I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old.
I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.
I can’t believe I have forgotten to post about my garden this year. I am fully embracing the victory garden life this year. Mentally changing my gardening experience to embrace the idea of victory gardening has changed my perspective. Growing food as a hobby is one thing. Growing food to survive and as a necessity is another.
Here are a few snapshots of what my garden has grown into this year.
What I am growing so far includes:
Sweet Bell Peppers
Lunchbox Sweet Peppers
Purple Cherokee Tomatoes
I am foraging black raspberries, wild ramps, wild garlic, and dandelions
I still have time to get some other things in the ground like beets, and carrots. I hope to use some season extenders as well to grow into December.
Another mission I have in regards to my growing food this year is to document how many pounds I harvest. I am trying to prove to the naysayers that say growing your own food is too expensive for what you get out of it and too much hassle when you can just go to the store and buy it. Yeah that’s a bunch of bullshit in my opinion. I intend to prove my point by the end of the season.
Total harvested so far this season since starting to document it May 26th is 417.1 oz. which is 26.06 lbs of food. These foods include: Lettuce, Lemon Balm, Peas, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Black Raspberries and Sour Cherries.
I’ll try to update more regularly! Hope your gardens are all doing well 🙂 -MM
The last time I did an update on our debt was in my March 27th post. In that post I updated that I had gotten my medical bill paid in full and paid our Town/County taxes. The goal for April was to pay off the Bank of America credit card but I was a little leery because of the pandemic and whether I should just make minimum payments to keep a flow of cash if needed.
That was a short lived thought for me! I paid off the Bank of America card two weeks later which was about $1300. Not only did I pay off the BOA card but I was also able to pay the NYS and Federal taxes we owed from our 2019 tax return. Don’t worry I definitely stimulated the economy with our stimulus check but I also took it as an opportunity to pay off some debt!
Now the next goal will be to pay off Scott’s Honda which sits at about $1600. My goal is to get it done in July because we have five paychecks that month.
I have been working to pay down our debt for almost two years now. I am not completely happy with where we are after two years but I will talk about that in my July update. For now I plan on working hard and getting that car debt paid in July.
Not sure if I have mentioned this before but along with doing cakes again I also offer home delivery of baked goods every Wednesday. This option was a big part of my bakery business almost 10 years ago and as you can imagine very popular with customers.
A few months ago I put out a post on Facebook to see if there was any interest in me starting delivery again. The response was quick and overwhelmingly “Are you kidding me? Yes!”
So how does home delivery work, you ask? Every Sunday I post a list of what is available for delivery on Wednesday afternoon. I text, instant message, and email people as well as post on Instagram and Facebook. I have about 50 or so people that get that message each week. Average week is 25 or more deliveries but some weeks it’s as many as 32 or 33!
The list of offerings I send out consists always of bread, scones, cookies and then additions of other sweets like pies in-season, cakes, cupcakes etc. I also offer homemade jams and jellies, fresh herbs, fresh produce when I have enough and flower bouquets.
There is no obligation to buy each week, this is not a CSA where you buy a share. People can look at the list and choose what they want and I will deliver it to them. It’s that simple.
Here is an example of one week’s Home Delivery Offerings:
Available for Home Delivery on Wednesday June 3rd:
Breads: White: $2.75 sm $4.50 lg
Breads: Rye, Black, Marble Rye or blueberry/brown sugar: $3 sm and $5 large
Demi Baguette (small loaf) $3 ea.
Scones: Blueberry, Cinnamon Apple, chocolate chip, walnut, sausage, or Plain Cinnamon scones (great for strawberry Shortcake) 6 for $8 or $1.50 ea.
Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle or ginger snap $6.00 doz.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pies $4.50 small and $13.00 for large
Fresh spice bouquets -a mix of fresh peppermint, lemon balm and basil. $2.50 ea. Will supply lasts.
I will have 4 bags of mixed green lettuce ready again this week. First come first served. My mom yelled at me for only charging $2.50 last time so I have upped them to $3.50 for a 12 oz bag lol!
Thank you for your continued business!
Please have orders in byTuesday at 12:00 noon. Thank you so much!
I prep everything on Tuesdays and bake fresh on Wednesdays. I do the baking, my son and husband help package and deliver everything. It gets a little harried at times but when everyone’s orders are delivered and we collapse afterwards and have dinner it feels great!
I love my home delivery customers! We have so much fun and everyone feels like family to us.
During this Pandemic we have tried to keep our service going including during supply shortages. It’s been a challenge for sure but we stayed positive throughout giving smiles and leaving yummy things on people’s doorsteps. 😊 -MM
Along with my Blog “The Professional Domestic” I also have Facebook and Instagram pages under the same name.
I picked the name The Professional Domestic because I wanted to share my life as a professional Baker and a “professional domestic” at home.
Believe it or not I would have preferred not to have a career but rather stay home and take care of my family. I find that people tend to view a stay-at home wife and mother to be rather a lazy job choice though. To that I say they have never met me!
I think people must envision stay-at homes as watching soap operas and making dinner and chasing after toddlers all day and that’s about it.
But toddlers grow up and well…there’s just a little more to staying home than that lol!
I posted one of my to-do lists for the day up on my Facebook and Instagram account one time and the response was enormous. People kept asking me questions about the things I do each day and how I got so much done.
Since then I have posted my daily to-do lists and am continually surprised how many people care what the heck I do each day.
I like to write to-do lists not only to help me stay on track but also as a bit of a glimpse of what I do. It’s kind of a journal for me. I suck at journaling but this at least will be a recorded account of what I do and maybe my grandchildren will care. (If I ever get any).
Here is my to-do for today.
If you would like to find me on Instagram you can click on my page which should be in the sidebar here along with my Goodreads. A link to my Facebook is here The Professional Domestic
I have been wanting to paint our bathroom ever since we moved in. The room was lacking a ceiling exhaust fan which wasn’t an issue when this was my grandmother’s home because she didn’t take 20 minute steaming hot showers three times a day. But with the three of us living here it quickly warped the ceiling and caused mold and peeling paint. Yikes!
About two years ago we had the ceiling repaired and an exhaust fan installed which solved our problem with the mold and moisture. But the ceiling was still never primed and painted. So I got my fancy, feel good, painting clothes on one day (See my last blog post about dressing for success) and set to work getting the room painted,
The room had dark wide solid wood paneling. This was real wood and actually beautiful but sorry, just too dark. Here are before photos:
After a coat of primer and two coats of white paint here are a few shots of the after:
Now consider this a temporary fix until we can rip the whole bathroom out. Our tub is virtually uncleanble, having to use an industrial cleaner just to get it relatively clean because the glaze on the porcelain is shot. (No I don’t want to reglaze it) And that 1960s tiny tile on the vanity is not a color that goes with anything in my style book and don’t get me started on the floor but those things are tolerable now because WOW does the room look so much cleaner and brighter!
Couple of notes: while painting such a tiny room obviously use the exhaust fan to help with fumes but ALSO open the window because the fan alone did not help. And if you want your husband’s help painting the room just know that in order to get that help expect him to get paint everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. The hubbs had it all over himself, the tile, the floor, the mirror, the back of the door and even somehow on the tension rod for the shower curtain.
I’ll be scraping random spots of paint for months but hey, I appreciated the help and we had fun singing at the tops of our lungs to Funky Cold Medina and Livin’ La Vida Loca.
After a few more decorative touches which I’ll show you later, this project can be crossed off the list.
There is a lot to block us from feeling normal right now which the experts say is understandable.
But we can’t feel this way forever right? It damages our emotional state to constantly feel unmotivated and unproductive. It does me at least.
Even before this world Pandemic I practiced something that whenever I felt a creative block coming on or I felt unmotivated to get moving I would do this one simple thing.
I changed my clothes. Wait a minute…that’s it? Just change your clothes?
Yes, change what you are wearing. I always feel better and more motivated (and creative) when I change into something cool. I put on my coolest jeans, a ruffly, colorful top, a vintage necklace and even put on my best sneakers, and I swipe on some lipstick. I don’t care if the only person that sees me is me. If I look better, I feel better. Then I go take some photos of dishes and of course I look awesome doing it.
Changing into something that isn’t sweats or pajamas is what makes you feel better. It sets you up to succeed. You might feel comfy in your PJ’s but let me tell you in the long run it hurts you. It keeps you unmotivated, trust me.
I want to paint my bathroom and I have been putting it off all day. I am going to put on my cool ripped jeans, a cool graphic t-shirt, a pair of my awesome vintage earrings and put some Metallica on my ipod and started painting.