Every year for the last few ones, we bake a lot of cookies for the holidays.
There are usually several parties to attend that require us to bring something, so I sign up for desserts.
I know I've said this before, but I love baking. Like love it with all my heart.
Bread, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, pies ... I want to make them all, all of the time!
This year, however, we took our cookie game to the next level.
I finally figured out royal icing.
We made our first meringue cookie.
Both girls were even bigger helps in the kitchen.
And oh my goodness, did we make some pretty phenomenal cookies.
Nothing was overly complicated or complex. Decorating the sugar cookies did take time, but it wasn't hard.
In addition to that, I whipped up some darn cute cupcakes. That turned out a bit sillier than I intended, but after they were done, I loved them for their silliness!
I made my first swiss roll cake. It wasn't perfect - but I managed to roll it without cracking it. It's a feat I'm pretty proud of. Though, I definitely left myself some room for improvement. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day and my swiss roll cake wasn't perfected in one bake!
And if I'm being honest, I'm proud of myself for trying something new. And shocked it mostly worked the first time.
I've always loved baking. I've always been drawn to it. But lately, it feels like I'm ready to step it up to the next level. Not with crazy complex treats, but learning to make new things, new methods, and really refining skills.
It's fun to feel an old passion get rekindled. It's fun to be in the kitchen and feel confident in doing things I've done before. And it's fun to stand there trying something new while simultaneously praying it turns out okay!
I'm already thinking about what to do over the coming year. New things I'd like to try to make are tarts, cream puffs, and coffee cake. I definitely want to make more bread - loaves, rolls, crusts, etc. It will be so fun to see what else I can pull off in the kitchen in the upcoming year. Thankfully I have a lot of friends and family who will be willing to try what I make!