There are a lot of people in this world that are really fabulous cooks. It seems as if they all have that "secret ingredient" that they like to use. It's usually some combination of spices. Every once in a blue moon I watch a cooking show. It's kind of fascinating to watch people put their creations together. But I can honestly say that I have never once felt even the tiniest twinge of jealousy over their abilities. I am not a good cook and I don't like to cook. People seem surprised by that fact all too often. I am not sure why. Maybe they just think it's my womanly duty to cook. I used to have a friend who said all artists like to cook and she was absolutely certain I would be good at it if I would just try. But I don't want to try. I don't like fussing with food.
Yesterday morning I was hit with a mad urge to run through the house gripping several sprinkle bottles of glitter and shaking them with wild abandon all over the carpet. I didn't do it of course because I thought it would be impossible to clean up. But I entertained the notion for good several minutes before rationality set in. I would just like to mention that I love love LOVE Martha Stewart's glitter. It's very fine so it add sparkle without being immediately noticeable. and it comes in great shaker bottles. It's kind of expensive but she has the most fabulous array of colors that you don't normally see.
Last night I spent several hours fancying up all my main pics to give my etsy shop a continuity I was lacking. (You can see a sample of what I did in the previous post, or you can just stroll on over to etsy and see the whole thing, I am particularly proud of my new banner.) As I was doing it, I wished there was a way to add a little glitter to my page. Of course virtual glitter isn't nearly as good as the real thing and I haven't figured out a way to apply it to the virtual world. Although...hmmm...well I digress and that will have to wait til tomorrow.
But as I was again lamenting that I couldn't add that magical sparkle to every single thing in my world it hit me. Glitter is my secret ingredient! It's my spice of choice. I suddenly felt an odd kinship with all those cooks in the world. For one shining moment, I knew how they felt as they add that dash of whatever it is they go to that makes them feel just that much better about what they make. Maybe we all have that special ingredient that we add to every thing we do. It's the thing that takes an ordinary creation and makes it personalized and all our own.
So here is my very first recipe:
Add a teaspoon of glitter
A pound and a half of love
Combine in a very large bowl with a 3 cups of raw creativity and bake at 350 degrees for however long you want.