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In my earliest herbal baking thoughts, I imagined two goals. The first was transforming herbs primarily used for tea or alcohol extractions into edible delights making for enjoyable medicine taking. The second was also a transformation, this involving the kitchen as herbal apothecary that anyone could operate. It seemed simple and natural. Ultimately, both goals proved challenging. Adding herbal preparations into baked goods sometimes makes them taste awful. And making herbal preparations sometimes creates cumbersome baking. I am working these out, among other trials.
Lately, I have been having a problem quieting my mind. I am not sure why this is happening, but songs that I do not even like become stuck and I hear them over and over. I don’t like it. I am practicing replacement with a mantra.
Progress not Perfection. This is actually a motto from an amazing online educational resource, Marie Forleo’s B-School. The wisdom, passion, and commitment of this woman and her team are truly brilliant. Throughout her programs, she acknowledges self-doubt as normal and encourages the concept of progress not perfection. I highly recommend checking MarieForleo.com out.
I easily get tripped up by amazing recipe sites, photos, cookbooks, etc. They all look so perfect. I often feel I should never post any of my recipes or ideas until they are perfect. And then I think I would never post in that case. These are imperfect cookies, but yummy, nevertheless. Baking them transforms the kitchen into an alchemical bakery. Herbal baking progress not perfection.