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29 Before 30

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It’s resolution time people. It is year four of my “__ before __” list and I am really excited for the year ahead. As I’m sure you’ll notice a lot of my goals this year focus on trying new things and pushing the boundaries on the skills that I already have. I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress!

  1. Body Beautiful – find my healthy and work on loving what God gave me.
  2. Coffee Journey – cold brew, french press, turkish…find my perfect cup.
    *my acupuncturist put the kibosh on this, but I have rediscovered my love of hot tea. My reining favorite is Princess Grey.
  3. Convince Andy to grow and wax a handle bar mustache.
  4. Try 10 new recipes.
    Double Chocolate Cookies
    Very Blueberry Scones
    Vanilla Extract
    Chocolate Blackberry Whipped Ganache
    Biscoff Brownies
    Biscoff Blondies
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

    Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
    Chocolate Orange Cookies
    Chocolate Drizzled Orange Spice Cookies
  5. Take a hand lettering class.
    Silk Dying Class
  6. Take a painting class
  7. Take a class and learn a new skill (TBD).
    Indigo Dying Class
  8. Write 5 original recipes or recipe adaptations.
    Pineapple Buttercream
    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar
    Vegan Hot Cocoa in a Jar
    Vegan Apple Crumble
    Peanut Butter Pretzel Brittle
  9. Get my braces off.
  10. Redesign blog layout.
  11. Complete three mini home renovation projects.
  12. Take a mini Atlanta vacation.
  13. Do two Zen Tangles a week. Ended up with adult coloring books instead.
  14. Try 12 new restaurants.
    Avenue
    4 Rivers
    Northside Pies

    Consciousness Blossoms
    First Watch
    Maple Street Biscuit Co
    Apropos Deli
    West Egg
    Midtown Caboose
    Be Our Guest
    Mythos

    Au Peche Mignon
  15. Collaborate on two new projects.
  16. Go apple picking.
  17. Put the MP3s from all of my cds on one car friendly storage device. Nope
  18. Create my first DIY post. Fail, I had some great ideas, they just never made it to you guys.
  19. Have high tea.
  20. Host a tea party.
  21. Make a quilt. I completely forgot about this until about two weeks ago and I decided that it was just going to have to wait another year.
  22. Make a statement necklace.
  23. Fill a sketchbook with new designs. I didn’t manage to fill one, but there has been a definite increase in the number of sketches I’ve been doing.
  24. Find a way for my diabetic mother to have dessert every night.
  25. Make at least 5 of the crafts I’ve pinned on Pinterest.
    Glitter Dipped Wooden Spoons
    Tea Wreath
    Cocoa & Cookies in Jars
    Paper Flowers
    Christmas Gnomes
    Flower Crown

    Flower Monogram
  26. Work on curating a wardrobe vs. just buying clothing.
  27. Wear makeup at least five days a week.
  28. Get my tattoo. Didn’t make it to Savannah, hopefully next year.
  29. Create a gallery wall in the master bedroom. I didn’t find all of the things I wanted to fill the space, but I am about half there.

If you’re interested, you can see my 26 before 27, 27 before 28 and 28 before 29(my best year yet!).

 

Image from here.


Recipes I Want to Try

The last few months have been pretty crammed with baking as I scrambled to hit my 12 new cake recipes before the deadline on my 28 before 29 list. Now that I am in the clear, I’ve taken a baking break and have been reflecting on all the things I learned along the way. I’ve discovered that I really like baking with a friend or family member (mostly my mom and my friend Rachel); it helps me relax and enjoy the process since I know that there is someone double checking ingredient lists and recipe steps as we go along. I discovered that I am a frosting snob. Cake can vary on texture and flavor and be fine, but frosting!? If it isn’t right, I scrape it off and throw it away. Which makes me feel like a diva, but I can’t help it. It does, however, make me that much more excited when I find one that truly like. Whipped ganache or peanut butter frosting? Yes, please; I’ll bring my own spoon. I’ve also started thinking a lot more about presentation. Several of the later recipes I tried called for more precise assembly and the reaction from the taste testers was overwhelmingly positive. A swirl of fudge here, a carefully place berry there, and it made everyone feel like they were getting something extra fancy.

I am currently working on my 29 before 30 list, that I will be sharing with you next week, and I am definitely going to continue the trend of trying new recipes. I am hoping to expand my culinary comfort zone past cupcakes and start putting a little extra consideration into my presentation. To get inspired, I have once again turned to Pinterest for help and my Cake board is making me feel like it will soon be time to again pull out the mixer and don my apron. Here are a few of the recipes I am currently considering.

1. Chocolate Mandarin Orange

Recipe 4

Orange Almond Cake with Orange Blossom Frosting

Recipe 3

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes with Espresso Frosting

Recipe 1

Black Forrest Cake

Recipe 2

Another thing I want to work on is the quality of my food photos; we eat with our eyes too, right? And those pictures above? Gorgeous, and they make me very, very hungry.

 

All images are from the blogs linked in the titles and can also be found on my Cake Pinterest board.