Happy New Year!


Welcome 2009.

How was your New Years eve/day? I was asleep by 1030p on NYE. Look at me party!

My New Years day was spent in San Diego with my niece. She and my BIL were in town from the Bay area visiting because my BIL had tickets to the Rose Bowl. He was taking my husband. I wasn’t sure what to do with a 4yr old all day in Orange County so I took her down to San Diego. I met up with my mom and we went to breakfast at the place my sister works, The Eggery. Then I took her to the beach and Belmont Park and then back to the beach again so she could put her toes in the freezing cold water. It was a very cold and windy day at the beach. But my niece was a delight. The day was long but fun and I miss her little smiling face.

Nimara at the beach from Kristin Ausk on Vimeo.

Believe it or not, I did very minimal baking over the holidays. I made a few more batches of sugar cookies to mail to friends in their late Christmas presents (sorry Kristin & Cristina!) and on Sunday I made a Cherry Streudel Coffeecake. It was delicious but my ebay find tube pan did not bode well. The outside was perfectly browned while the inside was gooey and underbaked. I blame the pan. So now I’m on the look out for a new tube pan. Preferably one that has a darker coating. The one I have now is aluminum.

I also baked some cupcakes for NYE but forgot to take pictures. So I’ll have to describe them to you!

Champagne celebration cupcakes
Vanilla bean cupcakes filled with a homemade black raspberry filling (cornstarch, sugar, water, black raspberry juice, boil, cool and then add black raspberries) and a swirl of champagne buttercream. They were deliciously divine. I will definitely be making them again. The cupcakes were topped with sparkly picks that looked like fireworks.

They were delicious, I swear.

I’ve received 2 more orders for cupcakes. A 3 dozen order for an engagement party and another 3 dozen order for a baby shower. Both to be delivered on the same day. So I’ll have an extra busy evening the day before.

On the commercial kitchen front, I found someone who is willing to let me rent space in their kitchen. I plan to check out the space this week. He seems really nice and accommodating. It is a bit more than I was hoping to spend but I’m trying to look at the big picture. If I have a commercial kitchen to work in I can start moving forward with this business. I’d love to sell my cupcakes at the huge swap meet that is on the weekends in OC. And once I’m in a commercial kitchen, I can really start to promote my business more. And maybe even expand into cakes and cookies. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself but I’m really excited. I just wish there was an easy way to get all the forms completed. Like I wish there was just one big package that the county could hand me and say, “here fill all of this out and viola” but alas there is not. From the research I’ve done already, I have to fill out a form here, call there, fill out another form over there. It’s all over the place. It will just take a little more work I guess.

So there is my 2009 so far. I didn’t really make any resolutions officially. I have decided to try out two new recipes a week so we both stop eating out so much. And since I get home late and am usually busy the minute I walk in the door, I’d like something to be already available and ready to warm up without all those extra preservatives. So this week the two recipes are:

Sunday Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables
White Bean and Kale Stew

(I’d add links to the recipes except they aren’t up on the website yet. I will once they are.)
I’m hoping both will make enough to last us through the week. My plan was to make the chicken last night but ended up running out of time so I am going to make it tonight. And make the stew on Wednesday night. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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