As I wrote back in August, when I first dusted off the keyboard, the urge to blog was back, and it was strong. I have a long list of posts I’d like to write, but the problem is that there are so many gaps since I last wrote with any level of frequency. I almost wanted a fresh start — like a brand new noteboook begging for a chance to start over, all clean and crisp. But the problem with wanting to start fresh was abandoning the 130+ posts that I penned over that 2008-2012 time. The problem wasn’t what was there, rather, it was what wasn’t there. I started thinking about blogging again back in May, and it is now January. I have yet to truly start, because this issue of what to do with the past X years is plaguing me. It’s January. Time for a fresh start, time to commit to goals. Time to stop talking and start doing.
So, I thought to get over the guilt of do I start new? do I carry on where I left off? do I go back and write posts and backdate them in a chronological fashion that makes sense? I would do one solid recap (what you are reading right now). And then I would do one quick post of the “Year in Review” for year that I wanted to catch up on. That’s it. Then I can in good conscious move forward and feel like I’m not skipping all these important *things*.
So much has happened in the last 5 years. Both professionally. Personally. As a family. I don’t want to just leave my old posts in the lurch because honestly, having my recap of pastry school posts to look back on is pretty sweet.
Why now? This is a time in my life I really want to remember. To share stories and photos. To post recipes. It is an exciting adventure of a life right now — we recently bought an orchard and are learning how to grow apples. I am building a commercial pastry kitchen. All while navigating this challenging , heart opening role of motherhood to two beautiful little souls. Over the last 3 years, I have spent many, many hours up late at night, nursing my babies. This meant a lot of time on Pinterest, reading blogs, being inspired. Inspired by the stories of parenting. Inspired by the organized women out there who create these wonderful homes for their families to grow in. Inspired by pastry chefs who I hope to learn from. Inspired by home cooks who share delicious recipes for readers to recreate. Inspired by homesteaders who make good use of their land to provide for their families by growing their own food. And mostly, inspired by each and every blogger who takes the time to write, photograph, and document these stories, recipes, how-to guides. It takes a lot of time and a lot of heart to blog, especially to do it well. But for the person behind the keyboard, it creates a lasting testament to their lives, the things they create (of edible persuasion, and of not), and the people who shape their lives. When I was young I used to always keep a journal. I haven’t for years, but this is my outlet.
There. That is why NOW. Because I don’t want to miss any more time.
And so, if you’re at all interested in reading about my experience at pastry school, working in the Vancouver restaurant scene, and then more recent life events (wedding! babies! new house!), I’ve included links below.
2008: left my Public Relations job. Started this blog. (See post #1 here). Attended pastry school.
2009: graduated from pastry school. Worked in restaurants. In September I went on a date with this guy named Bernard. We hit it off. Dated. See 2009 posts starting here.
2010: Enjoyed the 2010 Olympics together while living and working in the heart of it all. Moved in together in March 2010. Summer of 2010 I left the restaurant I was working at, realizing it wasn’t a good fit for me. Fall of 2010, I started making custom cakes from home, and participated in a local “Baker’s Market”. Later that fall, we started talking about possibly relocating to the Okanagan. See 2010 posts starting here.
2011: In the winter, Bernard registered for a 3 month viticulture (grape growing) program. We lived 5 hours apart during this time. I was in Vancouver, still doing cakes and working at a kitchenware store. In April we moved to the Okanagan. Shortly after moving we got engaged. I spend the summer working in the pastry kitchen at a high end winery restaurant. See 2011 posts starting here.
2012: that summer, I went back to the same restaurant for a second season. In September of 2012, we got married. Also that summer, I found a small little storefront that I wanted to turn into a pastry kitchen, so that I could finally do custom cakes.
2013: The first few months of 2013 were for the build of my kitchen. I opened in May 2013. A month later, I found out I was expecting our first baby (what a crazy summer!). On the home front, we renovated our kitchen in November, and went to Maui as well. Our baby, not due until late January of 2014, instead arrived early, in mid December! (I am tired just thinking back to 2013!)
2014: The beginning of 2014 was spent just learning the ropes of parenting. By May, I was back to work a couple days a week and had lots of wedding cakes going out the door. By July, we put Clara in day care two, sometimes three days a week, as I had a lot of work on the go. Lots of weddings that summer, plus I had a booth at the farmers market every Saturday! But by the end of the busy season, once Thanksgiving was over, I realized I was missing time spent with my little one. Plus, daycare costs are astronomical, and in the off season the numbers just didn’t line up. I closed my shop to walk in customers, and instead I just went in to do custom orders, plus a lot of holiday orders.
2015: The dream of doing custom cakes and pastries was still very real, but the overhead of having a storefront proved itself to not work. We had always dreamed of having a bit more yard for our family, and to be allowed to have a commercial kitchen at home would be THE dream. We found a perfect property. Put our home on the market. Finally sold our house in March, and closed on the dream property. In April, we moved. Shortly after moving in, we found out Baby #2 was in the oven! Just before New Years, our baby boy was born.
2016: The whole year was spent juggling the extremely hands on role of parenting a new baby and having a busy toddler as well. We had lots of family fun (camping, lake time, a fall trip to Hawaii) plus of course, hard work in the orchard. Decided to start blogging again this year.
Moving forward, I plan to post 2 times a week, mostly about pastry/cooking adventures, but some family, home and orchard posts as well for good measure. After all, one cannot survive on pastry alone 🙂