A Working Progress

Organization is not my strong suit. It is; however, something I long for. Last year I promised myself that I’d be more organized, only to find that I’m probably less organized this year than I was last. This is not something that I happily share because it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for so long but every attempt seems to be more of a struggle.

In my own idealism, I’d be this wonderfully tempered person, the kind of person who whistles while she works happily on the business of her home. I’d like to have my duster out busting those bunnies to the happy harmonies of  Christmas Cheers by Straight No Chaser, (very entertaining). I’d have my children schooled by noon, my dinner done by five (a nice sit down meal with the family) and put about five hours per day into my shops. I probably should add that my idealistic me would have plenty of time to spend doing things my children want to do and still have the exuberance to earnestly smile at my husband because the day has been so sunny.

Well that’s NOT what my days are like. So realistically I’m wearing many hats and sometimes my organization crumbles. I read books like Welcome Home by Emilie Barnes and I’m encouraged enough to try again to make something of organizational structure. I look at the faces of my children and I’m inspired to give them a promising classical education while teaching them that they CAN be successful in unconventional ways. I suppose the point is that I do this every day to keep from feeling the sting of failure when I don’t get something done that I would have liked to. My days are discombobulated sometimes but I’m a working progress who can’t give up on the values I have or those that the ones I love have placed in me. That’s what’s most important to me, and that’s what I must constantly keep in the forefront of my mind.

I AM a working progress, taking little steps to achieve great results with as little stress as possible.

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Marvelous Monday, Veterans Day and Another Giveaway!

It’s Marvelous Monday, Veterans Day, and time for another Everything Dawn Bakery Candle Treats giveaway. I know it’s really soon but with the holiday coming up, we thought it would be nice for some random person to have a little something hanging around to smell really good. So why not give something away?!

Anywho, there are four ways you can enter this drawing but all initial entries have to go through our Facebook page.: The ways to inter include using Facebook, Twitter and this Bakery Shmakery Blog. I know that’s a lot but I wanted to add a good variety of ways people can enter this time. So you can simply choose to enter one way, use the others, or you can opt to enter by using all four entry methods! You can enter daily and time you do one of the activities, it counts as an entry. This contest ends on December 2, 2013 and the winner will be randomly (and automatically) selected and then announced on our Facebook Giveaway Tab.

Rules of the contest:

Random entry selected. Contest is only valid within the continental United States. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook or Twitter.
a) By participating in an Everything Dawn Online competition or giveaway, you fully agree and accept the Everything Dawn Standard Twitter Giveaway Terms and Conditions as well as the individual terms and conditions of the specific competition.
c) All prizes are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
d) No cash alternative will be offered for any prizes.
e) Prizes can only be delivered to a valid U.S. address.
g) The prize draw decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prize for this giveaway is a handmade Cupcakes and Gingerbread Gift Basket that includes:

  • 4 oz Cinnamon Clove Room Spray
  • 1 Apple Pie Scented Christmas Hot Pad
  • 1 Gingerbread Scented Ornament
  • 1 Christmas Spice Cupcake Candle
  • 1 Gingerbread Cupcake Candle

These items all have a fabulous scent and each are available in our online stores at www.EverythingDawn.com as well as our Etsy store. So head over to our Facebook page to enter for a chance to win each of these great scented items in a basket!

Also, to my blogger pals, if you want to add an extra 10 entries for the basket, embed this code on your site:

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On a separate note, I want to extend a personal thanks for all of the brave men and women who have fought for our country so that we can have the freedoms that we do. Our family is very grateful and, having love ones who have served as well as those who are presently serving, we are beyond words in our appreciation of the sacrifices that have been made for us. Happy Veterans Day!

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November First Already???

It’s the first of November! Can you believe it because I sure can’t. I mean it’s the sure sign that Christmas is really coming. As a store owner, I’m going nuts just thinking about it. Ideally, I would have my booths decorated, have the online shops all donned in holiday trimmings, have every booth and online store stocked, and be sipping on some cider in relax mode by now. NOT! I’m still looking in my messy craft room at all of the projects I was supposed to have finished by now!

So now my house smells like Christmas. I’m making gingerbread, cinnamon, orange spice, and some blue spruce candles, all of which are really nice when blended together. It’s only right to add some Michael Buble Christmas tunes. I’m big on the old Christmas music, Bing Crosby, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne‘s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” My all time favorite Christmas music; however, is the choir music in celebration of Christ’s birth but I listen to that year round. There’s something about Christmas music that warms you inside. I need that warmth to get these projects a going, and it IS beginning feel a lot like Christmas in here.

There are at least ten new projects I have to get started on. I guess the plan is to take it one project at a time and get them up as I do them to keep from becoming overwhelmed and entering into complete shut down mode. In between, maybe I’ll get that cider and start to fix up my messy craft room. How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed during the holidays?

Christmas Candle Wax Tarts

Christmas Candle Wax Tarts

Real Food – Apple and Pumpkin Baking

I love to bake this time of the year. My children might disagree with that statement only because I’ve been diligently tweaking my bakery candles and haven’t baked anything edible for awhile. I’ve been in the bakery candle zone lately. But now that it’s apple and pumpkin season, I’ve been feeling a bit more like baking things we can eat. So I went out to the grocery store and bought a big pumpkin (because I’d have to buy too many little ones to feed this family of twelve) and I picked up some apples and now I’m ready to get things baking!

I love that people are blogging about their autumn baking because that helps me to get some ideas both for baking and bakery candles. Edible Engineering has an apple pie recipe and some really detailed instructions on making your own pie crust. I generally make my own crust from scratch but I think the details over there are great if you want to give it a try making your own crust from scratch. I love the picture of their finished product. Compared to their edible lattice crust apple pie, how does my apple pie ornament hold up in looking edible?

apple pie

Also take a look over at the pumpkin caramel cupcakes on Fishtitch, another good looking bit of inspiration both for food and bakery candles. I’m getting excited just thinking about all of the wonderful things I can bake!

All of you bakers, if you have any other great apple and pumpkin dessert ideas, please don’t hold back. The more inspiration, the better and my children (and hubby) will greatly appreciate it. {smile}

Linking up to Fistich and Edible Engineering

New Things Happening…

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and things have been super busy in my personal life. So here are a few of the things that we’ve been doing since my last post in June.

I suppose the most thrilling thing that has happened to us was the birth of my tenth child, Jeremiah. He’s the sweetest little thing! Today, for the first time, he gave me a responsive smile. What a heart melting experience. I don’t care how many children you have, that first smile is always so heart warming.  I want to tell a little about his birth story but I’ll do that another time.  I’m just going to warn you that there were a couple of surprises and a few tears.

Since having Jeremiah, I’ve been trying to keep up with orders. We’ve had quite a few custom orders, so we’ve been busy with that. I’m so happy that I have such great customers who were understanding, kind, and patient enough through the delay in getting their orders during my early delivery. I mean, isn’t that cool?

Aside from that, I’ve been juggling my toddlers and have had a lot of support from my older children, who just adore our newest addition – by the way. They’ve been cuddling and loving up little Jay while the middle children have wondered when they were going to get a turn. Like I said, it’s been super busy but it’s also been super wonderful with all this excitement. I’m a doting mama again and this whole experience has made me realize, once again, how wonderful motherhood is again, at all stages.Image