Friday, October 02, 2009

This Baker's Dilemma

I love to bake. I'm sure anyone who's been reading this blog lately has that figured out already. The problem is, there are just three of us living here, and one of us is a baby. Honestly, none of us should be eating baked goods in the quantities I produce, and I don't even bake half as often as I would like. Neither of us have family nearby to whom I can gift things.

So what do I do with all this stuff???

It's funny, because when people find out that you bake they're always like, "OH, send it my way!" Or they'll tell you, "I'll be right over!!!" That is, until you've actually baked something. Then it's always "Oh, I can't, I'm on a diet" or "I had (insert clearly inferior store/chain baked good here) earlier so I shouldn't." Maddening, I tell you!

If I take things to gatherings, it usually barely gets touched. Can I tell you how frustrating it is to hear people tell me that they "really don't like sweets???" ARGH! How do you not like cake, people? I also find myself being told to take the leftovers home, because the host doesn't want them in the house. Well, if I wanted them in MY house, would I have brought them?

Even when I worked, people would complain that no one ever brought stuff in, then when I would bring stuff in, very few people would eat it (again with the "I don't like sweets" crap) and then people would complain about how much crap there was in the office. Make up your mind, folks.

I could gift items to random people I know, but then I'm left with the following dilemmas: What if they don't like what I'm giving them? What if they're allergic to something I used? What if they're busy and I'm bothering them? Am I being a pain in the ass by trying to do something nice?

Then, worst of all, there's the sneaking, nagging voice in the back of my head. You know, that bad one from my crazies - What if I'm not as good of a baker/cook as I think I am, and THAT is why I can't get anyone to take my stuff?


So what's a girl to do? How does one go about baking for others? I've been reading Alexis Stewart's (Martha's daughter) blog and this woman bakes like MAD, and gives it all away. She packages it up in cute little boxes and bags and ties it all up with cellophane and ribbons. People are HAPPY when they get packages from her. Granted, she's got more potential eaters than I do, but STILL people.

What's a girl got to do around her in order to get people to let her feed them?

Let's not get me started on my desire to have dinner parties. Why won't anyone come over for dinner? WHY??? Everyone is always too busy or too tired or has other plans. Boo.

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Blogger Hooptee said...

I have the EXACT same problem! People are weird like that. I've never heard the "I don't like sweets' excuse, that's strange.

Can you send stuff to your hubby's office? That works for me. My dh works with a lot of men so they scarf the baked goods. I don't get any enjoyment in giving it because I don't see them, but I do get an empty pan back!

4:19 AM  
Blogger kingsqueen said...

I don't understand people that don't like cake either. I freakin' LOVE cake! (too much...)
I love it when people bring stuff in to work. And I work with a bunch of guys so they always gobble up ANYthing brought in. LOL.

I'd come to one of your dinner parties if I didn't live a few states away. :)

I'm sure that you are a great cook/baker. I don't know why some people act so weird.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

1) We are never too busy or tired, etc., etc., for dinner....
2) We are certainly not on diets!
3) We LOVE sweets!
and finally, 4) I could use some of your baking pointers!! Everything you make looks fantastic!!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about freezing them?
Then you'd have the problem of all those baked goods collecting in the freezer faster than you eat them...

I wish I had your dilemma. I never bake, but I do like to eat pastries!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

Classic. Well, I have said all those things -- diet, don't want it in house, already had xyz that day. But hearing this is a good reminder to think of the baker before my belly once in awhile. :) I like to bake, too. Not to the extent that you do, but I really do enjoy it. It's just not practical from a sugar intake perspective sometimes! I wonder what Bakerella does with all her stuff? Cuz she makes a ton of it! Maybe you can start donating it to after school programs or something.

7:15 AM  

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