After a long absence, I have returned to the blogging world… refreshed and ready to start baking and blogging up a storm!! This last year has been extremely eventful, and has forced me to put my blog on the back burner… figuratively speaking, that is. But no more! My love and passion for baking will not subside; I feel as if I may overflow with excitement at the mere mention of anything in the baking realm. So here I am, leaping full force into this exciting adventure God has placed before me and intentionally steered my path toward. I’m here, I’m fierce, and I’m ready to PARTAYY!!!
Firstly, I’d like to fill you in on what has been happening in my life… For the past year and a half I have been working full time as a receptionist for an investment firm and baking any chance I can get (usually at night and on weekends). This new position has been such a blessing in so many ways; it has given me structure and a scheduled lifestyle in a time when I needed it most. God knew this year would be full of transitions, He never ceases to amaze me with his constant provision and protection.
In reflecting on the new year, I have been inspired to go back to the basics; to explore the purpose behind this passion of mine, and seek to make the most of every opportunity I have in this life, glorifying God along the way. I must start with the basics, what do I know to be true?
This journey is constantly proving to expose layer after layer of insight on my life and the ways in which I am to be of service. I am constantly seeking opportunities to use my gifts to glorify His kingdom, after all, that is the underlying purpose of all our lives. There are two key truths that have been revealed through my passion for baking. First, it comes naturally to me. Now I know that may sound a bit old fashioned; that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, but it doesn’t make it any less true… the kitchen is my jam, the place I feel most confident and at home, the first room I explore in a vacation rental, and the audience of many a musical performances. I am confident that God can work wonders anywhere, this includes the sometimes dirtied tiled floors of my kitchen (ok, they are more frequently dirty than I’d like to admit). The second thing I know to be true is that I have always LOVED sharing my time through baking.
Honestly, one of my favorite pastimes is chatting with friends across the marbled counter of my kitchen. Many a good, deep, and raw conversation have occurred there… as I’ve seen that kitchen change and transform throughout the years, I can see the similar transformation it has had on my life and relationships that have blossomed because of it. Conversations about life and purpose have taken place as I’ve sat at the breakfast nook, on the countertops, and even the floors. It is more than just another room in the house; it is a platform in which trust is built, and lives can be changed. The fact that I come from a strong Italian AND Irish family may have some influence on my love for feeding people and wanting to love on them using my talents in the kitchen. That being said, I know that turning back and holding onto these basic truths will continue to guide me in the future; I don’t want to bake merely to provide a tasty treat, but to influence and inspire lives along the way, and to hopefully spark a flame for a passion one may have laying dormant deep inside.
Adventures with Mabelle
Recently, I was blessed by the presence of an old friend in my kitchen once again. It had been about two years since I last saw her, yet we were able to pick up right where we left off (kindred spirits often do). We spent the night baking sugar cookies for a bridal shower and catching up on the things we’d missed and looking toward the future, to our hopes and dreams in life. This may sound like a fun night to some, but the significance of it was so touching in both our lives… you see, Mabelle was there at the start of my Sweet Creations. She is a witness of a time my love for baking truly came alive!! Every week, I would get together with Mabelle, a then high schooler from my church youth group, and we would bake. I’d show her the basics that my mom taught me so long ago, and we would make cupcakes and experiment on lucky charm rice crispy treats! I will always cherish those weekly sessions with Mabelle; the small kitchen we had at our disposal, the shallow countertops with seemingly zero space to roll out even the smallest pie crust, and the seeds that were planted in our young conversations. That small kitchen has since been remodeled into a bakers dream with ample counter space, and it’s two bakers have been transformed as well.
Mabelle is now recently graduated from college, with a passion for photography, traveling, and physical education for those with special needs. She is an inspiration to many and shows her love for life, adventure, and others through her exuberant nature. I am blessed to know her, call her a friend, and be a small part of her story as she seeks to pursue her passions in life and use her God-given gifts. We are each a part of the other’s story… it was through Mabelle’s need to learn the basics that sparked a deeper love for baking in me; and through those weekly sessions, Mabelle’s perspective of the kitchen forever would be transformed to one of peace and comfort. After spending time with Mabelle in my kitchen, I realized that small, seemingly ordinary acts, done with great love, can be extremely impactful.
Isn’t it funny how God works? For me, I had to go back to the basics, both in baking and in seeking Him, to find the path God dreamed for me. So, here I stand, at a new chapter in my life… balancing a full time job by day, and baking by night. Sometimes life can get overwhelming and hectic, but I choose to pursue God whole-heartedly and respond to His promises. I am so thrilled to be diving back into the blogging world and vow to share not only the talents I have been entrusted with, but also to approach this revamped blog with an open heart and mind. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this… I can’t wait to continue on this journey with you!
‘Til next time… Happy Baking!!
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” -Jeremiah 29:13