Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cinnamon Swirl Bread| Comforts

Yesterday was one of those days. You know? One of those days when you wake up, look in the mirror and ask yourself--what am i doing here?? Well yeah, yesterday was one of them. I woke up in a funk.

a grouch. a brat. a very unpleasant person to be around.

....whatever you want to call it, i was.

After Susan and Jovan left to go back to the States, i've been completely and utterly homesick. While the family was here they talked about Thanksgiving and Christmas and cold weather! and how they are going to be able to go back to their family and friends. While i have to stay here where Thanksgiving isn't even celebrated, Christmas isn't spent cuddled up by the fire, cold weather is a joke, and all my family and close friends are not with me to spend it with. Note that i am a girl of traditions. I'm going to be completely honest. Some of you may not care that its hot during Christmas orrr don't even like celebrating Thanksgiving with a huge family. But i do. So please bare with me.
Anyways, the thought of it all made me want to stay in bed for the whole day and drown in my self-pitty. I kept thinking and wishing that i could have gone back with them. Well. Then reality kicked in and i took a cold shower then put on shorts and a t-shirt.

But then i found a recipe for cinnamon swirl bread.

The excitement that which dowelled within me got bigger and bigger. I could not hold it anymore.
I, Cassidy Gibson, had to make this bread! It was taunting me, telling me i had to. I just had to make it. It promised me comfort when i would put on those oven-mitts and take it out of the oven. When the cinnamon and sugar ( and butter, you can't forget the butter) all melted together and became very good friends, filling the whole kitchen with a sweet, savory smell that would bring warmth in every sense.
And you want to know what i did? I made the bread. There, i said it. I made it! took me a couple dramatic trial and errors but i made it.
And you want to know another thing?? I tasted AMAZING. Yeah, it did. It really did.
I found that there was something very comforting to be making cinnamon swirl bread. As Julie would say--
" I love that after a day when nothing is sure. And when i say nothing, i mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yokes to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. Its such a comfort."
Julie is right. I'm not so sure of my life right now. I don't really know what i'm doing here in Jinja, Uganda. But i do know that when i mix eggs, flour and water, it will become doughy.
So, cinnamon swirl bread! kept your promise and followed through. You did bring me comfort when i took you out of the oven. You brought me warm in every sense. You succeeded to be one of the most delicious breads i have ever made. Thank you.
Well now is the time where i must show you the final masterpiece!

No, i'm totally kidding. 
This isn't my bread. My bread did do many miraculous things, but it didn't look pretty in my camera. So i had to use PW's bread. Anyways, theres that. A whole lot of my venting and a picture of a delicious looking bread. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I believe the adage still holds true: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!" You WILL SUCCEED and your camera will show....YES U CAN! I'll watch for THAT posting!
    I must say, when friends - any age - move away for any reason, there is NO WAY to not miss them....I've surely experienced it here where I live but I ask the Lord to fill the void - IN HIS TIMING - then PATIENCE...hard but true.
    love, MamMaw