Friday, July 29, 2011

My Story

I thought it was about time to tell my story about how I starting baking and how it has lead me to where I am today.

I'd say it all started with my mom. All my life my mom has loved to cook and would do so for my family and everybody else she knew. Well you'd think I would have picked up baking from her..... But I didn't! She didn't do much baking at all and that is what I was interested in. I figured everybody loved desserts, it makes people happy:) So as I got older my desire for baking grew. Because of different living situations I wasn't always able to bake. But when I finally did get in a position to where I could bake whatever I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted, I did. 

At first, I attempted fancy cakes and brought them to family gatherings and different events. Then I started doing a lot of cupcakes, and this is when cupcakes were first starting to get popular... Everybody wanted cupcakes. So that's exactly what I focused on and I started up Little Lulu's Cupcakes.

And then one Thursday night, November 11, 2010 to be exact, I decided I wanted to make up some sugar cookies and try to figure out how to decorate them with that glaze I'd seen used. In the very beginning I wanted to see if I'd be able to learn so I could make some really special Christmas cookies for family and friends. So I went online to figure how to do it. I had a few cookie cutters and a kids size, plastic, rolling pin and I attempted my first cookies :)

I made tulips and ice cream cone cookies. I only made up 2 colors of royal icing and decorated them the best I could. Looking back on this picture that I took with my cell phone makes me laugh but I will never forget my first cookies!

I left them out to dry overnight and bagged them up to take to my fellow employees at my day job the next day. Little did I know at the time just how long royal icing takes to dry! They were still wet in the morning when I took them in.  I put them in the break room and they were gone in a flash! Everybody loved them and begged me to bring them in again.

From that night on I have been completely addicted to it. I love learning new ways to do things and to experiment with different recipes. With every cookie I decorate I learn something new. It is very time consuming and much more intricate than decorating a cupcake but I enjoy it so much that I don't care. And for that reason I decided to change Little Lulu's Cupcakes to Little Lulu's Confections because I didn't want to be tied down to anything specific especially if it wasn't cookies.

I love doing all sorts of cookies but I'd say that doing baby cookies is my favorite. I don't think it gets much cuter than a decorated baby onesie:)

That's my story.. for now :)