Lessons learned on a snow day

Welcome to the kitchen on this bitter cold January day!  Schools were closed here in Virginia, and although we didn’t get a blizzard (one-inch max in my area) the dangerously cold temps and wind chill made going outside AWFUL!  I woke up later than usual, grabbed my cup of coffee, and got to planning out my free day with giddy excitement. 

What does a baker gal do on a snow day?  Hallmark movies?  Netflix?  Reading?  None of the above. I head to the kitchen and get to work.   I started by playing catch up and going through my newest baking supplies, all Christmas gifts from dear friends.  I learned they are supportive of my business endeavor, and by gifting me baking supplies, helped me to be ready for the next birthday order, and looking ahead, gave me a great head start on baking for Christmas 2018.   Their generosity will in turn bless future customers.  That warms my heart to no end.

I started to prep for a Power Ranger cake I’m making, and got my ideas down for the layout, as well as making fondant pieces needed for part of the design. I must admit I was excited for this cake order, because I haven’t made a Power Ranger cake in 12 years.  Power Rangers are near and dear to my heart so I was happy to say yes to the call.  I learned I really do LOVE children’s birthdays and decorating their cakes.  Figuring out how to take their favorite character, color, or object (truck, puppy, football, Power Rangers, whatever they like) and incorporate that into the centerpiece of the party is scary, exciting, and stressful yet fun all at the same time.   My heart is always happy knowing that something I baked is a special part of a child’s very special day.

 Does this look like a beanie hat??

Does this look like a beanie hat??

 poor little cake flops.... at least they tasted good! 

poor little cake flops.... at least they tasted good! 

I also learned that I should ALWAYS read the directions on a recipe.  Yes, you read that right!  Sometimes I rush, don’t follow directions and that leads to things getting a little sloppy in the kitchen.  I’ve been dying to try a cake pop recipe and technique I saw online and knew that today was the day!  I was happy to get started on making cake pops, and my son was happy to be taste tester.  They were called cake pop “beanies” and looked like cute little knit caps in the pictures.  Well, they looked cute in the pictures on the website.  Not so cute in my pictures.  I sent a picture of my version to my daughter, and asked “does this look like a beanie hat?"  Her reply was “LOL, kinda… I can see where you are going with it!”  And I went straight to practicing on more innocent naked cake balls sitting in the fridge.  After a few more tries, I learned I might not be cut out for fancy shaped cake pops, and that’s ok.  But something inside me said “Girl, you’d better look at that site again, something is missing” and yep, there it was, the missing link, the skipped step, the reason why my cake pops were flops!   I’ll try again tomorrow (another snow day!), and see if I learn to master the cake pop.  If I do, I’ll post a good picture. For now, you can laugh at my attempts.   If I don’t master that art, I’ll rest easy knowing my taste tester devoured two of them and said they were delicious!  

The highlight of my day was meeting with my friend over at “Party Princess DMV” to map out our party planning collaboration for the new year.  I left the warmth of my kitchen to head out to Starbucks for a meeting of the minds, which was worth braving the cold for.  We have quite a few fun and creative ideas for both of our businesses and look forward to this year of working together to help little ones celebrate birthdays, tea parties, story time, and fairytale “sleepovers” during the day with some of their most beloved princes and princesses. 

From my meeting I learned that anything is possible when two business gals come together with lattes and dreams.  Stay tuned for more… but for now, log off, hang up and hang out… in the kitchen.

Gina Michak