Anyway, this was on one of the blogs I subscribe to, Art of the Pie, by Kate McDermott. I follow her because I, too, love pie and because I like to learn from other bakers. Also when I first checked out her blog after finding it on Google, here’s what I read:
“From the time I was a little girl I loved to bake. In the afternoons after school, I would come home and while my mom taught piano lessons, I would get out the mixing bowl and spoons to make cookies, cakes, and bread. I took great delight in arranging a pretty table with china, cloth napkins, cutlery and flowers from mom’s garden. Some of these first attempts were disasters but many turned out to be pretty good and kept me interested in baking.”
From the time I was a little girl, I too loved to bake! And I’m sure some of my first attempts were also disasters, but the successes just made me love it more. So you see, I feel like Kate and I could even be sisters, or perhaps cousins. Because of that I follow her blog, even though it’s not about cookies. I too love pie and one of these days I may need to shift more attention onto flaky crusts and luscious fillings.
Also because I dream of being a successful baker (professionally, that is) and an equally successful blogger, I was really interested when I learned that Kate was not only working on a cook book (well a Pie Book), but that soon she was to be on QVC! Wow, talk about a way to sell! (Selling is my challenge, far more than the actual baking).
So to bring this story to a close of sorts, a couple of days ago she published a blog about her experience at QVC and I’m happy to report that it seems like QVC was great to work with and it all turned out wonderful. But the point of my blog today is that she also included a photo of a sign she’d seen at QVC: “Dreams do come true”. Yes! I was hoping they do!
And because Dancing Bee Baking is on the verge of moving into real, actual preheated oven baking days (as opposed to planning, permitting and testing days) I’ve decided that this sign shall become my daily affirmation or mantra for the month of August.
Kate gave me permission to share this photo and I’m giving you permission (not that you need it at all!) to share the daily affirmations and to also focus on making your dreams come true. Because after all, aren’t our dreams a big part of what makes life interesting?
And today I have a bonus feature for you, and it is about cookies! Go Cookies!
A little while ago I mentioned tasting cookies from a bakery called “Sugar Butter Flour” and I’m going to finish today’s post with that experience. Sugar Butter Flour is a local bakery headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA (for out of state readers, that’s the heart of Silicon Valley) with a site also in Campbell. They appear to specialize in decorated cakes (like very pretty and special wedding cakes!) but they also offer an array of cookies, as you can see.
French Macaroons. I don’t know if you’ve ever had one, I hadn’t until a few years ago. They can be tooth losing, diabetes promoting sweet. But twice in my life I’ve had really great macaroons that are just sweet enough, have great texture, and wonderful flavor. In fact, you could taste the flavor of the filling, not just sweet from the filling. The cookie at Sugar Butter Flour was one of those two good macaroon experiences.
So you might want to check out Sugar Butter Flour when you visit Silicon Valley next time. Their macaroon is absolutely étonnant – astonishing, marvelous. Wow, they are really really really good. (Great cookies require 3 ‘reallys’.) The other cookies were all very good. But the macaroon was to write home (or a blog post) about!
Keep life sweet, and I’ll see you next time. As always, I welcome comments!