Baking for The Maker's Year
Last year seemed to whizz by in a flash and there wasn't nearly enough making happening for my liking, so this year I have really committed to more making of all kinds. Our family mottos is 'Create Something Every Day' and this is what we are embracing once again.
Kate's beautiful project and social media hashtag has really helped to get me started and I think it will help to keep me going all year long. It's so easy for everything else to take priority but making things with my hands helps me to feel grounded, connected to my family, inspired and creative. The more I make, the more I want to make.
A couple of weeks ago Annabel Karmel came to my studio for a photography lesson and to style some images from her new book that's out soon. She showed me her apps and I decided it would be fun to download her Family Cooking one and try some of the recipes with the help of Rudi.
I often make the mistake of saying 'let's bake a cake' before I have even checked the cupboard for the ingredients. Before I know it Rudi has climbed up on a chair and is ready to crack eggs open! It all goes a bit crazy as I race to keep up and it's never quite the experience I imagine.
So this time I quietly got everything ready and popped the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in two bowls, with the muffin tray all ready. And then I called her in. "Let's make some Apple & Carrot Muffins Rudi." Oh it was so cute to see her get stuck into mixing straight away.
"Oh what's in their Mummy?" Before I had a chance to help her she was pouring the honey and maple syrup mixture.
And then she spotted the muffin cases. "I can do it all myself Mummy. Not you. Just me. Look!"
My head is thinking "Oh yikes, that's all going to burn down the sides." "What a crazy mess." "Help! They are going to look terrible."
My heart is thinking. "This is adorable." "She is having so much fun." "Who cares what they look like? The children will love them after school."
Yes, she was covered in honey and maple syrup, yes I had to scrape the tin before putting it in the oven, yes they were kind of uneven. But we had fun and we baked muffins together. Or perhaps Rudi baked them all by herself!
Making is not just about the finished product, it is also so much about the process, the enjoyment and the love for life.