I’ve discovered that I’m hardwired to bake. It’s what I think about when I
wake up in the morning and what I think about when I’m driving, when I’m
at the grocery store, or in the dentists’ chair. It’s what I think about when
I’m in a crowd or all alone. It’s what I yearn for when I have other chores
to do, what I stay up late for and what I dream about. It’s how I mend a
wounded heart, comfort a worn out soul, plan a big event, show off a new
idea, serve up my sincere gratitude, or share my heartfelt love. Quite
simply, it’s what makes me happy. And I know it makes a lot of you happy too.
Seeing as today is a day for declaring our love for the people and things we
love, I took this opportunity to write my true love a very special Valentine.
For a long time I searched for “my calling”. Something I was good at.
Though I tried on many hats, nothing seemed to be a good fit. Until, quite
unexpectedly, I discovered I was good at something I already did. It’s funny
how you can miss something so entirely, while you’re incredibly busy looking
for it. Has anything like that ever happened to you?
I baked these cupcakes for Jennie, my son’s special valentine, on the
occasion of her 21st birthday. The vanilla buttercream recipe is the same
one I always use, and the one I wrote about earlier in the week, in the
post Strawberry Heart Cupcakes. It tastes delicious on any flavour of cupcake.
I hope you’re enjoying the valentines in your life, today … and every day.
Love, Jackie XXOO