What started this love affair?
Today I was sending a message to my friend who I had not heard from in a super long time and I was getting her up to speed on what I had been doing since last we met. Funny thing is, as I mentioned when I started baking it took me back to the exact date and how this love affair with baking all started.
I had taken temporary leave from my job and I was (as expected and predicted) pretty bored. I had begun researching and cooking recipes I found online, on cooking shows, in books…you name it I tried to cook it. Then one day I was in the grocery store and I saw these cookie cutters. There were hanging near to the flours and chocolate chips in the baking aisle and my mom thought they were cute and bought them for me. Maybe I could do some sugar cookies, she thought. I bought icing in a tube and thought no more of it.
That night, I looked at the recipe on Google and went with that. Baked and decorated my first batch of Christmas cookies. Let me tell you…..I was SOOOOOO proud of my cookies! Nobody had better, they were simply too cute to eat. I could not believe that I had created edible art. It was a masterpiece you could eat! Mind you, they looked incredibly amateurish and for sure this was someone’s first time every touching a baking sheet and dough. But man! I was intensely proud. I immediately took a picture and sent it to my sister.
This was at the end of November 2016. By Christmas, thanks to my sister and her amazing social media and people skills, I had a full on cookie operation going. Orders that kept me up till the wee hours of the morning. To ‘relax’ I used to bake cakes 🙂 I used to scoff when I heard people use that tired, over-used phrase “passionate about baking”. But I am telling you after that wake up, eye opening, ahhhhhhhh moment, I was hooked. I cannot get enough of baking. I would wake up and immediately think of what I was going to bake today. My family obviously are my guinea pigs, and most times my harshest critics.
My husband, bless him, puts on at least 2 kilos when we are on vacation. It is his duty and responsibility to consume full-sized cakes, numerous pastries and countless cookies. I really have to learn how to halve recipes if for nothing else but his waistline! Good thing he loves to go to the gym:) Baking Good Choices has evolved over time, I actually started as Yummy Crumbles and have changed over the years. I long to be back in the kitchen baking away. It is totally my Zen place and where I find peace and utter joy. I wish you all a bakealicious day and continue to bake good choices!