I started my foray into Betty Crocker's world simply, with a basic batch of cookies. I used to only make the requisite chocolate chip cookie for my kids. I had no idea that there were so many variations out there! In no time at all I was making cookies with all kinds of interesting ingredients: toffee bits, almonds, chunks of dark chocolate and even cream of tartar! My kids would come home each day from school to find a freshly baked batch of cookies on the kitchen counter. I had become a 1950's housewife and I was loving it!
I quickly moved on from cookies to cupcakes. It didn't take long for me to discover that I loved to find new and creative ways to decorate them. Halloween called for cupcakes that looked like mummies:
Birthday cupcakes were baked by special request. My daughter loves penguins so of course I just had to make her these:
Word got out about my baking and before I knew it, I had become the class baker. Not a holiday went by without baking at least one class set of cupcakes.
It didn't take long for me to become fully addicted to emotional baking. I found it soothing and comforting to follow a recipe from start to finish and be rewarded with a delicious result. I found joy in finding new recipes and creative ways to tweak them and make them my own. Being in the kitchen was a way for me to focus on something other than feeling sorry for myself and thinking about the job that I lost that I loved so dearly. It became a way to say thank you to my friends and family, my wonderful husband and my 3 great kids. Food for the soul, lovin' from the oven.