Today I’m mad at the world. Not only am I pissed off, I’m also discouraged and saddened when I look around. Sometimes I feel hopeless. Do you feel that way too sometimes? Don’t feel bad if you do. It’s almost impossible not to.
Yes, I know I’m begin extremely cynical right now. After all, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and I’m not homeless or ill. Things could be much worse after all.
And guess what? They are. They really, really, are.
Commercial airplanes are being shot down, children are being bombarded (on beaches now?!?), stupid and psychotic parents are leaving their toddlers in hot cars, terrorists and radical groups are still wanting to exterminate us all, etc, etc. And Gaza…I mean, I’m just going to go ahead and say this, can the Middle East just please get along for once? In fact, can we all get along?
I know it’s not that easy, we all have our differences and our deep-rooted beliefs, but when it comes down to it, my simple and pragmatic mind (okay, I’ll admit that it’s not always such a logical mind) tells me that whatever the issue may be, it’s not worth the lives of thousands of people. Figure it out already and stop being selfish, assholes! Stop killing your fellow human!
But wait…I’m not done venting yet. I feel a little better, but I’m not all the way purified from all evil of the world…
Health insurance…Oh my lord, where do I start? Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m not the best person at keeping up with current events, but I don’t have to read the New York Times on a daily basis or hear the president’s Obamacare speeches to tell you that the health system in this nation is truly backwards and borderline useless. I have my own personal experience to know that it just sucks, as I’m sure you may have your own experience as well. Medical care is a human right and necessity, but it’s just a corrupted business in this country.
And last but not least…Yep, I think it’s happened. I may have finally reached my limit of stupidly rude people. People who are obviously bitter and unhappy with their existence and try to make others around them feel just as miserable as they’re feeling.People who don’t acknowledge you when they see you, because somewhere in their little brains, they don’t think that you are worthy of being acknowledged or noticed. People who talk to you in a condescending manner because somewhere in their little rat brains, they are programmed to believe that they are better than you. “Hey, guess what douche? You’re not better than me, but if it makes your day, you can believe that you are.”
Okay, I’m done for now. Anyways, here is some yummy almond granola that will make all of this mess a little bit better, especially if you mix it with some deliciously thick greek yogurt, honey, and fresh berries.
Oh yes, things are already looking brighter.
I love chocolate. I love sweets. Duh, right? I’ve only made pastry my career and main source of income. So therefore, I love these chocolate chip scones. I simply do and I think that you will too.
These scones are full of flavor and unlike many other scones that may appear to be overly dry and extra crumbly, these are moist, fluffy, and tender. I’ve been making them for countless Sunday brunch services. They have become one of my favorite pastries to taste when hunger hits during the morning shift. Ssshh, don’t tell anyone, but I steal a few before I set the tray out on the line. Oh whatever, I’m sure the other cooks do the same thing as well. They’re just hiding it from me.
It’s getting to the point where I think I need to change the scone flavor, but it’s hard to do so when I have these enticing goodies in my recipe book…they always call my name and whisper, “Make me again…you know you want to. No other scone will satisfy you or others quite as much.” By that point I’m exhausted and still half asleep, so I always end up listening to them…obviously. Because scones obviously know the deal. And I’m obviously not crazy just because I can hear scone voices in my head…I promise.
Anyways, I hope that you enjoy these Chocolate Chip Scones as much as I do every week. I have a feeling that you for sure will!
Hello. I’m back. It’s definitely been a while since I last logged into the wordpress panel and clicked “publish” on a post. Two notable signs that show that I’ve been absent from the dessert blogging world are: 1. WordPress password amnesia (but I finally got it right after the third attempt). 2. High accumulation of plugin updates on my wordpress page. But after dealing with both issues, I am finally here blabbling away, just like old times. Oh, how I’ve missed this. But I’ve done this before…leave and temporarily abandon posting from this blog that I created years ago. Most times I knew that I would come back to it. I was certain that I just needed a break from it either because of a lack of inspiration, desire, or due to scheduling interference. But this time, unlike all other times in the past, I thought that it was a definite good-bye and not just a vacation. Kind of sad. When I came to such realization, I was just being honest and pragmatic with myself. I thought that although I have offered a lot of work, thought, and passion to it, that it was time for a departure. My logic was simple, truthful, and somewhat ruthless: there was no way on earth that I could or would want to maintain this blog while holding my new position as pastry chef of two restaurants. So bye-bye sweet-lab. I will miss you. The truth is that I have been extremely busy during this past month. Being a pastry chef of two sister restaurants is definitely challenging, demanding, and exhausting. Your bones hurt, your muscles ache, your mind is tired, and working 14-hour days becomes the new normal. I’m starting to get some assistance at one of the restaurants and am finally starting to see the pieces slowly (but surely) fall into place. Knock on wood… Despite the aching and exhaustion, this line of work is extremely fulfilling to me. I dream of desserts and I’m lucky enough to make those dreams become a reality at work. One of my biggest challenges, however, is to learn how to let go. It just seems impossible to do, but I’m getting better at it for my health and sanity. Things won’t be superb all the time and I can’t always please everyone, especially if I can’t be there all the time to oversee how the desserts leave the kitchen. Let’s just accept that and move on. But going back to sweet-lab… If I got offered the position of pastry chef of two D.C. sister restaurants, I’d like to think that it was not only because of my strong work ethic, but because of this blog. This blog is an open resumé to my abilities and capabilities. This blog has helped keep me sane during difficult times and has given so much more meaning to ordinary days. So how can I just disconnect from it altogether? I can’t. So here is my new plan of action. I will continue to post from sweet-lab. Sure, the posts may or may not be as detailed or as frequent as before, but they will still make an appearance from time to time and I am okay with that. And by the way, how do homemade twix pieces sound to you? I’m making these for a new dessert I plan to include on the menu.
Oh and did I mention that I’m in the midst of planning my wedding? Gotta love all the craziness.
Until next time.