Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Closing the Business

Well, it's been well over half a year since I posted anything on my baking blog. It's not that I haven't been baking anything since, but admittedly, after the baking boom of December Twenty Twelve, I was a little burnt out. Here's the last thing I posted on my company facebook page, the day after completing the Holiday Tin orders:
"A little ridiculous: 750 cookies, 775 truffles, 1200 marshmallows, 550 chocolate covered caramels, 8 lbs of almond roca, 31 lbs of peanut brittle, 650 pieces of fudge, plus some caramel popcorn, and a couple batches of mixed nuts. Done. Time for bed." 
This was not a solo operation, but my poor friend and I were severely understaffed, underslept, and she was sincerely underpaid for her efforts (a thousand thank you's again to Blair for all her help these past few years at the holidays).

There comes a point in a person's business venture where it becomes evident that you either need to scale back or ramp up. I reached that fork this past season, and have decided that my future is to continue to love to bake, but will be scaling it back to just baking for fun, friends and family again. Not to say that it hasn't been fun, but with changes in my life in the last 9 months or so, the time, effort, and logistics of pursuing a full-time job or company based on baking is not where I am going to be taking my career.

I will continue to post recipes, etc, and if anyone needs any advice, or maybe some cupcake liners (I have thousands), just let me know and I'll be happy to share.

Thanks to everyone who helped me get this business off the ground, and kept it going for the 4 and half years I poured myself into it. It really was fun, and was happy to have given it a shot.

Stay tuned. Hopefully I will get back into the swing of posting in time for the wonderful fall and winter treats that I love to make so much.