Life Well Lived #10: Stumbles & Stepping High
When life offers lemons, make lemonade.
The lemon life delivered this week was my experiment with sweetening the Artisan Bread mentioned in my last post. When a reader wrote that he was going to try the recipe, I advised: Adding sugar and dried fruits didn’t go well. Must run an advisory in next week’s post. Turned out a bit tangy. [Will stick with muffin recipes for that kind of thing.] Perhaps I used too much yeast for the heavier, non-wheat flours.
Here’s how I made ‘lemonade’ from that bitter bread:
- Crumbled everything while watching Chopped-Beat Bobby Flay.
- Put all those crumbles on cookie sheets, baked them for four hours at 200 degrees. [They got really crunchy.]
- Made granola with this recipe
- Decided that was a way lot of maple syrup and honey for a couple servings [made with my dehydrated bread, it tasted like peanut brittle candy], so …
- Pulverized remaining crumbles in my seed-coffee grinder and now have fine-ground bread crumbs.
Voila! Stumbles can be stepping stones. As the philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Geothe said, “By seeking and blundering, we learn.”
Learn what? Astronomer Carl Sagan suggested “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
And, I promise, no more Artisan Bread posts!!
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When life offers lemons:
- Stay flexible. Accept that we can’t control everything and life is unpredictable.
- Maintain good, healthy relationships with family and friends.
- Learn from situations so that history doesn’t repeat itself.
- Stay positive.
Here are four more tips.
And, here are Five, Powerful Ways to Turn Adversity Into Opportunity.
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