Pac-Man Cookies and Blogging Authenticity

Hello there! I hope you’re well and that June is treating you kindly. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and visits over the past couple of weeks … I’ll catch up with you all as soon as I can (the march towards end of financial year is always a little busy for me).

So apart from work, I have been up to a few interesting things … On a recent cold night it suddenly occurred to me that I really needed to bake some choc-chip cookies. Some dark choc-chip cookies. Aside from craving something sweet, I was also looking for an excuse to try out my new cookie cutter set for the first time. Pretty neat, huh?

Pac-Man Cookie Cutters ... in action.

What better way to celebrate the wonder of the cookie than by whipping up a few of these adorable Pac-Man and ghosty treats? Best. Cookie. Cutters. Ever. (though I think next time I’ll pipe icing outlines on the top of them).

Pac-Man and Ghost Cookies (the finished product)

As I worked my way through the recipe, my mind started to wander … and I found myself reflecting on authenticity in the blogging world (as you do). I thought about the snippets of life we share online … with what we choose to share becoming a kind of selective authenticity. It reminds me that reality can take many forms, with one particular view often only representing one side of the complete story.

This is of course completely understandable … It’s much more pleasant for me to show you the cookies I baked (which actually turned out to be quite delicious), instead of the bothersome cat that darted about the place while I was trying to mix up the cookie dough, or the kitchen backdrop of dirty dishes and inelegantly piled tea-towels. While life is what happens amongst the mess and imperfection, sometimes it’s best not to stray too far down the reality scale towards ugliness and chaos. After all, there’s enough of that already in the world.

So, welcome to my world – where the sheets are always (more than) a little mussed, my hair often has a mind of its own, things are often never where they should be, and where a furry animal is never too far away … sounds pretty perfect to me.

What sort of things does your ‘imperfect’ perfect world contain?

47 Comments

  1. Brismod

    As a child of the 80s those pac-man cookies speak to me. Gosh, I could be here all day if I listed all our imperfect perfects!! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brismod – Haha, I know … the pac-man cookies are fantastic! 🙂
      As for listing all of our imperfect perfects … well yes, it would take me a very long time to list mine too! 😉

  2. Sonia

    Love the cookies! Blogging can be smoke and mirrors, but I think the reality is we all enjoy pleasant things to look at, aspire to etc. Ditto what Brismod said.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – Thanks, glad you liked the cookies (they tasted great too). Yes, it’s so true about there being a bit of smoke and mirrors to the whole blogging caper … I suppose it’s just something I reflect on from time to time.
      🙂

  3. Gracey

    Very cool! I really want the Star Wars cookie cutters, but I never make cookies!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracey – Haha, I really wanted these pac-man cutters even though I don’t make cookies all that often either … next on my list are a set of ninja cutters! 🙂

  4. jan

    Imperfect?
    Hm, let me think….nope, can”t think of any. 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Haha … you are too funny, and rather perfect too! 🙂

  5. Chartreuse

    Well, there’s a pile of paperwork alongside my computer that cries out for attention…..as there always is! And there’s a troublesome section of garden that’s always covered with dried-up old pandanus ‘leaves’ and nasty weeds that I’ve been meaning to get under control for about 5 years. I could go on, but it’s time for coffee!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Chartreuse – Oh yes, those piles of paperwork always seem to be ready and waiting for us, don’t they?
      And goodness, don’t even mention the garden … I went out to look at my backyard today and it’s an absolute mess … I think coffee is always preferable to tackling any of that unpleasantness! 😉

  6. Erika Lee Sears

    YUM! They look so tasty! I can just imagine how yummy they would be dunked in coffee.

    I often think about the authentic self and how much I share online. I also enjoy sharing parts of my life that I especially want to remember sort of like scrap booking. I can look back and see my pictures, how I felt, what I did, and sometimes what I learned. 🙂 I think ultimately its also about sharing and being yourself 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Oh those cookies were really tasty … though I’m rarely hard to please when it comes to sweet treats which contain chocolate! 😉 … oh my, I so should have gone the coffee dunk with these … next time for sure!! 🙂

      I agree with you about blogging being like a virtual scrapbook or diary of certain moments in our lives … it’s amazing to see how much we’ve changed or what we’ve accomplished over a certain period of time … I’m also nodding my head in agreement about blogging being about ‘sharing and being yourself’. 😀

  7. ejorpin

    Oh these look cute AND tasty! Yes – definitely best cookie cutters ever!

    Authenticity is a strange thing in the world of the blog, isn’t it. Like everyone else I have many faults, and messes, and half done things. I guess I don’t really expect everyone to completely share their world, warts and all (although there are blogs that specialise in that!). Partly because it’s impossible to really capture an entire life in a blog; partly because it’s not necessarily what we want to read or look at all of the time; partly because I think life is actually, genuinely, in the real world, full of those wonderful little things (like your cookies!) and moments (like a burst of sunshine after days of rain) and blogging is a great way to recognise and appreciate those things; and partly because I think there are some things that are just too personal or close-to-the-bone (for others too, not just the blogger) or complicated to cover in a blog post.

    I really love all the little glimpses I get in to peoples lives through blogging, I love that people want to share what makes them smile and laugh and yes, sometimes, what makes them rant! To me, authenticity in blogging is about truth – not necessarily showing the world everything, but being honest about the bits you do show. Does that make any sense?!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Haha, I certainly think these Pac-Man cookie cutters tick a lot of boxes … though I really do think they need to be iced next time so the shapes are more apparent.

      Authenticity is a very strange concept in the blogging world … like you I don’t expect anyone (me included) to share all the nitty gritty details of life, I figure we all know that the bad comes with the good. But yes, we deal enough with the nitty gritty in other parts of life without needing to see it all the time online … and I suppose that in itself is enough of a reason to try to focus on the positive … it’s nice to share nice things! 🙂

      I like your way of looking at it too … in that because life is full of those wonderful little moments, blogs tend to capture and share those little joys as a reminder to us all to appreciate the not-so-big-things along with the big occasions.

      Yes, I agree with you 100% in your thoughts on authenticity in blogging … it’s not about sharing 100% of everything, it’s about being honest in what we do show … that makes perfect sense to me my dear. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts … you got me thinking more too! 😀
      xx

  8. Debby

    Good question Tracey, oh and cool cookie cutters too…

    Your question is something I think about a lot and I agree with ejorphin’s comments. Life is so full of ups and downs and sad and happy moments that we can only ever share a tiny, weeny snap-shot of it in our blogs. I may be wrong but I think that possibly what we do reveal is something that’s hard to conceal, and that’s our personality…you know…cup half full or half empty and we reveal that unconsciously…Someone’s rubbish and mess may be someone else’s heaven, and visa versa; ‘order’ may petrify someone else. I think you have to write for yourself, truthfully as you see things…Like you, Tracey, I like to look at the world through rose coloured glasses…(most of the time anyway!)

    Your world sounds pretty perfect to me though…unless their’s something or someone, really, really, scary lurking out of shot in your kitchen!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – They’re great cookie cutters for sure, and they have me wanting to add to the collection! 🙂

      Yes our blogs are really but a glimpse into our lives, but I definitely think you’re right when you say it’s practically impossible to keep our personality hidden … it comes through in the types of things we share, and the way that we share them.

      First and foremost I think we all blog for ourselves, but we’re mindful of our wonderful audience and the things that they may be interested in hearing about too … I think aiming to look at the world through rose-coloured glasses is always best, even if they do fall off from time to time! 😉

      Haha, no there’s nothing to bad lurking out of shot in my kitchen … just the dirty dishes! 🙂

  9. Debby

    Whoops sorry ejorpin, I spelt your name wrong :o(

  10. charmaine

    Yes so very true. This post made me smile.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Well I’m always very glad to bring a smile into the world.
      xx

  11. jan

    My “imperfect” perfect world contains work!! It is very hard to leave for work in the morning when my partner is still in bed and the cats are curled up in a spot of sun! Plus I would rather be doing other things with my life – blogging, gardening, walking, meditating, patting my cats, watching the latest movies, reading a great book, cooking goodies, hmmm the list goes on.
    Your cookies look great Tracey, I have never used cutters, I always do the roll in a ball and press down with a fork or flatten by hand method. I’ve got the most delicious recipe for biscuits made with butter and fresh dates, you roll the balls in raw sugar and then put them on the tray. When they cook the sugar crystals stay whole and they are most delicious and decadent.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Oh yes that is hard when you have to head off to work while everyone else is either resting or sleeping (especially when the mornings are a little cool). And I’ve got a similarly long list of things I’d rather be doing than going to work … I suppose at least it means we appreciate our holidays much more when we can dedicate more time to those things.

      I’m a big fan of the pressed fork style of cookie … they’re always so quick and easy!
      The date biscuits you make sound lovely … how delightful having those whole sugar crystals on the outside.
      🙂

  12. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    I’ve nearly tripped over my cat Jessie about 4 times in the last few days…. and I’m getting my hair cut
    Wednesday because I’m just sooooo over it. It doesn’t seem to do anything right lately, much like the rest of my body. I’ve decided I’m going through a mid-life crisis of sorts. I’m not sure I like it much.

    I do like cookies though! And, about 20 minutes ago I went to the supermarket (at 11.30 at night), because I was craving a Crunchie bar. It was pretty darn nice too…. but now I feel frumpy and like I should have eaten a piece of fruit instead. Bleh.

    And, whilst I’m a neat freak, a brilliant (yep, truly) declutterer and a pretty fastidious cleaner… I don’t make my bed most of the time…. only if people are coming around. (eeeek!!!! – now you know)

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I know that ‘being over it’ feeling very well indeed … I think whenever I get into one of those real funks I need to proactively make some change, any change. Like you’ve done with your hair-cut … sometimes I think one change (even if it’s quite small) can lead to another and then another … As for a potential mid-life crisis, I know what you mean … I think I started with a quarter-century crisis! 😉

      In any case, I hope this phase passes for you soon Linda.

      Cookies are the best, and surely very helpful when we’re feeling all blah! Though I do hate it when sweet treats back fire on us like you found with your Crunchie bar … I really should turn to fruit more often …

      Haha, well your bed making secret is safe with me … like you, mine rarely gets made unless people are coming over … though I am more than a bit behind on general tidying … perhaps you could come and help me with that?!?! (being so neat and all). Haha! 😉

  13. Noodles and Waffles

    I don’t tidy under the beds because of the monsters….or at least that’s my excuse.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nicole – Haha, I LOVE that excuse … I’m so stealing that one!! 🙂

  14. gracia

    I’ve been thinking about this recently too. My blog shows only a portion of the whole and my focus is selective. In a way, I feel as though if I were to have revealed too much on my blog I’d no longer still be blogging. I have kept it free from major grumbles and the icky, and I treat it as a refuge.

    Glad I found time to swing by your blog today.

    Hello!

    g xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia – That’s an interesting point you raise about the type of things you share on your blog. I have a feeling that if I decided from the beginning to blog about anything and everything in my life that I wouldn’t still be blogging either. While I’ve found myself relaxing more into the world of blogging, there are parts of my life that would never appear here … though perhaps there are enough dots left behind for people to join the dots … I’m not sure.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

      PS. Your blog always feels like a refuge and a place of calm to me.
      xx

  15. Camila F.

    How cool are those cookies? Very nerdy and fun, I love them! It’s true, we bloggers only show part of our lifes. The awesome, clean & fun part, of course!
    : )

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Thank you! I thought they were pretty cool too.
      Haha, as for only sharing the ‘awesome, clean, fun’ parts of our lives on blogs … I’m with you on that! 😀

  16. Lucent Imagery

    Lovely Tracey, you know I am a huge fan of your blog (actually must rectify my blogroll and add you to it). I love your thoughtful posts, always. Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog this month. I’m sorry I’ve been slow in replying. I’ve just returned from a month overseas (including Paris which I seem to recall you’ve been thinking about visiting?). In response to your comments… I’m rather in love with that cow portrait too, I’m glad you agree. More foodie photos from this holiday when I get them all sorted! Have you organised a monthly ladies breakfast yet? Till next time, take care, stay warm and thank you for your kind visits to my blog home.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Oh you are so sweet. Thanks for the blog roll mention, in actual fact you reminded me that I needed to do a long over-due blog roll update. 🙂

      Oh how lovely … a month overseas, including Paris!! I look forward to seeing your photos … 🙂

      Nope I still have organised a breakfast, things have been a bit too busy … and unfortunately the social life suffers … I’ll fix that soon! 🙂

  17. bobbi

    In my world there is nothing perfect. Everything in my house it’s handmade or old and repainted, and if not it’s been scratched by cats. I am messy, but my excuse is that I have too many ideas for just one mind and just two hands. In my sink there are always dirty tea cups, and on my bed there is always clean laundry to fold and put away. Shoes are everywhere. Sometimes I wonder how many feet do I have. And even though sometimes I get crazy with myself and with my own mess, or with the fact that I can’t afford to buy new things, I wouldn’t change my world a bit.
    I always wanted to make a picture tour of my house but it’s always so messy…so I decided I’m going to show my place as it is really, no pink lens, just reality. That was four months ago. I’m always behind my own self.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I think being surrounded by ‘imperfect’ things that have a sense of unique character and history is rather wonderful … I’m with you on that whole scratched up furniture … if the dog hasn’t got to something first, surely the cat will. 😉

      Like yourself, I use my creative mind as an excuse for my mess … there always seems to be some sort of tidying or cleaning to do, so more often than not I just give up on it all! 😉

      I love the ide of showing your place as it really is … natural is always better! 🙂
      PS. I’m always running behind on things too. xx

  18. Mel

    Yay Pacman cookies!! 🙂

    You’ve done it again – this is something I’ve been thinking about lately. I don’t deliberately set out to show a ‘perfect’ front to blogworld. but I don’t tend to share the difficult heavy stuff that might be happening at times, it’s not the right place for that (which isn’t to say that bloggers shouldn’t ever do that, just that for me and my blog that generally isn’t right! Particularly when the ‘stuff’ is happening to people around me so while it affects me it isn’t my news to share anyway).

    On a lighter note, I do try to shove clutter aside to photograph my projects – or at least make sure it’s artistically blurred in the background!! 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – You’ll be happy to hear that the Pac-Man cookies were a great success. 🙂
      I think like yourself I try to strike a balance between the things I share on the blog … perhaps erring more on the side of the positive and the good. I try to make this a place for my more positive thoughts to live, even if sometimes the negative comes through.

      Yes, I try to limit the amount of clutter in my photos too! 🙂

  19. Gabrielle Bryden

    pac man cookies – bwahahahaha. Wouldn’t life be dull if we all led lives that looked like they were straight out of a magazine 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Haha, I giggled a lot when I made these cookies … I spent many hours playing pac-man in younger days! 🙂 … yes, life is far more interesting with a bit of mess … 😉

  20. Katie

    This is something I think about a lot. Our blog is very much a happy place. We use it to celebrate the things that bring us joy and express our gratitude for the little things and moments (that might otherwise slip by unoticed). We don’t blog about the less sunshiney things, not because we want to pretend that our world is perfect, but because we want our little piece of the internet to be a place where we can just focus on the good stuff. There is so much bad stuff going in on the world – it’s nice to be able to retreat to happy place and just savour all life’s wonderful bits (because there really ARE lots of wonderful bits!) And you know, that positivity has actually overflowed into our lives offline too. I notice nice things, find beauty in every day things and appreciate little things more than I ever did before I started blogging. And that right there is another thing to be grateful for 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – I think the vision you have for your blog is lovely … it’s wonderful to bring people together in celebration of all that is positive in the world. I think a lot of us bloggers seem to take a similar approach to yourselves in that we want our little corner of the internet to be a generally positive, inspiring place.

      I completely agree with you about how you’ve noticed that positivity has spilled over into the offline world too … I’ve found the same thing. What a glorious thing that is! 😀

  21. christine

    I can almost smell those delicious cookies. And just love the cutters .-)))
    I enjoy the positive atmosphere here in blogland too – not that there isn’t room for seriousness or crappy times.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – If I could, I would surely share those cookies with you! 🙂
      (glad you like the cutters).

      Yes, it’s lovely to have a positive haven away from most worries of the world, and it certainly helps that so many bloggers are an absolute delight too! 🙂

  22. Rol

    Lots of furry animals causing me bother too… though I wouldn’t be without them.

    Very cool cookies.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Oh yes indeed, those furry beasties can be bothersome … but they also make life an absolute joy! 🙂

  23. stephanie

    I often think about that, too. What people share on their blogs and how, as a reader, we can assume that their life is perfect and then, sometimes, start to feel badly about our own lives. I constantly have to remind myself that people share mostly the good stuff, the fun stuff and the nice things in their lives…because it’s not really fun to share the crap. But I really do appreciate the “real” posts that people share sometimes, letting us know that their lives are full of the same messes, craziness and bad days as the rest of us. For me, I am tired a lot. And when I get tired, I get depressed. And when I get depressed, I don’t do anything. I am often unproductive and a bit of a slacker. But on good days, I get as much done as I can because I know that soon that feeling will be gone and I won’t have the energy to do all that stuff. It’s annoying at times, but I work hard to be as happy as I can be, even if I’m not getting as much done (including fun stuff!) as I wish I could.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Stephanie – Yes, as a reader passing through a blog it can be easy to forget that the person behind the blog is not living a perfect life. I know I sometimes have to remind myself that the life comparison ‘game’ is not useful and not realistic … the online world is big enough for all of us to co-exist and share the things we’d like to share. You’re right, fundamentally people are always going to focus on the good things because it’s just not all that fun to share the crap.

      I’m tired a lot too … and that can definitely mess with your head … I think all we can do is be aware of how we are and work through things as best we can. It certainly sounds like you know your ups and downs well (I’m starting to get better at that myself).

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments.
      xx

  24. woolf

    ha, my dear. where do i start? you are only too right, better not ponder too much on the bothersome league, for not wanting to give it too much staying power. there are many in my life, probably all related to noise, as in back ground noise. trains-in-wait (we’re living close to the railway depot station) and the neighbour’s yapping dog being two items i could SO do without. lately i’ve been trying to go into the noise when it happens, but i’m only succesful when the noises are out, if you know what i mean? i hear böse has sound proof headphones, virtually unaffordable, but saving up for a set could very well be an option for those moments when noise is trying to kill me. softly, but daringly.
    as for pacman cookies! your are an (early) eighties child… are you? ;))))
    n♥

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello dear Woolf – Yes, I have a lot of those noise related irritations in my life too … I do my best to ignore them, or as you say try to ‘go into the noise’ (I know exactly what you mean by that). But there are some days where the yapping dog next door (I have the same trouble as you), or the endless bouncing of the basketball in the yard next door become a little too much to handle. I try to just up the volume on my stereo to try to make my own background noise (it’s not always successful). Oh yes, I have some sound-cancelling headphones on my iphone, and they are amazing … it’s ever so useful when you want to block the noise of annoying conversations on the commute home. 😉

      PS. Let’s just say the eighties were the main decade of my childhood, so Pac-Man and I are well acquainted … Haha! 😉

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