Happiness Wrapped in an Apron

Yesterday I baked. I put on my favorite apron, pulled out my favorite cookbook, bundt pan and spatula and spent the better part of three hours shuffling tins of sweets in and out of the oven. It was blissful.
I’m not sure why I love baking as much as I do, but it is a simple pleasure. I truly enjoy playing with recipes, displaying my baked goods on pretty platters and happily gifting them to hungry recipients. I was joyful yesterday — humming along to music in the kitchen while I worked. It reminded me how good time at home to be creative is for my soul.
This weekend’s menu of heart-clogging, fabulously sweet treats:

Cardamom cinnamon chocolate cupcakes2

Damn Good Chocolate Cake cupcakes, from “The Cake Mix Doctor.” I added a dash of cinnamon and cardamom to the top. They’ll be served tonight at a dinner party with a dollop of whipped cream.

Brownie madeleines

Cardamom fudge brownies. Can you tell what my new favorite spice is? I love the earthy smell. I wasn’t sure how a brownie recipe would do in a madeleine pan, but these turned out nicely. Imust point out, however, that you have to give them plenty of time to cool in the pan or you end up with a mess.

what happens when you take browies out of the madeleine tray too soon


the perfect brownie madeleine

You want a giant cup of milk right now, don’t you?

Peanut honey cookies

These are my peanut butter and honey cookies. They will be packed away in my luggage, along with the brownies, for a weekend trip to the beach with friends. I suppose if we can’t find milk, margaritas will do.

Treat anyone

I spent a few minutes dreaming of my imaginary bakery and how I’d display my cakes in the windows each morning.

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Happiness at home indeed.

Happy long Fourth of July weekend to all my American friends. To my British buddies, better luck next colony. Ha ha! (Just teasing.)


18 Replies to “Happiness Wrapped in an Apron”

  1. Oh yum, those peanut butter honey cookies look absolutely divine.

    I’m just not a great baker, however… I have to rely on mixes! Maybe if I got a stand mixer, I’d be more inclined….

    a pink one!

  2. mmmmmm, sounds & looks delish!

    btw, I have that SAFARI print in my webshots on my computer at work….Great minds…heh…. 😀

  3. Girl you are making me hungry! I have always wanted to get that Cake Doctor book. I love cakes, and baking too. I am so scared that it is all I would do though and I would end up having to be lifted out of my house by a crane when I die. 😉

    Have a good weekend!

  4. Oh! My! Goodness! You are killing me! Those look so good. Your creations are beeeaaaauuuutiful. I hope you enjoy them this weekend. There is no place like the beach to enhance fun times with friends. Have a great time!

  5. I want milk after seeing these goodies! And I don’t even like milk! They look lovely, too!

    Have a great 4th of July and enjoy all those yummy treats!

  6. Mmmmm…all that chocolate. Chocolate. Must. Have. Chocolate.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your baking, and I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

    And I wish you the best with the wristlet world project 😀

  7. You look so happy! 🙂 And you should be as you are surrounded by delicious treats that look amazing! I hope your weekend is spectacular 🙂

  8. ñam ñam… everythings looks so great, so yummy!!

    my weekend was so busy… but good, very good… I hope you have a happy weekend with your friends…

  9. I say have margaritas AND cupcakes and DO NOT, under any circumstances, stop to consider the calories. Keep smiling big like that — you’re beautiful 🙂

  10. Looks yummy! I’ve only just discovered your blog after coming across your Wristlet swap. I missed the deadline, but maybe you’ll host another one sometime soon.

  11. Better luck next colony! Ha ha! Too funny. Cute picture of you. I, too, baked yesterday. Why not turn on the oven when it’s 87 degrees and humid??

    Those goodies look scrumptious!! What a great idea to put the brownie mix into the madeline mold – great way to stick to the proper serving size. [Heh! Serving size…I’d eat two. Maybe three.]

    Care to share the honey peanut butter cookie recipe? Those are two of my favorite flavors.

  12. I nedd cake, especially those chocolate ones in the madelaine tin. I have a little glass fronted cupboard above my computer which has 3 little shelves. It’s filled with lovely little things I like. When I look at it I always think it looks like a litle shop, and the things in it are all the stuff I’d sell. Yes I kinda live in a parralell dream world of nice stuff!

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