Newsletter 2 :: 11/01/2011
Hard to believe the holiday season is once again upon us. When I read this article I found it particularity appropriate. Christmas is the time for giving and sharing. As we prosper our children and grandchildren seem to get more and more each year. Why do we do it? And where do we go from here. Questions I have asked myself many times over. I believe the answer lies below.
In the best of health, Brygete
A MOMENT OF TRUTH
Too Many Things by Madison Taylor
One of the greatest things about children is that they have the ability to entertain themselves for a long periods of time with something as simple as a cardboard box or set of measuring spoons. It makes you wonder why we feel the need to buy them so many toys - so many that they wont even have time to play with them all before they grow out of them. Often, if we take the time to question our compulsion to constantly give our children new toys and clothes, and to spoil them with food that is not even good for them, we will find that we are trying to fill up the space to avoid our own difficult feeling and pain. If you feel yourself wanting to spoil child with material possessions, take a moment and see if you can feel where your motivation is coming from.
We may be inundating our children with things they don't need out of desire to create a feeling of abundance that our own childhoods lacked. Or perhaps its our of a need to feel liked by our children. Both of these motives tend to be unconscious, stemming from unresolved issues from our own upbringing or even our adult life. These unresolved feelings naturally come up when we find ourselves in the role of a parent, often as our child reaches the age we where when these traumas where most pronounced.
But spoiling your children will not save you or make your pain disappear. Only acknowledging and working on your emotional issues can do that. What our children really need is for us to provide both a sense of safety and a sense of freedom and love, of which there can never be too much. If we are able to do this well, material possessions need not take centre stage.
We all want to provide our children with a good and happy life. But most of us know, deep down, that material possessions play a very small role in that. We confuse our children when we seek to make them happy through buying them things. When we do this, they take our cue that happiness comes in the form of toys and treats, rather than in the joy of being alive and surrounded by love, free to explore the world.
By Madison Taylor
Madison Taylor is a bestselling author and co founder of the popular inspirational website www.dailyom.com
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2/3 cup molasses or sorghum
1/3 cup softened butter or Spectrum Spread
1/4 cup frozen concentrate apple juice, thawed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 egg whites
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup frozen concentrate apple juice, thawed
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix the molasses, butter, apple juice concentrate, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl for 3 minutes, and then whisk them into the wet ingredients.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together, including the orange zest, in a separate, large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, using a wooden spoon to mix everything together until the dough becomes stiff. Knead the dough with clean hands for a couple of minutes, and then divide it in half.
- Flatten each half into 2 round disks, wrap them in plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer until they are completely chilled, at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- After the dough has thoroughly chilled, roll it out on a floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with a little more flour. Roll it out into 1/8-inch-thick slabs, and then cut it into shapes with a cookie cutter. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the cut cookie shapes with the apple juice concentrate.
- Smear the baking sheet with 1/4 teaspoon of butter and arrange the cookies on top. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until they turn a light golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes 32 cookies
Per serving (1 cookie):
Fat 1.8 g
Saturated fat 0.1 g (1.6% of calories from fat)
Protein 1.6 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fiber 0.5 g