A Lot Can Happen in Two Years

Two years may seem like a long amount of time but, I personally feel that the last two years of my life have been moving at warp speed. I don’t often talk about my personal life on this blog mainly because, well I don’t know that it’s terribly relevant. I’m always so excited to share different recipes I’ve been making or my photos that I sometimes for get to add me into the equation So, for today’s post I am going to share with you the big changes that have occurred in my life over the past two years.

This time two years ago I was living in Boston, with 3 awesome roommates working at a publishing company as an assistant. In addition to my job I was trying to start my own cake business and writing a monthly column for the Somerville Patch. I was a busy lady!

My roommates and I (and our cats)

My roommates and I (and our cats)

Then, I made a big, life-changing decision. I decided to quit my job and move from Boston down to Charleston, South Carolina with my hunky, sailor boyfriend. My sailor was just starting out on his career in the Navy and needed to move down to SC to get some training for his future job. This was a tough choice to move away from my friends and from a city that felt like home to me, but I knew I was making the right choice.

So there we were, living in South Carolina enjoying the marvelous low-country cuisine and sunshine. I decided that this was as good a time as any to make some major shifts in the direction my career had been going. Hoping to build on the experience I got from working at Wegmans in high school and some additional skills I had picked up along the way, I  started looking for jobs at restaurants and bakeries.

Shockingly, not many people wanted to hire someone who had very little professional kitchen experience, and didn’t have some fancy shmancy degree from a cooking school. It was frustrating and I almost gave up so many times. Then, as luck would have it (after months of searching and failed interviews)  I met someone who decided to take a chance on me, and so I got a job as the pastry chef at Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe. I loved this job and I learned so much. I knew right away that I had taken a huge step in the right direction. I’ll be forever grateful to the owners, who taught me so much, were very patient when I messed up, and most of all gave me a chance.

This is me on my first day at Dixie presenting my very first batch of their signature blueberry muffins
This is me on my first day at Dixie presenting my very first batch of their signature blueberry muffins

This is me on my first day at Dixie presenting my very first batch of their signature blueberry muffins

After 9 months of living in sunny South Carolina, the Navy had us move to upstate New York so my sailor could finish his training. After tying the knot on a cold and snowy day in February, it was time to look for another job.

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This time a whole new experience awaited me; I was hired as a decorator at Bettie’s Cakes, a cupcake bakery with a retro flare. After working there for only a few months I was promoted to bakery manager and my life became a whirl-wind of working at a bakery during the summer in a tourist town. I worked a lot and in return received an invaluable work experience. When the time came for us to move yet again, it was hard to say goodbye.

This is me in the kitchen at Bettie’s decorating some cookie monster cupcakes
This is me in the kitchen at Bettie's decorating some cookie monster cupcakes

This is me in the kitchen at Bettie’s decorating some cookie monster cupcakes

And now here we are two years later with two vastly different restaurant experiences under my belt, on the opposite side of the country. My handsome sailor got stationed in Bangor, Washington and we’re here to stay (for a few years anyway). I am looking to focus my energy on building my business, Clara’s Cake Shop and my blog. I can’t even wait for the new challenges that lay ahead.

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