I’m not much of a baker.  I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited.  Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities.   I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I have made any thing that requires a cooking thermometer.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love to eat a delectable homemade treat that was crafted by someone else.  I’m grateful that there are people, like my sister, who prefer baking over cooking.  We make a good pair at celebratory potlucks.

However there is one sweet treat that I absolutely love to bake for my community when celebrating a milestone event….CUPCAKES.  Which is the reason I own multiple cupcake stands, cupcake carriers, and one adorable cupcake plate.  I find tremendous pleasure in coordinating the flavors, the colors, the sprinkles, and the baking cups to the season, the event, and the person being celebrated.

I confess that I typically use a boxed mix and canned frosting for my cupcakes because, as previously mentioned, the joy for me is not the precision of baking.  I enjoy the decorating, the presenting, and the festivity of cupcakes.

Recently I had the perfect opportunity to try a cupcake cake recipe that caught my eye on the Pioneer Woman’s blog – Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting.  It is a culinary delight that combines two of my favorites: cupcakes and culinary lavender.  (Iced coffee or a baked treat with a hint of lavender is always a blessed opportunity for me to break away from my daily “Boy Mom” routines and feel feminine!)

But I digress.  The event that made me excited to actually bake cupcakes from scratch was a surprise engagement party of two wonderful people whom I care about deeply.

Engagements and weddings are significant within communities because they are actually a celebration of hope and promise.

Every life, every story, every family, and every marriage will have its share of trouble.  But we plan parties, and bake cupcakes, and gather together to celebrate the hope and promise of joy and laughter that is always possible through our faith, despite our circumstances.

And we gather together as a community to celebrate and remind each other that we never have to be on the journey alone.  Because we walk together through the peaks and the valleys until we are all home.

That’s what it means to live, and love, and celebrate within community.

Community, celebrating, and cupcakes.  It’s a recipe makes me smile.  Every. Time.


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