Sometimes, the world doesn’t make sense, and what happened in CT yesterday makes me want to snuggle my little girl all day and all night. Luckily, she is too young to understand something so horrific, and hopefully by the time she is old enough I will have some sort of a meaningful guidance to provide. I just can’t imagine what that would sound like. I lack the ability to verbalize why some people do horrible things. But, this is also a good time to think about all of the good things in the world. I love this website with 26 moments from this year that will restore your faith in humanity. Just try to read it without smiling.
It’s also important to remember that we live in communities, and being part of a supportive neighborhood is fundamental in good times and in bad. If you don’t know your neighbors, then now is the perfect time to open up your door and make friends. Ringing the doorbell with an arm full of cookies and sweets are a good way to light a spark that will hopefully lead to a meaningful relationship. I gave a batch of these cranberry lemon bars to our next door neighbors, and they responded by giving us cookies, too. Win-win! If you are looking to do some community building then definitely give this recipe a try. The tartness enveloped in pie crust is impossible not to enjoy.
Cranberry Lemon Bars
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of one lemon
8 ounces (2 sticks) cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons-1/4 cup cold water
1- 12 ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
juice of one lemon
Source: Adapted from Southern Pink Lemonade