Lilac

Wow. So. Ok. It’s been a while. Things have been busy and overwhelming at times these past few weeks, but all in a good way. I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride at Two Crows. I’ve been able to establish some core recipes that will be great staples to lean on while I develop more recipes to branch out the brand. And I now have a (hopefully, only time will really tell) reliable production assistant that can do some of the more “busy” work while I’m off coming up with hair-brained ideas for recipes. I’m hopeful. I feel very much supported by the owners of the business which contributes very much to my positive feelings about this whole experience. I’m navigating this whole thing for the first time, but it’s nice to have someone on my side who believes in me.

The smell of these beauties is intoxicating.

The smell of these beauties is intoxicating.

In other news…

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is happening and so gorgeous. The lilac tree outside my house is in full bloom and I’m obsessed and inspired. I feel like I can’t stop and won’t stop decorating purple cakes.

What I made

It’s been well over a week, so I’ll give you some highlights from the past couple.



First wedding cake of the season!

First wedding cake of the season!

This is only one of I think 3 other cakes I’ve decorated with lilac. I can’t get enough!

This is only one of I think 3 other cakes I’ve decorated with lilac. I can’t get enough!

I’m also planning on making lilac wine from an amazing book called Blotto Botany. I came across it in my local bookstore months ago and I literally want to make every single recipe.

That’s all for now, Hopefully I will be better at keeping up with this little blog of mine in the future.

Happy week ahead!

Two Crows

Whew! So I’m a bit behind, but I had kind of a crazy two weeks.

Things are starting to look up a in the job field. I got hired by a wholesale baking company who’s original head baker ended up getting fired the week after I started…

So after a rocky beginning I am now heading up the operation myself.

It’s going to be different that what I’ve been used to for the past couple of years, but I’m really looking forward to getting back into baking a variety of different tasty treats. The company is in its early stages still, and now with the former head baker gone there will be a lot of opportunity to get creative and bring in my own recipes and style. I am quite excited to be part of a new business that is just starting out. I am also really looking forward to being part of a small team that is all working towards a similar goal. I realized that being in a restaurant environment, and being the only one doing what I was doing was a bit isolating and lonely. I guess I’m saying I look forward to having co-workers who can directly relate to the baking life. Look for Two Crows Bakery items coming soon!

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What I made the past two weeks

The dandelions in my yard have exploded recently, so I decided to make some dandelion jelly. I used a variation of a Martha Stewart recipe, but used about twice the amount of dandelions (it seriously didn’t even make a dent in the amount we have growing) and half the amount of sugar. Because of this I think my pectin amounts were a bit off, so it came out a bit looser than I wanted, but the flavor is absolutely perfect. It has an amazing likeness to the flavor of honey, and would make a great vegan substitute. I drizzled some over some yogurt and berries for breakfast. So tasty. You can also skip the extra steps needed to make jelly and just make some dandelion tea. Dandelions are not just weeds!


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Ever since I learned how to make ice cream, it is always requested at family gatherings. For Easter this year I threw together delicious buttermilk praline ice cream with caramel and walnuts. I forgot to take a picture, but maybe I’ll remember next time.


Coupla cuuute cakes this past week!

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This is just a bonus if you’ve made it this far…

I came across a man selling this precious Siberian husky puppies earlier last week. I just couldn’t not stop and hold them. Much need puppy therapy.

This one loved being held with both hands and cried when I lifted my arm off her to take the picture.

This one loved being held with both hands and cried when I lifted my arm off her to take the picture.

Have a great week!

Forward

This week I’ve been collecting things that inspire me. Partially to keep myself from spiraling down into the depths of all the aspects of my life that are unknown to me now that I no longer have a job, and partially to fuel myself to go forward.

I’ve been looking at different parts of my business and thinking about that dreaded term, “personal brand.” Man, this shit is overwhelming. I understand why it’s important these days, but there is so much involved that no one tells you about. As a person with a business you have to wear so many hats: baker, decorator, artist, not to mention photographer, graphic designer, and writer. Your personality has to come through so people care while still showing your skill and professionalism at what you actually do. Now I know why people hire other people for this stuff.

Gonna need  this mug

Gonna need this mug

What I made this week

I had the pleasure of making a Game of Thrones themed cake for a client’s viewing party this week. I had an absolute black with this project and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

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he clients bought this awesome Iron Throne replica for the topper.

he clients bought this awesome Iron Throne replica for the topper.

With all the leftover cake from this project I went ahead and whipped up a bunch of theses little Dead Ned cake pops too.

Poor Ned.

Poor Ned.

Here’s to more fun projects and being creative!