Friday, November 2, 2018

A Two-Page Spread for Thanksgiving

One of the most satisfying things about having our Afternoon Tea bakery was to see our baked goods featured at people's happiest and most cherished events, such as holidays, birthdays and weddings.

A two-page spread featuring some of our pies and cakes in the November 1988 issue of Florida Home & Garden magazine.
Another thing that used to give us quite a kick was to see our pies and cakes featured in local magazines and newspapers.  It was as if our own kids had made "the cover of the Rolling Stone," instead of just our Pumpkin-Orange Cake, Sweet Potato Pound Cake and Apple-Cheddar Pie.  It was very exciting stuff!

Our butterfluff-frosted Pumpkin-Orange Cake
and a loaf of our Sweet Potato Pound Cake,
both very popular items this time of year!
For some reason, seeing our name in print made it seem somehow more legit.  Like we were being taken seriously as professional bakers and as an enterprise.  We had been in business for a while before the first magazine spread came our way, but somehow getting written up for everyone in Florida to see made it seem that much more real.

These days, photos of food are everywhere and we just can't stop ogling them, as I've talked about before.  But back in those days, it was the slick magazine spreads we lived for.  I had subscriptions to a few, and couldn't wait for each to arrive every month so I could pore over the pages-and-pages of new intriguing photos, recipes and ideas.

This time of year when we're getting ready to don our aprons again, dust the rolling pin with some flour, and get back down to baking, it makes me think back to this magazine article featuring some of our favorite fall treats.  There's nothing like seeing your handiwork acknowledged and appreciated, and showcased for all to see.

Our scrumptious Apple-Cheddar Pie in a very, very deep dish!
That's just one of the things we have to be grateful for on Thanksgiving ... our moments in the Sun, when we are allowed to shine, are the moments we'll never forget.

We've had our 15 minutes of fame both personally and professionally, in this and in other endeavors we've taken on, as well.  On this Thanksgiving, as in all of them, we're honored to have been so blessed ... and we continue to count our many blessings with every new year.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Enjoy previous seasonal blog posts:

Pumpkin Pie
Have you ever made a pie from fresh pumpkin instead of canned?  Do it!  It's not difficult and so worth it!
A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

Just can't stay out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving!
Recipes for the Season

Update your repertoire with some new recipes for Fall!
Bucket List for Fall

Taking advantage of everything fall has to offer!

Counting our blessings ... may they always be plentiful and abundant.
Taking Care of Holiday Guests

Breakfast burritos can make you a winning host!
It's Baking Season!

On your marks,
get set ...
A Cabin in the Woods

Getting away from it all is a tradition worth keeping.
Wine Poached Pears
Perfect for fall, perfect for dessert, perfect on a cheese board, perfect in a gallette!
Pear Tart, Part Deux 

There's a time for rustic, and a time for elegant.
Back to the Farm

Fall is the time to head to the farm to pick pumpkins, visit the animals, go on a hayride, and sip hot cocoa by a bonfire
Brandied Fruit 

Time to put up your fruit to marinate in brandy and get mellow in time for the Holidays
A Difficult Anniversary

A few years ago we lost our Mom.  It feels like it was just yesterday.  The anniversary of a great loss is always hard
It's All About Family

Giving thanks and honoring those who came before
Top Chef - Colorado

A celebrity in the family!
Family Heritage Tour

A trip back to the old country in search of the abuelos
National Cookie Day
December 4th is National Cookie Day!  How appropriate!  We'll be baking some of our favorite recipes!
Cookie Trays!

Our most popular gift and party tray, it's the perfect way to spread the Holiday cheer!
Black Friday

It's not just about shopping.  If you do it right, it can be about connecting, too.
Christmas Notes

There's always time to bake Christmas cookies!
My Boy

A tribute to Max
Bless the Beasts

Spreading goodwill upon the creatures we share this earth with ...
Donate if you can!
Healing Warriors Program,
my sister's nonprofit, does very important work for our vets' and soldiers' health
Congrats, HWP!
Healing Warriors Program received a huge honor, and we were invited to the Pentagon to see it!

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