Monday, September 1, 2014

Lazy day stuff

August was a crazy busy month!
We FINALLY have an AC/Heating system that actually works!!!
Granted, all of the really hot days are finally over-it's nice to be able to walk into the bakery and 
it IS actually cooler inside then it is outside. 
****whole new world****
but I am also really looking forward to 
not wearing a coat inside the bakery this winter!

We finished up our last round of OMSI After Dark
Under the Sea was the theme.
Next up will be the 
Taste of Zupan's
 Wedding season is starting to wind down a bit
for everyone. It seemed a bit more relaxed this year. 

We still have some gorgeous sunny days ahead
before the rain comes back in earnest.

 I, for one, am going to enjoy this day off,
recharge those batteries,
and mentally prepare for...
*gulp* the Holidays!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summertime treats

A small sampling of cakes that my pastry chef
& crew have whipped up so far this summer. 
Orange you happy when you spy flowers?
(Oh, come on-stop the groaning)
Tonal shift
Fruity waterfall
Simple elegance
Pastel rainbow
Tart + Fruit = Summer deliciousness
Cupcake time
Young whipper snappers
Roses go with everything
Roses can be much more than plants
Birds of a feather
Farm animals are hanging around
Swirly sweetness

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gear Con 2014

Here's what I did for my holiday weekend. 
Quite the stylish crowd to be seen. 
Steampunk Totoro
7 feet tall & his ears wiggle
A bit of Steam Powered Giraffe cosplay
Most excellently done ladies
Yay! Leather & lights.
Very entertaining singer
 Dark Cabaret Jazz
A little smoke, a bit of blues, and add a touch of smooth trumpet

Fashion Show time
I have more pictures but my camera isn't speaking to my computer 
so this is what I can access for the moment.
These clothes are by: Seams Unusual, Far Above Rubies, and The Lady Jessica
w/accessories by: 
Avery Millieu Millinery,Steampunked Out (his leather crafts are fabulous!),
Midnight Armor, & Steambaby 

Dr. Professor Anderson
Resident Mad Scientist w/his personal Tesla coil
He said it takes him an average of 2 weeks per component.
More Science!
Mini Mad Scientist in the making
Very stylish
Close up of the Wow.
Again, Wow.
Steampunk Spidey
Like the look, love the bumbershoot
Wow x2
These outfits were absolutely amazing
Love the lighting
I come up with so many new ideas after attending these events.
I'm thinking a bracer that will hold sharpies & measuring spoons now.
You will often see people sporting several small ribbons w/sayings or 
names of groups. These will be randomly passed out to passersby or 
given to a person upon request.
Now that I have learned of at least one company 
that produces these, I shall be coming up with my own .
This shall take some serious contemplation.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yes, I'm still lurking about

Hi all, So it's been a bit busy on this end of things, that is my excuse for no recent updates. Life, work, and other such activities tend to suck up that little bit of "free" time that I pretend to have.
Moving slowly but getting there eventually
"I'm a leaf on the wind"...or, in this case, a dandelion
Chocolate Fest 2014  Steampunk Baker in residence
Valentine's week was a bit crazy this year.
I swear I'm looking at a clown.
We really have been busy as bees
There may have been some fishing for compliments
What we look like after the holidays are over
It snowed a lot! For here that is.
We're not lying around, I promise.

Side note:
One of my favorite groups that has kept me from going completely crazy,
I think..well, mostly at least.

Abney Park

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bite of Oregon

Bite of Oregon
August 9th through the 11th
We will be there with cookies, brownies,
and other tasty treats.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It's Your Wedding.

It's that time of year again, High Wedding Season. 
And the phone calls that come with...
"Hi, I need a Wedding cake to serve 300 for tomorrow 
and I want this decoration."

Ahahahahahahahahahaha,...wait, you're serious?
And yes, we have had a few of those types of calls.
Sometimes, we can help. Sometimes we can not.
It never ceases to amaze me that some don't stop to think that it 
might take more than five minutes to make something like that,
especially when they want the elaborate decoration 
that needs at least a week to set. 
One thing I always tell couples that come for consultations and
I have noticed that a lot more couples, in general, 
are taking this advice to heart whether 
it's having unusual Wedding photos, 
showing off serious dance moves, 
Steampunk attire, etc.
I've had a few couples that don't care for cake but 
they think that it's what they have to have 
because it's what's expected.
They'll be eyeing our Lemon Coconut bar or 
the Fudge brownie and then ask me 
"What kind of cake do most people like?"

I ask them, "If you were just having something for yourself, 
What do you really like?" 
Some have said cookies, others have said pie but then 
they start dutifully looking through our cake photo albums again.

"It's your Wedding, 
you should do what you want to do, 
not what you think 
others expect you to do."
Again, it's your Wedding. 
Have what you want to have.
Sure, you could have a small cake or cupcakes to 
keep the cake lovers happy but, if you like pie then,
by all means,  have pie.
(Just remember to have a pie server or two on hand)
Why, one of our former employees had us make 
her a Wedding cake that was actually 
giant Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies which we
filled and frosted like a regular cake
and it was a big hit.

There are always a few caveats for anything you choose, 
for example: if it's 100+ degree day outside, and you don't have 
refrigeration then it's probably best to stay away from 
custard or whipped cream
but other than that, go for it.

Weddings should be about 
celebrating ,not regretting.