Getting Out of Neutral!

I have often mentioned my dislike for cooking and BAKING!!  I rather clean,in heartbeat than do those two things but I always cooked for my family.  Simple meals, yes and on occasion I tried something new BUT I cooked.  I was AND I am a firm believer in the FAMILY meal.  BUT,I will repeat, you do not have to beat yourself up and create fancy schmancy meals every.single.night!

Now, here is something you are going to think is ODD. Although for those of you who have become my friends and who have read me long enough, well, I am sure you are getting use to my ODD ways. Right?

Well,  With my lackluster love for the kitchen you might find it surprising that I buy Aprons!! Yep, I just love that little piece of clothing. Therefore, when Katherine, of Katherine’s Corner offered to do an Apron Swap I was ALL IN!!

AND, looky!!Score!!

Iveth, from Creative Atelier was my swap partner. Iveth is an artist and she creates one of a kind jewelry.  Incredibly beautiful!! Now,Iveth,took the extra step of gathering information about me and sent me the cutest apron. I described colors and food I liked and BINGO!! Actually, my husband opened the apron first and said, “Lucy, it is so you!” AND, it is!!

Now I use to not wear my Aprons all that much.  Mostly on Holidays!! But, something has happened.  With more time on my hands AND bloggers insisting recipes are easy or they create easy recipes I have been COOKING and BAKING more.  SCARY, I know!!

My husband just loves to call me “Betty” now.  You know, like ‘Betty Crocker’ before I know it I will have a new nickname.  He is such the smartass!!

Therefore, I am seriously using my Aprons now.  They aren’t just to look cute in,they actually serve a purpose!  Here I am making Quick Banana Cake.  This turned out delicious and Gloria from New End Studio inspired this homemade 7 step cake!! It goes so well with my morning coffee.  It is a nice,light cake!!

Here I am making my very first Pumpkin Pie!! Katherine from Katherine’s Corner did a post on baking pie and I thought, I can do this!! I forgot to take a photo of my homemade Pumpkin pie and it is gone!!!

I have many of my blogging friends recipes bookmarked and ready to go!! A Nut in a NutShell has a delicious Cherries in a Cloud Cupcake recipe that I made and shared with my neighbors!!

I am happy to say my Bloggy Buddies inspire me!! They get me thinking,trying new things, from baking to reading new books & authors, to little adventures!! Momma Mia,Mea Culpa made realize I don’t want to be stuck in Neutral!! Yes, a simple photo post made me think!!  AND that is my point!  Bloggers say a lot in their blogs!! They move you, inspire and touch you in ways they probably have no idea they are reaching their reader!!

Now, this doesn’t mean that cooking and baking sometimes doesn’t drive me to do this still!! But, hey, I am n longer in neutral!!

How has blogging affected you?  Do you have a blog?  Or do you just read blogs? Have you ever participated in a blogging swap?

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