Happy New Year! (And some confessions)


Happy new year to you, faithful readers. I’ve had a good relaxing holiday, and am slowly getting back into things. If you’re having a shortage of baked goods on your screen, you can go have a look at my peach and almond tart over at Spatula, before I move on to more serious things.

It’s been just over a YEAR since I published my first blog post. So much has happened since then, I’ve loved running this blog, and I think I’ll continue it for some time still. But  first I thought it was time to talk to you about a few things.

Those of you who are fellow bloggers will know that it’s sometimes a VERY strange thing, putting oneself onto the internet (so to speak). Blogging means you present very carefully selected bits of yourself and your life to, literally, the whole wide world. And apart from sometimes worrying about privacy, what people will think and so on (although I think I am over most of that now) I sometimes feel, well, kind of like a hypocrite. I mean, you guys get to see all the pretty things that come out of my kitchen and get to hear about some of the fun things I do, but you never get to see the real me. She is kind of hard to put in a blog. 🙂 So I think it’s time to tell you some other things about myself. Here goes.

First, I am not always happy and smiley and my kitchen doesn’t always look nice. Maybe you are saying, duh, that’s obvious. But like I said before, the thing I sometimes hate about blogging is it feels like everyone pretends to be happy with amazing lives all the time!

Second, a LOT of the things I attempt baking fail miserably the first time, and then I have to try again. And often there are kitchen meltdowns (like in this scene from Julie & Julia). Obviously I don’t always have time and energy to post the “flops” on here, but they happen, believe me.

My third confession is that sometimes I just avoid the kitchen for days on end, because I am sick of it. (You probably guessed).

There are so many other things I could tell you, but for now I’ll end with one last confession: I believe in a God (please don’t judge me, I do) who is sovereign and will one day set everything right. That’s what gets me out of bed on those mornings when I’m NOT smiley and happy and life is not amazing.

OK, thanks for listening. And all the best for 2012 to you all again! 🙂


  1. Shirley Briedenhann

    Happy 2012 to you too Diné! I’m sure everyone can identify with what you’re saying – we all like showing the best of ourselves. I’m hoping to start my own blog this year and know I’ll be grappling with this issue too. It won’t be on baking though – I’m fairly hopeless at it, but I love eating the end result! Keep on blogging because it makes a very enjoyable read 🙂

  2. Retha

    Yeah, nobody ever promised it would all be plain sailing, but if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it…even if a twit on a scooter bumps into your car and then says it was your fault, and in the same week you are swindled out of your Blackberry. But it brings some healing if you can bake something. On a much more serious level, have you read Jodi Picault’s Handle with Care?

  3. Humera

    Hi Dine.. Happy 2012! I absolutely love your blog. Quick question please: What can i substitute the dessert wine with? non-alchoholic.

  4. Hi Dine. I also have a baking/carefully selected parts of my life/photography blog that is almost a year old. I often have a giggle at how perfect my life looks in ‘blog-form’. I have posted a few of my flops, just to make myself feel better in that I am actually showing ‘real life’ but I totally get what you are saying. I love my blog and love doing things to post on it and I think that that is the beauty of blogging. You get to choose who you want the world to see you as. And it’s not a lie…it’s just a well edited version of our lives 🙂

    I just found your blog today but I know I’m going to be a frequent visitor!

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