Can someone explain to me how it is 2016 already?
Just as I was getting used to writing 2015 I’m going to have to change! Although it feels like 2015 went by in the blink of an eye, when I look back I’m filled with this warm sense of achievement at what I’ve done.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to let it get to my head, that thing is big enough as it is! I am, however, going to allow my self to feel a little proud of what I’ve done this past year. This year really was the start to my baking journey and I feel that I’ve come quite far, not only with what I have been able to make but also with the way I feel about it.
I remember making the Minion cake and although I enjoyed it and loved the finished product, I was not a fun person to be around at that time. Same goes for the Shark cake and the very unusually warm summer making my life even more difficult! But something changed towards the end of the year and I no longer stressed out unnecessarily over ever single part of what I was doing but instead I enjoyed what I was doing.
I’ve been able to look past all the things that I see as being wrong and instead have begun to look at how I’ve improved and what parts I’ve enjoyed doing. In the end I genuinely believe that this attitude has allowed me to make better cakes. Sure, even now looking at the cakes in the picture above I can pick out what I would do differently, but if I’m not looking at what I need to improve then how can I get better? It’s all well and good, looking at what needs improving next time but if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing then what’s the point?
My love for baking and cooking has drastically increased in this previous year, so I need to set my sights higher in 2016, I need to look to improve on the parts I can pick out as needing work but also still enjoying what I’m doing. So I hatched a plan!
I don’t like New Years Resolutions, they always come out of a negative, we pick something we don’t like about ourselves and pick something to change it, only to not do it and feel guilty later in the year. I like plans and lists (I’m the type of person who gets excited over stationery!) so I’ve devised a plan for this coming year as a way to improve my skills without getting to March/April time and feeling bad that I’ve spent my evenings and weekends eating chocolate watching Modern Family.
I’ve listed down all the areas of cakes, baking and cooking that I would like to work on and arranged them into small projects that I can work on throughout the year. These projects are:
- Flowers – piped, fondant and painted
- Fondant – Making, shaping and covering
- Piping – words, patterns, royal icing and more
- Cookies and biscuits
- Chocolate – need I say more?
- Air brushing
- Pies and Pastry – who ate all the pies…?
I haven’t decided what each project will include yet, but there will be lots of practice and photos involved and I’ll share my progress on here for anyone and everyone to see.
So here’s to a very busy, productive and happy new year!