Monday, June 23, 2008

Trust your Gut

The past few days have continued to remind me to "Trust My Gut" my mother would say. When "They" (whoever "They" are) say you can't do something or shouldn't do something I was always curious if I had such an aversion to authority or if I was simply being a rebel...OR if I knew that I should Trust My Gut.
Baguettes have been conquered this weekend thanks to Kevin & I trusting our gut. Why can't we do what "they" tell us we can't or shouldn't or aren't ready for? Hello, I am more competent than all of the monkeys I have hired from Le Cordon Bleu Pastry School...put together, yet I have no formal training...neither does Kevin for that matter. We baked by training in the beginning of course...what our Oma's had taught us, our mothers, cookbooks...but now we bake by our guts. How the dough feels, how long has that proof gone, how fine the grind is on the's not a defined, measured guideline of something that someone has spelled out for us...we bake by instinct, we bake because you can smell, see, feel and taste the satisfaction...the spoils for the victors I suppose. So today, we are officially Victors! We have conquered Baguettes...and guess what????? I don't think "They" even know yet...he he!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm so over Gas - Golf Cart Wanted

How is it that the gas station in my plaza, which by the way always seemed to be the least painful to patronize, has gone up in price from $3.79 to $4.19 in a matter of 2 weeks. Have I truly been living in a cave? Commuting a one way distance of 2.6 miles, have I been so oblivious to the outrageous, seemingly raping price of a gallon of fuel? Working 80 hrs/week...we don't get out much. Driving consists of the daily round trip commute of 5.2 miles and the occasional bakery delivery. The tank of gas in my "Gas A-Holic" SUV would typically last me 2 weeks or more. Well now that it is $90 to fill, I find myself sounding like a self righteous liberal...ranting about the price of gas.
So as of this moment, I am officially over gas. We are actively seeking a golf cart as our major form of transportation. Kelly has already laughed out loud about our quest and desire to be done with gas. I think it can be done though...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Block Party

Block Party was a huge success. Over 850 people showed up. Most were very excited about the raffle prizes. The band was great, the BBQ was good & so was the Italian Ice. We hired this balloon artist who was truly amazing. I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. A lot of work, but definitely something we will do again.

Favorite Things

Friday enjoyed a bottle of Opus One with Stacy & Barry. A few minutes after arriving at their home we spotted a bobcat in the back yard. We watched it for a few minutes before it scampered down the golf course. What a beautiful sight. Wow, that's good wine...Also enjoyed some port that was fantastic with fresh fruit...YUMMY!

Slept in and spent the day with Kevin yesterday. It was so nice to be together outside of the bakery, even though we were running bakery errands. Went to girls night at Sedona last night and it was so good to see everyone...and not at a bakery event. They are so supportive, I wish I could be a better friend, but that requires time I guess. Melissa, Steph, Sarah, Cathy and even Kelly made it out. I can't believe how luck I am to have such great friends.