Let’s Be Pen Pals

Hey there! How’s life? Thanks for dropping into my happy place this morning. It is always such a joy to meet you here. This year I have set new goals for Mama Bear’s Kitchen, to stretch and challenge my creative self and further develop my unique style. I’m studying up on food photography, researching admired artists and baking up a storm in the kitchen trying out new cake recipes. Sticky date whisky toffee cupcakes anyone? Or perhaps vanilla musk?

 I’m not holding my breath, but I recently hit on a winner when hubby offered to take the girls to their art and gymnastics lessons once a week, which gives me a few hours alone at home to create. (It may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he is a big kid at heart and loves to use the olympic trampoline himself!)  But in case you’re wondering, that time alone looks like heaven with a capital H for this Mama Bear. I can’t tell you how nice it is to ignore the washing pile for three hours and take photos of cupcakes! Like I said last week, my new motto for the year is;

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

It’s not a lot of time, but it’s all I have in this season and I am grateful. 

Last weekend I had the honour of making this rustic wedding cake for a precious young couple. The bride wanted Australian gumnuts and eucalypts to adorn the cake, keeping the look clean and neutral. The top tier was passionfruit and white chocolate cake, while the bottom was a six layer vanilla cake with homemade lemon curd. 70 black forest and snickers caramel cupcakes accompanied the wedding cake. 

You may have seen on my Instagram stories that I created my first grazing table at this wedding. As the mother of the groom is a dear friend of mine, I gave her a hand by creating the dessert table and setting up the grazing table for afternoon tea. I was a bit apprehensive about styling all of that savoury food, but with the help of my spunky 14 year old, I quickly fell in love with the process of filling a long timber board with incredible cheeses, dips, fruit, decadent chocolate and nuts. Looking quite dramatic, it was an impressive showstopper and I can’t wait to do another one. I regret I don’t have a photo to show you. Needless to say, the bridal party and guests were all pretty chuffed with their sweet and savoury treats, so yayy…we did well. 

What have you got planned for this weekend? I am hoping to take the girls for a drive up the mountain to somewhere freezing cold so we can rug up, drink hot chocolates and celebrate the arrival of Winter. I will be taking my books, camera and a head swirling with creative ideas that may just come to life. 

Whatever you are doing, whatever season you are celebrating, enjoy. xx

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