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Sunday, May 29, 2011

SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM: A factor worth considering while baking?

It's the first day of the Tri-Cities Baker's Market and I have to bake and glaze six dozen scones. Doors open at 10am so we have an hour to set up which means I have to leave Vancouver by 8:30. No problem. To get everything done I did a bit of prep work the night before so my morning of the event would go smoothly. I mean, I really had my baking schedule timed perfectly...or so I thought. There's various factors that figure in. Obviously, the actual baking time but there's also the pre-heat the oven time, the mixing time, the oops! I screwed up time, the cooling time, the glazing time and the time it takes to set the glaze, etc. One thing I didn't factor in was the space-time continuum.  Where did the morning go? Apparently down a black hole.

Monday, May 23, 2011

If you're in the neighborhood: GET $2 OFF!

Start your day off right. Indulge in something sweet! Have a coffee or tea and one of my delicious scones and take a home a jar of my homemade preserves. (They also make a great gift.) There will be FREE samples, too! And for this week only receive $2 off a jar of my preserves (any flavor) at the Tri-Cities Baker's Community Market in Coquitlam this Saturday when you click the "like" button on my Facebook page. I will confirm the "likes" with an email.

The market will be held (indoors) at The Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam (event parking is free). It is absolutely beautiful and just a block away is the Pinetree Village a huge shopping mall. Make a day of it and come visit me at the market!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Upcoming Baker's Market: Setting up shop

With about a week and a half to go until the Tri-Cities Baker's Community Market, (or the TCBCM as I like to call it), I've been as busy as a beaver. With zero budget I've had to get mucho creative. Of course, I love the challenge. One thing I needed are bags. I could order 1000 of them and get a good price but I'm not quite sure I need that much right off the bat. Speciality stores that cater mainly to bridezillas spending daddy's money carry all kinds of fancy bags, boxes, ribbons and rolls and rolls of white polka-dotted cello wrap but are just too costly for this spend-thrift. No problem. A quick visit to the Dollar Store (and about 50 trial runs through my printer) and - voila! - custom bags for my pastries!

I also needed to come up with a table display. At the market each of us vendors get an 8' table to set up however we choose. I'm selling preserves and a selection of scones. Okay, baskets for the scones but how to display the jars and jars of colorful preserves? Hmmmm. I looked around for shelves and baskets but ultimately I went with my husband's super smart idea to use our shoe racks. And they're free! So I bought a can of black spray paint and set to work.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hearth & Larder is goin' to market!

If you haven't already you might want to start hittin' the gym or take a few hills on your bike because coming up on May 28th I will be at the Tri-Cities Baker's Community Market in Coquitlam at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. I will mainly feature my preserves but will also be selling Apfelkuchen (apple cake) and my Apricot Tarts plus a small selection of scones which, coincidentally go really nicely with preserves. Speaking of preserves I'll be selling a new item - Pineapple Jam! The flavor is like pineapple upside-down cake. I will be there three more dates: June 4th, July 9th and August 6th. Spread the word and please come and support your local bakers and preserve makers!