In nearly every blogging and writing seminar I've ever attended, the speaker always stresses perspective. In the case of food, this means that you can share a recipe for something that isn't innovative--like chocolate chip cookies or meatloaf--and make it incredibly interesting by adding your own perspective. You might write about cookies as someone who is a tragically terrible baker, or write about the special technique your grandma used when making meatloaf. It's easy to stop yourself from writing because your idea isn't revolutionary, but if you silence yourself because you can't meet your own inflated expectations, you might also silence a great story.
What does that have to do with me and this blog?
Well, if you've been following along, you may know that I recently quit my full-time job in Philly to move home to Connecticut, work as a cupcake baker, community manager and nanny to my adorable newborn nephew Jaxon. When I asked my sister if I could move home to nanny her son, I was met with an enthusiastic (and unexpected), ABSOLUTELY!
Admittedly, I was banking on my sister saying no. Having no previous experience caring for children younger than 3 other than changing a handful of diapers, I was an unlikely candidate. Nonetheless, Amy and her husband trusted me. And, as I spent my first day completely alone with a newborn, I had a brilliant revelation: I should blog about this.
Caring for an infant is nothing new. Women have been doing it for millennia. But, I've never cared for a newborn. I also realize my situation is sort of unique. I haven't heard of any other auntie blogs (but if you're out there, let's be friends!), nor have I heard of too many women who trade a full-time job with benefits to nanny someone else's baby and bake cupcakes for a living. So, instead of sporadic posts and trying to reinvent the wheel, I'm giving you something more authentic (aunt-hentic?): my perspective as I try to figure this auntie thing out.
In this spirit, I'm pretty jazzed that I was asked to do a family-friendly dessert recipe for a gorgeous blog about children, Petite Peach. Little Guy isn't old enough to hold his bottle, let alone a rolling pin, but I'm excited to be able to bake with him in a few years. In the meantime, I'm sharing kid-friendly Apple Molasses Handpies fit for autumn on Petite Peach. Desiree and her staff do an amazing job curating stylish fashion finds for kids as well as delicious recipes from talented bloggers. Be sure to check out all the amazing posts and tell them Kelly sent you :)