Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Busy Baking Day

So I've definitely been busy this afternoon. I've had requests and it was time full-fill them. The house smells warm and spicy. YUM! I had a friends request for sugar-free treats. They have a wonderful toddler and they are looking to be healthy. Like we all should be.  Well at least 2 out of three ain't bad. The husband requested Creme de Menthe Brownies.  That is a man after my own heart.  So to the kitchen I must go.  I read up on 'natural sweeteners'  and frankly, I'm really not that sure about them.  Now mind you I have 2 Splenda in my coffee every morning, but I really don't know if I would give it to my toddler.  Hell my insides are chemical-ized with delicious diet Pepsi. But they still have a fighting chance.

I found a recipe for Banana Oat cookies, made with molasses. Warm and spicy, not to sweet, almost gingerbread-y. I think that they will be perfect for a handsome young man.  I'll continue to work on recipes as no one can live on banana oat cookies alone. So on to dads recipe, brownie try number one left something to be desired.  First I undercooked them, but they just left something to be desired.   I would even say too greasy. Still they were a brownie, but not the best I've ever had.  I'm striving for the best I've ever had. SO they are cooling on the counter and the mint frosting is warming, waiting to be slathered.  The Andes Candies are ready to be sprinkled on top.

So on a good business note, I might have found a place to bake. That means that I am one step closer to opening the business for real. A real nice lady owns a co-op kitchen. I'm going tomorrow to see the kitchen and see if it will work. Which I'm really, really hoping that it will.  Cause really I called most every church in Rensselaer County to see if they would let me bake in their kitchen.  No bites.  So I might be putting all my eggs in one basket, but I have to go with what could be my only option.

So for dinner this evening I made Summer Tomato's  DELICIOUS Curried Cauliflower Soo tasty! I think I need to find something to feed the Husband, as I can't imagine that he will want to eat cauliflower, much less curried cauliflower.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sugar-free Products

Thanks to my follower for requesting sugar free products.  So I embark upon a fact finding mission to see what I can use in place of sugar.  Which, seriously, is good for all of us. The less crap (sugar included) we put in out bodies, the better.  Still there's nothing wrong with a Micky D's Cheeseburger, once in a while!

Wholesomeness.....Here I come!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hi, It's me.

I'm Penny!

I have a 40 pound dog in my lap that is far more concerned about giving me mouth kisses, then letting me write this blog.

So If you have read the 'About Me' section, then you already know that I am trying to start my very own baking business.  It's just a little guy now, a few Apple Cakes, some cookies, a loaf of bread here and there,  but I am building seed money.  The orders are coming in and I am adding new things all the time. Baby steps, right? I hope this blog becomes a way for me to communicate with my customers, but that's down the road a bit.

This blog will also contain the rants concerning New York State bureaucracy. Which I know are coming. So please bare with me.  Is that the right bare?....(consulting google) Nope, it's not. So please bear with me through the rough times ahead.  I have never seen a bigger bunch of useless agencies then here in NY.  I call the Dept of Agriculture and Markets to ask questions and get some help with which permits I will need. Would I be able to bake out of my house or do I need to find some place else to bake. It was like pulling teeth to get an answer out of Mr Gayheart.  And no, I'm not making that up. I realize that you probably hate your job, I also realize that you probably don't get paid enough for what you do.  I also realize that you get at least a month of paid time off a year, the option to buy your health care for the rest of your life, and a pretty great retirement package. So please, just- answer-my- question. If you don't understand what I am asking, then ask me to clarify. DON'T make snide snotty remarks.  I could go on, but I'll leave Mr Smitty Gayheart for another day.

Well there you go. It's short, but it'll have to do.  Check back for more, I'll keep posting, even if no ones reading. Its cathartic.