Last year brought about a lot of changes, and one of my favorites (besides my relationship status 😉) is the shift in my creativity.
I don’t just have to be a writer, y’all, and though that hurts a little to recognize, it’s also been fun and incredibly healthy to explore other areas of creativity.
The main one I’ve been focusing on is…
I’ve always loved to bake and was already trying my hand at a few recipes when I began the wondrous show Great British Bake-Off. (Raise your hand if you’re eagerly waiting the next season!) It started off as my peaceful “comfort show” perfect for ending some pretty strange days, but the more I watched, the more inspired I was and it has grown exponentially from there. Just look at my pan collection. 😂
I find inspiration in so many places–pretty Pinterest pictures, tempting Google suggestions, my longtime favorite YouTube channel Chelsweets… Even watching YouTube baking fails with Joshua. 😂 Right now it’s mainly two shows in the theme of GBBO, and I couldn’t be happier.
Dame Mary Berry says it best. ❤️
Back to my pan collection… It’s getting happily out of hand. I’ve picked up a few at thrift stores (Joshua is a supportive and great fun shopping buddy), bought seconds and thirds of favorites to make baking large quantities easier. You might even say the pans that started it all are my doughnut tins I recieved for my pandemic birthday.
This past birthday, my supportive family bought me some icing bags and cake boards (essentials I run out of quickly!), an adorable yellow cake plate, delightful sprinkles, and a rotating cake plate which is a LIFESAVER.
Besides my cake cabinet, I also have drawers full of supplies and tools and a cabinet of cake stands/plates. 😉
One of my favorite tools–my KitchenAid flex edge beater–gets the job done.
I’m a researcher by nature (or nurture?? I was homeschooled… 🤔😉), so one of my absolute favorite things has been watching copious amounts of YouTube videos and reading recipes. It’s seriously good fun.
I can research as much as I want to, but there’s still nothing that beats the trial and error of hands on practice. My example below just shocks me when I realize how far I’ve come.
My first ever attempt at pink lemonade mini drip cakes, October 2020. 😬😬🤭 They, um, at least tasted good.
February 2021, same idea with much more skills gained. Also, raspberries make everything prettier. 😍😎 (And my sister is the sweetest!)
Quite a few cakes in, and I’ve finally discovered my favorite way to transport cake. No melting or sliding! Phew. (And please admire the tiny chocolate bars. The mold for them was an impulse buy I do not regret. 😁)
I laugh every time someone on a baking show says “food brings people together”, but it really does. Some of my favorite things I’ve done these past 17 months were baking related.
My long-distance friend Mikayla is so good at coming up with things for us to do together, and video calling while baking the same thing might be my favorite. ❤️
We made mint chocolate chip cupcakes. 😋😋
One of my highlights last Christmas was decorating cookies with this Favorite of Mine. ❤️
I baked with my nephews while they were staying with us for a visit, and I loved their creativity! Candy eyeballs for the win!
Sharing what I bake is a huge percentage of the fun. (Especially the peppering my family with questions about the flavors part. I just tested a frosting experiment on them last night, mwaha.)
I’ve baked mainly for my church’s college group, masked up and sanitizing of course, though I have shared some with my ladies group at church and shipped some off to Joshua while we were long distance. ❤️
I don’t just make cakes, as much as I’m obsessed with them. 😂
Lemon frosting is 🤤🤤.
It’s always a sheer delight when I revisit a favorite or try something new and it turns out just as I’d imagined.
Like this Mexican chocolate cheesecake for date night.
Or these darling truffles for a Valentine’s Day party.
Of course, I didn’t show you the cheese colored cake or the MASSIVELY oversized truffles or my very first attempt at bread just recently that ended up looking like the Sydney Opera House.
I’ll keep those mistakes to help me try again better next time. 😉
Now what should I make next? 🤔👩🍳