Monday, October 24, 2016

What's Next for Me?

Now that we’re closing down Two Cooks I’m being faced with a career change I wasn’t 100% prepared for. The hubs, he’s golden – heading off to an amazing job as executive pastry chef for a local restaurant group where he’ll be creating the dessert & baked goods menus for 5 restaurants. But for me, I have no idea what I want to do. People have asked me what I’m doing next, what do I want to do? Should be a simple question to answer, but since I haven’t had to think about it for over 10 years my mind is blank.

The one thing I know I want to do is write. Yep, I want to write write write. It feels so good to be writing again, I don’t want to stop. Obviously I’ve been catching up on my blog, but what else? The mini cookbook will need to have a small edit as the back cover sports an advertisement for the to-go food operation we never got around to opening this year. The big cookbook is 75% written, but will need more photos, and I need to decide which direction to go for publishing. Do I try for an agent and get it published the real way ((dream big I say)). Or do I crowd fund and attempt to self-publish, a thought that seems very daunting to me.

In addition to that, do I keep the sloCooking as a business going – it’s where we’ve run our wholesale desserts. Should I go the direction of the Cottage Food Act and get a permit to sell my spices and cookie mixes myself? Decisions decisions. 

What do you think readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment or drop me an email.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Halloween Cookies

As it’s almost Halloween what better way to ring in the holiday than with pictures of Halloween cookies? Among all my other food obsessions I have a thing for cookie cutters. I love them – must have them, but don’t always remember to use them because they’re in a gigantic plastic tub in the garage as I have too many to store in the kitchen.

Last year the mini and I busted out the Halloween cutters and whipped up a batch of homemade sugar cookie dough. Recipe from the original Betty Crocker Cookie Book – those that have been following me for a while have seen me talk about this awesome book. If you can find a copy at a used book store – or on Amazon (a great place to find used books) get a copy.

Click HERE for a recipe from the Betty Crocker website.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Apple Picking

Fall is the time for apples and nothing beats taking a family outing to a local farm – taking a hay ride out into the orchard, picking a bushel and going home with the spoils.
Here is a flash back to 2013 at Avila Valley Barn.