My Sweet Cupcakes

Today, both my daughters had this amazing idea to bake cupcakes. Not that we don’t buy them off the bakery counter, however, this time they wanted to bake one for themselves (and also indulge in a little sweetness from the bakery).

They finally convinced me, after weeks of persuasion and a long haul, to gather the ingredients and get them the cupcake moulds to start the process. Instead of using ‘all-purpose flour’, we substituted it with ‘wheat flour’ (a little health never killed anybody ehh.. ūüėČ ). We go the ‘chocolate powder’, ‘salted butter’, ‘eggs’, ‘vanilla essence’, ‘walnuts’, ‘baking powder’ and ‘baking soda’. Now tell me doesn’t it sound all yummy and tempting to actually bake it yourself??

We sieved all the dry ingredients and gave the wet ones a nice whisk with a hand-beater. Everything was moving perfectly well and looked absolutely delicious. (If the unbaked ingredients look so yummy, you can only image how the end result would be, isn’t it?)

We put it in the microwave and baked it for hardly 10 mins and.. Viola.. the cupcakes were baked to perfection. We let them cool down and waited till we could at least try one of them… After a while, we all took the cupcakes and sat down for a hearty sweet feast. One bite and we realized that something was amiss. We could not quite figure out what. Another one got out taste buds closer to realize that we had burnt the cupcakes a little from the inside. Why did this happen? We followed the steps to the ‘T’.

********* Moment of Truth***********

After a deep analysis, my daughter concluded that we may have left the microwave for 2 minutes extra. So, rather than baking it for 8 minutes, we actually baked it for 10 minutes!

************ Cake Measures*************

Life is quite similar to that of a cupcake. We take all the right ingredients and bake it in the oven called life, only to realize that we may have forgotten some crucial element along the way.

Just like the slightly burnt cupcake, we tend to overdo things that may hurt a loved one, cause strife to an unknown person and leave us with a burnt taste in our mouth. We cannot always have a perfect life, ’cause frankly, ‘Perfection’ is an Utopia that everyone dreams of having, but no one can have it. Accept things the way they are and try to make them better, rather than constantly battling against it.

Our lives are also made of these small ingredients that comprise of love, laughter, sadness, richness, poverty, grief, greed, jealousy, selflessness, humility and everything in between..¬† Just like by missing one ingredient, our recipe can change its taste; similarly, we cannot always dream of having or leading a perfect life. We will face our “Moments of Truth” every now and then, but that does not mean you give up your ‘Cupcake’ forever. It means you learn from it, face it, battle it, and conquer it.

Don’t let one sour moment, ruin your sweetness forever. Life cannot always be a bed of roses, (even roses have thorns). Take some time out and think- does this particular aspect give me happiness? Or would I be better off, if I could let it all go? How do I channelize my thoughts so that I do not let any negativity affect me? Which is the better way to live- being content with what I have or by complaining continuously about what I don’t have?

*************Food for thought********

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Baking a cupcake is easy, but leading a life full of every moment is quite difficult. We tend to lose ourselves because of our half-baked ‘cupcake’, but why let it stop you from baking more? You will face difficult situations in life, face unnecessary illogical banter from closed ones and even from friends, but does that mean you keep thinking about it or take peace by letting it all go…

Make your cupcakes sweeter by adding a little ‘YOU’ to your mould. You will be surprised how it actually turns out to be. Neglecting yourself a journey called Life will leave you with a thousand heartbreaks. But, making use of one moment to bring ‘Yourself’ and ‘Your loved ones’ a moment of happiness, will change your life forever.

My Sweet Cupcakes...

Set goals- happiness goals, to take joy in small pleasures of life. Life is just toooo amazing to let it go waste…. Enjoy it! Live it! Be One with it!

************** The End ***********

A Cookie Jar

We love our sweets like none other. A family that is full of sweet tooth’s (barring me), there is always a question of- when to stop. My daughter had a beautiful cookie jar. A gorgeous white porcelain jar with a blue cover and a dainty looking animal hand painted in the front. How scrumptiously tasty right?

Well, everyday she got one cookie, either from her friends or their moms, or her grandparents, and so on… While she loved her cookies, she also knew her limits and kept filling up extra pieces of cookies in her lovely ‘cookie jar’. Now, some of her cookies were made of fond memories and others were bribes for doing something good or ‘as expected’. Whichever ones she did not like, went into her cookie jar.

As the days went by, her jar kept filling up and there came a time, there was no space remaining anymore for her to keep her precious cookies. By now, the ones below had gathered a mixed taste of all flavors that graced that cookie jar. They no longer retained their originality and were quite unpleasant to smell and taste.
What should she have done in this case? Eaten them, because they were hers and very expensive, or thrown them away in the dustbin because they were no longer edible?

All this while the new ones that she got did not have a place of their own and she was slowly getting a little flustered with this prospect. So one day, she tried reaching for the jar to check the contents, but unfortunately, as luck would have it, the jar came crashing down and all the cookies along with the jar broke.

Oh the poor soul, what a plight! She could not stop staring at the mess that had been created, but somewhere deep down, there was a sense of relief as well.

  • She was no longer obliged to maintain that cookie jar.
  • She could eat or choose not to eat a cookie anytime she wanted.
  • She had the freedom to say NO to someone because she did not have a place to keep so many cookies.
  • Lastly, she was much happier than she ever had been.

*********************************Bang Bang**************************************

Our lives are pretty much the same, don’t you think? We keep collecting sweet and not-so-sweet cookies in the form of appreciation, gratitude, anger, lust, worries, sadness, woes, guilt, lies, temptation, temper, love, and much much more.

Our mind is that ‘Cookie Jar’ that continuously processes these ‘Cookies’ that are presented to us in various forms, but we do not always know how to handle them. We end up filling out Mind and Heart with so many such cookies, that there comes a time where we completely break down and shatter.

This is where we need to learn to STOP and say NO.

  • Do not fill your mind and heart with unnecessary banter that is not required for you to function normally.
  • We often get lost in the rigmarole of societal life and pressure that we forget “WHO WE ARE”. It is time to take all those tasteless, spineless cookies out of the box, and throw them away.
  • Knowing which cookies to let go off and which ones to keep, will HELP you sort your priorities better.
  • Your first responsibility is towards yourself and that is a necessity to be fulfilled.
  • Once your jar is full, we often have a tendency to pass that ‘Cookie’ to someone else and unknowingly, hurt them.
  • Don’t let the jar fill up so much, so quickly… that it becomes unbearable to carry it.

Drop that COOKIE JAR, let it break, let go off all that burden and see your soul free away. It may not be a process that will happen overnight, but with time, you can focus your energy to remove those ‘sweet cookies’ away from your life.

A Cookie Jar of Sorts…

 

Words Shroud My Memory

Words shroud my memory 
Of late spring that we broke
The glasses of wine 
With beauty so bespoke

Words shroud my memory
Of the time we last met
The benign soul 
The beat within…

Words shroud my memory
Of love that remains
Lost in ponder
A vacuum it creates 

Words shroud my memory 
The last moment we met
The capering towers
Of a heart deep within

Words shroud my memory
For the eternal love we share
I stare at you
As life sways away 

I flounder in resonance 
To keep your thoughts alive
Knowing someday 
I will plunder my soul 
To keep yours alive…

My words shroud my memory …¬†