2013 was definitely a learning experience for me. A few friendly requests for baked sweets gave me the push that I needed to turn my love of baking and cookie decorating into a small side business. I spent the latter half of 2013 practicing, taste testing, and developing a business plan. If I'm going to do something, I want to do it right! I'm taking all of the things I have learned so far, and moving full steam ahead for what will hopefully be a very successful 2014. I'm off to a great start already with a full calendar through February. A few recent jobs have also resulted in some new client referrals, and I'm hoping to build off this momentum as I work to build a larger client base.
It's fun looking back through pictures, seeing both the good and bad. Not everything I make turns out perfect. While taste will always be the most important thing to me, I do want to continue learning and perfecting my decorating techniques. I'm signed up for a cookie class in March, and hope to spend a little more time in the kitchen practicing. Hank has been given the official title of "Chief Sweets Taster", so I don't think he'll mind putting that title to use.
Enjoy the slideshow, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite sweet of 2013 was.