Monthly Archives: January 2013

What the sHell?!!

There is a moment in every baker or cooks mind when things are cruising along as perfect as could be. It feels like you’re “in the zone” as your stand mixer is busy creaming a whole pound of creamy butter and three cups of sugar, and then CRACK, plop…What was that? Well, it could perhaps be part of the egg you just cracked to mix into the nice sugar, buttery mixture, but how, I have both parts of the egg shell in my hand??? What the (beep)?

Yes, it was in that moment I could hear my mother in the fogginess of my head saying, “you egg shellsshould always crack your eggs open into a separate container first in case the shell breaks in with it.” Oh, sweet advice. Too bad it wasn’t in my mind before some fell in. So, I’m thinking…how much could have fell in? I have both pieces in my hand. I started checking it out, and within a couple of seconds, I was running water through that beautiful, white, creamy mixture–wasting it because of egg shells. This is what I found. How in the world could that much egg shell fall into a cake without you knowing it?

Well, I guess you know how I prepare my eggs now. Indeed…in a separate container to control for debacles like this. This was a good test of my trouble shooting skills because I had this order to be filled within a couple of hours of this problem. It worked out perfectly.I would rather not be that close ever again.

 

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What A Year! Reflecting on 2012

I can’t think of a year in my life that was so full of changes. These are all good changes, which is really nice for a change. I just can’t believe that it all happened to me. It’s like winning the lottery but way better!

1. I had an uneventful, quite successful pregnancy.

2. I had a BEAUTIFUL baby boy 7/5/2012 (who is actually playing with my toes at this very moment–hope he doesn’t suck them like he does his own ewww).

3. I found a new love for my kitchen and for cooking/baking.

4. I have started the process to start my own cottage food kitchen.

5. Although I have plenty to lose, in spite of my pregnancy, I haven’t gained a pound over the course of the year! Yay breastfeeding!!

6. I have finally seen the look of true happiness on the face of my mom and dad. They are totally in love with my son (their 1st grandchild).

7. I left my full-time job (after working outside the home for 24 years) and dedicated myself to care for my son in our home complete with homeschooling.

8. I have seen and heard my husband speak of me to others with satisfaction and pride regarding me as a mother and a homemaker.

My, my, I could go on. I am so happy!! As I begin wrapping up the requirements for my cottage food kitchen, I ask myself, why didn’t I do this before? Well, before–the food in our home came from a cardboard box. Yeah, I could cook, but after working and being just the two of us, we just “picked something up.” Oh the money we spent! Oh the calories and fat we consumed!!

Life is changing. Life HAS changed! I wake to the cooing of my son, or perhaps the screaming that communicates, “I’m wet or hungry or I’ve got gas give me my medicine NOW,” instead of an alarm clock for work. My day is full of changing diapers and making bottles for my wonderful baby (instead of having to deal with a bunch of adults who act like them). My home now has the fragrance of bread, cake or supper, instead of the stale smell of air barely breathed. I never thought I would ever echo my mother, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I can say that before the birth of my son–we were merely existing. Now, we are LIVING. I am SO happy to be alive, and I bake to share that same feeling with others. There is nothing like fresh, homemade baked goods. I have found “my thing.” My niche. I hope you find yours.

A Little Catching Up To Do

  I have gotten a bit behind in writing on here. But I guess that is ok cause it is my blog lol. The holidays and all my baking adventures just had me so busy i lost track of time. Now that the holidays are over with, at least for about a month, I figured it was time to do some catching up. So keep your eyes out cause I have several things to write about. I hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas and New Years.

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