Happy Anniversary to us!! My husband and I celebrated twenty-six years of marriage – consecutively, to each other. We are life partners and we’re still in love.
|This is us, October 2012|
The cakes baked up quite nicely … it was that d@mned buttercream again! I just couldn’t smooth it out near the straight edges (in this case, the bottom point of the heart). I’m convinced it is all about consistency of the icing – too thick makes for less mobility on spreading the frosting. At the same time, thickness is a good thing when piping flowers, borders, etc.
I don’t think I knew that in March. Pretty sure I didn’t. These are the mistakes of some self-taught bakers or would-be cupcake artists.The cupcakes were baked with the chocolate batter that was left after the heart-shaped pan was filled. These flowers were practice designs based on YouTube videos and trolling through Pinterest.
A couple of these cupcakes sat on the table for several days before I tossed them in the rubbish. This was a good lesson.
When I was growing up, I was taught to “save things for good.” Meaning … save this nice [fill in the blank] in case you need it later. I have done this my whole life. Everything from a beautiful slip to hand-crafted table linens, or a lovely roast taking up a corner of the freezer. This is such a frustrating practice! Mindfully using the good dishes requires that I live a deliberate life. There is no need to save cupcakes or cakes. Eat them. Share them. Give them away.
Allowing purpose into decision making sometimes feels like a chore, but it’s getting better.