We'll start off with the simple things that make you smile and then work up to the greatest smile of all.
A spring day ( Epanoui- In full bloom beaming and cheerful) with a glistening sun orchestrating its magical glow over the waves pounding the ivory shell laden sandy beach.
In the distance the outline of Tulips raising their sleepy heads towards the sun grasping energy enhancing rays bringing the colorful spectrum of flowers to life. Smiles wrapped in smiles witnessing a visual sensory experience dusted with the fragrance of salty air.
To add another layer to this visual just include a euphonious voice singing your favorite melodies backed by harmonious instrumentals driven by a beat that sways your soul... this picture will most certainly bring a smile that holds this moment in time.
Children laughing, music playing, couples dancing, sunsets, or a sojourn through a forest capturing the serenity and peacefulness that breathes in tranquillity to re-generate your state of mind. Whatever brings a smile to your face it is important to live in the moment and remember that the simple things in life are what really matters.
Seeing a family member you haven't seen in years or a great friend from the past most certainly always brings a smile to your face. The humanity of connection brings an internal smile that is genuine, lasting, and beautiful. That bond is formed in trust strengthened by time and creates a bridge etched in the memories of events only shared by those in that moment.
When I was knee high to a grasshopper I can remember another experience that always lifted my spirits and brought an immediate smile to my face... my mother's baking. Sometimes I'd smell that delicious aroma and be pulled towards the kitchen like a dog to a bone. Nothing could stop my curiosity and urge to try whatever brought me to that spatula covered in the sweet goodness of culinary delights. This brings me to a recipe from my mom's repertoire of desserts destined to bring a smile to your face.
UNBELIEVABLE CARROT CAKE
1 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 TSP Real Vanilla Extact
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Cups Wheat Flour
2 TSP Baking Soda
2 TSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Sea Salt
1 20 OZ Can Crushed Pineapple (Drain)
2 Cups Medium Organic Carrots (Don't take short cut with pre-packaged)
2 Cups Walnuts
7 OZ Coconut
1. Mix oil, eggs, real vanilla extract, and brown sugar
2. In another bowl mix dry ingredients: Wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt.
3. Mix drained pineapple, carrots, walnuts, and coconut with all ingredients.
4. Prepare PAZAZ™ Heavy Duty Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan, grease and flour pan. Bake 45-55 minutes.
Call me for secret frosting recipe.
However, the greatest smile of all is watching your baby being born and the everlasting joy that makes a house a home, and a relationship bonded with unconditional love.
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