THE THING ABOUT BLOGGING IS THAT ONCE PEOPLE START READING, YOU ARE COMMITTED.
Whatever topic, whatever style, whatever schedule you started randomly rambling about one day - well you're stuck. And there is an implicit pressure to not only embody it, but to embody its ideal - to continue to crank out magazine-worthy photographs of pastry school-caliber dishes...to hold all of the secrets to the baking universe...to invent and perfect and present the most ideal recipes...and to do it again every week. Without chipping your manicure.
I mean, I get it. We all want to live the dream. We read and write about food because we see the beauty in making and consuming it: how perfect it can be, how delicious and satisfying. We want to believe that we can eat with abandon, taking for granted that our bodies will accept whatever meals we throw at it.
SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.
I FINALLY GOT SOME REAL ANSWERS TODAY.
Now I can begin to heal with a course of medication, some heavy-duty supplements, and a strict elimination diet that forbids all of the good stuff like butter, wheat flour and refined sugar. I'll eventually recover in full, and it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But now that I know what's wrong and how to (hopefully) fix it, the hardest part is wrestling with the question of what to do with this blog. With a few exceptions in which I have an opportunity to bake for others, I can't continue to post "regular" desserts, because I can't taste test them for you, and I would never share something with you that I don't personally know is delicious.
SO I'VE DECIDED TO START FRESH.
Buttercream Fanatic will remain live, and I'll post as time and opportunities allow. But the majority of my energy will shift to a new outlet.
I'm calling it A Clean Bake: Clean for clean(er) eating, bake for things from the oven. But it's also a pun. (Some things never change!). That way, when you come to Buttercream Fanatic, you can expect buttercream, and when you go to A Clean Bake, you can find healthy desserts like the ones I have been whipping up lately. Luckily, I am quickly getting the hang of making outrageously delicious desserts that also happen to be healthy and easy to digest. Most of the people who try the stuff I bake have no food allergies or intolerances, and can't tell the difference between what I bake and the "real" thing.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
- For starters, please go to www.acleanbake.com instead of www.buttercreamfanatic.com every Tuesday (and some Thursdays) for new recipes.
- If you want to receive A Clean Bake recipes every week by email (completely free!), please take 5 seconds to subscribe by clicking here.
- If you are currently a fan on Facebook or follow on Pinterest and Twitter, stay where you are - the accounts will simply change names.
- And finally, if you subscribe on Bloglovin or another feed reader, you are going to have to resubscribe. Follow on Bloglovin here.
SO, THAT'S THE STORY.
I know this is awkward and unusual for a blogger to totally change horses midstream, but hey, that's life. I am figuring out how to live better by eating better, and if that's something that interests you, and/or if you've been particularly jazzed by the recipes here on Buttercream Fanatic these last couple of months, I think you'll really like what A Clean Bake has to offer.