The fantasy cook and baker

We’re busy selling our house and if you’ve sold a house or tried to sell a house, you’ll know there’s lots of cleaning and tidying involved.

I decided to take some pictures of a few spaces in my home to take advantage of all those bright, shiny areas 😉

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When I looked at these photos though, I thought about how, if I don’t watch it, I could very easily drift into being a fantasy cook and baker.

What’s a fantasy cook? What’s a fantasy baker?

It’s someone who sees beautiful recipes in cookbooks, on blogs and on Pinterest, and imagines that she will actually make those things despite knowing full well what type of cook she is.

I’ve said many times on this blog that I do like to eat and that is the reason I cook. I don’t like it when recipes have too many ingredients or require too many processes, e.g. mix this and leave for ___ minutes, then do this in a separate bowl, now add this and then bake in an oven for 45 minutes. Never going to happen, friends. My patience only lasts for prep of 10 minutes if there’s an oven involved, or otherwise 30 minutes overall.

I know my limitations – I’m never going to make a complicated (for me!) recipe. I’d much rather be reading or playing with photos.

I often weed out recipes from my flipfiles – the three plastic folders just in front of the appliance manuals – but I’m starting to think maybe the flipfiles themselves should be tossed. Or maybe I’ll just keep one with a few special recipes from my mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.

I’ll let you know how that little project goes.

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I’m the same with baking. I do drop cookies and only once a year at Christmas, IF I’m in the mood and it’s not too hot, will I do biscuits that involve rolling out dough and cutting out shapes.

I like one-bowl baking, which is why I’m very good at muffins and pancakes 😉

I know this about myself; why, then do I keep these recipes I will most likely never make?

I’m a fantasy baker!

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Who else is a fantasy cook and baker?

Do you actually make all the recipes you gather or are your cookbooks just kitchen “decor”?

This week, let’s give ourselves permission to let go of those expectations we place on ourselves and embrace our perfectly imperfect selves.

Inspiring spaces #11 – real people’s spaces

Hmm, bear with me for a moment.

I’ve noticed a trend on a lot of blogs. Or maybe it’s not a trend but is the new way to blog?

I’ve been blogging for 5.5 years and in “the good old days” (I am sooo dating myself), we would just put up pics of our spaces and that was that.

These days everything is so perfect and drool-worthy that it can inspire us, yes, but it can also make us feel less than and unsatisfied with what we have or don’t have.

We always knew there was Martha Stewart but she was Martha, after all. We didn’t have to try and live up to that facade of perfection.

But when real women who stay at home/ work full-time/ etc. have these perfect houses then it feels like there’s no hope.

Yes, they are our issues if we let the comparisons overtake us but I do love it when people are gloriously imperfect and share those parts of their lives with us too.


Remember I featured Allison’s craft room a few months ago.

It is all that I said and more. It always felt real to me, like someone actually lived there.

The other day Allison posted some other pics of her craft room. Let’s just call it life on the other side.

I still think that her space is inspiring because it is still organised (everything has a place, zones, etc.) but go have a look at how a REAL person gets to explore her passions while living life.

My take-out from this space is that you don’t have to wait for conditions to be “perfect” before you start taking action on your dreams and passions.

What’s your biggest take-out?

PS I’m purposefully not posting pics because I want you to click over and read her words. 🙂

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