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Sometimes the universe gives you a sign

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I have been doing a lot of baking. All kinds of baking. Grew my own sourdough starter and baked my first loaves of bread last night. Started working on my brownie recipe for my business I dream of opening. Well to avoid eating all of said brownies I have been giving them away to a friend who took them to work. The first was a chocolate brownie with toasted hazelnuts. Yes, it was as good as it sounds. One of his employees tried to steal it they said it was so good. He told me he had to defend it because people went so crazy for it. Then I made a chocolate brownie and put pockets of all natural peanut butter in the middle. They were quite heavy and let me tell you. Even better than the hazelnut version. Once I went to natural peanut butter I never went back and there was something about the sweetness of the brownie that played off the earthiness of the unsweetened peanut butter that just really worked. I have also been experimenting with cooking with raw cane sugar to make it less horrible for you, if that is possible emoticon. It made the brownies have this dense chewiness that I really like.
I was doing all of this for fun figuring I would blog about it but then he called me today and told me that again he had to defend his brownie, which was enormous, and that one of his coworkers asked if he could place an order!!!! You do not get more of a sign from the cosmos than that. ASHLEY SELL YOUR FLIPPIN BROWNIES. No more self sabotage and fear of failure. One thing I have learned being unemployed is that I want to be self employed. I hate being a 9-5 person. This can work. People with much less talent and knowledge make it work. I can't let fear stop me. I moved to Boston alone to start a new life and I didn't let fear stop me. I can make a dessert company work!
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ALIDOSHA 10/30/2012 7:55PM

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ALIDOSHA 10/28/2012 7:24PM

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IFEOMA4 10/12/2012 1:43AM

  Sell them emoticon

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NASFKAB 6/17/2012 6:27AM

  Sell your brownies wish was in US so could get some!!!!

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CLEO27 6/3/2012 10:15AM

  That's awesome. I love to bake too and me and my son are too big for our britches, if you know what I mean. So when I do bake I have a few pieces, he does too and then I bring the rest to work and share.

It's great cause I get to try new cookies and treats but don't gain a pile of weight because of it.

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FLFITBEE 5/21/2012 11:22AM

    Ashley's Flippin' Brownies sound awesome! You are talented!

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MISTEMAE 5/8/2012 9:13PM

    lol. Ashley, sell your flippin brownies!

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1STICKBLUES 5/2/2012 10:32AM

    You can do it! My mother is in her late fifties and just opened her second business . . . which is nothing like the first one! I love that women like you and my mother continue to inspire me! Thanks for your bravery!

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LUVTOBOWL 4/30/2012 7:52PM

    Go for it Ashley! I hope all goes well for you - follow your dreams. emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 4/30/2012 8:36AM

    I'd say you definitely got a sign from the universe. This is so awesome Ashley! Go for it!! You can do it, I know you can. Not only do you seem to truly love doing it, it sounds like you make a mean brownie! When can I place my order?
Chris


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KMAYNARD9 4/30/2012 12:05AM

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DEEJON123 4/29/2012 10:06PM

    WOW, good for you, do you ship to Canada where I am !! ??

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/29/2012 8:13PM

    That sounds so exciting and fun. I have thought about doing something like this myself but haven't.
I guess I can live vicariously through you.
Those brownies sound amazing.
I say go for it!

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2BIGNBOUNTIFUL 4/29/2012 4:40PM

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WILDFLOWERMA 4/29/2012 1:56PM

    Awesome...you can do it!!!

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MILLIE5522 4/29/2012 11:24AM

    Go for it! emoticon

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SIMPLEGURL 4/29/2012 8:45AM

    Go for it!!! Being out of college, being unemployed, going through interviews, I'm coming around to not wanting to work for anyone as well.

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SKAHONEY4U 4/28/2012 11:04PM

    Go for it! I'm considering opening an online cupcake business, but I'm too scared of failing! I know how you feel. Just go for it, what's the worst that could happen! emoticon

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/28/2012 9:44PM

    YES! YOU CAN DO IT! Thanks for sharing!

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MICROGIRLIE 4/28/2012 4:59PM

    How did your sourdough bread turn out? I LOVE making sourdough bread, and my dream is to make money off it some how - sell the bread, give Brenda making lessons, sell my SD starter etc etc. all just dreams though as have no idea how to kick it off.
So go you!

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BOSTONRENT2007 4/28/2012 2:55PM

  Ben and Jerry's started with a $5 correspondence class in ice cream making. If they can do it, you can too. Besides, do you really want to live with the regret of never trying? emoticon

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CUISINEEXAMINER 4/28/2012 2:42PM

    Ah, good choice. You get to do what you love and get paid for it - and the brownies leave the house so they don't tempt you!

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GIGIDISAPPEARED 4/28/2012 1:52PM

    I'm only going to say 4 little words....

YOU CAN DO IT!!!! emoticon

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JSCHARF 4/28/2012 1:21PM

    What a nice blog! It is nice to hear about someone reaching for their dreams and having those dreams come true. Such a self confidence booster! Good luck.

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SERASARA 4/28/2012 12:53PM

  Best of Luck! emoticon

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JPEARL127 4/28/2012 10:29AM

  Bravo!!!! Best of luck with your business venture!

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WILDFLOWERS15 4/28/2012 9:18AM

    GO FOR IT!! Or as Joel Osteen said last week, "stop making excuses and just do it!" You can do it! I know you can. Your brownies sound wonderful. Good luck!
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CRINKLYMONKEY 4/28/2012 8:04AM

    The brownies do sound really good. I am glad I don't have any right now I would probably eat them all. LOL

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CHANGE4THEBEST 4/28/2012 5:18AM

    Hi

GO FOR IT!! and good luck with your venture! Where I work, one of the boss's wife makes the perfect chocolate brownies - we are like bees to the honey pot when he brings them in!

They make our day and I would gladly pay for them! Yours sound delicious and people will pay the asking price emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETTEB553 4/28/2012 12:54AM

    Wow good on you.. I am hungry....... :)
Best of luck..... Girls can do anything....


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FLYINGCRANE 4/27/2012 10:48PM

    Good luck. Your brownies sound heavenly.

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ANEWBETHSTL 4/27/2012 10:12PM

    Heck yeah, you can make it work Girl!

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SHEILA-45 4/27/2012 10:05PM

    Take that leap of faith and never look back... you will learn something useful from every experience! Start with a plan and take it from there... emoticon

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BERGIE8771 4/27/2012 9:01PM

    Yeay! I'm glad you have been given a sign. Now the work begins, and it's so nice that it is for you and not someone else.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 4/27/2012 7:17PM

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CAMAEL100 4/27/2012 5:50PM

    Do it - don't let fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) stand in the way of you going for your dreams. I also dream of working for myself. I will some day! It is the only way to go I think!

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HKARLSSON 4/27/2012 2:38PM

    Speaking as a self-employed person, it's no picnic, but it beats the pants off of working for somebody else! DO IT!!! BAKE THEM BROWNIES, GIRL!

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LLROBINETT 4/27/2012 1:53PM

    You should totally do it. Remember to value yourself, don't underestimate yourself, and price your brownies accordingly. You are worth it!

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CHRISSYMACD66 4/27/2012 12:26PM

    emoticon sometimes you just have to make that leap!

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AZURELITE 4/27/2012 11:33AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to launch a business!!!
Way to go!!!

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CESPRINGALL 4/27/2012 10:19AM

  Way to go! Don't under price yourself. You and your brownies are worth their weight in gold.

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PRINCESSAA12 4/27/2012 9:41AM

    Of course you can. And if your brownies are so good, you should sell them! You already have a customer waiting.

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SLFRISBEY 4/27/2012 9:03AM

    Wow!!! Great News!!!! I can't wait to hear how this takes off, and as soon as you get nation-widedelivery (because you made my mouth water talking baout those brownies, and I think I need them!!!), I am soooo on board emoticon

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FRENCHYSONFIRE 4/27/2012 8:30AM

    You can TOTALLY DO THIS!! If you don't you will always have that voice in your head that's painfully crying out for you to start. I'm certain that all it took for the Georgetown Cupcake girls is just one delicious cupcake when they first began and look at how that idea manifested into something so great! Please go for it, no more doubt honey. Go! Today! I'm not too far from Boston and I would definitely stop in for one of your brownies! emoticon emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 4/27/2012 7:51AM

    I've always loved to bake. Even though I can't eat the high-calorie desserts I love to make, somehow it's soothing to do it and give it away. They love to see me coming!!

Good luck and best wishes.

Kathy emoticon

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KATHLOW 4/27/2012 6:05AM

    yay! This is such grat news! I'm ogling plane tickets right now, to try some of that first brownie :-)

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ILAURIA 4/27/2012 5:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Yummy!!

It's the best to find a job you truly love emoticon

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DARKLADY25 4/27/2012 3:36AM

    Good luck! I think it's great to see your dream come true. All you have to do is continue working on it.

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