MARCH

It’s March already. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday that I was celebrating the new year and counting my blessings for 2013. It’s hard to believe that I am already over-my-head overwhelmed with final projects at school, enrolled in summer courses, and devoting the majority of my time to carving woodblocks for the series of relief prints I’m working on. Looking back over the past few months, it’s hard to believe that I have had any time at all to bake. But alas, I have. And am I ever glad that’s the case.

I’m so thankful to have baking to keep me sane amidst all of the stress, frustration, and dullness of the student life. I love looking back at the various little baking projects I have taken on. What a pleasure it is to do what it is that I do. What a pleasure, indeed.

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It was so fun making chocolate-cashew cupcakes. I ground the cashews into a fine powder and mixed them into the buttercream, making the most delicious, fluffy, and nutty buttercream of life. It was also a blast to “blast” into outer space for a couple of hours while I made these outer-space themed cookies. Perhaps my absolute favourite moment of these past few months took place on February 5th, when the love of my life asked me to marry him. And yes, I did photograph the ring in a plate of cookies! What did you expect? I also had the opportunity to expand my cake-baking experiences by making another baby-themed cake and a birthday cake for my beautiful grandmother. On my reading week, I decided to make little “proposal” gifts for my bridesmaids, complete with nail polish, inspiration images, and a specially packaged heart cookie. Finally, one of the biggest projects I took on was an order for custom wedding favour cookies. It was a big job, but it was such a wonderful and fun experience.

These photos only encapsulate a fraction of the baking I have done over the past couple of months. It is such a pleasure to be able to create little treats that can be shared and enjoyed with those around me. As school settles down for the semester and I have a little extra time to devote to browsing, testing, and eating, I can’t wait to see what little “treats” the next few months will hold.

Happy March, everybody. Enjoy all of the little “treats” that come your way!

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Seventy-Eight

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Seventy-eight.

She would be embarrassed if she knew I just shared that number. But how could I not? Age is just a number. How do you truly measure the life of a woman or a man?

(In daylights? In sunsets? In midnights or cups of coffee?–sorry, I just had to!)

The number of years celebrated with each birthday does not truly measure the life that someone has lived. In the case of my beautiful grandmother, the number 78 doesn’t speak to the incredibly rich and beautiful life she has lived. 78 does not indicate the love she has for her husband, her family, and her home. 78 does not express the persistent faith she has maintained throughout years of hardships. 78 does not even begin to attest to the lives she has blessed and inspired. She is a very special lady who deserves to be celebrated. So celebrated she was.

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I once again made this delicious pina colada cake. Even though it feels like this is the only recipe I have been cooking up lately, my grandmother loves coconut, so it seemed like an appropriate choice for her birthday. The pineapple cake is one of my favourite recipes, especially when coated in coconut cream cheese frosting. I made the cake as per usual, but pressed toasted coconut on the sides instead of coating the cake in more frosting. Perhaps my favourite part of the cake was making the handmade clothesline topper. I’ve been pretty addicted to cute cake toppers since I made this one at the beginning of the new year. Since then, I’ve been scanning the internet high and low for topper inspirations and hoping for more opportunities to make a cake so I could make more little toppers as well. Making a handmade topper ended up being a win-win situation since my grandmother can’t be exposed to candles anyways.

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I’m so happy we were able to celebrate seventy-eight years of my grandmother’s life. But beyond just that, I am so happy we were able to celebrate the life within those years. The joy, the faith, and the love within those years.

I love you Grandma and I hope you had a special day as lovely as you!