May 30, 2023 - Things to Do

Why collecting cute things is good for you

Edible pear bunnies adorn a salad. Photo courtesy of Anne Reeves

When Anne Reeves went to a party with three dozen gingerbread cookies in a "darling" gingerbread house tin, the cookies were appreciated — but the tin got all the attention.

Driving the news: The author of "Moments of Delight," who is based in Washington state, is on a campaign to teach people that "cute is forever," she told Axios.

Why it matters: Because curating and creating items that bring pleasure every time they're seen brings moments of happiness, and that's worth cultivating.

  • "We need bright spots in our lives," she said.

How it works: The "power of cute," as Reeves said, can be seen in the edible lemon pear bunnies she makes to accompany her salads.

  • Boil the liquid from a 15-ounce can of pears with ¼ cup of water. Remove from heat and add 3 ounces of lemon Jell-O powder, stir until it dissolves then add the pureed pears and 1 cup of half-and-half.
  • Pour into any adorable mold and freeze for at least three hours. Unmold 20 minutes before serving.

What they're saying: "Guests can't believe how cute they are," she said. "I’ll have the mold forever, and I can bring delight whenever I want. That is powerful."

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