For as long as I can remember, I have loved being in the kitchen. Some of my favorite memories growing up revolve around helping my mom or either of my grandmothers making cookies and bread and dinners or whatever we felt like making at the time. The best were when I was still too short to see over the top of the bowl and had to sit on the counter to be able to help stir.
The last several years I’ve started my own traditions with my kids, who sadly don’t enjoy kitchen time as much as I did but love what comes out of it. One of the biggest traditions has been making them over the top, elaborate cakes for their birthdays. Baking and decorating cakes has become one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen and I’ve had a blast challenging myself and trying out new things. Doing cakes has even grown a bit to include other family like my niece and even my brother’s wedding cake. It still is and always will be just a hobby because I have way too many of those to ever just focus on one and I don’t want something I love to end up being work.
Along the way, I’d considered doing something to keep track of what I’d tried and how those things turned out, but I just never got overly motivated because the more inventive kitchen time only happened a few times a year, mostly around the kids birthdays. I finally decided that I wanted to do it anyway, even if it is just keeping track of things I see along the way that are interesting and I’d like to try at some point. An not just for cake. I love trying out all kinds of new recipes, all of which invariably end up getting modified right out of the gate because I’m a horribly picky eater and there are a ton of things I won’t eat or put in a recipe.
I figured if I had a place to keep it all organized, I might find myself doing it a bit more often. I’m sure this blog won’t get near the amount of attention as my others just because I don’t spend quite the time in the kitchen as I do reading or in my studio, but it will still be a good place to keep that part of my creative side organized and motivated.