It’s been a while since I updated you all on my #100daysofhappiness (the point of this blog!) so here we go….
Day 14 – Saw some old faces at work today from my secretarial days at Head Office. Reminded me that when I want something enough, I can achieve it!! Never give up!!
Day 15 – 3 bottles of prosecco with the lovely Anna!
Day 16 – So….. this happened. Eeeeek!
Day 17 – Sunday’s are for pampering! Had a lovely lie in, did a hair mask, face mask and soaked myself in body cream! Bliss!
Day 18 – A few things today. Ibiza flights are BOOKED!!! Someone said I looked like a Barbie (LOVE him!) AND I did a one handed spin at pole!
Day 19 – Good discovery today! Tapas Tuesdays at All Bar One! 4 Tapas dishes and a bottle of wine for £20 xx
Day 20 – Got my annual charity quiz night invitation today! Love a quiz night! xx
Day 21 – Ran 5k at the gym tonight! Love our little motivational Whatsapp group ‘Team Beefa!’ xx
Day 22 – Lovely, lovely evening with beaut friends xxx
Day 23 – Had such a fun night with fab friends xxx
Something potentially massive happened on Day 16. I sent off my application for a place in the BBC’s Great British Bake Off this year. Eeek!
I am under NO illusions that out of the thousands and thousands of applicants, I will get picked. I know it’s highly unlikely and I have no expectations whatsoever. I am not nearly good enough, and I don’t think that I have the experience they will be looking for. But do you know what, I decided that I have absolutely nothing to lose so I just went for it! Every year, people always tell me that I should go on it and I always say ‘oooh I don’t think I’m good enough’ or ‘I don’t think I could take the stress’. All the excuses. Well not anymore, at least I can now say I applied, regardless of what happens.
Ever since I can remember, I have loved baking. The stand out toy from my childhood was my A La Carte Kitchen, I baked cakes for family members birthdays, at the age of 12 I cooked a 3 course dinner for my parents anniversary – there are many memories. My ‘speciality’ is baking and decorating cakes. I’m not claiming to be amazing (I’m definitely not amazing), but I feel proud of the creations I’ve made to date. I’ve had one 2 and a half hour cupcake decorating lesson and a 3 hour Macaron making lesson, the rest is completely self taught and just came from practice, practice and more practice!
I find baking very therapeutic – iTunes on shuffle, zoning out into my own little world and you can’t beat the smell of cakes or bread baking in the oven, it’s so homely. Then finally, I love seeing people tucking into the tasty treats that I’ve created! It’s a real sense of achievement and also a great honour when someone asks to you make them a cake for an occasion that is very special to them.
Here are a few examples of some of my bakes…
Everywhere I look lately, there is something or someone talking about happiness. I’m not sure if it’s always been that way or whether I am just noticing it more now because of the blog and my #100daysofhappiness. One of the things I saw was a little plaque entitled ‘Recipe for Happiness’ – I have most of the ingredients in my store cupboard, just one I need to nurture and perhaps once I have all the ingredients, every day will become 100% happy again!
Recipe For Happiness
1 Bag of Smiles
2 Cups of Sharing
2lbs of Positivity
1/2 Cup of Good Humour
1 Cup of Self Esteem
2 Spoonfuls of Simplicity
1 Dash of Goodwill
4 Drops of Easy Going
1 Packet of Life Loving!
So there you have it, a recipe for happiness, which hopefully will be the best thing I ever create!
Love Katie xx
PS – Coincidence that my mum and dad have just returned from a weekend in my other ‘happy place’ – Swanage, Dorset – with this little gift…