For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Today, I was reading CNN money, and I came across the life story of the Auntie Anne owner. For those who are unfamiliar with Auntie Anne’s, it is a famous pretzel shop here in the USA. It is located in malls and airports. Anyway, she said that she was raised as an Amish. She talked about how she lost her daughter to an accident and how this loss put a strain in her marriage and how it led her to live a miserable marriage. In spite of being a Christian, she had an affair with the pastor who counselled her during the tough times. In my judgmental point of view, that would have been enough to mock her as a person and mock her as a hypocrite. But rather, I saw her as I saw myself – a sinner. I was once a sinner but now I am forgiven, redeemed by the death and resurrection of Christ. Then she found hope, she accepted the forgiveness, she stood up confidently before her God and turned her life around. She was blessed in spite of her past indiscretions, her husband forgave her. Currently,they are happily married and they are giving financial and emotional support in their community. She let the saving power of God make the past be a past. This is the power of forgiveness and humility – they give you hope. You can try life once again, and then create a master piece of your life.
Although the Auntie Annne’s life was an inspiration, how about let us talk about this pretzel masterpiece. It came about after the second attempt. It was a result after throwing the first dough and trying making another one. It was the result of not giving up after the first mistake…I made the mortal sin of recipe reading – the mistake of not reading through the whole recipe from top to bottom. The top of the recipe said 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter. I melted all the 8 tablespoon and pour it all into the flour mixture. By not reading the lower part of the recipe, I missed the part in which you just have to use 2 tablespoon of the butter for the dough and the remaining 6 tablespoon butter is for dipping. The result, a ridiculously wet,gooey, unusable goop. What a waste of butter, yeast and flour. Now that the goop is in the trash, I am starting over again. Hmmm, life is like that too. You have to forgive yourself and start over again. Do it continually, and you will get a delicious life. I mean pretzels.
PS : You will notice in the recipe that I mentioned over and over again how many tablespoon to use. I do not want you to make the same mistake. I will say it again, ” 2 TABLESPOON FOR THE DOUGH AND THE REMAINING 6 TABLESPOON FOR THE DIPPING OF THE PRETZELS.” Do not get mad, I shouted at you. I just do not want you to make the same mistake I did. Here is the link for Auntie Anne’s life and you can bake this Walnut Banana Bread for the left over walnut you got.