"Learn from the past, look to the future, but live in the present." Petra Nemcova
from Kung Fu Panda "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."

A very wise quote and one I don’t always listen too. I spend a lot of time planning and worrying about the future. Sometimes I over think things that have already happened and that I can’t change.  I do these things instead of “living” in the present.

But before I start this whole living in the present thing… let’s look to the future for a moment:

1.      I’m going to have my first giveaway this month!! I’m giving away one of my favorite baking books!!! Details will be coming soon!
  1. My sisters and I have created our own The Biggest Loser competition. Whoever loses the most in the next 12 weeks gets $50! So, I hope to share some “healthier” dessert recipes while I win my $50! ;0)
  2. I took part in a few linky blog posts recently and it was a lot of fun! My plans for the New Year are to find more linky posts to participate in! If you know of any please leave a comment!! (I need to get my butt in gear and partake in United Bakes of America with Cupcake Crazy Gem!)
  3. There are tons of new books out this spring. It’s going to be tough deciding which ones to get!!
    1. Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home by Tarek Malouf out February 14th
    2. Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent out in April
    3. The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook by Lynn Hill out February
    4. Bake it Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado out in March
    5. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (novel) out in March! 
    6. The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries also out in February!!
  4. I am going home!! For a visit we’re arranging it for May/June time! USA here we come!!

and last but not least … the one thing I am looking forward to the most…

  1. I have booked myself on Eric Lanlard’s Baking Mad Spring course on my 30th birthday! Oh yeah! Visit his website for more info!! 
   Baking Mad Spring Course Synopsis:
Students will have the opportunity to
expand their repertoire and improve
their pastry making skills - with three
delicious treats – a Middle Eastern
inspired Light Fruit Cake, a Matcha and
Yuzu Tart and a Valhrona ‘pure caraibe’
Chocolate Mousse on a crunchy
praline base.
A seasonal lunch with be served with
wine and a delicious pudding.
Students will take home everything they
have baked, along with the recipes, a
Cake Boy apron, a Baking Mad goody
bag, plus a shopping discount voucher
for the Shop at Cake Boy.

Okay now I can start living in the present!! I just have to get over this cold I've had for the past few days. I hope everyone had an amazing 2012! And I wish everyone lots of love and happiness for 2013!!

note: images are not my own and come from: turtle quote; logo, Paul & Babe, and Eric 

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