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The Sweet Life

Having a child puts life in an entirely different perspective.  I can hardly believe how hard I worked to get a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree and then with a full-time job I completed my doctoral degree.  They were goals that I set for myself and achieved and I was clear on what I wanted.  My job was exactly what I had long envisioned myself doing and I was happy living my merry little life.  Marriage didn't impact those goals; it just reinforced and helped support them.  

But having a child, well...it changed everything.  I stayed home and raised my baby, falling pregnant peppapigcookiesReeya's Peppa Pig Birthday Cookiesagain when he was just 13 months old.  The career I left behind was a mere memory but my children were my life. However, staying at home is not without its ups and downs…and for me, having a creative outlet is important.  I've always loved to entertain so I turned that into having fabulous parties for my kids.  You see those annoying over-the-top moms who put way too much energy into farmparty2Rishi's Barnyard Party...one of my earliest attempts at making the birthday cake, before I even knew fondant existed!hosting parties and planning their kid’s birthdays...that is me!  I even went so far as making my own cookie cutters if I couldn't find what I needed.  Well I waited a long time to have children (not of my own volition but we’ll leave that topic for another day!) and frankly I was excited to have some parties to plan!

I used to plan a Multicultural Fair when I worked at the University of Mary Washington, an event that attracted thousands of people.  I had to channel that energy somewhere whilst staying home, spending time with my kids in their formative years and that's when the baking started.  Ironically, I purchased their first couple of birthday cakes because…well, who has time to make cakes and raise kids, right?  Then I started making their cakes and I found that I enjoyed it so I made more cakes.  I got calls from friends who wanted cakes for their kids.  I learned new techniques by watching videos on the Internet and reading cake decorating books.  I made cakes for family friends and their kids...it was a fun hobby but it started getting expensive and very time-consuming.  Once I somewhat mastered cakes (I mean I have a TON more to learn but you understand what I mean) I started on cookies.  This was a brand-new territory for me but I think I'm in love...cookies are portable, forgiving and so incredibly versatile.  They have a longer shelf life and I am pretty sure cookies are going to be my obsession this year.  That brings me back to my original thought...having a goal.  Well this cake thing has kind of taken off. It's evolved...I now bake for the cafe across the street and I have two wedding cakes under my belt...along with numerous birthday cakes, cookies, cake pops and the list goes on....  

I applied for a license with the state a few months ago (just to check it off my list) and let me tell you,pantryThe Pantry it was an intimidating process.  Last Friday, a state inspector came to my house, she tested my cleaning products, observed me making butter cream frosting, checked my facilities, my pantry (which I love organizing so I was happy to have someone appreciate that effort!), my refrigerator, and she even took one of my cakes back to the lab for analysis.   

I am happy to report that I passed the inspection with flying colors!  The only problem is, I have no idea what my next step is.... I have no desire to open a bakery.  I love baking from home but I have been turning work down (mostly last minute requests) because I want to make sure I have enough time for my family.  Balancing the baking and my family was something my husband and I talked about before I went to India at the end of a week where I made no less than an order a day and some days even more.  

Baking is fun but it is also work (actually it sometimes feels like a third child…and you know how kids change your life!) and now I feel that I need a business plan.  I need to keep better data about my customers and my orders.  I'm setting up an Etsy store so that I can ship cookies at the click of a button...I'm doing a little of this and a little of that but I am irritated that I don't have an end goal in mind.  It's not like going for a PhD and knowing that you achieved that goal.  I am all over the place and I need to get it together and make a plan. I guess making a plan could serve as my next goal, but somehow that thought is not exciting whatsoever.  I may have to table my plan to make a plan and just go bake a batch of cookies…now that’s something I can get excited about!

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About Ameeta

Moms of the world...we're in the kitchen all the time so why not make it fun...RIGHT?! After working in the field of higher education for over a decade, I decided to stay home. Being here is wonderful (sometimes!). BUT, I love the invaluable (read crazy but good) moments with my children. One thing I miss about work is having a creative outlet. Decorating cakes and cookies gives me that focus for my creativity. It's therapeutic to work on cakes, cookies and the like. As you will understand, with two young children, lots of therapy is necessary! Hence I've been baking more and more....and in my blog I'll be sharing my culinary adventures with you with a side serving of raising my two kids! For pictures and information about my confections, please visit my site at www.ameetabakes.com

 

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