Teaching Good Things

Practical Skills for Real Life

Teaching Good Things - Practical Skills for Real Life

Free Baking School

free baking school

If you read this blog often you know we are building a bakery and catering business.  30 years ago I took one, six week class from Wilton. THAT was my springboard! I’ve made hundreds of cakes (for profit) since then! I have no formal training other than years of trail and error. There may be better ways to learn, but this has been my path.

It is possible to be self taught and not go to a culinary school. It may take a little longer and cost you in other ways than tuition, but if you are motivated you can learn most anything. That combined with the age we live in makes it easier than ever, you just need to want it! You can literally hold a classroom in your hand! There are no excuses for not learning.

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Catching up…Christmas 2015

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As you can tell by the lack of blogging that life here is FULL!  I’ve even considered shutting this site down… but I just can’t.

The building of our bakery is coming along. I can honestly say I work harder now than I ever have! And it is a good work!

Everyone chipping in…

even the dog Duke!

Inspector Javi!

I can’t wait to share the fully operational bakery with you!

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3 Reasons You Should NOT Adopt

This is National Adoption Month.  The purpose is to raise awareness of the orphans in the world. This is a good thing. We need to be aware of the needs around us. Although I will say for the Christian there should not need to be an awareness month, we should always be looking for ways to care for the least of these around us, the orphan, the widow and the stranger.

We are coming up on 4 years as an adoptive family. We have learned so much about our ugly selves and God’s grace. We’ve also seen and talked with a lot of adoptive families.  By no means do I think everyone should adopt.  IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, but I do think more people should consider it than do. American Christians are way too comfortable, and that is sad for them, the orphan and the Kingdom.

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The Baker’s Daughter – Positively-Not-Shut

It’s about the time you see Interstate 65 through your positively-not-shut van hatch that you realize the plan is crazy.

Ill thought out.

Poorly conceived.

It’s the disturbing mix of imagination and the whoosh of passing traffic that confirms it all though.

I have a thing about Craigslist, I’m a little addicted, the rush of the negotiation, the high of the find. Sure, I could end up with a stalking psychopath who eventually kills me, but I could also get a chromed out toaster. Really, it could go either way. I try to keep it local but I almost always end up browsing the “view local results” which, might I point out are not local and should be listed as “potential road trip results”.

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Fire Truck Groom’s Cake and Wedding Cakes

This past weekend I had 3 cakes to do, 2 bridal cakes and a groom’s cake.

This is another ‘naked cake’ which is all the rage these days!

This was a vanilla cake with buttercream icing serving 300.

This was a chocolate and vanilla brides cake with buttercream icing decorated with in a rustic theme of laced burlap.

The groom who is a fireman with my husband, requested a fire truck cake.

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Pumpkins, Paninis and Pains

So with my first batch of kids we never did Halloween, (and we still don’t) but now that I have matured a little and have another batch of kids…

and GRANDCHILDREN, I realize some things are not worth stressing over.

I LOVED carving pumpkins as a kid so I thought I’d host a ‘fun’ evening for the kids, BIG and small, to carve pumpkins.

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A Peaceful Home – Free Instant Videos

The truth is a peaceful home is constant work. We need consistency, self-control, a solid sense of purpose and love. We also need many practical skills to accomplish what we were designed to do.

The home is the primary, most important and most active mission base in any culture.  It is a constant work to manage it well. We all need encouragement and instruction on a regular basis to help us keep our focus, because our family worth it.

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About Making Dinner Rolls and Making Money

making dinner rolls and making money

A few months ago I attended a Food Entrepreneurs Conference, in preparation of our commercial kitchen, it was GREAT! At the conference Patricia Barns, of Sister Schubert’s dinner rolls, was the keynote speaker. She was wonderful and had an incredible testimony.  Her love of the Lord and family and orphans left me in tears and speechless.

I never buy cookbooks any more, everything is free online, who doesn’t love Pinterest? But after I heard her speak I got in line to buy her cookbook Celebrations of the Heart. I was not disappointed when I read in the back of the book that all of the profits go to ALS research. The book is beautiful and filled with do-able family recipes with ‘normal’ ingredients and gorgeous pictures!

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