A few days ago was Dan’s birthday so I baked him his favorite birthday cake: chocolate cake with thick chocolate buttercream frosting. Yes I made it from scratch! Always! There’s nothing like an imperfect looking, but fabulous tasting, homemade and handmade cake. No two cakes I’ve ever made have come out looking the same.
Chocolate cake for Dan’s birthday is tradition for us. Once, many, many years ago, I experimented a bit and made it a chocolate-raspberry cake with chocolate-raspberry frosting. The cake part was easy enough; I just added some raspberry extract along with the vanilla. For the frosting I melted chocolate-raspberry chips. I’m sure there was plenty of melted butter too along with plenty of sugar. I spread all this yummy goo over the cake and let it cool.
Well, melted chocolate chips with melted butter and sugar that cools turned into a frosting that hardened like fudge! I’m pretty sure we had to cut this cake with a serrated bread knife to get through the frosting. You could eat the cake and the frosting would just stay standing up intact on your plate like a taco shell. So, we ate the frosting as if it were a piece of fudge. To this day, it still is Dan’s favorite cake.
No, the alpacas won’t be eating chocolate cake. They’re much too busy growing fabulous alpaca fiber for me! This wonderful fiber will be made into yarns or roving or felt and then hand made into scarves or hats or rugs or something else wonderful. One reason I love the small batches of mini-mill spun farm yarns is that every year the outcome is different and unique, complimentary to the changes in the alpacas’ fiber. Each year’s harvest of fleece-turned-into-yarns is unique.
When something is hand made it is always one of a kind. You can follow the same pattern or instructions 10 times and all 10 times it will be a little different. I love that!
While you’re making something handmade you can share your spirit of love and good wishes into the item you’re working on.
A handmade item can be tweaked so that the intended recipient feels extra special.
Handmade items are usually never perfect either, and these little flaws add to its uniqueness. The uniqueness of something handmade is its beauty.
Handmade is a simply joy of life.
Let’s share the handmade love!