How to Make the Sun Shine

French novelist and art historian Romain Rolland once told the world that it is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails. Artists, photographers, sculptors, crafters do exactly that as they capture not only the sun’s image but its spirit of warmth, hope and birth with their creations of paint, clay, yarn, glass, whatever medium they can find.

Others, as the French Chef, Julia Child, tells us, get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music. Cooking, says author and restaurant critic Craig Claiborne, “is at once child’s play and adult joy.”

Feel like cooking up some sunshine? Begin with this recipe for a quick but delicious Sunny’s Sunshine Cake  from cookbook author and television food show star, Paula Deen. The cake itself is a winner. The Orange Butter Crème Frosting will take the joy of sunshine to a new level!

What is the recipe for your favorite dish of sunshine?

8 thoughts on “How to Make the Sun Shine

  1. When I was younger, I found a heck of a lot of joy in eating cans of frosting. Can’t imagine that now, but I did have a moment where I thought: I should make a bowl of that Orange Butter Crème Frosting!


  2. How right you are. Easter Sunday was a crummy day in DC but I went to mass at the magnificent Basilica and was enveloped with the beauty, came out not even noticing the mist. By the way I have your beautiful book. Naturally went straight to Jim’s chapter and plan to enjoy the book not by delving in but by taking it in respite breaks.


    1. Beauty does have a way of enveloping you. Actually, maybe that’s why you didn’t notice the mist…it, in its own way, envelopes you with its own form of ethereal beauty. Glad you’re enjoying the book. Jim’s chapter was a special sweet spot! Enjoy the rest!


  3. Just today I heard music I’d never heard before — a requiem, Lux Aeterna, by a West Coast composer named Lauridsen of whom I’d never heard, although he very eminent. The Boston Massacre was much on my mind, and first we heard a bombastic emotional requiem by bombastic emotional composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Forgive me if you’re a fan of his; I’m not.) Then we heard this piece by Lauridsen. Gentle, contemplative, hypnotically chantlike — and as I listened, much of the outrage was absorbed into the quiet, and at the end I was restored to somewhat of serenity. It didn’t last, as you know from my post on my blog Touch2Touch, but while it did last, it was of a great relief and release.


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