A Year of Blogging

It has been one year since I started I Need to Bake.  I can’t believe it.  When I started it, I didn’t think I would keep up with it.  I am not really sure if I even had a purpose when I started it other than talking about and sharing the recipes I make.  I would say it has evolved over the year.  It has become more about challenging myself with something I love to do.  It’s talking about trying new things and learning to become ok if I make a mistake.

Over the year, I realized a lot of things that may seem obvious to some.  They were not always obvious to me.  Here they are:

  1. Read the entire recipe from beginning to end before you start.  There is nothing worse than starting a recipe hoping to enjoy it in 30 minutes and realizing you need to allow something to chill for two hours.

  2. As an extension from number one, you want to make sure you have enough time to devote to your recipe.

  3. Get all ingredients out and measure them before beginning.  Things will go more smoothly if you have everything at your fingertips rather than having to stop and get out an ingredient or rush because you have to complete a step quickly.

  4. If a recipe calls for something softened, usually butter or cream cheese, plan ahead and take it out way in advance.

  5. Get dry ingredients together first.

  6. If you think it has cooled enough, it’s probably not cool enough. Give it some more time.

  7. Don’t bake if you have to rush. You could miss a step, measure incorrectly, get frustrated, etc.

  8. Wear an apron. I don’t and regret it every time.

  9. If you are 8 months pregnant, DEFINITELY wear an apron.  It’s not fun having flour across your belly.

  10. If it’s hot and humid, stick to a no bake recipe…unless you are lucky enough to have central air conditioning.

And for some personal thoughts…

  1. Don’t bake if you aren’t doing it out of enjoyment.  I’ve run into this with cake decorating. Why bake if you are just going to stress out?  That’s no fun.  And it usually won’t come out as good as you hope.

  2. Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge or try ingredients you have never used before.

  3. It’s ok to make a mistake. I am still working on this.

  4. Share what you love.  I love baking for my husband, son, family and coworkers. Desserts are just too good to keep to yourself.  It’s not good for the hips.  And a treat can bring a smile to anyone’s face.

  5. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  For me, this doesn’t apply to just baking but for starting this blog. This is something I had wanted to start for years before I actually did.  I was so afraid that I would sound stupid or silly and that no one would care to read it.  At this point, I don’t care how many people read it (as long as my husband does).  Sure, it is a dream of mine to be able to blog full-time.  But that’s not in the near future. I truly enjoy it. I enjoy the writing and the photography (which needs a lot of work!).

Writing a baking blog has brought on some great opportunities, such as getting to meet Joy the Baker and being a part of the Sundays with Joy group.  I am sure I will have many more ah-hah moments as I bake.  And I hope to improve on recipe creating and my photography.  I am happy that I have stuck with this blog and I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring!

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