I’m doing my usual looking at Pinterest or a magazine and I see something and I think, “I can make that!” I’m rarely happy with what I create but I have the desire to create. Weird huh? I keep forgetting that the food in magazines and probably Pinterest too is FAKE FOOD. I’ve never gotten anything to look like the picture. I struggle with wanting everything to be perfect and just so. With kids
perfection really doesn’t matter. I’m learning that kids love any attempt to make something special, kids just wanna have fun.
The triplets were homeschooled until the 4th grade, and then they began “traditional” school. I wanted to make something special for their first day of school. I decided to make a back to school pencil cake I had seen in Family Fun
Magazine. Family Fun is a tremendous resource to have; most of their projects are made with household items and easy to follow instructions. Their website is http://familyfun.go.com/. The directions are to make a large pan brownie and shape it into a pencil; the frosting completes the illusion. Well, as usual I wasn’t pleased with my attempt. In fact I can’t believe I even gave it to the kids but they loved it. They didn’t see the messy icing they just saw the excitement of
going to” traditional” school and dessert! Seeing it through their eyes has helped
me learn to just try. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate or PERFECT. I
have included a picture of my “beautiful” pencil cake. It’s hard for me to show you my less than perfect attempt but I wanted to encourage you to go ahead and try even if it’s not exactly how you had pictured it or seen it. Remember, the food in magazines is fake food!
The perfect pencil cake from Family Fun.
My pencil cake. My porpotions' are off don't you think?
The triplets with the pencil cake.
perfection. But I think I miss out on the day to day fun when I
think things have to be perfect.
Thinking about this post I could hear Patsy Cline singing “If I could see
the world through the eyes of a child”. It’s a beautiful song, to listen it on
YouTube click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2YIAsW1MKE.
To conclude, the triplets are helping me more in the kitchen and they LOVE presentation. They pull out all the stops when setting the table! ?Opps? maybe I learned too late? Anyone else struggle with perfection? Anyone else discover the truth about fake food? I encourage you to be creative and jump in with both feet and watch your kid’s reactions.