I have a question for you. Is there something in your life that brings you so much joy that you find yourself daydreaming about it in every spare moment? Is that something beyond just a pleasurable hobby? Has that something become the ultimate creative outlet for you?
I don't know about you, but that something is baking for me.
But before we go much further, please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Amber. I'm a twenty-something year old who lives just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with my husband and adorable little kitty, Sutchi. I have a lovely family who encourages me in everything I do, I wear way too many scarves, I think tea tastes better when you drink it out of a pretty little mug (and trust me, I drink plenty of it), and I endlessly doodle away on every little piece of paper I can get my hand on. List-making is one of my favourite pastimes, as is painting, cozy home-making, and daydreaming. You are more likely to find me curled up on my couch with my kitty and knitting on a Friday night than anywhere else. I've attempted pickling and taken hip hop classes, but failed miserably at both. I'm obsessed with beautiful patterns, instagramming, and frozen yogurt. But perhaps most of all, I am addicted to baking.
My love for baking started at a very young age. I used to beg my Mom to let me bake chocolate chip cookies nearly every chance I got. I'd pull out the old church cookbook, find the cookie section, and slowly make my way through the various recipes. My Mom taught me most of the basics about baking in those years. I didn't understand the difference between teaspoons and tablespoons or baking powder and baking soda. I'd ask lots of questions and eat lots of cookies.
Although I always loved experimenting in baking, my true passion for the art was discovered when I was in high school. I took a food and nutrition class and began learning more about the theory. Simultaneously, my passion for visual arts intensified and I decided to head down that path academically in post-secondary. But that wasn't a fork in the road between my two passions--it was just the starting point. As a result, I caught myself delving deeper into the artistic side of baking. I took a huge interest in sugar cookies. They allowed me to expel my creative energies and fulfilled my obsession with aesthetic beauty in my baked goods. And so it all began.
At some point in my baking journey, I began receiving various custom orders for sugar cookies for all occasions. I would slave over dozens of cookies with icing in my hair and (sometimes) tears in my eyes. But I learned (and continue to learn) so many things through experimentation, trial and error. I have acquired quite the collection of cookie cutters and still feel passionate about each little cookie I cut. The only difference between the day I started and now is the confidence I have in my creations. The passion is still strong and the enjoyment of creating each treat is still there, but my confidence and knowledge is improving with every bowl of batter I mix and swirl of frosting I ice.
Somewhere along the way, I started experimenting with cupcakes and other baked goods. I appreciate the endless flavour combinations that are possible with cupcakes and the beauty that they possess after being topped with tasty buttercream and special decoration. Plus they make any celebration just a little more special. And that's what this is all about to me--celebrating the things worth celebrating.
You see, baked goods are so much more than just baked goods. Baked goods are enjoyed when things are worth celebrating, no matter how big or small. When you turn another year older, birthday cakes are served. When you welcome a new baby, the food at the shower is one of the best parts. When you enjoy a conversation over a cup of coffee with a good friend, you most definitely must share a cookie too. Baked goods are always present when we are together and celebrating--birthdays, showers, weddings, friendships, anniversaries, graduations, new jobs, special holidays, and the list goes on. It's because baked goods represent relationships. Baked goods are so much more than just butter and sugar rolled together.
My Grandma used to make her grandchildren a homemade birthday cake every year and inside that cake was a little bundle of quarters that the birthday boy or girl got to find and keep. It was always a highlight from our birthdays--to find the treasure in our cake. Looking back over the years, I can't remember the gifts my Grandma gave me, but I can always remember the homemade chocolate cake she baked and the excitement we all felt as we searched through our slices of cake to find the treasure. Those are the kinds of memories that baked goods help create.
I'm at the point now where I am filling custom orders nearly every weekend and baking my way through various cookbooks in the days between. But I just cannot get sick of baking. It has become something so special to me that I can't help but share it with other people.
That's why I created this space. A space to share recipes and tips, ideas and trends. A space to engage in conversation about the things we care about and feel passionate about. But most importantly, a space to celebrate the things worth celebrating. No matter how big or how small.
Thanks for joining me!