“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.”

As Kate Angell says, “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.

So last week, I made cinnamon buns. Gluten free cinnamon buns. Sounds great right? My sister, who is gluten intolerant, could eat them, I could eat them, they were going to be the perfect, Saturday morning project.

Well, it turned out to be an all day, Saturday project…

I made the dough, put it in a bowl to rise, and ran some errands for about an hour. I arrive home, excited to look under the towel that covered the bowl to see my perfect, fluffy dough, but the results were a little underwhelming. The dough hadn’t risen.

It looked, smelled, and felt fine, so I continued with the process. I rolled out the dough, made the filling, and cut it into nice little rolls. That’s when I realized they needed to rise for another hour. With a lot of sighing, I waited a full hour for them to rise. They didn’t.

They (again) just looked good, but not risen and fluffy. I put them in the oven and baked them, crossing my fingers and praying that these cinnamon buns would rise in the oven, even though they hadn’t in the two hours outside of the oven. Again, they didn’t. They came out of the oven looking like cinnamon buns baked in the sun of the Sahara Desert and let’s just say I wasn’t happy.

This. This was the result of my hours upon hours of labor. So I was ready to throw them away, but my mom just said to try them. The moment of truth? They… weren’t too bad. They had the taste of a cinnamon bun, the only real difference was the way they looked and there was a slight texture difference.

This really shows that sometimes, you put so much hard work and effort into something, and it doesn’t turn out how you expect. It didn’t turn out bad, just not as I expected. These cinnamon buns weren’t beautiful on the outside like I was hoping, but they had an inner beauty. They still tasted wonderful and if you put enough glaze on anything, it’ll taste good.

-Sarah