Empathy is a kind of emotional mirroring. Your friend is excited, so you get excited. You yawn – they yawn. When your world feels upside down, and someone reaches through the dark, holds your hand and says, “I know what you’re dealing with. I understand,” you feel better because you’re not alone. This feeling helps bring us together. It connects us as we share this thing called LIFE.
ya feelin’ me?
yeah. i feel ya…
A, B, C.
a little moment
The little girl flung her pencil across the room and tore her paper in half. It was the nice thick paper that she had gotten from Santa, so it made a satisfying heavy tearing sound.
She did it again. And again. Until there was only white confetti around her chair.
“Pick up that mess!” Her mom was making dinner, and talking on the phone. A miracle she even saw what her youngest daughter had done.
The girl sat there, fuming. Picking up her new pencil box, she shook out all of the shiny glossy sticks. Each one sharpened to a point. One by one, she slowly pressed the tips down hard on the table, watching the wood crack and splinter. Her dad walked by and saw her little pile of destruction. He was on his way outside to shovel snow off the driveway. “Santa’s going to give you coal next year because he can see you don’t take care of your things.” A few seconds later, the screen door slammed and she could hear her dad’s footsteps crunching down to the shed.
Putting her head down on the table, she sat there swinging her short legs. She was mad because her N’s didn’t look right, and her W’s looked like M’s. Her older sister came running down the stairs and saw all the torn paper on the floor. “You’re writing? I can show you! Letters are really hard, but it gets easy.” Together they pulled out a fresh smooth sheet of paper and sharpened a pencil. It kept cracking, and the pencil ended up being much shorter after a new point was successfully made. Two little heads, bent over the desk, one slightly bigger than the other. She went through the entire alphabet three wobbly times. Her big sister said that it was easy to mix up the B’s and the D’s, but that one day, she would magically understand the difference…
…and she believed her.
Eat Your Emotions: Empathy - Tahini SablésPrint This
- 225g (2 sticks or 16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temp
- 75g (1/3 cup) tahini
- 140g (2/3 cup) sugar
- 3g (1/2 tsp) salt
- 375g (3 cups) all purpose flour
- 50g (1/3 cup) roasted peanuts, chopped
- optional topping: powdered sugar
tips for success:
- use a cupcake pan for individual shortbread rounds, or you can use individual tart rings if you have them.
- use a piping bag to make easy work of individual rounds
- if you have no molds, you can use one round 9″ cake or pie pan, and cut into wedges after baking.
- a stand mixer with paddle attachment is helpful
- preheat oven to 325 F.
- butter your molds. if you are using one large pan, line it with parchment paper like it is a big cupcake.
- cream together sugar, salt, butter, tahini until well combined and airy
- add in the flour. paddle it on low/med speed for at least 5 minutes.
- add in the chopped peanuts. paddle it until evenly transferred.
- pipe in or scoop even spoonfuls into the molds. press it down evenly. if you are using the cupcake pan or tart rings, the dough should be a little less than 1/2″ thick. if you are using one large pan, spread the dough evenly over the bottom, edge to edge.
- bake until lightly browned. the time will vary depending on your chosen shape. for small individual rounds, check back in 15 minutes, then monitor until lightly browned. they should not get too dark.
- cool 5 minutes. dust with powdered sugar if desired. cut large round into shapes now. cool completely in pans.