An Update

Wow I can’t believe it’s going on 18 months since I last posted. So it’s been a while. A while since I posted. A while since I baked. And man do I miss being in the kitchen! It’s so uncomplicated and rewarding: follow a set of clearly defined instructions and end up with a beautiful creation. While I wait I enjoy the added bonus of the smells and tastes of a baker’s kitchen. What more could you wish for? Yes yes I know there’s lots.

Lemon Bars | iwanttobake.com

Quite a bit has happened in the last year or so, starting off with planning a wedding and getting married within a few months. ET and I got married in 21 March in a typical Joburg downpour and it was perfect. Now we’re officially the ET’s!

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I trained for and ran my first half marathon! I started running as part of the infamous “wedding diet” in around November of 2014. I was shocked when I first completed 5km’s, then 8km, 10km and 21km. I did all this in about a year. Not record breaking, but a huge achievement and proud moment! If you’re thinking about doing this, my two key tips are: do strength exercises between runs and run with friends. Friends make it easier to stick to your training, make training fun and you carry each other through the tough times. We trained together, we crossed the finish line together <3

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We then started off 2016 by packing up all our belongings, saying goodbye to everyone and everything we knew and moved to a country we’ve never been before. As of late March I’m now based in Toronto, Canada. It has been the most challenging experience of my life, but also one of the most amazing. We broke up the pain of leaving our loved ones behind and starting our new lives in Toronto with a long-awaited honeymoon. We started in Grenada and then road tripped from Los Angeles, via Yosemite and Highway 1, to San Francisco. We arrived in Toronto shortly before our first wedding anniversary.

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About three weeks later we welcomed this little beauty to our family. She was my wedding anniversary present. Best. Present. EVER. I didn’t realise how hard it would be to have a puppy, especially not being able to take her to the dog parks until she was 15 weeks! There were definitely times we thought we’d bitten off more than we could chew, but we stuck with it and it’s been worth it. We love her and can’t imagine our lives without this little pooch.

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Can you handle that cuteness???

So that’s about it, now you’re up to date: wedding, half marathon, honeymoon, immigration, puppy. Not bad for a year! That brings me to where I am now: in Toronto with a sparsely equipped kitchen. I’ll be sharing recipes occasionally as I rebuild my baking kitchen and I’m so looking forward to it!

 

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