Jean Blacklock

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magical moments

I was carrying a lit Muskoka Candle Company candle from one part of the house to another yesterday and a memory popped into my mind: Christmas Eve service as a kid at the part when everyone in the church holds a lit candle – the plain, white kind that churches buy in bulk – and the lights are turned off. It may have been one of my favorite times at Christmas, a moment of collective peace before...

What will you let go?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the sunk cost fallacy. We succumb to it any time we eat more than we want at a fancy Sunday brunch buffet or hold onto a lime green sweater that we don’t wear. At $60 per person, darn it, we are going to have an extra helping of Eggs Benedict and two of the chocolate mousse. That trendy sweater is cashmere so it stays in our closet because, well, we paid a lot...

Constraint

I dressed up yesterday: make-up, a dress, heels, the whole 9 yards. I had nowhere to go, not even video meetings. But I was feeling grumpy and I’m up for anything that may move me from thoughts like, “Maybe this will go on forever” to ones of optimism, even gratitude for this time to retrench. And yet, it wouldn’t be fair to write a blog a month after closing my business in a pandemic and imply...

Hearts & Turtles

On Monday, January 6th, 2020, Carly and I met with the following people at our FCP store: · Lucie Bisson from Brookfield Properties · the person responsible for renovation projects at Brookfield whose name I forget now, · Mary Bannet, our designer, · Rob from Bootstrap Contracting that had built out one of the two new stores we opened in 2019, and · PGB’s Head Baker, Andrea Ascione. We stayed...

The Best Pecan Pie Recipe

It has been a long time since my last post and I was on a good track of writing weekly. The problem has been this: I haven’t had anything new to tell you that you don’t already know. In a pandemic, to read the news is to update ourselves on all of our friends, relatives, businesses and countries. Here’s that worldwide news, in case you haven’t heard: We are in some variation of a thing called a...

Losses

  The new Chocolate Mint Snowfall has nothing to do with the contents of my post. It is just so very pretty and so darn delicious – and available now! I was once  interested in being a hospice volunteer. Although it is still something I would like to do, in the category of really knowing ourselves, I really know that up until now – and for the foreseeable future- I am better off to...

Chocolate Caramel Torte

We had a good Halloween week at PGB. Halloween has always been a fairly busy holiday for us – lots of parties and so on- but with the pandemic, all bets are off with any kind of historical data. But, come October 31st, people managed to creatively and safely gather to celebrate Halloween with cake and cupcakes and so our advance orders and walk in sales were a nice surprise. But overall, as the...

Election 2020

Four years ago, I wrote about how I was spending an embarrassing amount of time watching news about the American Presidential election. I have apparently made very little progress in my life as now four years later I am doing the same thing. Last time they had an election in the States, the host of one of Toronto’s big parties ordered dozens of cupcakes with custom sugar toppers, half with...

I love it when I see your name

A few weeks back, I listened to a podcast that the host kicked off by saying that her guest was one of her favorite people, “I always love it when I see your name!”. This made me think about all the people whose name makes me feel good, when I see or hear it. I thought of my friend, Megan, whose fictional Google review of her experience at a hospital made me laugh so hard I almost spit out my tea...

The Missing Central Park

The catering desk recently heard from a customer who was upset with the lard in the icing. The problem is, we don’t use lard, we’ve never used lard, and I’m not even sure if our supplier carries lard. But none of that matters because the customer and all her guests believed that what covered her cake was not a swiss meringue buttercream made of egg whites cooked with sugar then whipped with...

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