Weekly Update: December 14-20

It has been a busy week and I am loving every second of it! I had a good amount of orders to fill at the end of last week, and I have some more for this week. There are a few things that being busy has taught me. First, that I am more capable than I believe. The second thing is that I am more organized than I like to admit. Lastly, I learned that I work more efficiently when I have deadlines. I have also spent a little time recipe testing this week, so I do have some new things in the works! On the other hand, with all of the hustle and bustle of the approaching holidays and orders, I have taken some time to take advantage of some of the amazing vegan products that are out there. Every once in a while, at the end of the day, the thought of creating my own sauce for the bowl I threw together seems like the end of the world. Luckily I have come across some products that have saved the day multiple times in the last week.

The day after my last weekly update, I had six meals to prepare, four dozen cookies to bake, as well as a mini cheesecake, a pie, and half a dozen cupcakes. It was a busy day, but I was able to accomplish everything on time! Somehow I was able to make everything, start to finish in under seven hours. I got to deliver two of the meals and most of the desserts that afternoon, while everyone else picked their orders up later that evening. That was the most accomplished I had felt in a very long time. I really didn’t think I was going to be able to get all of the orders done. I barely prepped. The cheesecake needed to set in the freezer overnight, so luckily I was able to get that done, and I was able to make the filling for the pie the night before as well. All of the actual cooking and baking was done in a matter of hours! It showed me that despite my doubts, I was able to pull through at the end of the day. I also realized that even if I don’t have anything written down, my brain has a funny way of organizing things when I am in the kitchen. I never know what I should make first, because sometimes it just overwhelms me to think about it too much. Typically, I don’t go in with a game plan, I just pick up what seems the most logical when I get into the kitchen. Somehow it always works, though! When I was cooking the other day, I just moved from task to task without blinking an eye. Everything just seemed so natural. Once I got into the kitchen and put on my chef’s whites, everything just flowed from my fingertips to the food. I had never really thought about that before. I suppose I fully realized it when I didn’t even remember making one of the desserts and it came out better than before!

Other than my main day of orders, I spent the rest of my week recipe testing. I have been working with some gluten free stuff, which has actually been a fun experiment. For starters, I mentioned a peppermint meringue last week (in case anyone who follows the blog was wondering), it didn’t quite hold up as I was hoping. Back to the drawing board with that one. I was able to make an amazing gluten free peanut butter cookie. I had a really difficult time controlling myself on that one, I seriously wanted to eat them all in one sitting!!! It turned out really well, and I hope to sell it at the winter markets I will be doing starting at the beginning of 2018. I also tested a gluten free biscuit mix for my weekly product review!

As I mentioned, I have acquired some really great products from local stores this week. I won’t go into too much detail right now, because I intend to do full reviews of each product in coming weeks. By far, the most exciting things I bought were the Hatch Valley Queso and the Green Chili Ranch made by one of my favorite companies Let Thy Food. I love everything that they do, and they happen to be relatively local being based out of Denver, CO. My second favorite thing was the Original flavor of the Bitchin’ Sauce. That stuff had amazing flavor! It was good on sandwiches and as a dip with chips. I also tried a cheese dip from a company called The Honest Stand. It is cashew based with potatoes and carrots. It had really good flavor, but the texture was a bit off. It was totally worth it though! I’m not going to lie, those little things really helped me get through this week.

Over all, this week was really good. It was busy, but I was able to recipe test (which I love), and I got to try some tasty products! I am really looking forward to some cookie orders that I have, and one last order the day before Christmas Eve. I am ready to be able to put all of my energy toward Vegan in Wyoming! Ten more days!

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