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  • Floating cupcakes

    I don’t think I posted last week because we have been knee deep in cupcakes for the photo shoot for the cookbook and also the new menu items. Christina and I started the shoot on Sunday the 7th and we worked straight through until 4 …

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  • The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook

    One time on the farm, an ice cream manufacturer asked my parents if they could film a commercial. It involved two kids in “Prairie outfits” running up the stairs of the old farmhouse behind our house and then eating ice cream on the step. Of …

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  • Striking out

    Andrew mentioned recently that I have not written a post on the randomness of success with new ideas.   I agree – maybe I’ve been hoping that one day I will figure out how to predict if a new idea will work – and write …

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  • Outpost Vintage & Thrift

    Starting a business of one’s own usually has an inherent “but“. I know this from personal experience because until I had actually left my corporate job, I thought I’d love to be an entrepreneur “but” working for a big company gave me steady income in …

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  • The Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones…

    I’ve never been very attached to television. Growing up with four siblings, we had one tv and one phone, so access to both devices was limited and as well, Saskatoon had two channels: 3 and 8. I don’t know what happened to Channels 1, 2 …

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  • Crumbs

    I sent a PGB team email today with my thoughts on the demise of the 65-store cupcake chain in the States called Crumbs.  In the next few days I’m sure all of us on the team hear questions along the lines of, “Are things ok?”. …

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  • Getting started

    I am hooked on Project Runway. Last night I watched an episode where a $20,000 prize was up for grabs. The winner said that he previously had just $14 in his bank account –  so now he’d have $20,014. Not surprisingly, he was pretty emotional …

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  • 10,000 Coffees

    A few months ago I was asked to join “10,000 Coffees” which is a virtual coffee shop where people with some sort of experience can be invited for coffee by a person hoping to follow a similar path, or interested for some reason in the …

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  • Net Promoters aka Raving Fans

    Big companies are all about their Net Promoter Scores- executives clamour to look at their “NPS” each month, bonuses depend on it, analysts talk about what a company’s NPS is and what  it should be. And although anything that has an acronym sounds officious, the …

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  • The McComeback

    Update on my last post: Andrew had a great run in Boston and qualified for next year! We will be back…it was an amazing experience. The May 2014 edition of Canadian Business magazine has a really interesting article on the last decade for McDonalds in …

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