Who eats a Cherry Pocket Pie, Ice Cream, Berry Crisp, and Strawberry Cream Cake and washes it all down with Sangria while waiting for a Ginger-Apricot Pie to bake in the oven?
Is this a dream you might ask?
Fortunately enough for me it was real - this is exactly what I got to do the night before my vacation…what a way to kick things off.
Ahhh, the day in the life... Blessed is the only word that comes to mind.
The “Boys of Summer” (family of friends from my beach house) pitched in to get me the most wonderful birthday present – cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma.
So, I put away the harmonica and sneakers for a night and sat down to watch, learn, listen and indulge.
As I approached the counter, I saw preparations for the first recipe – ooh this is going to be fun!
A woman named Anne and Pastry Chef Mack guided us through a most delightful baking and tasting experiences.
Pastry Chef Mack was so generous with his tips and tricks of the trade. He demonstrated different treatments for great pie crusts, while working with all-butter dough recipes which was music to my ears. He was such a good-natured guy and a great pastry chef, you could just tell. He made me wanted to listen and learn more about pastry and his own personal experiences.
Anne was a kindhearted woman, generous with her smiles and conversation as she mixed the berries for her crisp. The aroma of warm berries was like no other. I mean, how can you go wrong with baking pecans, brown sugar, rolled oats and butter sprinkled over warm berries and then, to top it all off, drizzle it with honey?
Um, let’s just sing “deeee-lish” right now and get it over with!
You couldn’t have asked for two better hosts. It was as if I stepped into my Grandmother’s kitchen – all of the warmth and conversation you would get visiting with people that stopped by.
It was a smaller class, which is why I think it worked so well. There was a fabulous woman named Phyllis who was quite captivating. She was sitting next a quieter woman with very kind eyes and a great smile. The third had her pastry degree but chose a career in finance. It was ladies night (except for Mack of course).
We covered it all from vanilla bean paste and a cherished cherry pitter with a shield (say that five times in a row lol) all the way to life in general.
There was one conversation in particular that stood out to me. It was a discussion about being busy and that there never seems to be enough time in the day. Everyone’s heads were nodding and there was full agreement from the entire group. Phyllis interjected and said that she had been retired for 9 years now and that there is still not enough time in the day to do everything she would like to do. She said that you just have to know that now, because it is not going to change.
That stuck with me. It is funny how little life lessons are introduced at just the right time when they seem just soooo very relevant.
So, along with my lessons in baking came a little life treat that is more of a gentle reminder that I wanted to share with you - Be mindful. Don’t wait or keep waiting for a time when you are going to have more time - stop leaving “it” for later…
I don’t think we will ever feel like there is enough time, so the "later" may never come – do what you want to do now.
This reminded me of a quote that I read once:
What a class -baking, eating and life lessons by the instructors and the audience all in one sitting.
Thank you Mack and Anne...and thank you Phyllis!
PS. If you are new to my blog, please note that I don't work for Williams-Sonoma and do not have any affiliations with the company other than being a customer and having a really great time at the class... Just in case you were wondering!