Jumping on the bandwagon

For anyone who knows me, and anyone who may stumble across this blog will find out, I am a stay at home mommy and I love to bake. There are few things in this world that I know for a fact that I was born to do…two of which are being a mommy and baking. I love my daughter more than life itself and she will undoubtedly play a critical role in this blog. So, from here on out I will refer to her with the pet name my husband has for her: Doodle Bug. Doodle Bug is a bundle of energy that keeps me on my toes and leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. She is so much fun, and I cherish every moment I get to spend with her. However, being a mommy is not all snuggles and kisses and play time all the time. I will be the first to admit that parenting is hard. It  wears you out. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Does it change the fact that sometimes my toddler wears me out to the point of exhaustion? Nope, sure doesn’t!

The trick is finding something that you love to do and making sure that you find time to do it. For example, my husband unwinds by working on his 1984 CJ 7 Jeep. Baking is how I unwind, and I try to make sure that I give myself time to do it. Something about being in the warmth of the kitchen and creating something tasty and delicious that will put smiles on the faces of my loved ones is immensely satisfying. I love trying to bake new things that I have never made before. I love mastering a new technique and being able to apply it to everyday use. I love it when my cakes, cookies, and pastries etc. look like a professional product.

No matter how much I wish I could claim to be a professional, I am not. I am mostly self-taught with some help from my mom and Grammy. From as far back as I can remember mom always encouraged me to be in the kitchen with her. She taught me everything she knows. My Grammy gave me the gift of how to make a good pie. The homemade pie crust I use is her recipe, and I would never try to claim the credit for it. That being said, my dream is to someday be considered a professional baker. I would love to own my own bakery. I would love to be able to go to pastry school and learn from the professionals, but that is simply not an option. Pastry school can cost upwards of $50,000. In a single-income family with one spouse already in school full-time and working full-time, pastry school is just not in the cards for me right now. Someday maybe, but for right now I am going to continue doing what I have always done: teach myself to bake through trial and error.

Which brings me to why I am blogging! I am going to use this blog as an online journal to sort through and keep track of recipes that I have tried. I want to  write about what works and what does not. I want to have a place where I can work out what can be improved and what is so perfect that I could sit and eat the whole batch until I am blue in the face. So, my blog entries will mostly be pictures of what I make, a list of the pros and the cons of the recipes, and what I could possibly do to improve the recipe for next time.

Unless you count blogging for an undergraduate NIAHD history course, never before have I ever really blogged. I am an avid reader of some pretty incredible blogs by both friends and strangers, and they gave me the itch to jump on the blogging bandwagon. With my last name being Muse and the subject of my blog being baking and my thoughts about the finished products, I decided on Musesweetmusings as my blog title. I am not starting this blog however just because everybody else is doing it. I am not blogging in the hopes of gaining hundreds or thousands of followers or to garner any sort of recognition. If anything, I hope that this blog will help me organize my thoughts, gain experience, and allow my friends and family to follow me on this journey.

4 thoughts on “Jumping on the bandwagon

    • musesweetmusings says:

      Yay! I am so glad that you’ll be reading it. And yes! I do read your blog. Your blog is in fact one of the blogs I mentioned in my intro post, I just haven’t subscribed to it. I will do that as soon as I get done here =] I will give her a kiss for you!

  1. Jodie Shantz says:

    Awesome Blog sweetie. You made me cry. I wish I could send you to pastry school. I did however teach you how to explode a hard boiled egg in the kitchen. lol You will have your bakery one day soon and it will be a smash. I know because I’ve eaten all your wonderful goodies. Give my grandbaby kisses. Love you all.

  2. Emma Watterson says:

    I’m so excited for you, Kristi! You are so talented, on top of being a fantastic mama to Doodle Bug 🙂 I can’t wait to see updates to this blog and read about your baking adventures! I, too, LOVE to cook and bake for my family so this is more motivation and inspiration to try new things 🙂 Hugs and kisses from our family to y’all!!

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