2 days ago
I woke up at 5, unable to sleep, the sound of birds chattering outside the window, and thought again about a long hike earlier this week. This sun-dappled path, the way the trees perfectly framed our route. Inexplicably, as we walked we caught a pleasant whiff of what smelled like freshly baked bread. "There must be a bakery nearby," I said to my friends. The aroma made me hungry and conjured the immediate thought of a toasted croissant split and filled with grilled veggies, delicate folds of butter lettuce, some soft cheese, and a swipe of spicy mustard.
Farther down the path, dozens of fallen reddish purple berries littered the ground. The birds in the huge tree were having a feast. I thought of blackberry galettes. Lazy swirls of roasted strawberry compote ribboning through just-churned vanilla bean ice cream. Fresh raspberries tumbling into a jam jar and heaped with vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and baked streusel crumbs.
I love that inspiration is everywhere, all around us.
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