Sunday, October 26, 2014

I'm ba-ack......

It's been a while, since I last wrote.  I left my middle/high school teaching position, and started a bread business. A bread business?

Not so fast.

I was interested in baking for a long time, and had baked cakes and cookies for our local health food store for several years before going back to school to become a teacher. Fast forward about 11 years, my parents both passed away, and I worried about fitting it all in before I kicked the bucket. My husband, who thinks anything is possible if you work hard at it, encouraged me to seriously start the bread business. He re-configured the "paint room" in his wood shop, built a hallway to the exterior of the building, and researched and bought the used equipment needed to bake bread.  (short version, leaving out the problems with electricity and my love of bread).

I taught for a year while I baked bread, created the graphics, designed the website, and worked on the recipes...and realized that I could not do both at the same time.

I used a student's drawing of the Amalfi Coast on this label.

I had a accumulated weekly orders from 6 or 7 small stores at the time, so I felt that I could leave a stable job at a really nice, little school to bake full time, and further develop my business.

Over time, I reached a weekly high of about 200 loaves of bread per week. Randomly, I baked as many as 300--during all time winter lows, 125. With all of that "alone time" I learned a lot about bread, and a lot about myself. I truly believe that life is short and I understand now why I was trying to fit it all in.

One critical thing was missing--PEOPLE!!

Personality tests tell me I am a borderline introvert/extrovert. If I could spend half of my time with people, and half without-- would that be ideal?

I was very lucky to be able to return to my nice, little school, to teach pre-K through 4th grade art.
Two days of art teaching. Two days of baking. One day of bread deliveries and cleaning the bakery.

The teaching continues.
The bread baking continues.
The blog continues.....

Making+ doing+ sharing=♥
I couldn't do any of it without people--students, customers, shop and restaurant owners, 
faculty, friends and family. Thank you all.