Magic Bank and Maple Corn Triangles

by Joanne on January 18, 2011

Several months ago my Uncle in the U.K. sent me an email.  It was a thought provoking letter that I want to share with you.  I’m not sure of it’s origin because Uncle Ralph forward it to me from one of his friends.   Maybe you’ve heard of this “Magic Bank”?

Imagine that you had won a prize in a contest where each morning a deposit would be made to your bank account in the amount of $86,400.00 for you to use. The prize has rules.

The first set of rules:

Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You can only spend it.

Each morning when you wake up, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for just that day.

The second rule:

The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, It’s over, the game is over! Your bank account is closed and you will not receive a new one.

What would you do with your bank account?

Maybe you would buy anything and everything you wanted? But not only for yourself, for all the people you love? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

Wouldn’t you try to spend every cent and use it all?

This game is actually REALITY!

Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. The MAGICAL BANK IS TIME.

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven’t lived up to that day is forever lost. Yesterday is gone forever. Each morning the account is refilled, but the account can be dissolved at any time, WITHOUT WARNING.

So…what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount in dollars?

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. Take care of yourself. Be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life!

Have a beautiful day!

Maple Corn Triangles

Sweet or savory?  This recipe will accommodate either preference.  It all began with a recipe for Semolina Biscuits and somehow manifested itself into a Maple Corn Biscuit but finally resulted in triangles after slicing. 


A recipe based on a meal by Remy Funfrock, Executive Restaurant Pastry Chef for The Broadmoor, Colorado.

Makes 16 to 24 servings depending on how the biscuit is sliced. *Note: This is a weight based recipe so you will need a scale


  • 1.5 oz Maple Syrup *Make sure to check out Maple Syrup World for maple products.
  • 6 oz milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2.0  oz Masa (or fine corn meal)
  • 2 oz Promise Healthy Heart Margarine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • .65 oz cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2.0 oz granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 370 deg. F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the maple syrup, milk, and lemon juice to a boil *It WILL separate.  When boiling, add the masa and whisk as you remove it from the heat.  It will thicken.  Add the margarine to melt, then the egg yolks and cornstarch.  Mix well then set aside to cool.

Whip the egg whites with the sugar to a medium peak and fold into the somewhat cooled masa mixture.  Pour and spread (not too thin) the batter onto the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until light brown.


Enjoy as a snack or light dessert.  


If you want a nice delicate biscuit to serve with dinner, it will accommodate as a savory side.


You’re probably thinking..”hmm…recipe for cornbread?”   Smile  Yeah. Kind of.  Enjoy!

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  • At 2011.01.18 07:22, Heather said:

    What a great letter. And reality check. Puts in perspective the important things in life.
    Have a great day!

    • At 2011.01.18 08:40, Joanne said:

      I agree. Thanks Heather 🙂

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        • At 2011.01.18 11:14, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

          My first thought was cornbread. Then hoe cakes! Mmmm looks like an anytime dish to me.
          I was thinking of time this morning. How much we spend at work. At the gym. Talking to friends/bloggers. Yes, even asleep. I like the way you put it. Very thought provoking.

          • At 2011.01.18 13:45, Lori said:

            I like that letter a lot. 😀

            And I always loves some cornbread! My favorite way to have it is with a bit of butter and honey.

            • At 2011.01.18 14:04, Joanne said:

              That is one excellent mind game and such a positive outlook on life! It is so true…every second is a gift and we should use wisely!

              These cornbread triangles look delicious! I’ll take cornbread in just about any form I can get it.

              • At 2011.01.18 15:55, Joanne said:

                Thanks Amanda. It had me thinking when I recieved it. My Unc. sends some good ones. He is a minister in the U.K. Keeps me on track. 🙂

                • At 2011.01.18 15:56, Joanne said:

                  I tend to go for sweet cornbreads. But still like to dip them in everything.

                  • At 2011.01.18 15:56, Joanne said:

                    Joanne – you’re right – it’s a mind game. I like that.

                    • At 2011.01.18 17:03, Monet said:

                      What a powerful scenario you shared with us! I was just thinking about how precious each and every day is…we never know when we are going to have our last! Thank you for providing me with motivation to grasp life by its horns! Your maple corn triangles sound delicious. Thank you for sharing another great recipe with me. I hope you had a great day…and that tomorrow is even better. Hugs!

                      • At 2011.01.18 18:16, Juliana said:

                        Nice letter…and sure make us think 🙂 The triangle look yummie, love stuff made with cornmeal and must be very light with egg whites.

                        • At 2011.01.18 19:03, Joanne said:

                          Thanks Monet. You’re right! Can’t wait for tomorrow – a better day. 🙂

                          • At 2011.01.18 19:04, Joanne said:

                            Juliana – they are quite light but I think next time I make them, I will decrease the yolks to 2 and keep the whites the same.

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