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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


cupcakey treats :: in over my head

for the previously mentioned bake sale i also baked some cupcakes. i have this awesome book that i just adore called "The Whimsical Bakehouse: fun to make cakes that taste as good as they look" and i wish that i could bake cakes and decorate them like the WB does. they are so colorful and fun and just amazing to look at. i've tried a few of the techniques over the years. mostly for my son's bday cakes. maybe sometime i'll post pics of them. knows i love the book, so it kindly informed me when there was a new one by the same folks. it's called Little Cakes From The Whimsical Bakehouse: Cupcakes, Small Cakes, Muffins and other Mini Treats.
so, i requested it from our local library right away. had to check it out and can't afford to buy all the cookbooks i want, so i get them from the library often. when i got it i was not disappointed. it's as beautiful and whimsical as the first. i loved it.

i made their vanilla cupcakes and house buttercream, decorated like gerbera daisies...or supposed to be. i would include the recipes, but i already returned the book! as you can see, mine are not really fitting the description.

now, here is where the problem begins. it's something about me. how i am. i get a bee in my bonnet about making something or trying something new and i expect myself to be able to get it picture perfect on the first try. i get all twirked when it doesn't look like the picture in the book. i'm so hard on myself. clearly the folks at the WB are talented and have also practiced and practiced and tried new techniques to achieve the results they get.

so, why am i so hard on myself?

i'm not sure. i think it is because i long to be *really* good at something. i have never been a real career oriented person. so, i can't really say i "AM" something...painter, artist, teacher, web designer, engineer or what have you. being a mom is the first thing i have done that gives me any kind of identity or label like that. and i know i am a good mom. i feel proud of that. but i also want something that is just me that i can be good at outside of that.

because, what happens when they are all grown up and don't need me anymore? then who, what am i?


Blogger Tiffany said...

Awww....chin up! Saying you ARE a wife and mom are the two most glorious, most important, most blessed things you could EVER be. Nothing career, no hobby...will ever define who you are more than those two identities.

And your cupcakes are CUTE!!!!

June 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger K-Nut said...

Umm, how can you say your cupcakes aren't fabulous?? They look amazing!! Really--I am so impressed by your involvement to make them so lovely. Wow. Talent!

June 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate (don't go into shock - I have time to kill for the last 2 days of school!), I could go on and on about all the things you do well and are. But, understanding you're talking about what you do/are professionally, you are an EXCELLENT blogger. Truly. I wish I could visit more and that I was more into cooking. You make me want to be chef-y!


June 16, 2008 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Emiline said...

Ohhh, don't say that! You're a jack of all trades! And they will ALWAYS need you.
But I really think you've got something with your cooking and baking. The cupcakes are beautiful. You're too hard on yourself.

June 17, 2008 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Kate, these look fabulous! You should n't be so hard on yourself!

June 26, 2008 at 4:07 AM  

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