I’ve always loved baking. One of my first baking memories was making a cake for Charles and Diana’s wedding in July 1981 – I was 7. It was frosted red, white and blue.
Baking was a favourite rainy Sunday afternoon pastime, for me, as a child. My Mom, always keen for me to get ‘hands on’ would leave me to my devices, with minimal supervision. I learned a lot.
Once I moved into my own home, when opportunity arose, I would make basic cakes and cookies for visitors. For my young niece and nephew I would make ‘dog poo’ cookies (aka chocolate chip). Looking back it was a little distasteful – but it got a laugh – which was my intention.
For the Hubby’s 40th birthday, while I was heavily pregnant, I made a mountain of cupcakes. It was panic stations when the snow began to fall and they needed delivering to the restaurant as a surprise.
But my baking really took off after I had my own children.
As a child myself I always had a personalised birthday cake from the local bakery – I would flip through their catalogue of designs before settling on the one that was perfect for me. It’s a very happy memory. I wanted to recreate that for my children.
Not content with buying a cake from another baker, slowly I acquired the skills to make my own and decorate it from scratch.
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I became so proficient, that I began making them as gifts for family and friends.
A couple of years ago I even considered starting a bakery business.
That was then.
This is now –
My children are growing so fast. My daughter is soon to turn double digits – how did that happen? They have their own hobbies, which take up lots of time and energy. But they love what they do, and I do too. Have I ever mentioned I’m a ‘Dance Mom’, and the Hubby is a ‘Swim Dad’?
My Mother is getting older, and needs more support in all aspects of life from her own children. Which we are very happy to do.
I’ve resurrected my own business, which I’d taken a break from when I first started blogging at the end of 2010. Rather than start from scratch a new bakery business, I returned to my trained profession of some 20 years. It’s early days, but I’m feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world once more.
Oh and I turned 40.
Where’s this post going I hear you ask?
I’m decluttering my baking cupboard this week. It’s time to move on – I need to make some space for my new life and commitments. As much as I have loved baking it doesn’t fit with where I am now. Hanging onto all the equipment and paraphernalia will be a constant reminder. And the items will deteriorate through lack of use. There are others who are actively baking who could put it to good use.
And frankly I can do with the cupboard space in the kitchen.
I’ve just finished reading ‘The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo (Thank you Sharron once again for forwarding it to me). There is a lot in the book I have never encountered before regarding the subject of decluttering (or tidying as she calls it). It was so interesting to read a new approach to organisation. So much so I will be sharing my thoughts on this book in a separate post. Marie talks a lot about discarding. And she has a rather unusual approach to it. Which I found very interesting. But as I said, that’s for another post.