For myself and Rachel, starting family traditions is going to be very important to us. We love the idea of doing something as a family for all the occasions that you come across during the year. And since neither of us have really ever been massive fans of dressing up for Halloween, we thought we’d do something a little bit different: a Halloween themed bake off!
Having Our First Ever Halloween Bake Off
I’m not entirely sure why we wanted to go with a Halloween Bake Off this year, but like any tradition, there lies a deeper reason than the tradition itself. This is simply just an excuse to get all the family together for a bit of fun.
I think I went with a Bake Off because it gives everyone something to do that takes them out of their comfort zone. It’s an opportunity to challenge themselves, which is something that I personally believe to be very important. There isn’t really anyone in my immediate family who would consider themselves as much of a baker, so this is something that we can all learn from.
My hope is that this actually turns into something that people look forward to doing. I know Rachel really absorbed herself in this and I love the fact that she – and in fairness a few others – surpassed herself and made a pretty cool looking pumpkin. I still prefer my spider, but I will admit to holding some bias. I’ll let you be the judge:
This is about more than just a bake off
Ultimately, this is about more than just making a cake. For me, it’s about two things. firstly it’s just the simple act of doing something creative and challenging. And then most importunely it’s about having some actual family time. These days it’s all too easy to get bogged down in every day life and allow yourself to get complacent with how often you see family members. Having traditions throughout the year just gives everyone a good excuse to come together.
I can’t wait for Isabelle to grow up and every year be faced with having to come up with a new idea for a cake. All the while she’ll be spending time with her family at large. It might be a slightly naff tradition that we’re starting, then traditions often are, but it’s one that we hope we will continue.
Since there were others involved in this Halloween Bake Off, it’s only fair I display their cakes too. All together, you have two spiders, a pumpkin, a pumpkin patch, some cupcakes, cornflake cakes, jam tarts and ghosts. I’m hoping we all up our game next year and embrace the baking. I’ll be honest, a few people turned in pretty poor performances! Here they are:
That’s it for our First ever Bake off
Well, that’s it for this year. I really hope that everyone in the family gets into this next year. I know myself and Rachel really put a lot of effort into what we did, and I’m already thinking of stuff for next year. I think people can challenge themselves more than what they did. Cornflake cakes and jam tarts aren’t going to make the cut next year. But at the end of the day, this wasn’t about the cakes.
Since we’re pretty new at having our own little family, it’s been fun being able to come up with something that’s ours. Everyone has their own little traditions, and this is what we’re going to do for Halloween. I’m really excited about seeing where this goes, and what others traditions we pick up along the way.