I will admit I spend a lot of time writing or reading when I should be doing other things, like my uni studies or household jobs. Aside from general day to day things I spend most of my spare time writing, or at least trying to. I get distracted, a lot. Some days are better than others. When I’m not swamped with uni responsibilities which is maybe a 1 to 2 months total spread out across the year. In this time I like to spend extra time with my friends because I don’t usually have the chance to at other times.
However lately I have had a new hobby that I want to make time for. In the past I always tried different things because I wanted to have a second hobby for when I was having trouble writing. I’ve tried art, both digital and traditional. I really had to work for the skills I gain, I was definitely not a natural at it. I tried getting into soccer, a sport I actively played in high school, but I wasn’t able to commit to it because of my uni and work commitments. I tried a few others but I must have failed quickly because I don’t fully remember them.
The one thing I had always wanted to do when I was younger was learn how to bake and decorate cakes. I had a small dream of being that mum (when I finally have children, of course) that makes the beautiful cakes that make children go WOW! Wishful thinking I know. I will probably never have the time when I need it.
Last year I finally started to attempt to bake things. Easy stuff at first, like cupcakes and slices. Then I moved more into cheesecakes and cakes. I have now found a gluten free vanilla cake mix that doesn’t taste disgustingly dry. I use this for the base of my cakes now. The cakes I made for Christmas 2018 were the first ones I tried to decorate on a more professional level. The cake photos on this post are what I decorated, personally I think I did much better on the snowman than the snowy landscape. The third cake pictured is my Dad’s birthday cake I made it a couple of weeks ago for his 50th birthday. He was always a big fan of James Bond so it seemed fitting to us that he should have a themed cake for his birthday.
Since Christmas I have gone back to making more desserts, but the one thing that has become a challenge for me is macarons. I made them well once last year, not perfect but they looked and tasted the part. Since then they just haven’t worked for me and I’m unsure what I’m doing wrong. The only reason I wasn’t in the kitchen making them the last couple of weeks is because; A, I ran out of the ingredients and I need to go to Cost Co for more. But I have been swamped with uni and the semester draws to a close. And C, I have spent time tackling my Dad’s birthday cake. Macarons are a baking obstacle that I am now determined to overcome and start making beautiful tasty macarons every time. Until that happens I will continue to bake them and other things.