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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...

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...

Icing: eat it with a spoon

For a full year from around August 2009 to the fall of 2010, I made a lot of cupcakes and a lot of icing. I’d go to the store and buy 4 pounds of butter at a time because good icing needs a lot of butter. I also bought a lot of cookbooks because although I had baked cupcakes and made icings for years, it is one thing to whip up a batch for family and friends, and another to sell them. Creating...

Pandemic Progress

I haven’t thought about back-to-school for elementary and secondary students for awhile. Rebecca, our youngest child, graduated from Grade 12 in 2016 . Here’s a post from 2014 in which I mention the four of them   But this year, the Year of the Pandemic, back-to-school for children and teenagers is on all of our minds…another example of the many unusual side effects of a pandemic. Another...

The Power of Small

Early on in the pandemic, I listened to a podcast that asked, When this is all over, what do you want to have accomplished? I’m always up for a good self-development challenge, so I made a list of what I wanted to achieve in the pandemic: Keep my business afloat Eat more fruits and veggies Get a good start on the book I want to write about starting and running a business In making my little list...

Half Baked Harvest

One of many unexpected joys in the pandemic has been finding a few new bloggers, perhaps the best of which has been Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. Her Sunday emails of her 9 favorite things from the week before, has been a bright spot in many a pandemic Sunday when Andrew and I have been doing our best to create a weekend out of air. I found Tieghan when I read about her 2nd cookbook...

#BS #teamevents

I’ve attended, mostly unwillingly, a vast array of team building exercises, events and rituals. So has Andrew and Marilyn and every other employee on the planet. The evening sleigh ride event when I was the bank, Andrew’s afternoon of horseback riding in the Rockies, and Marilyn’s recent team painting class come to mind as just a few examples. Do you know what I remember about that sleigh ride...

I Can See Clearly Now

Until this year, I’ve spent my life taking my eyes for granted. In my thirties I had laser surgery to go from Coke-bottle glasses to no glasses. I had both eyes done at the same time. After promising the receptionist that I was on my way home to rest, I returned to the office and watched with amazement as I saw further and further into the Prairie vista as the day went on. (That was in the...

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