I'm a full time graphic designer. A lot of times my creativity spills over into my baking, which most times works. The ones that don't I chalk up as learning experiences. I like to do shaped cakes when I get the time. And I absolutely love inventing recipies!
My favorite things to cook
I love making sweet things, especially cakes, cookies, and candies. Most of my baking is for holidays and parties, I've even been asked to make my shaped cakes for some local organizations. I usually make tons of treats for the family Christmas parties. One year I didn't have time to bake. During the gathering I heard a resounding "She WHAT?! JAMIE!!" from the dining room when my mother informed them I didn't bring any treats. Now every Christmas card I get from them they let me know they expect treats. Sigh ;)
My cooking triumphs
The ultimate favorite family approved recipe is my Brandied Peaches N Cream Cake. My Carmel Apple Pecan cake is also highly favored. My cowokers usually make a mad dash for my Triple Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies.
My cooking tragedies
I've been trying to make a Strawberry N Cream cake. My first two attempts turned out more like soggy bread pudding since I didn't compensate for the amount of moisture fresh strawberries release when cooked. My last attempt was much better, but not quite up to parr.