Saturday, July 4, 2009

This is me... now

I've always loved to bake. Seriously. I was hooked once I learned that my mother let her helpers lick the beaters. I come from a family of great cooks. While I don't share the joy of cooking, I've always appreciated the reaction I receive from giving someone a sweet treat. Be it a simple smile or a delightful giggle, it always makes my day.

I haven't attempted to create my own recipe because there are just so many great recipes I've yet to try. But with this blog, a few decorating lessons and a few helpful unknowing tutors (the blogs I follow), I will attempt to sharpen my craft and delve further into the world of baking. I know I've found my passion. Should this be my career? Only time will tell.

Oh yes - why Cookie Love?

A few years ago, one of my friends was getting married to a great guy. I had witnessed their entire courtship and was so happy that she had found the love she deserved. For her bridal shower, I didn't want a tacky shower favor and decided to bake cookies. But not just any cookie, the 8 inch wedding cake cookie from Martha Stewart. I had never made royal icing before nor decorated a cookie. Needless to say, I was in over my head. The week before, I tested a couple of recipes and purchased my supplies. After pulling an all-nighter, I created twenty 8 inch wedding cakes and 6 inch hearts wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon. On the back of each favor I created a little sticker stating "Cookies made with Love for (bride) and (groom)".

Baking may be a science, but for me, it is always done with love.

Oh the cookies - YUMMY. Over the years I've continued to bake favors for birthdays, showers and weddings and I'm hooked!

I literally was up all night decorating and didn't take a picture but this is the cookie I did for another bride a year later. (Note - the first set weren't as fancy. I mostly did stripes and dots.)

So now I'm continuing to bake with love one sweet at a time.

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