The fact that no matter what I do... the weight isn't coming off... $$$, failures, etc... you get the picture. I am sure you could make a list of your own... but WHY?! Robert said to make a list of all the things you are grateful for. Then... think about them. You will find yourself being happy for NO REASON. I could use some of that. So... As part of my Gratitude Journal, I am recording some of my favorite things, things I AM grateful for, things I love!... Things that I can think about and BE happy for NO REASON.
(Oh if you want that youtube link... here it is). (oops my bad... it is the Happy journal with the Gratitude list .... call it what you want... it is a great idea!)
So... Today, November 1st (yest I know it is midnight but hey...) I am grateful for food, and in particular... I am thankful for Cream Puffs.
Cream puffs are a tradition in our family. I make them now for my children and tell them the stories about this amazing woman. I have always looked up to her. It makes me feel good to be compared to her when I do things that are good and right and meaningful. I do actually have on physical memory of her before she died. I will have to share that someday... not today.
Here is the recipe as I got it from my mother, who got it from her's:
Grandma Wood's Cream Puffs
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
Boil the water, butter, salt, and flour together and stir rapidly. Cook stirring constantly until the mixture forms a ball that doesn't separate. (always looked like play dough to me) Remove from heat.
Add the eggs, one at a time and beat quickly so you don't cook the egg. Stir until the mixture is smooth before adding the next egg. Repeat with all the eggs.
Cool and take by spoonfuls and arrange on a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake in a hot oven (450* F) for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325*F and bake for 25 additional minutes. When they are cool, cut off the tops and clean out the eggy goodness inside and fill with cream filling and top with chocolate frosting.
1 cup milk
1/3 -1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour (I use 1/4 cup corn starch)
2 egg yolks or 1 whole egg well beaten
Mix together sugar and flour in sauce pan. Add milk and stir until mixed. Heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Take about 1/2 cup pudding in a small bowl and mix in egg with a wire whisk. Add egg mixture back to remaining pudding and mix well. Add flavoring, mix. Cool completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. Store all leftovers in the refrigerator.
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
Mix sugar, butter, and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Boil about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Drizzle over cream puff... or what ever you want... ice cream, cake... your finger.... :)
I hope you enjoy this little recipe and the story that goes with it. Watch the youtube clip... Make a gratitude list of your own and find something that you can make you happy for no reason.