by Jane Marie on January 28th, 2014

It has been a while, and although I strive to keep this blog updated. Life happens. In the past few months some changes have taken place. We took in an intern, Gabrielle Dillner. Gabby is as passionate and committed to baking as we are, so we kept her.
Gabby is now running https://www.etsy.com/shop/SunshineConfections. Her shop is a duplicate of my full of good baked goods shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/janemariefoods. What am I doing? Well, after Gabby entered and copyrighted all our recipes, I am compelled to edit, insert pictures and get the cookbook published. I do this along with refining the candy making for janemariefoods. Quite a fun challenge indeed! 

by Jane Marie on October 16th, 2012

What can happen in almost a year?  Too much to sometimes remember, so my food memories are in photographs and then I will post my latest challenge(s) , gluten free and/or sugar free. Because. That. IS a story.
 
Most of the products you see here at available at http://janemariefoods.etsy.com

PICTURES ARE A THE BOTTOM OF THIS WRITE UP.

2012 ended with a fabulous Martini Cupcake Display for a 60th Birthday Party. Included in the selection of Martini Cupcakes were The Manhattan, Appletini, Chocolate Martini, Lemon Drop Martini, Pumpkin Spice Martini.

An acronym surfaced and was turned into a clip.

New products such as the Pecan Pie Loaf, Pumpkin Hot Paprika, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin and a myriad of flavors, mostly requested by clients

Experimentation with Marshmallows and beautiful gift boxes were sent for Mother's Day, Valentines and Birthdays, to name a few.

Spring blossomed into beautiful cupcakes.

Summer being so hot, I decided to try some JMF Mixes.

As fruits ripened during the summer, we made low sugar preserves which not only serve to top toast, but are light enough to serve as cake fillings and appetizer toppings.

I made a Baked Alaska for the first time, Shell made her Mother a beautiful Quilt Cake and my Mother made what I thought was the perfect Flan.

In August my oldest friends had their 40th Wedding Anniversary and we made a Chocolate Nutela Basket Cake filled with Buttermilk Cupcakes with a Dulce de Leche filling and a Praline Icing. This poor cake was dragged for blocks in 90+ heat, somehow it survived with only small damages!

I hope you enjoy the pictures and I hope I will be more diligent in keeping this blog updated.

by Jane Marie on November 19th, 2011

Theme: Stars

Stars
How countlessly they congregate
O'er our tumultuous snow,
Which flows in shapes as tall as trees
When wintry winds do blow!
…………………………………………By Robert Frost


There’s always more at:

http://janemariefoods.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640898949
http://janemarie.snappages.com

by Jane Marie on November 13th, 2011

I was hoping for a fall cupcake display, instead I got a fall birthday display for DR’s brother and girlfriend, both born the same week. My dream was of this wonderful display with the warm, beautiful colors of autumn. I’ll blame crunched time (1 day notice) on this version, which looks more like Cirque du Soleil Tragedy Theater!

Hey, I loved making it and this week starts Thanksgiving and Christmas baking, can hardly wait, have some awesome new recipes!

There’s always more at:

http://janemariefoods.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640898949
http://janemarie.snappages.com

by Jane Marie on October 28th, 2011

Good Week! We have Jake’s, (my partner Shell’s son’s) birthday and Halloween. As usual, Shell outdid herself! Look at this cake. Unbelievable! I am soooooo lucky to have such a creative friend and partner. And, even luckier she has such an awesome son. He’s a heartbreaker girl! I’d post a picture of him, but he’s hard to catch!

Below are my small creations celebrating Jake’s birthday, the cake/cupcake HE created and named Death by Fudge and some Lemon Meringue cupcakes. HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAY teenager! You are very much loved!

by Jane Marie on October 17th, 2011

I lived in Chicago most of my life. I am a Bear fan, do I need to continue? Just in case, I will. Saying I do not like the Packers is an understatement. Saying I find Packer fans annoying is another understatement.

That being established. It took all the patience, tolerance and some liquor to do this. At first I refused, but my partner insisted. As far as I'm concerned, there's not enough money in the world to make me put little yellow roses on a Packer helmet again..... Good things Da Bears won this week!


by Jane Marie on October 10th, 2011

Ok, so I checked in and found I haven’t written a word since January. Bad, bad, bad. Something must happen everyday, but much has happened since January.

In February I was able to procure a spot at a local town bakery. I was elated! My own kitchen and display area in a real bakery. I decorated, experimented with recipes and I would have to say I feel I was on my way to doing well. I left the house at 3:00 a.m. and sometimes I did not return until 11:00 p.m. It was a 22 mile ride through back roads. I am pretty sure I would have been able to live with those circumstances, but few things are what they seem. Several issues arose with the owner, which I tried to resolve. One was the cleanliness of the place. I hired a cleaning person and paid her out of my pocket, since he refused. The issues that finally told me I should reconsider my position were the treatment of his employee. He slowly was able to get rid of him and retain his recipes. The other was the lack of respect shown my mother. He would complain to her about his sex life with his wife. Of course what usually breaks the camels back is the almighty buck. I had to literally fight with him to get the percentage of my sales. Eventually he would pay, but my invoices would be ignored for weeks and it would take my screaming at him to get my percentage of my profits. Two days before I left, my Mom and I had barely missed a head on collision as we drove in at 3:00 a.m. No matter how badly you want something sometimes it is not meant to be.

As in the quote from the movie Out of Africa, “when the gods want to punish you they give you what you ask for”

So life moves on. After about a week of recouping, things began to move again.
We had a wedding reception, which consisted of 100 pink chocolate fudge cupcakes and a groom’s Penguin Hockey Cake made of buttermilk cake, filled with dulce de leche and topped with Praline butter cream frosting. Pretty yummy, if I may say so myself!
An anniversary ‘Jamaican style’ rum soaked cake with a beach theme.
A golf course theme Neapolitan birthday cake.
A 70th Birthday Boston Cream Pie Cake.
A Sweet Sixteen Vanilla Chocolate Cupcake display.
Several Tropical Cupcake Displays consisting of Pina Colada, Margarita and Strawberry Colada cupcakes.
I have reopened my Etsy store with a new summer selection including the 'Peaches and Cream' loaf pictured and a more diverse Autumn selection.

Prices for good quality ingredients have sky rocketed and shipping prices aren’t very helpful either. We, like most of us out there, will do my best while we await for our economy to be repaired.

by Jane Marie on January 2nd, 2011

So I have a new taste tester. A sassy young little college girl. Her biggest issue when she started giving me input was updating my picture on Etsy, which I have done. She loves it, I think it looks like my teeth are silver. I promise, they are not!

2010 and ME!

I cannot believe my luck with clients. This year has been wonderful thanks to you. You are witty, patient, creative, challenging and honest. This helps me to not only improve my products, but to look forward to every order I bake; and I do believe that endeavors we tackle in life, are only successful if our hearts and souls are positively invested in them.

So, thank you and below are some quoted comments sent to me via convo which have made me feel so good and others which have made me laugh, at times when I needed it the most.

Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again and again!


Scariest and funniest convo of 2010:

“Hello Jane. My name is Greg. I'm Stacy's husband. Before she died last night, she asked me to send you a message telling you how much she enjoyed the Death by Fudge (I think that's what she called it) bread you sent her. She said it was a wonderful way to spend her last moments. We will all miss her but are happy that she experienced so much joy because of you.

No! It's me! Just playing a little joke on you. Yummmmmm!”


2010 convos that keep me loving what I do:

“just HAVE to take a moment to write you a message about the carrot cake. Without one single ounce of exaggeration, that it THE BEST carrot cake/bread I've ever tried. I wouldn't have tried it because you said it was made with cardamom and thought it might be too exotic for fussy family”
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“Oh my, thank you more than you know! I can't tell you how beautiful everything is...and the custom made card.”
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“Thanks for making me look so good every year! Happy Holidays! If I run out of Truffles, I'll be back for another order.”
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“Jane.....i gotta tell you. there's not one thing i've had of yours that wasn't off the charts.”
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“Oh my... this package was SO good! I don't think the apple loaf was too moist at all. You might add something to your description on etsy like "super moist" just so people won't be surprised. I loved it, but I didn't order it expecting it to be more bread-like rather than more pound-cake-like, as some people may. But it was amazing and is definitely the thing I will be ordering next time I need to send a gift to someone.
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“Jane Marie, you are the best!! BELIEVE IT!!

We are enjoying our breads so much...getting fat, but well worth it!!”
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“The loaf arrived in lovely fresh condition. My household helper and I immediately cut slices and devoured them.the texture and flavor are divine.You will be hearing from me again.Thank you”
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Just wanted to say this looks heavenly.

Listing: www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36090479
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“We ate some of your breads again today.  As I said, they are the best I have ever had! The pineapple coconut and the carrot cake, I guess I do like cardamon.”
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“you were too kind to include the key lime loaf. i gave it to my dad as it is one of his favorite flavors...it was gone in a day :) you are the best!
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“your raspberry bars should be illegal. I think I'm going to look up the laws related to baked goods. :-)”
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“Raspberry bar- Simply amazing!”

In all good there is bad, I found this on the first and only forum I have attended on Etsy; brought to my attention by a client/friend who dedicates her site to saving animals. The people (bullies) on the forum had taken the idiom “beating a dead horse” to a level of decrepit tastelessness. I wrote the following in the forum:
“ ‘beating a dead horse' is an idiom that means a particular request or line of conversation is already foreclosed or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile; or that to continue in any endeavor (physical, mental, etc.) is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided.’ “

“Were you people came up with carving initials on the animal and flogging it after it is dead, shows a lack of conscious and respect for a beautiful creature.

I believe these conversations are extremely inappropriate and offensive and do not belong on a site dedicated to creativity.

Call me naïve, but I did not know there was a group of insensitive idiots on this site.”


by Jane Marie on November 7th, 2010

My new insanity in the kitchen is Candy Cake Balls (Truffles). I thought this was a brilliant idea, easy to make, can sell and ship for about $15.00 and are very ‘cute’, making for great gifts, petit fours, decorative deserts, etc., etc, etc.. BUT I CAN’T FIT THEM INTO MY SCHEDULE. Something keeps coming up and they sit in my brain waiting to be produced. I made my first batch, they sold and were quite the hit, but everyone has a different opinion on these little critters.

Since my taste buds are burned out, these Candy Cakes need to be taste tested by someone other than me. My taste testers generally quit after a while, cause “I’m making them fat”.

But, just when you need something, it pops up out of an unexpected place. Thus with my new taste tester, I have found a new, young victim. We’ll see how long she lasts before I hear “You’re making me fat.”!!!!!!

by Jane Marie on October 31st, 2010

What else would I bring to a Halloween party but, The Death by Fudge Cupcakes!
Also in the works this week my partner's son turned into a teenager. We made a hockey cake. We attempted to make glass out of sugar to top it. It was 2 days full of failed attempts?

Does anyone out there know the secret to making sugar glass?

by Jane Marie on October 12th, 2010

This past weekend my partner and I made two cupcake displays, one for a bridal shower and the other for a Baptism. It was fun, fun, fun and good, good, good!

by Jane Marie on October 7th, 2010

t’s been a few interesting weeks.

First my HP died. The HP person I spoke with, who happens to live on the other side of world, giving me directions, which I only understood after saying “what” 20 times, had me take the computer apart, small screw by small screw; hours on the phone. I tried to tell him that the computer was overheating, ya know, it was hot on or off, I could have done some of my baking on it. The results? Well, he said my hard drive was gone and it would cost something like $500.00 to replace it with no guarantee my documents would be salvaged! Yeah, well, thousands of recipe, pictures, music and a book needed a guarantee. I told him I’d get back to him, but being that India is nowhere near Indiana, he said he would call me back.

Being a PC kinda girl all my life, having worked at Intel for a good portion of that life; I bit the bullet and called Apple. That’s right, I am officially a MAC girl now. It’s an adjustment, but unlike HP, when I call I get instant service for any little stupid question and... to make it even better, it’s people that live, not only in the same country I live, but within driving distance! It has not been easy since, unbeknowst to me the HP was saving my documents through Norton Antivirus and MAC and Norton do not speak! The MAC people have resolved most issues and are still working on resolving the rest. They are friendly, helpfull and tolerant (since I lost it more than once).

They were so nice I sent them some breads!
With this issue in the process of being resolved, we move on to the fun task at hand. This weekend, my partner and I are headed to the north side of Chicago. We are delivering and setting up a Rose Cupcake Display for a bridal shower on Saturday and a Baptism display on Sunday. Can hardly wait to post the pictures next week!

by Jane Marie on September 7th, 2010

So today is the day after Labor Day. My 84 to be 85 on Sunday, Sept 12 is here for a few weeks. The electricity went out. I am the happiest when the electricity goes out couple no electricity with being on a lake that is empty, no boats, no people, few vehicles and as far as I’m concerned I hit pay dirt.

I happily opened a Corona and took my dogs down to swim. It is very windy today (another plus as far as I’m concerned). To make my day even better, the water was nice and chilly, the temps in the 70’s and the sun in the 80’s. If this wasn’t enough, there was a hawk flying over the lake. I was going to run get my camera and take a picture, but instead, I laid back in my chair and watched it dip and dive over the waves on the lake, then up, up, up it went and twirled, I don’t know if it was hunting, but when it came nearer to where I sat, the sun made its wings a golden copper. It was beautiful and relaxing. I get very few days like today, actually this is the best few hours I have had on the lake.

Baking? Cooking? Oh yeah. Not happening today, I’ll double up tomorrow to fill orders, today was/is mine!

by Jane Marie on September 2nd, 2010

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c7e5ebd8ed88eef6e49a8c0/bedtime-endulgences?index=0

by Jane Marie on August 31st, 2010

I am very excited to announce that I am purchasing all my spices from spicespicebaby right here on Etsy. She is very accommodating, nice and above all her spices will add even more quality to my products. Cyberspace on over to her shop at www.spicespicebaby.etsy.com for a look!

Also just as the summer is coming to an end; I receive a convo on Etsy from a fellow foodie who is helping promote us Etsy foodies! This girl is a go getter. She is interviewing quite a few of us etsy bakers and posting it on her blog; check it out at www.abundanceyeah.blogspot.com and browse thru her delicious shop at www.abundanceyeah.etsy.com , she will be interviewing me in the next few weeks and I will be sure it’s posted on my webpage!

My Mom decided to make Peanut Butter Chip cookies today. She’ll be 86 next week. It was interesting.

by Jane Marie on August 30th, 2010

I forgot? Poor organization? Bad prioritization? I haven’t cooked or baked since March?

Naw. I don’t think so…..
Yes, it’s one of many of the plethora’s of summer loaves baked by me and sold at the corner farm stand! It was wonderful with a new creation joining my existing loaves: Over the July 4th weekend, we had some Pina Coladas and Strawberry Margaritas left, someone said to put them together and voila; what a great drink. The Strawberry Colada is now a loaf. Am still working on increasing/decreasing the pineapple and/or coconut, but it’s pretty much a delicious go!

by Jane Marie on March 28th, 2010

Yes, I know it’s been a while, but every once in a while, I must do some thinking and rearranging. I shut my Etsy shop for about a week and this is how I have revamped it for the summer. The pics are a visual of what I referenced in my Etsy writing.

Hooray! Hooray! It’s almost May,
the birds and squirrels have busy days!

The trees and flowers are budding,
and the lazy days of summer are coming.

As you splash in the water
and dose in the sun;

Remember foods are best,
when they tingle your taste buds.


Summer is the most wonderful time for fresh baked goods. The corner farm stand opens and I bake with their fresh locally grown products. Since my loaves are sold through them, I tend to be very busy. But it is a wonderful , happy busy.

I have struggled as how to handle my Etsy store through the spring and summer months. The conclusion I reached is to ‘treat’ the store as I ‘treat’ my home. If you are a regular visitor to my home, you will find a 3-tier tray with cookies, brownies and/or candies standing by the lakeside entrance. On the kitchen counter you would find a loaf of bread, a cake and/or a pie with a cutting knife, disposable plates and forks, so that you can help yourself. What I bake or cook is decided by the fruits, vegetables and herbs that appear in my garden or the farm stand.

What will appear at my Etsy store is what I have decided to bake that week. It will be an ever changing site for spring and summer with cookies, both sweet and savory loaves and cupcakes (cakes and pies would be a bit difficult to ship, but try me). I am also hoping to add some gluten free, high fiber and low sugar items.

I will do my best to keep my blog updated on what I am baking during the week, so if you are planning for guests or just want your home to smell and taste as mine convo me or visit my blog at www.janemarie.snappages.com/blog.
Banana Cake ready for guests to slice and eat.
Strawberry Pie ready to slice and top with whip cream
Giant Peanut Butter Cookie; a tear as you go kind-a-sweet snack!

by Jane Marie on February 6th, 2010

As promised, pictures of the Caramel Apple Loaf.

by Jane Marie on February 4th, 2010

It’s a go! Unbelievable. Proof that tenacity wins in the end. I made 2 loaves and they disappeared before my eyes. It’s like a version of the pineapple upside down cake. I need to figure the best way to ship it since it is not made in the recyclable loaf molds I use. As soon as I conquer the shipping, it will be posted.

I will need to make a loaf and take pictures of it this weekend, perhaps tomorrow and get them here on my blog. I needed a success of sorts; I was sleeping the winter away. (Guess that’s not all bad!)

by Jane Marie on February 2nd, 2010

Nothing much going on, have read 2 books, Hatchet, recommended by Shell’s 12 year old son and The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, loaned to me about a year ago by my neighbors. (Am returning the latter with a loaf of bread, since I kept it so long.) Both were good. Young adult books are actually great. They have big print, are fast reads and tell excellent stories, albeit fiction or not. The Literary etc… was interesting, it tells a story through letters written in 1940’s England during the Hitler regime. It gives a lot of information, but manages to keep an upbeat tone.

Also filled 2 small orders, nothing very exciting, but, at least, I had a little baking time.

Tried to make my Apple Cinnamon into a healthier loaf by substituting some of the white flour with wheat flour and ground flax seed. Also reduced the sugar and replaced the butter with vegetable oil. They’re OK; need to get some healthy people to taste them.

My brain is still on the caramel pear loaf and the low sugar loaves, but I’ve done nothing to make this happen

I’m not sure, but I think right about February I sink into some black winter hole and all I want to do is sleep.

Shell did get a request for posting our cakes on someone’s site. So I am headed to my web page to add a tag with pictures of our cakes. Delivery would have to be within 150 miles, but who knows.

Well, Good Night. Yes, I know, it’s the middle of the afternoon.

by Jane Marie on January 27th, 2010

I wrote the following to my trainer/quickly becoming a girlfriend:

“Am home, am tired, I've eaten all the wrong things, my dogs are too
fat cause their paws get frozen on the lake or street if I try to walk
them, I've drank too much wine, I need a good sweaty workout; but, at
least I don't have to go to a funeral on Thursday!”

Yep it’s all true. Busy few days and, unfortunately not in the kitchen. It is very silent on my Etsy site and am starting to get worried, no inquiries, no orders, and very few views. Am hoping it’s the time of year and have sent a convo to my Etsy mentor to find out. It has taken me some time to figure out what to do with myself. I finally gave up pacing and started reading the books which have been stacking up.

We had a hint of spring on Sunday, it was actually 50 degrees. The snow, ice and icicles were all gone, we could see the green grass! The sun came out (albeit briefly) and I opened doors and aired out the house. It was absolutely fabulous!

That was in the morning, the evening temperatures dropped fast, it started snowing Monday morning and has not stopped, not a lot of snow, just enough to be annoying. Tomorrow we are back down to 12!

by Jane Marie on January 21st, 2010

Busy couple of days in my kitchen, you can tell by the pics that tenacity in the kitchen is rewarded by results! And, below are the results! They are now posted at my little store front at www.janemariefoods.etsy.com. (I am very excited!)
Pure Rose, Loyal Daisy and Drunken Sunflower

A White Rose is Pure,
A Daisy is Loyal,
But a Drunken Sunflower stumbles all over!

The white rose is made of white cake swirled with a strawberry glaze and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

The daisy is a small version of the pineapple upside down cake, it looks and tastes luscious.

Our drunken friend, the sunflower, is covered in a glaze which reveals a moist interior. Although the batter is made with dark rum, there is minimal to no taste of the rum, just a bite of the dark sugar. Pecans are chopped and placed on top.
Luscious Chocolate Hearts

The dark chocolate crust is filled with a semi-sweet, creamy chocolate ganache. The hearts are topped with a delicate white chocolate laced heart, and individually wrapped. They are then placed in a tissue filled, removable paper basket. White chocolate sea shells are scattered in the basket adding a colorful, playful feeling.

A special Valentine’s treat for yourself or any chocolate lover in your life.

Three 2-1/2 inch hearts, 3 white chocolate laced hearts and sea shells.

by Jane Marie on January 19th, 2010

Big day today. The ‘Luscious Chocolate Hearts’ are ready to be posted! Yep, that’s a close up of one. These puppies are wickedly good. Just like chocolate is supposed to be, but, not everyone is a chocolate lover. We’ll see how they sell.

Also have a set of cake and heart flowers that I am debating whether to post. Below.

Sometimes pictures say more than words!

by Jane Marie on January 18th, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

NOOOOOOOO. I make almost no money and I am buried in paperwork. Literally. I’m in bed surrounded by papers trying to figure out what’s what. My computer and I are over-heating. I just want to bake. My plans are to work on this messotaxmania, all night if necessary, until I get it sorted out so I can resume my R&D tomorrow.

Ahhhhhhhhh………

by Jane Marie on January 17th, 2010

It’s so nice to spend time with friends. Living in the Midwest on a lake means that you see a lot of people all summer, then, slowly, they dwindle away into winter. In spring they slowly start returning but it makes for some long cold months. A surprise visit in January is always a warm welcome!

There’s always a problem child in the kitchen, yesterday it was the Lemon Blueberry Loaf. Although frustrating, I understand if it’s a new recipe I am trying to perfect. But come on, a recipe I have made been making for years? I do admit this usually happens at the end of the day when I am tired, but I do not accept this as an excuse. The Lemon Blueberry Loaf has decided to mess with me in a very confusing way. If I bake it in the small sample loaf pans, it’s fine, if I bake it in the regular loaf pan; it burns on the outside and stays raw on the inside. Go figure.

by Jane Marie on January 17th, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Well, manana came and went and I wrote nothing, first because there was nothing going on in my kitchen and then there was too much going on in my kitchen.

My baking cohort, Shel, likes to stay in the ‘background’ of my baking, but enough is enough and I’m naming her. Get over it Shelly. She spent a full day researching my pear loaf mishap and has come up with several solutions. Then she came over and helped me resolved the ‘Smooth Valentine Hearts’ crust issue. I think that’s what I’m going to name them. She’s wonderful; not only because she loves baking and cooking like I do, but because whether we are texting or in the same room we laugh like 12 year olds!

Had a couple of good size orders and it was a full day of baking today, with still more loaves to bake tomorrow. No complaints here. With all the problems going on in the world, I find my kitchen to be a wonderful hiding place.

I have 2 dogs, one is a 12 year old lab mix, I think he is getting senile, I find him wondering the house aimlessly, then he goes into a full blown doggy panic attack, his heart races and he attaches himself to my leg. The vet put him on doggy panic attack meds and, poor guy, he looks like he’s a little on the ‘high’ side. That is until you get a ball out, then he turns into a puppy again. Summer cannot come fast enough for my poor old pup. I know when the lake is warm and he starts swimming he will feel better. He has nothing to do with my kitchen, but he does have a lot to do with my heart!

Till soon!

by Jane Marie on January 12th, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yum, huh? Well, yes, but I still have work to on the Pear Loaf. I always have the hope that first go around is perfect, and, once in a while it happens. Today was not the case with the Pear Loaf, but the fortunate things is I know what needs to be done and the next experiment will perfect them. When I think of this loaf, I think of something refreshing for the winter months. The pears are refreshing and the caramel is warming. I will let myself rest for a day or so, then, we’ll see what happens.

Chocolate Ganache Hearts are to die for. I do have to work on the crust. I’m sorry, but no pics. I will get some up as soon as I have my projects complete.

Have a new customer that’s on my list of favorites, she’s very communicative, which is very important because it gives me ideas and how I can improve my products.

Hasta Manana!

by Jane Marie on January 10th, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Well, I guess this is an almost every day blog. I am finding that if I there is nothing going on in my kitchen, what can I say? My baking cohort, however, did spend the last 2 days getting to know her brand new oven, which does everything except talk. At this point the ‘getting to know’ seems to be frustrating her. The latest episode was a pie in the oven and the oven setting itself to self cleaning. She unplugged the oven.

My PIL and I reap the benefits of her frustrations. Yesterday we received some homemade bacon onion breads. Yummy. She’s coming over today and am pretty sure there is a cinnamon bread in our future.

Sunday football Wild Card playoff weekend and no orders so no baking. Sort of saddens me, but if there are no orders by Tuesday, there will be experimenting.

by Jane Marie on January 8th, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010
but the cake made it........

by Jane Marie on January 7th, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Yes, I know I missed yesterday. No excuses.

Today, however, I have a great picture to share. The Burrito cake is done, my baking cohort and I had a great time. This cake is made of three chocolate jelly rolls filled with double chocolate fudge filling then wrapped in crepes and covered with melted white chocolate. Surrounding the cake are salsa bowls filled with Strawberry Pineapple Coconut pretending it is Salsa, Lime Pistachio pretending it is Guacamole and Marshmallow Cream Cheese pretending it is Sour Cream. The chips are made from home made pie crust cut into triangle and sprinkled with sugar!

Right now I very much feel like my baking cohort and I are genius. Actually she’s much more genius than me!


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