I’ve done it. On December 1st I assigned myself a challenge to bake everyday until the 25th, and 26 days later I’m proud to say I succeeded. It was not a simple task; it took more time out of my day than expected. Between the recipe research, ingredient checklist, photography set-ups and daily blog posts, it was a lot… but I enjoyed every minute of it.
Sure there were times when I asked myself, “Why do I sign myself up for these things?” or “Of all recipes why did I choose to do macarons… I don’t even know how to say the word.” or “Why the *beep* don’t I have any *beep* cream of tartar!” Yes, those days did happen, but I fearlessly carried on.
The last month has been a learning experience. Whether I was researching the history of the Yule log or making my second batch of biscotti, I was teaching myself an art—my favorite form of art—baking. I didn’t just have to make a palate pleasing treat, but also create an eye-catching presentation. The extra dollop of whipped cream or sprinkle of shaved chocolate can make an outstanding difference to those appreciating your culinary creation.
These 25 days didn’t just teach me about baking, however. As the days passed I found myself becoming part of the community, love, and gratitude that defines the Christmas season. While I have always been a Christmas fanatic, something about this experience opened my eyes to the difference a sweet treat, a care package, or just dancing around the kitchen (I’m looking at you, mom) can make. This challenge brought me closer to my passion, myself, and the people I love, and that, I think, was the best lesson of all.
I am looking forward to the future of my blog and have some ideas in the works for the New Year. My boozy cupcakes have caught the attention of many and may become a permanent fixture. I am also looking into more health-conscious recipes (25 days of clean eating anyone?). But regardless of what baking endeavors my future holds, it would not have happened without the love, support, and patience of my family and friends. Thank you all for sharing my journey with me. Please keep in touch for some more adventures and recipes in the New Year!
Related: The 25 Days of Baking
Grinch quote design from Rachel Cooke Photography