Favourite Things


Last night in my diary I wrote that I would not complain once today.

Within 10 minutes of getting up, I was complaining to Andrew. I don’t remember what about- with two days left to go to the Grand Opening in Markham, everywhere I turn there is a problem to complain about.

Note to anyone thinking of opening a store: nothing will go as planned.

Anyway, I have one thing not to complain about today and that is the assigned blog topic for  every 3rd Wednesday: my favourite things.

For this frazzled moment, let’s stick to 10 things I love, some new, some old..in future months I will do something more cerebral:

  1. The first sip of Starbucks in the morning and the first sip of wine at night (does that sound bad, about the  wine? It’s not every night…)
  2. The 13 layer King’s Cake at Louis Louix in the St Regis Hotel. It lives up to its billing.
  3. After work, changing into track pants and my cozy “I am Happy” Wildfox top
  4. Finishing a workout. Congrats to all you athletes whose fave moment is starting a workout,
  5. Walking into my and Carly’s office on the 12th floor – no more meetings in the back of the bakery. We’ve been there 4 months and it still feels new every morning.
  6. Cracking open a new food related magazine – cannot be low-fat, low carb, Keto or any other such nonsense – Bon Appetit, Bake, Food & Wine…all work…I still miss Gourmet.
  7. When Creme Egg McFlurry is available at McD’s. (now, folks, it is available now)
  8. Planning the holiday dinner table settings when the kids come – for Easter I found big plastic eggs that can hold a t-shirt for each person and I have that plastic green grass and the   usual chocolate bunnies. (I don’t want to hear anything about them being too old for this.)
  9. Any personal mail especially if the envelope has cat stickers on it (looking at you, Marilyn!).
  10. The start of a new season  of any of: Project Runway, Top Chef, Top Chef Junior or Project Runway All-Stars.

On Thursday I will be at the Grand Opening of the Markham store and all complaining aside, it has been an amazingly smooth buildout and I CAN’T WAIT! Going to be one beautiful store.

Happy long weekend!!



About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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