My career as a pastry chef has given me the opportunity to examine my purpose. In 1994, when I walked through the door that opened up to the small pastry room, I felt like I had come home. My purpose was instinctively clear: Learn. Create. Bake. Rejoice. Repeat. 25 years later, I am deeply … [Read more...] about Purpose
When I looked at my calendar a couple of weeks ago and realized my mother's 80th birthday fell on the same day as Father's Day, I wondered how to honor both events in my blog. I considered writing an early Father's Day post so that I could give Marge center stage on her birthday. However, the more I … [Read more...] about For these two…
A couple of weeks ago, I did an in-store demo in New Jersey. I love doing demos because it's an opportunity to leave the bakery, go for a road trip and meet new people. I never quite know what to expect and have experienced a wide range of interactions, almost all positive. Every exchange teaches me … [Read more...] about what are you?
Owning a business requires a lot of grit. There's no way around it. And when you're a solo owner, the grit-requirement factor increases by a math equation I have yet to master. If only 'remembering phone numbers' counted as math. I'd be golden. That's about as far as my math skills go. Or more … [Read more...] about grit
22 years ago, mid-blizzard, my first child was born. blink Just like that, I was a mother. He was my son. Everything was different. blink He was 6 weeks early, apparently determined and on a mission. It was the perfect introduction to what parenthood is really about: being prepared for whatever … [Read more...] about Blink.
Today, my middle son turns 20 years old. Quiet and understated by nature, Sammy asked for a 'low-key' celebration, and I adhered to his request. Brunch, no cake, no big presents. Itching to do something, anything, to express my love for him, I resorted to an activity that almost always brings me … [Read more...] about A new decade