I’ve had my first taste of an overwhelming baking schedule and I’m pretty much pooped. Being insanely congested from seasonal allergies doesn’t really help, but I guess its best to learn while you are at your worst.
Since Thursday, I have worked on a birthday gathering, local teachers’ breakfast, a cookie/blondie tray for the local cycling group, and a batch of decorated sugar cookies for a bridal shower. Its a lot, and all promotional so I didn’t get a fee for this work, but it was a good test for a.) whether or not I could do it and b.) if I would still like baking afterwards. Good news is that I still love to bake and I did it! I learned more, however, and staying true to the subject of my blog, I’d like to share that with you:
Lesson 1. Plan, plan, plan! I have to be thankful for some modern marvels in technology. I was fortunate enough to have a program called Bento from Apple on my computer to use to organize my projects, including the event details, and the baking materials needed for each event. I definitely recommend it, if you can get it and have an Apple computer. If neither of those are options for you, being organized and planning well in advance are certainly obvious tactics, but crucial to make it through a busy time. Make ahead and freeze any dough that can be frozen and keep recipes as simple as possible. My experience this week has proven that patience can be tried if you make things too complicated.
Lesson 2. Learn your limits. For the bridal shower event, I thought I could decorate a sugar cookie exactly the way it looked in the picture the client sent to me. Of course, I was wrong. I was ambitious and I did think I could do it, but I couldn’t, and so I have learned my limits. I’m not an artist. I can be creative and work with a client to get them the treats they need, but now, I can say “no” when someone gives me a picture to duplicate in cookie form. I completely encourage trying and trying things until you get it right, but this is not one of those cases. Know what you can and can’t do and don’t make any false promises; it will bite you in the behind later.
All in all, it was a great week and weekend. I’m now giving my mixer a break, but will be back at it for a party this coming weekend. In the meantime, here are some photos from each event!