It is Boxing Day in Canada and that means another Christmas has come and gone. Updates at Dessert By Candy were few and far between in the last few weeks. First I was overwhelmed with Candy By Candy pop up shop. Once that was over, I faced the conclusion of an important chapter of my professional life. After 14 years as a software developer, I bid (perhaps temporary, perhaps permanent) farewell to the tech industry. It is scary to leave the familiar and comfortable. Most emotionally-challenging though, is the fact that I no longer see my colleagues everyday. Fortunately, my mind is already pre-occupied by some opportunities ahead. I will be more involved with the food industry and there will be lots of new things to learn. I hope to share with you more exciting news as my plans take shape.
As soon as I packed my belongings from my cubicle, I came home to prepare my kitchen for two baking classes. It is rare that I have free time on my hands so I sent out an open invitation to all my friends back in early December offering free baking classes to anyone interested. On Sunday afternoon, three friends came to my place and we spent an afternoon making double cheese & chive bread, sundried tomato loaves, and strawberry marshmallows. The following day, I guided a culinary-savvy 14-year old to make macaroni & cheese, pumpkin cinnamon rolls with eggnog glaze, and fluffy peanut butter nougat. Three recipes in each class and all done in four hours flat, not a minute overtime! It made me so happy that my students enjoyed the class and picked up some useful tips.
With everything going on, I somehow still managed to fill my days with plenty of holiday cooking and baking. Mind you, planning was minimal at best and I simply flew by the seat of my pants. Last night I finally had a quiet moment to organize the massive collection of photos I took over the last few weeks and made a mental tally. I must admit I outdid myself.