Friday, December 26, 2008

Magical Season...Magical Mushrooms!

For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of the season here at the bakery was decorating Yule logs with the merengue mushrooms Sharon made...they turn an ordinary cake into a fairy wonderland!
We hope your Holiday Season is filled with unexpected magical moments...
and that the New Year brings a new sense of Peace, Prosperity and Joy to us ALL!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Solstice...Baby!

The view of the sunset from the baking table about an hour before Calvin was born!

Kate DID it! After going into labor earlier this morning, Kate gave birth about 5 pm this evening!
Congratulations to you: Kate, Jeff, Henry and little baby Calvin...What a beautiful family!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cookies, Cookies...Everywhere!

We are awash in Holiday Spirit as the cookie making reaches fever pitch and the orders for catering trays are coming in a steady stream! Randy, Ryan, Duffy, Brianna, Sharon and I are all putting it out as fast as we can! We haven't been without our glitches. This weekend's problems included a mix-up in bread orders, with one of our customers having to retrieve the bread his wife was getting for their annual holiday gathering from some other friends who accidently picked it is a long story, one that ended well (I think!) However, the gingerbread (is it a cake, or is it a cookie....or both?) I sent along with the mixed up bread order was all wrong and I feel terrible my friend Mindy ended up with a dessert she couldn't use! All the while I was frantically running between the Bakery and the Theater where my kids were in the throes of the final Nutcracker performances of the season. It is my task to make sure the hundred or so people backstage are fed and it always comes at a time when the bakery is also feeding way more people than usual through our catering and such...makes for crazy times!

and if you think I'm crazy, Sharon has found time to decorate sugar cubes like little christmas presents!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Share the Bread...Share the Spirit!

Tuesday, December 9th is the Share the Spirit Spagetti Feed at the Homer Elks Lodge. This is one of my favorite annual fundraisers. Share the Spirit acts as an emergency food, shelter and service provider to the whole Southern Kenai Peninsula.
The work they do is on the front lines of the Last Frontier...the land of Big Dreams! Dreams that can easily be dashed with one bad ride on the economic rollercoaster. Being stuck with nothing at the end of the road can be especially challenging with many of us starting off in small cabins with no indoor plumbing, survivng on limited incomes as seasonal job opportunities drift south with the cranes come September. Sometimes it doesn't take much to put a person over the breaks down, can't get to work, get laid off because your late (because of your unreliable car)...oh yeah, it's a cycle we can all wrap our heads around and hopefully we can remember as we give to those with less this year: "There, but for the grace of God, go I."
To help out or donate call Shari Daugherty at (907)235-7466