So I have been thinking about storage. Since I am starting to stock up on baking supplies, my tiny cupboards are getting full very fast. It is also not very nice having ingredients in bags, so I started looking around for ideas. I think the best idea is to use glass jars, you know, those Mason jars that have a million functions these days. I would like the kind that comes with a label so I can write the contents of the jar on it. My only issue with chalk is that it will get wiped off when you use the jar. Maybe I’ll just use regular jars and make my own labels. So then I have something to put the ingredients in, so now I need to figure out how to store them. I am playing with the idea of using floating shelves, but I am not sure if it is the best plan. They are quite expensive, they can only handle about 15kgs each and I imagine they will be quite slippery (since I have one in my bedroom). I found this nice example on Pinterest of how someone stacked their cupboard:

I unfortunately don’t have a cupboard that big. Perhaps my best option will be to move some of my other stuff around and dedicate a whole cupboard to the baking supplies. I have a large bookcase. Perhaps I should convert the bookcase into my baking case. I think that would perhaps work the best since it is quite large so I can group things better. I need a bigger kitchen.😀 I will play around with it and see what works best.

Tonight I want to try to make the red velvet cupcakes. I bought the cream cheese for the icing, so I think I have all the ingredients I will need. I have never made red velvet before in my life, so it will be an interesting experience. I hope it is not a total flop. If I have time, I would also like to make some “vlakoekies” (custard cookies) for my fiancé.  It is a recipe that I got from my sister when she was still in high school. I am really looking forward to making it.

Last weekend I was pleasantly surprised by my future in-laws with cupcake goodies. They gave me a bunch of cupcake wrappers, cupcake decorations and piping bags! And to top it all off, they gave me a Nifty Fifty Nikon lens to borrow, so that I have take closer photos of the cupcakes, and a mini tripod. It is so great how supportive everyone is of is venture of mine. I played around with my “studio” last week. My studio (for now) consist of an old small bookcase turned around, an old canvas that I randomly painted on, a blank canvas to reflect the light, some pillowcases that I hung on the window to block direct sunlight and some props. After the weekend my studio now also includes the tripod. I am going to have to figure out where I am going to put the tripod, since I don’t think I have something that is on the same level as the bookcase. I will play around with it and figure it out. My biggest enemy at this stage is winter. By the time I get home in the afternoon the sun is very low, so I think the best time for me to take the photos is on the weekend so that I can get some morning sun. Will play around with the red velvet and tell you guys how the cupcakes (and hopefully the cookies) came out.

Published by Nadia Hoffmann