I was coming back from a recent vacation with my husband and son and we were served these yummy cookies, Biscoff, that I discovered for the first time last year. Last July my son Jordan and I were visiting friends whose parents live in Bermuda, which is where I was first introduced to this delicious cookie. I decided to close the shop for two weeks instead of one week. Well, my friend Susan suggested that we visit with them and I said that Chris couldn’t come because he had just started a new job. Susan said with such a smile, “ We love Chris, but you and Jordan can still come!” I never thought to go without him and when I mentioned it to him he said with such excitement, “ You and Jordan should go! You work so hard and deserve to go.”
No need to twist my arm! We were there for 5 days and many of the nights ended with cookies and biscuits and many rounds of SkipBo. This vacation could be described with my four favorite “F” words: friends, fun, food and family all rolled into one wonderful vacation. I just loved the Biscoff cookies. Oh, the gorgeous Bermuda water and sunsets were just amazing too!
I brought a few bags of cookies home with me, not realizing that they were sold in my local grocery store. I immediately went to my kitchen trying to recreate this cookie, with one disappointing batch after another. Not that they weren’t good, they just weren’t that exact sensory experience that I had. Of course, once I discovered that they were sold here, I stopped trying to duplicate them. Usually from a creative standpoint I would have kept going, but as I get older I have learned to weigh my time versus the effort and the true outcome I’m looking for. At this point in my life , I am all about work life balance. And all of those extra hours that I would spend trying to get that perfect cookie right, that already exist, is time I could spend with my family.
As my dad often says about himself and I adopt the same philosophy , “I am a work in progress.” I am trying to be a good student.