Breathe deeply, deeper. Can you smell the rich and flavorful aroma of cookies baking in the oven? My house is currently luxuriating in the wafting scent of rich and delicious peanut butter. I won’t try to fool you with the quick and easy store brand label; it’s actually the tantalizing scent of fresh, homemade peanut butter cookies.
The process of making cookies begins in a dimly lit rear corner of my favorite grocery store, where a clever machine rests. By simply placing a biodegradable container under its spout and clicking the industrial strength toggle switch the magic begins. Before one’s very eyes and amidst a loud whirl, shelled peanuts are crushed and ground to a smooth mash of sweetness. Pure and honest flavor emerges with no added oils, sugars, or preservatives. Just seal the lid, pay for the treasure, and return home to begin your own baking adventure.
To the fresh ground peanut butter, add sugar, an egg, and vanilla; roll into balls, crush with a fork, and bake for 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven. (If you want to make your cookie extra holiday festive, add a piece of chocolate to the center of the cookie after they cool.) Four simple ingredients make this simple recipe delicious thanks to Claire Robinson and the Food Network. And while we’re thanking people, let’s not forget to mention George Washington Carver who actually promoted peanuts as an alternative to growing cotton in the early 1900’s. (Cotton cookies just don’t sound as appetizing!)
Unbelievably, that’s it, just a few steps and you can make flavor packed peanut butter cookies of your own.
So, where does the making friends part of this blog post fit in? I believe that making friends is as simple as making cookies-start with the ingredients of people, add in love, and combine.
If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
–George Washington Carver
I believe the magic recipe of making friends is all about loving, talking, and sharing with people. When was the last time you really made the effort to look into someone’s eyes and love them, talk to them with honor and respect, and share your BRILLIANT self with them? So many times we’re rushing from this moment to the next, and we don’t slow down enough to lovingly connect with others. Tomorrow, consider making a commitment to yourself and your colleagues, to share your love with others. Next, try keeping your commitment for a whole week, by then your co-workers will be beginning to see you in a totally different light. Share how much you value your new friendship and notice the shift between you both.
Making new friends can be really is this simple: love, talk and share…and perhaps offer some yummy Peanut Butter cookies from time to time; that helps too!