September 3rd Market Menu

The Labor Day weekend menu is ready! It is seriously taking all my self control to not blow up the weeks baking with pumpkin, ginger, apple, cinnamon spice EVERYTHING. However, I used restraint since it is still 90+ degrees outside. I did throw in some peanut butter, chocolate, and banana combos into the mix with a chocolate peanut butter banana bread, a salted caramel cashew banana bread and a chocolate peanut butter tart with with a pretzel crust. That is as close as I am getting to warm flavors while it is still so warm. Another new item is a honey cashew baklava bun. Baklava flavors but nestled inside my kolache dough in bun form with a cinnamon and orange blossom glaze. Yum! This is so much fun... :) Hope everyone is having a great week!

August 27th Market Menu

As summer comes to a close I can't help but perpetuate my berry and lemon trend.  The last few rays of summer have continued to shine here at the Bakehouse!  Jack and I are headed to the beach to celebrate the fact that school is starting and we are not, so I am not getting too fancy or making too many changes.  What I am SUPER excited about is brainstorming fall menus though... I haven't decided when to make the switch... September, October 1 or wait until the first cool front blows through?  Hmmm. Soon!  Here is the menu:

August 20th Market Menu!

Howdy everyone!  Here is the menu for the market this weekend!  If there is something that I can do for you that is not on the menu, give me a shout a couple days in advance and I will make it happen for you.  Cheers!

August 13th Menu!

Here is the menu for this coming week!  I have always been posting on Facebook but have come to realize that not everyone is a Facebooker.... so I will start posting here on my Blog as well.  I will be at the market this coming weekend but am currently researching Fall festivals and might start branching out soon once the weather turns.  There are so many different ones!  I can't wait for cooler days and spicier baked goods... cinnamon and nutmeg, apples and pumpkin, caramel and ginger... Yum!  It's my absolute most favorite baking season and its getting so much closer!  Until then.... 

July 30th: Tasting Party!!!

In case you haven't heard, Bluebird Bakehouse is taking flight and is continuing the bakery full time!  In celebration, we are throwing a party here in Richmond and baking over a dozen of the summer's greatest hits!  Mark your calendars for July 30th from 6-10 pm!  It is a come and go event so bring a date, your girlfriends or snag your mom and come and enjoy an evening with us!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Saturday market, in the hood, or via Paypal.   Here is the menu: 

 

Summer Update

After 6 weeks at the market I am so in love.  I love all this baking craziness so, so very much.  I always have but to wake up each day and to live it again is the best.  I love the people I meet, the love that I get to share, and the really killer bake goods coming out of my ovens.  But it IS crazy.  It's crazy cool and crazy hard sometimes too.  It's also a bit crazy scary because I am taking this thing full time and will definitely not be returning to teaching in the fall.  I can't.  My soul would whither and die if this creativity and love were gone again.  SO, I am taking all this passion and leaping.  This little bluebird is going to take flight and do her thing.  I will be taking this next year and spending it working from home, selling at the market and hanging with my 3 year old side kick, baker boy Jack.  A year from now, I'll see where I am at with this adventure and reevaluate.  

Keep checking back for updates on baking classes, tasting parties and fun events.  My menu has been changing ALL the time because I just can't help trying new things.  You can order anything that you see and if you have seen it before and loved it but it isn't on the menu... message me and I will make it happen!  I will accommodate all special orders to the best of my abilities within the time constraints of my baking schedule.  

 

To blog or not to blog...

To blog or not to blog...

I made a quadruple batch of scones yesterday.  I took pictures of all the steps along the way.  I imagined all of the tips I would to give as I was completing each step.  I thought of how all of these amazing blogs on the internet are truly a labor of love.  When I bake, I get lost in it.  When your hands are deep in flour and are covered with butter and sugar and you need to stop the whirl to photograph the perfect mess- well it interrupted my flow a bit. The pockets of time are precious to me and I don't know if I can share them with a camera.  It made me appreciate the passionate bloggers that fill their sites with beautiful, well staged photos.  It also made me wonder if I have the ability to stop the whirl long enough to take pictures amidst the time crunch that I am usually baking under.  This leaves me conflicted but longing to write, to have a voice, to share the inside scoop behind buttery baked perfection. So this is my first attempt.  Welcome to my imperfectly, perfect world. 

The Greatest Show on Earth!

The Greatest Show on Earth!

This picture is a metaphor for my life.  Amidst opening Bluebird Bakehouse this summer, teaching school, training for half marathons, and being a single mom I feel like I am in the middle of a circus.  However, this circus isn't just the three ring circus that comes to town with an old elephant and a couple of fat monkeys, it is the greatest show on earth! I love it!  I love losing myself in the rest that is the present.  I love the rush of dreaming about the future and watching each moment unfold.  I love finally getting my hands back into some dough.  The smell of butter and sugar.... The delight of watching Jack gaze in amazement at all the whirl in the kitchen and the fun adventures we have in between bake sessions.  Life if good.  I feel rooted, hopeful and at peace that I've got a real good thing going on. 

June 4th: LAUNCH PARTY!!!

After many months of baking, planning and organizing it is time to party!  Meet me in my backyard garden from 4 PM - ???? on June 4th after our first run at the Farmer's Market. Not only is this the debut of Bluebird Bakehouse, it is also the first day of summer for all of my teacher friends.  Let's take a break!  BYOB.  I will turn on some tunes, make some lemonade and cookies for the kids, and have any of the day's bake from the morning sale for 1/2 off!  If all goes well, my 22 tomato plants should be in full swing so we should have pick-your-own homegrown tomatoes by the pound. Swing in for a few minutes and grab some cookies or come and stay awhile.  It should be a great night.  Invites will be going out through Facebook with more details.  Be sure to like my page to get Bakehouse updates and announcements.  

Bluebird Bakehouse is gearing up for 2016 launch!

After many, many pounds of flour, sugar and butter in the test kitchen, Bluebird Bakehouse is getting ready to launch! Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for future locations and special menus.