The only thing better than singing is more singing. – Ella Fitzgerald
I couldn’t agree more, Ella. I’m not much of a singer, though, no matter how much I love it, so allow me to say, the only thing better than baking is more baking.
The last three years have been the most fun and the most creative of my life. I always knew I loved cooking and baking, creating and crafting, and sugar and glitter, but Bakingdom has allowed me to explore and grow my creativity in abundance. It has gifted me with my calling, and brought me joy on a daily basis. Most of all, it has opened my life up to the most amazing new friends. I’m very blessed.
I’ve told the story of Bakingdom’s beginning as a creative outlet, and avenue of sharing with my long distance friends many times, but I’ve never told you, in words, what this blog truly means to me. I want you to know today, as a thank you for your amazing support, why I really do this.
I blog for the love of sweet, beautiful food. I hear there’s quite a lot of money to be made in this industry, and I’ve seen that it can bring fame, but I didn’t start Bakingdom to acquire those things, and I don’t keep going in the hopes of attaining them either (frankly, being famous would only make me an anxious ball of puddly sweat; gross). No, I keep blogging because it makes me happy.
My blog makes me happy because I get to do what I love every day. It makes me happy because I get to create – something that I have learned over the years is vital to my sanity. If I can’t create, I get anxious and feel boxed in. Bakingdom makes me happy because I get to be myself, no matter who myself is. Finally, it makes me happy because it makes others happy. I never dreamed three years ago that along the way I would receive the most heart warming, kind, thoughtful, and generous letters of love and gratitude from readers who had the most beautiful stories to share about something I had created or inspired them to create.
Like I said, I’m very blessed.
Please allow me to say thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you, who come back and visit me here. Thank you for letting me create for you. Thank you for letting me be myself, in all my pink and glittery geeky glory. My personal growth, due to this blog, has been the most rewarding and gratifying experience, and it’s all because I’ve learned that it’s ok to be everything I am; I don’t have to pick the girly, dress-wearing, hair and make up-loving woman or the nerdy tee wearing, sci fi loving, book devouring, Harry Potter obsessed geek. I am both, and I’m lucky to be able to embrace myself for it.
Thank you for being a part of what makes me happy.
I’m a firm believer that birthday cakes should be made purely out of what makes us happy, so this cake has only things that bring me joy.
Oh yeah, and ModCloth. One of my favorite happy makers of all. I
love adore Modcloth. I did a little tally, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve ordered over three dozen things from them, mostly dresses. I have no shame. I love them.
I first discovered ModCloth shortly after I first started my blog. I saw Emma Watson wearing the cutest little blue dress to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After a quick google search, who should be selling said dress, but ModCloth. I bought it, I loved it, and the rest is history.
I’m totally jealous, because I could do a lot of damage with a gift card!
Our winner is:
Congratulations, Becca!! Thank you for your sweet words about my cake (it was totally one of the best cakes ever, and I’ve failed to come up with a reason not to make another…) I will be emailing you about your prize soon!
So, you want it? It’s easy. Just visit ModCloth, browse around, find what you love the most, and come back here and tell me about it in the comment section below. I wanna hear about it! This giveaway is open to international readers. Only comments answering the above question count as entries. Only one comment per person, please. Contest will run until 9 pm PST Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The winner will be chosen randomly atÂ www.random.orgÂ and announced Thursday, January 31, 2013. The winner will be contacted by email, soÂ donâ€™t forget to add your email in theÂ email section! **Comments are moderated, so if youâ€™ve never commented before, it will take some time for your comment to appear!** Good luck with the giveaway!
*Recipe info: I made a double batch of my favorite brownies and divided the batter into three 6-inch cake pans. I then filled and frosted the layers with whipped strawberry frosting (omitting the rose water). Enjoy!