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Merry Christmas From Vermont!

itsaliljem's picture

Merry Christmas From Vermont!

Hello bakers!

My name is Jem, and I recently got my DREAM JOB at a local bakery here in Vermont.  I don't start until after the holidays, on January 3rd, to be exact.  I have NO experience in a professional bakery...only in my home.  I have been baking cookies, cakes, muffins, breads, and everything else since I was young.  (I'm still young though, I'm only 21!)  It all started with an easy bake oven for my 8th birthday, and then spritz cookies with my mom for Christmas....after that, I was in love.  I have made tons of my own recipes for all sorts of sweets.  My family-favorite ones are:  Whoopie Pies, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Peanut-Butter Double Chocolate Cookies, (A mouthfull), my truffles, and my Peanut Butter Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Peanut butter Cream Cheese Frosting and a Chocolate Glaze.  Not only is the last one a lot to say, it also has a million colories and tastes like heaven!

Anyways, that is just the beginning of my story.  Hope to write more soon!




pmccool's picture

And welcome to TFL, by the way.

Does your new employer focus more on the sweet stuff (cakes, pies, cookies, pastries), more on breads, or a smattering of each?  I'm sure you will learn a lot about baking and about yourself.  There's something about getting out of bed at 1 or 2 in the morning to go to work; either it is the start of a new day of adventure or absolute drudgery.  I hope you experience the former.


p.s. Merry Christmas!

TuzaHu's picture

I always wanted one but never got it.  Now I am an adult and have 8 of the original Easy Bakes from the early 1930's.  They are solid cast iron and electrified, decorated with LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE.  I tempted fate once and plugged one in.  It got rocket hot in no time, the whole iron oven with three doors that opened.  i wonder how many old ladies that were children in the early 1930's that got one for Christmas that are now scarred for life from this inferno toy oven.  LOL.


I wonder how many houses burned down from these ovens???  I collect vintage toys and especially LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE.  These ovens they cranked out back then were killer. 

itsaliljem's picture


Wow, an Easy Bake from the 30's?!  That's awesome!  This is what mine looked like:

(Hopefully that works!)

I wish I still had mine.  It wasn't scarey like the ones you are talking about! Do you have any pictures of them?

And Paul,

Right now, the bakery is focused on pies, cookies, cakes and bars.  But, since they are going retail, they want to expand everything!  They will soon be making their own bread for sandwiches, and they'll also be making their own soups.  It's going to have a little bit of everything, which is just what our small town needs.


Thanks so much for the welcome notes, guys!