November 9, 2011

Happiness Is Diary

Apron: Heavenly Hostess (Bridal shower gift from my Sister, thanks Kari!); Shirt: JCrew; Necklace: Francesca's Collections
Growing up, I always used to bake.  It is something I remember doing with my Mom.  As a little girl, I would sit barefoot on the cold counter top and study her every move as she heaped, dashed, mixed, and danced her way around the kitchen.  I got to help too.  "Gently," she said, as my small hands learned to crack an egg. 
Nostalgia aside, baking will always be happiness to me, for many reasons.  I love being able to create a delicious something from scratch.  I love trying new recipes, and dabbling in old ones that have been passed on from my Grandmother, and perfected by Mother.  I love licking the dough off the spoon after all the ingredients have been combined,  and the sweet smells that permeate through rooms as my creation is baking.  I love biting into a warm, gooey dessert, and enjoying it with a tall glass of milk.  
But, I don't bake for just myself.   I bake to share with others.  To me, baking is love, love is happiness, and happiness is just a couple spoonfuls of sugar away!

P.S. I found this recipe in my recipe box.  I wrote it when I was a little.  My Mom saved it after all these years.  Gosh, it sounds like a really amazing cookie.  After reading it too, I now understand why I never was a spelling bee queen.  Lost to the word mildew.  "M-I-L-D-......O?"  Fail.


christin said...

I totally agree, I love baking. I also love this photo of you. Too cute!

Faith said...

ahhh, i truly wish that i can be a great baker one day! loving that picture of you! only you can make working in the kitchen look fabulous! :)

Whitney said...

I love baking! It's so much fun! You look super adorable in your pic.

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

so cute! love this post :) baking is so fun. xo

Kelly said...

I agree, baking is happiness. Heck, for me, all food is happiness!

Chelsea said...

I could not agree with you more! Baking reminds me of growing up, christmas with my mother, and now serves as a stress relief on a day that just wasn't what I wanted it to be.

Love the picture (and apron!)

Chelsea (

Erin said...

such a cute picture!! :) i need to learn to bake...i dabble. :)

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

Ohmygoodness Katie, this pictures is perfection! It looks like something right out of a magazine!! You gorgeous thing you. :)

CupcakesOMG! said...

this picture is absolutely precious!!! and yes, baking is EVERYTHING!


Rissy said...

there's a lot I love about this post, but the biggest thing is that I can bake but can not cook. Hopefully my future children and husband will still feel loved through baking even if I serve them awful dinners ; )

Your kitchen is beautiful!

Bailey Schneider said...

Absolutely agree! I adore baking too and baking isn't for's always for loved ones :)
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Sarah @ Pencil Skirts and Lattes said...

cute post! I also like to bake but for some reason barely make time for it... this post inspires me to!


ashleigh said...

i absolutely love this picture;
looks straight from a magazine.
what do you use to edit your pictures?
not saying you need to..
i love baking also..
it makes me think of my child hood too =]

Judy C said...

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Courtney B said...

You look waaaay to gorgeous here :)
I wish I loved baking!! I think I'm going to try your mind set and bake to share goodies AND love with others!

Jacqlyn said...

Coming from another spoon licker, this is my happiness as well. :) Especially around the holidays!


Nicole said...

You look like a model in this picture! Not only do I lick the spoon...I always lick the bowl clean too!

Nuha said...

you are the cutest thing ever

Nikki said...

aww, this is SO cute! I love baking too :) I'd do it everyday ... if my mom would let me use the kitchen. x

Danielle Nelson said...

I love this new series you are doing! Very inspiring. I want to something similar! Thank you all your posts!!!

Megan said...

totally obsessed with this picture Katie.

Melissa said...

I'm found your blog on Pinterest and I'm so glad I did! It's so beautiful and postive!

Maria said...

A big fat YAY for baking! You look totally adorable with those oven mitts on.

Maria xx

Lindsay said...

I love to bake! And I'll agree with you - one of the best parts of it is sharing the deliciousness with your friends and family :)

That recipe is TOO CUTE. "Stir till it looks good". haha LOVE IT

Lauren K said...

I completely agree - the kitchen is my happy place, especially on the Holidays! I always like to give cakes/brownies/cookies/etc to other people, because it's like giving them a piece of me!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

Such a great post Katie, especially the recipe you wrote when you were little! I love cooking but don't know how to bake a thing :) Looking gorgeous as always :)


Fashion Fractions

Christi's Chirps said...

Beautiful post! Your photo is just precious, and your kitchen is amazing! :)

Thanks for sharing!


Nicole Marie said...

i love that you have that hand written recipe from when you were little too cute!

Nicole said...

You look pretty! That recipe that you wrote looks adorable too!

The Owl Girl

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, that recipe card is adorable. And the picture of you baking is stunning!!

Now following :)


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