when life gives you strawberries

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So there was this. And then Kathleen talked about this new type of daydreaming that she's been all about. Essentially, you use all of your senses and take yourself five years into the future where you are your most perfect self and there are no rules and you just visualize your most ideal day. Duh! So I baked a cake (because that's when all of my best daydreaming happens) and indulged in some much needed daydreaming. By the end of it, my most ideal day went a little something like this:

The mornings are filled with waking slowly and collecting fruits and veggies from the garden for breakfast while the kettle is on and warming up water for tea. Then there's the making and eating of breakfast and sharing dreams from the night.

The days when work isn't involved are spent in the garden, or out exploring the world; most likely in a little bit of both. There are long strolls and good company and talks about everything imaginable. There's time spent with each other and there's time spent apart, because both are vitally important. There's baking and cooking, so the space is always filled with comforting aromas. There's a beach nearby and sometimes you just sit and stare out into the depths of the ocean.

The nights are spent together over food and talks of the day. There's an evening stroll, that is sometimes taken in silence because you've said enough and just need to soak it all in.

And when it comes to work, I have this vision of a space where people can come and play with flowers and books and each other (because those are my most favorite things). It's an open space, with lots of natural light coming in. There's a wall full of books, with those super awesome floor to ceiling ladders, like in Beauty and the Beast, for people to peruse and buy. And the flowers, from the garden and other local farmers, we can arrange them for you, or you can come and arrange them yourself. And it's also a space for gatherings, whether we're hosting or if you're hosting, it most certainly needs to be a place where people can gather and mingle and foster community. Certainly a job I wouldn't mind going to everyday.

I'm sure I'm missing some details, but there's only so much strawberry shortcake a girl can eat in one sitting. And besides, it's no fun if you daydream it all in one go, right?

P.S. If you're interested in that strawberry shortcake, it went a little something like this:

Mix 1 cup flour + 1 cup cornmeal + 2 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp salt + 1 cup milk + 1 egg + 1/3 cup oil + enough honey to suit your taste buds in a bowl. Then pour into a greased cake pan & bake at 400 degrees for 20-25min. Let cool.

Pour one cup of whipping cream (plus a wee bit of powdered sugar) into the chilled bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on high until stiff peaks begin to form. Be careful not to over whip. (If you don't have an electric mixer, you can also whip the cream by hand, it just takes a bit longer.) Spread this on top of your cake and top with sliced strawberries.

Eat 2 slices.