A lot of things have happened to me the past two years that really make me not believe in “true love,” soulmates, etc. As I say often on here, the details are slightly to personal to share, but all you need to know is that I’ve learn to be pretty content without a companion.
That’s something I didn’t think I would really ever be okay with… the idea of being alone. But I’ve discovered that I really am okay with it. The past year and a half has been quite the learning experience as to finding out who I am and learning to love myself.
So as Valentine’s Day approaches, I am really not dreading it. I even kind of think its cute, despite the fact that its a complete Hallmark holiday. Last year it irritated me, but this year, its just giving me an excuse to bake really cute cookies:
This was my first attempt ever at making or using royal frosting. It’s definitely one of the more difficult things I’ve encountered in baking and cooking. To be perfectly honest, baking is one of those few things I do where I rarely encounter mishaps. It comes naturally to me. Its one of the few things I’ve ever felt like I’ve excelled at and can do better than a lot of other people.
Royal frosting however was a little bit more of a challenge than I’m used to. The consistency is great for detailed cookie decorating, but figuring out the flow of the piping and not getting air bubbles while doing it took a little practice. The first few outlines were not the prettiest, lol.
If you’ve never bought meringue powder, I researched it a bit before deciding which brand to buy. I ultimately decided to go with Williams-Sonoma. It is a little bit pricer than some other meringue powders, but all the reviews said the quality and taste in general was much better than other less expensive ones. I was really happy with the results so I highly recommend buying it from there!
Are you dreading Valentine’s Day this year or looking forward to it? Do you like baking holiday inspired treats?