I'm going to make this a super quick post since I need to go to bed.
Today Winona's piano teacher came over and taught me how to decorate cakes. She is a professional cake maker. In fact, her son was asked to go on cupcake wars. She is amazingly talented and took three hours out of her day to teach me! I'm one lucky girl.
I baked and frosted this cake. So, she taught me how to make boarders around the cake using tips and the plastic bags. I didn't know how or if I would be able to do it. Surprisingly, I didn't do too bad. In fact, she said that the cake I did didn't look any different than that you would find at the Byerly's bakery! Whoot Whoot!! She also taught me how to make little flower candies to put on cakes. They were a bit difficult because my hand would get very tired. I pushed through it though and was determined to get some cute candies made. They will take a bit more practice, but I was thrilled that I had the dexterity to do it. Finally, she showed me how to frost a cupcake. We're not talking using a butter knife and smearing the frosting on. I used the tips and bags again for this and they turned out so cute!!
I am so grateful. When I was correctly diagnosed three years ago, the first thing I did was bake cupcakes. I have come so far and can only imagine how much more I will learn to do when it comes to baking cakes.
I can't believe that tonight I cooked for nearly two hours! I made a yummy Chinese dinner of Cashew Chicken, Fried Rice and White Rice. It was so nice to be able to dice the onions and garlic and stand over the hot stove as I cooked my family dinner. Before my diagnosis, it took everything I had to open a can of soup or prepare Kraft Mac'n Cheese. In my first year of diagnosis, I realized that I could bake cupcakes and make a frozen pizza. It brings tears to my eyes as to how far I have come in my cooking abilities. Plus, tonight's dinner was really delicious.
I must add that this has been quite the learning experience for me as well. Prior to my diagnosis, Steve did ALL of the grocery shopping. When I began to grocery shop, there were things on my list that I didn't know what they were much less where it would be in the store. Thank goodness for Google!!!!
I have to make this entry a quick one since I have vegetable beef soup on the stove and turkey meat loaf and squash in the oven. Yes, it has been a VERY busy afternoon of cooking for me. I have been on a soup kick. In the past week I made split pea with ham, chicken and rice soup and now vegetable beef soup. I love that I can shop for the ingredients and then come home and chop them all up! It is such a gift to have the abilities to stand at the kitchen counter and peel, chop and slice for over an hour. I'm thinking my next feast should be a potatoes soup of some kind. I'd love to hear your suggestions. Oh, and don't worry if you think it's too difficult or time consuming. I'm up for the challenge. In fact, I can't wait. I must add that I also made banana bread today and the girls loved it!
When Winona walked through the door she commented on how wonderful it smelled in here. It reminded me of when I would come through the door after a long day at school. My mom was a really good cook and the house was always full of flavor. I'm so grateful that I to can create happy memories for my girls.
Yesterday I made chocolate chip cookies with the girls. It was the first time I made cookies with out the help of my mom or Steve. I was always able to measure and mix the ingredients but I was never able to take the cookies in and out of the oven. Plus, I would have never been able to use a spatula to remove the cookies from the hot cookie sheets
For the past week, I've been wanting to make cookies, but I really wanted to wait until the girls could do it with me. They did such a great job measuring and mixing and I was so happy that the three of us could make this memory together. It reminded me of being a little girl and helping my mom when she baked cookies. Those were some of the best times in my life and now I can do the same thing with my daughters.
Tonight I made apple crisp for the first time. I had never attempted it because I didn't have the dexterity to peel and cut up apples. Luckily for me, the dessert turned out well. Winona said that she, "loved it," and then informed me that she had never had apple crisp before. Her response triggered my emotions and I couldn't help going from happy to sad so quickly. Because of me, she had never tried this very common American treat. I can't help but think that there are many other things that she hasn't experienced. Now that this information is with me, I need to have her suggest things for us to try together. We can do anything we put our minds to. I just hope that she doesn't ask me to sky dive!!