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Sweet Simplicity

When I think of sweets the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate.  Lots of chocolate, and decadent desserts so you can only find in sit-down restaurants.  Most recently when I think of simple sweets I think of M&M cookies.  The soft slightly chewy cookie surrounding a small handful of M&Ms, with the slight crunch of the candy shell and the warm melting sensation of the chocolate when it hits your tongue.  It’s so incredibly satisfying on so many levels, and it makes me wonder how many childhood treats I took for granted growing up.

One has to wonder what counts as simple sweet treats.  I’ve actually come up with a few questions to help figure that out.  One, is it or was it relatively easy to make?  Two, does it satisfy you in a way that other desserts don’t?  And three, does it bring back memories of your childhood? While we’re on the subject of cookies lets go ahead and “run them though the mill”, as it were, of what makes up a simple treat.  Were they easy to make?  At one time cookies, and I do mean all cookies, were the easiest treat to make in the kitchen.  Sadly mass marketing has almost but all done away with having to do anything in the kitchen.  Did it satisfy in a way others don’t? Depending on how you grew up most of the time it will.  Did it bring back memories? Hell yes!  Food and smell are the most powerful tool the mind has when recalling memories, and I love every minute of it.

Other things that might stand up to the trial of the questions would be root-beer floats, they’re not called old fashioned for no reason😉, hand pulled taffy depending on where you live, some fudges, and brownies.  If I missed any thing I apologize.  I’d like to know what your favorite simple sweet is, and by all means don’t just limit the questions to the ones I’ve wrote down here.  Be creative and come up with a few of your own if you feel like, then let me know what it is.  I’m always interested in hearing other people’s opinion.

So, until next week, indulge yourself,  have some sweet simplicity, and don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen and bake up some fun. Later’s! xD

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Introduction

I never did anything normal growing up so this blog is no exception to the pattern  My name is Marie. I live in the Houston area and I work in a school cafeteria.  MAG’s Cakes & Bakes is a part time bakery project that iv been working on for about a year now.  Iv developed a few items, the most popular of them is my shortbread chocolate dipped cookies which sell for $.75 to five, $.20 each, and five dollars for a batch of 50. I’ll grab a picture of it later for y’all.  The bakery started out as a way to get extra spending cash. Being a cafeteria worker does not exactly pay the most, however, the benefits are incredibly awesome.  I don’t have my other Creations itemized or priced yet.  I’m hoping to get most of it done during summer break.  As for this post, recovering from the first week of work after spring break is not easy at all, especially if your night owl like me;)

I’m also gamer. I game with a group of friends on Friday every other week, and if you’re familiar with a game called Battletech, there’s a group that calls themselves MechCorps.  We hang out with them whenever Rubicant and I (who’s call signs are Culex for Rubicant and Phoenix for me) have the time, energy and money to do so.

I hope you know little more about me now and Im sorry.  For the late post, I’m hoping to do this little more regularly than this hopefully I’ll see you all next week.  Later! *waves*

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Out Shopping – Pt.1

This is going to be a multiple part post for a reason. I feel like there is more to shopping for a Bakery or a food-related store than simply going out to the first place recommended and getting everything you need in one place. Everyone knows (at least, I hope everyone knows) that if you’re going to do real, serious shopping you need to look around and find the best deals, prices, etc. The other reason for looking around, besides price, is that what one place has few in number, another may have in bulk. So without further delay, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of this post.

Storage!!!!

I’m starting here because I’m working out of my home and currently need a place to store a 10 lb. bag of bread flour.  It’s been opened and has been “sealed” for the past few months by being rolled up and placed under things and stuff to keep it fresh, to keep weevils out, so it doesn’t spoil or get thrown out. I hate waste, and I hate wasting ingredients the most. It kills me to buy something only to have to throw it out before I have the chance to use it.

Ok, now that we’re out and about, I have something to admit. I’m a student at heart. I am more comfortable in the classroom than in the real world, (I’m going somewhere with this, really) and in that classroom I was told that the best place to get supplies is a store called Ace Mart. Now, don’t get me wrong.  Ace Mart is good for students, and is a fantastic place to start shopping for the things you need. And it’s exactly where I started my “hunt” for storage.  But it’s not the only spot out there. Ace Mart, or your local big-name restaurant supply store, will give you a good idea of what you’re looking for, for your storage, like size, width, depth and how many cups it holds. After you’ve done that, you’ll want to take note of the price. Now that we’re done at the big-name store, let’s go to a few smaller stores.

The best part about shopping around is that you’ll never know what you’re going to find when you get there, especially if you’ve never been there before. You’ll find what you need, more than likely, but it’s the other stuff that makes going out shopping to a variety of stores fun. Yes, I said fun. Price hunting is fun because you never know if the next place is going to be higher or lower, and it might shock you to find out that one place that has a well -known name is cheaper than the place that doesn’t have a very well known name. Going out and about also gives you a good idea of the store itself. Like, for example, if you are greeted immediately, if there is a price tag on everything, if the place is clean, and so on and so forth.

So, like shopping at a grocery store, there are many different brands to choose from.  For example Rubbermaid
(surprise, surprise!), Cambro (the big name), and Carlisle.  As for me, I’m going to stick with Cambro. Their name is everywhere in restaurant supplies.  It’s a product I worked with that’s tough, reliable, and can take a beating in a fast-paced kitchen.  Now, I’m not going to tell you what items to get and what not to get and I can’t tell you what to look for in a item, what to not look for in a item.  I can only “parrot” back what I’ve been told by others and what I’ve heard from others.  I am going to tell you to go with what you know works best for you.  If you haven’t had a chance to work with commercial storage products, take your time and experiment to see what might work for you.

Since I’m working out of my home, commercial storage isn’t always the best choice considering my financial situation.  Never underestimate the value of unique storage options.  Anything can be storage, so long as it hasn’t been used for anything except food before.  For example, I have a pickle bucket that I brought home from work that’s currently storing my all-purpose (AP) flour, and some plastic containers that used to hold frozen strawberries in their syrup for my sugar and chocolate and whatnot.  The only thing limiting your storage options is your imagination

With that, I hope you find this blog helpful in many ways.  If you have questions, concerns, comments or ideas and suggestions, please feel free to email me, or use the comment section of the blog. I’m planning on posting every Saturday, early, unless something happens.  See y’all next week.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Hello world!

Crummy title but suitable for someone like me, who has no idea how to blog much less how to run a business. So join me, if you would, as I flounder though the start up of my dream and the failings of the American public school system of bad teaching, as well as some exciting events this week.

More to come,

Mag (^-^)

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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