Do You Have a Secret Confession?

author 100 x 100   I like recipes. I like reading them, especially the dessert ones. And on Facebook, new ones pop up almost every day. So I print them off and put in my go-to pile. And that is as far as most of the recipes get–the go-to pile. As much as I like reading recipes, I don’t want to make baked goods any more.

Every now and then, I’ll get a wild hare—or is it hair?—and make something, usually for a special occasion, like Strawberry Cake.strawberry cake

Last week, I saw a recipe for a biscuit pull-apart bread with cinnamon sugar and pecans and baked in a tube pan. I’m thinking of making this one. It’s pretty easy for the company that’s coming. I know why I’ve made this change. There’s three good reasons:

One. My creativity has changed from cooking to writing, stitching, and reading.
Two. Handsome can’t swallow these foods. Long story involving cancer radiation from thirteen years ago.
Three. The boys aren’t home to help eat what I fix.

I grew up baking and helping Mom fix dinner. In my early adult years, I loved making goodies to share. Over time, food for the boys became what I could squish in between events. By Sunday noon, I was all cooked out. Eventually, they went off to school and trickled in and out of home. When do return, they really want a box of Cheez-its.

Are you a cook or baker? And if so, what’s your specialty?

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Here’s a bit of creativity to share—an excerpt from Just Desserts…and other stories. Someone said the line “I have a theory about love” and my brain when all creative. BTW, I’m always looking for reviewers. If you’re interested, let me know at:

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“I have a theory about love.”

Ethan’s statement knocked me from the proverbial mountain top. Eyeing him, I clapped my hand across my mouth to stifle a giggle.

From Day One at our new jobs at Prime Designs, Ethan and I had forged a friendship. I was the artsy heart-sy, emotional gal. Him–the technical, by-the-book pal. We ate an occasional dinner, watched a movie, whatever. Traded small gifts like coffee, a magazine, music. However, Ethan had never made an overture toward me.

Translated: Nothing intimate.

I’d said to myself, “Rats.”

For work, we’d traveled to Colorado Springs to attend a workshop on web design innovations. After check-in, I’d joined him at the bridge crossing the lake to decide about lunch before the meetings commenced.

My six-one geek wearing rimless glasses, leaned against the railing and stared into the sparkling blue waters of the high mountain lake. The feathered fowl paddled by.
Have his feelings changed?

I asked in disbelief, “R-really? A theory…about love?”

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. tidalscribe says:

    I only bake when we’re having visitors, but I always end up making my usual chocolate cake, having run out of time ( too busy writing or gardening ) to look at that drawer full of recipes.

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    1. Vicki Batman says:

      That’s how I feel too. And then I give most away or eat all of it. LOL. Have a loverly weekend!


  2. Hey, Vicki. I don’t ever bake anymore. Shouldn’t be eating that stuff (yummy though it is), and everyone in the family has some special dietary restriction: no gluten, no eggs, no meat, no sugar and on and on. I just pick up stuff at Costco or Albertson’s for an event. Then I make the guests take any leftovers. I’m not good with temptation–my secrete confession. 🙂 Loved your post and I shared. 🙂

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    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Hi, Marsha! and thank you for sharing. I wonder about the dietary restriction stuff (as there is none at my house). Do you go to someone’s house expecting them to cater to your needs? I jut wonder about that.


  3. Kathryn Jane says:

    Love the excerpt!
    Years ago, we would spend weeks in the kitchen baking special cookies and making brittle to give to all our families and friends at Christmas, and I once even baked Pumpkin Cheesecake for a family event, but that is about all. Oh, and brownies from mixes. Now with allergies and all, baking is but a distant memory 🙂

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    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Hi, Kathryn! I didn’t do much baking at Christmas. I did at Thanksgiving, though. We will be having company soon and I’ll probably make my go-to: Chocolate Cherry Cake. 🙂 Many hugs, dear one.


  4. Great post! I’ve also stopped baking. Too many issues and it’s much easier to pick up a dessert for a special event. Once upon a time, I did enjoy making no-bake cheesecakes and Tiramisu. 🙂

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    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Hi, Joanne! I made a tart with sugar cookie dough (the slice and bake kind), covered in a sweetened cream cheese, and fruit on top all the time. It was so yummy. Now? Nada. Even eating ice cream is a treat.


  5. Melissa Keir says:

    I’ve started freezing food and then taking it down to my father when I go visit him. I always make too much for just my husband and I so this is a nice treat for dad.

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    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Hi, Melissa! and a brilliant idea. I give to my 82 year old friend (who stands next to me in Jazzercise every day). And I often get treats back. Hugs, dear one.


  6. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    I don’t bake any more either. So much easier to pick up something already prepared.
    Not always as good or healthy but easy and as busy as we all are, easy is sometimes best
    Good luck and God’s blessings


    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Thanks for visiting w me Pam! I know exactly what you mean. I try to schedule for special occasions.


  7. Ilona Fridl says:

    Love cooking and baking, but have stopped myself from doing it if I’m the only one who eats it. Best on your book!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Vicki Batman says:

      Hi, Ilona! I feel compelled to eat it, not waste it. Same with chocolate and champagne. LOL


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