Thursday, February 24, 2011

I am lucky, lucky girl...

     Some days it amazes me how fortunate I am.  While I may not have it all together, I do have a great life that I am very thankful for.  So many times I think we fall into the trap of losing sight of what is important in the big picture for moments of instant gratification.  There is a lot to be said for the simpler life.  I don't know that I will ever have a truly simple life, but I am trying to live simpler.  I am trying to avoid the excess that I think we are all so prone to.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What I have been reading Wednesday...Bake me I am Yours

     I have been loving these books, they are all part of the Bake Me I am Yours.... series.   I am blown away at the talent that some of the designers have when it comes to cupcake & cookie decorating.  They say that the most important traits to have with decorating is a steady hand and patience. 

     The books are well written and the directions are clear to follow, I am going to start practicing so I can build up my skills and be able to so an artisan cupcake myself.  I must say my cupcakes always taste amazing, they just aren't that fancy.  ake decorating hasn't ever been something I have loved, I love to make cakes and cupcakes, but sometimes I lack the patience for complex decorations.  There are so many things that I want to learn in the realm of cooking and foods.  I feel that there is a lot to learn to take me to the next level.  You know, the level where people want to follow your cooking and learn from you.  The level where people want your "secret recipes".  It will happen eventually, I know it will.  Right now I am practicing over and over trying to master technique and fine tune things, cooking and baking is a process and you never really do stop learning..  What secrets do you have when it come to cooking?  One recipe at a time I will get there.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Food Love

     So here it is almost the end of February, and I have to say I am dying for the spring to come with it's warm weather.  I am just not a big fan of the snow, the cold weather makes me want to stay inside all day with a good book and a nice quilt.  Doesn't that just sound lovely right now?  Soon the spring will be here and the daffodils and tulips and hyacinths will be out in all their glory, until then snow and cold weather it is.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

     Valentine's Day for most people seems to be one of those holidays that you either hate or love, and that seems to change dependent on our relationship status.  Valentine's day for me has always been one of the busiest days of the year for me.  Having been an event planner, a floral designer, and a personal chef, lets just say that the holiday keeps me busy.

     While I do agree that we should definitely make sure that all of our loved ones know how important they are to us everyday, not just Valentine's Day, I say why not enjoy some festivities today!  What are everyone's plans for Valentine's Day?  I remember as a kid how I would have such a hard time knowing what Valentines to send out to my classmates.  They had to be just right, but I never knew what to write on the Valentines, as I got older it got even harder since words can be interpreted in so many ways.  I wonder how the great poets ever decided what to write.  One of my favorite poets, wrote the following,