On Seeming Effortless

Cinnamon rolls have to be one of my favorite foods.

Over at Pioneer Woman this morning I was drooling at her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Sweet Rolls. The recipe even starts from the yeast, and not from a blue can you tear paper off of and bang on the counter’s edge.

Man, I like Ree’s blog almost as much as I like the idea of making those rolls for myself and my family. I mean, look at the amount of effort it took to take the photos of that process. That is thoughtful attention to detail.

I reckon I can see why Ree gets hundreds of comments on her blog… she does good work and she makes it look so effortless. Usually that is the sort of person I want to have killed, but for some reason, Pioneer Woman speaks to my soul. I mean, have you seen the way she treats a toothpaste tube?

Anyway, we all have some skill like that. That something we twiddle away at mindlessly while other people stare helplessly, longingly. Playing the guitar, knitting a sweater, downshifting into third.

Just this morning, when I am craving a hot sweet roll, Ree has got one over on everybody.

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Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 

  5 comments for “On Seeming Effortless

  1. Stacy Kearney
    October 25, 2010 at 7:06 am

    She’s someone you’d like to be your neighbor, ya know?

    • October 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

      @Stacy, exactly! Although I fear I would abuse her. What could I give her in return?? A poem? A lesson on how to drive a stick shift? Even though I believe we all have gifts, I definitely FEEL that some have more than others!

  2. October 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Please tell me she does this blog for a living.

    • October 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

      Well, as my friend Tara Gentile (Scoutiegirl.com) says: blogs don’t make you money. It’s everything you do around them that does. I reckon she has used the blog to promote herself, then got a cookbook deal, etc.

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