Tomorrow, a good friend of mine from Austin, Texas will be flying to Colorado to visit with Kenny and myself. I haven't seen her in over a year and I am looking forward to showing her the area that we live in.
I was hit with a domestic bug today and this doesn't happen too often. I decided to bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies. I looked in the pantry and I had a bag of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips. I looked over the recipe and proceeded to pull out all the ingredients.
As I began to pull out the ingredients, I began to wonder, why do you need these ingredients to bake cookies? Of course, I decided to google, why do you need flour to bake cookies? And then, I began to google each of the ingredients.
This is what I found out:
Flour is what holds it together. It is the base ingredient and the starting point.
Baking soda causes the batter to rise when baked.
Salt is essential to open up the flavors in both savory & sweet dishes.
Butter gives baked goods body and texture.
Sugar makes sweets taste sweeter, but it also a vital component in the chemical process that takes your recipe from batter to baked goods. Without it, not only would the cakes and cookies not be sweet, but they wouldn't bake at all.
Eggs are essential in building structure. They are about 75% moisture, 12% protein, 10% fat and 2% sugar.
Chocolate chips is the unique flavor that makes it different from other cookies.
As I thought about these ingredients and why they are needed, I began to think about people and how we are all different, but we also have a lot in common.
DNA is what makes us, uniquely us.
Heart pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body to sustain life.
Kidneys keep the makeup of the blood stable which lets the body function.
Liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. There is the production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion.
Blood - red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. The white blood cells help fight infection.
I could go on and on and on, but I will stop.
Just like cookies, we are wonderfully made. The verse that comes to mind is "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:13-14
As the cookies are baking, the aroma is throughout the house. The aroma brings a smile to my face and I am thankful for what God has created within me.