The past couple weeks, I haven’t exactly been great about posting here. My goal was to add a new post two to three times a week, but lately I’ve gotten a little side-tracked. However, I have an extremely good reason for this – I promise! I’ve been busy in the kitchen baking up a storm developing and testing new recipes. In a way, this benefits all of us. For me, it means I’m moving forward with my business and starting to nail down the final menu for The Earnest Baker (which is top priority right now). For you guys, it means lots of awesome products to try in the near future. It also benefits you if you live close by and enjoy me force feeding you lots of sweets in the name of research.
The truth is I really have to give a big shout out to all my friends. I’m sure they’re getting a little tired of eating tons of sweets while I stare at them and ask ridiculously nitpicky questions like, “Are the Salted Caramel Brownies too salty?” There’s been an absurd amount of baked goods in the house lately and I hate letting any go to waste. Fortunately, I have a great group of friends to pawn them off on. My boyfriend and I would probably be 20 pounds heavier if we ate everything I’ve been making. I really can’t blame him when he told me the other day he couldn’t eat any more brownies. I feel the same way……..it’s a sad day when eating baked goods starts to feel like a chore.
My time in the kitchen has had its fair share of ups and downs. I’ve had some moments of brilliance (Chocolate Malted Brownies come to mind) and I’ve had some not so brilliant moments (low-fat vegan gingersnaps were not my finest idea). I’ve also had some recipes that drove me insane trying to perfect (I’m looking at you Salted Caramel Brownies). The best part of all this is that I realized how happy I am. The other day, while working on yet another batch of salted caramel, I noticed I had a huge goofy smile on my face. It took me a little by surprise, but I guess it shouldn’t have. Baking always makes me incredibly happy and realizing that this is what I do for work now felt absolutely amazing. Maybe this means I should have made the decision to start my own business a long time ago. Maybe it’s a sign that I made the right choice and am finally where I’m supposed to be in my life. No matter what, it’s a great feeling and I’m going to ride it as long as I can.