October
27
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 27-10-2010

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Thank you to all who dropped an email wondering where I’d gone from the blog.  Well the quick answer is my Dad passed away after battling cancer and I just needed some time to get going again.  Thanks again.  Colleen

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August
26
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 26-08-2009

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Just so you know I am in the process of adding a print button to the blog articles which will allow you to access a pdf version of the recipes and make them easier for you to print off.   You will find this new print button on the top right hand side  ——>Printable Version Button

I’ve had a few requests for this recently and I’m more than happy to oblige.  Thanks for your patience.. it takes a few steps to create the new document and add the button and link etc. I appreciate all the great feedback and will be working to make the site even more user friendly as we proceed.

Cheers for now,

Colleen 🙂

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February
24
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 24-02-2009

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Ok, I know that baking is a science but this takes the cake!!! 😉

The Periodic Table of Cupcakes is terrific fun. (Link opens in a new window)

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February
22
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 22-02-2009

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On Saturday Feb 21st, we went to the Metropolitan Library Systems Book Sale! ItBaking Books Bonanza at CakeArtisan.com was my first time which became more evident as we approached the Oklahoma State Fair Ground. There were far more cars trying to park than I ever anticipated. Seasoned book fair veterans toted bags, suitcases and plastic garbage cans with wheels and I saw one lady with her little red wagon!! These people were serious.

Upon entering the pavilion where the books were, there were taped off rows where the early birds had been made wait until the doors opened, so you just know all the good books were already gone. Even so, I managed to snaggle 22, yes TWENTY TWO great books filled with culinary baking delights from days gone by to more recently published Pastry, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker baking books. How much did this booty cost me… $26.00 for the entire load!

I guess the reason to share this news with you apart from my obvious over-excitement is that I hope to prepare many treats from these treasures in the coming months and continue to add to my trove of tried and true recipes.  If you don’t have a book fair anywhere near you soon, I suggest getting along to the local library to borrow and browse before you buy!  Have a great week!

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January
11
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 11-01-2009

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I want to send many heartfelt congratulations to Rosie at “All about cakes” for her 100th blog post. Be sure to stop by and wish Rosie well and enter her giant giveaway!

Visit Rosie at All About Cakes!

Visit Rosie at All About Cakes!

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January
08
Filed Under (General Message) by Colleen on 08-01-2009

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“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”
~Denis Diderot

Passion can be defined as a strong feeling or emotion. Passion makes your heart sing, your spirit soar and your life rich. My friend Debra was recently discussing passion and it made me want to give more thought to the word.

I have quite a few areas I think I’m passionate about. My artwork, my daughters of course, but then there is my baking passion. This was evident way back in high school home economics classes in Australia. That class each week was something I truly looked forward to. In my final year we were to decorate a Christmas cake we had baked. I won that year and still have the decorating book which was given as first prize. Australian Womens Weekly Complete Book of Cake Decorating

As an adult I have pursued my love of baking and owned my own cake shop and small restaurant.  I’ve taken many decorating classes and been to culinary school.   Family and friends have always enjoyed my sweet treats and now I am in the process of putting together another baking business. No matter what else I’ve become involved in, I’ve always had a passion to bake. Like many, I worry about putting enough money away for retirement and investing, and so have sought other occupations which I hoped might be more lucrative.

While I’ve always enjoyed a modicum of success at most things I’ve turned my hand to, there was quite often something missing. I believe it was passion. Sure, we can all adjust our attitude enough to enjoy what we are doing at the time, but truly enjoying what we do and having a reason to bound out of bed each day ready for whatever that day brings is such a great feeling!

So with a healthy amount of trepidation, I will build this cake business during 2009. Those other jobs I’ve had in the past 20 or so years since my last cake business have only prepared me to succeed. I’ve worked in state government, business, web development and real estate, all of which have given me a better understanding of the business side of making cakes and marketing them.  No longer do I dread heading to the office, meeting with people I’d rather not and repeating that pattern day in, day out.  No, I’m going to be meeting with BRIDES and their mothers!  But that my friends is a story for another day…

Whatever your passion, find a way to incorporate it into your life on a daily or weekly basis.  You will feel so much happier.  Enjoy!

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