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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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MAMAWALMART 4/27/2012 2:05AM

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TEMPENATIVE 4/27/2012 12:47AM

    omg ash, this is so you, yay!

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BRAVEHEART4ME 4/27/2012 12:10AM

  I've always wanted to open a bakery! Sounds great! emoticon

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AJB121299 4/26/2012 11:35PM

    you can do it

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LOVEREDDESERT 4/26/2012 11:24PM

    First of all - yummy!!!
Second of all - GO FOR IT GIRL!!!!
Something more powerful than you is trying to tell you something - get out there and sell those amazing sounding tantalizing treats!!

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BRIDGIEEE 4/26/2012 11:14PM

    That is basically how I started selling my cakes and cookies. I only do my baking part time because I work full time as an accountant but one day I hope to be a full time baker. You can do it!

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TUBJUMPER 4/26/2012 11:10PM

    Go for it!

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ANHELIC 4/26/2012 9:38PM

    Awesome

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FARAWAY84Z 4/26/2012 9:22PM

    Awesome job! You can do anything you set your mind to, including be a small business owner! I have the same dream, except with fabric instead of brownies, and I know we can do it.

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JKSJEN 4/26/2012 5:51PM

    Good luck!! Have faith that it was meant to happen.

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MSTAPLE1 4/26/2012 4:38PM

  Awesome!

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MSANITAL 4/26/2012 3:41PM

    Love go get them attitiude..
Keep up the good work

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KATBOXJANITOR 4/26/2012 3:27PM

    I nearly drooled when I read your descriptions of each brownie.

CaliPoppy has a great suggestion - tap any resources you can find who have been this way before...why spend all that time reinventing the wheel.

Look into Employment Security - the Small Business Administration - Community colleges and the like often have a seminar or other resources to help you make the right steps for success.



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HANYZEWSKI 4/26/2012 3:23PM

  Good for you! Being positive seems to have gotten you this far..keep going girl! emoticon

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NUNICK2012 4/26/2012 3:16PM

    You go girl!

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RANDOMLY_HONEST 4/26/2012 2:24PM

    Good luck, and let me know when you open a store - I'm 45 minutes from Boston, I'll come up for some brownies!

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WYVREN_HEART 4/26/2012 2:20PM

    Being self-employeed can be so rewarding! It's a dream of mine one day, as well!
Good luck!

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JFEETTERE 4/26/2012 2:20PM

    Sounds like fun! emoticon
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DUCKSOUP6 4/26/2012 2:05PM

    If you get this going with a mail order option I would love to try these! I lack your willpower when it comes to giving them away if I baked them myself, but I can limit myself to only buying a few at a time.

Good luck with this.

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CALI_POPPY 4/26/2012 1:53PM

    I've seen entrepreneurs like yourself succeed all of the time. Consider starting your business by selling your goods at a local Farmers Market. If you are interested in going this route, contact me and I will give you some suggestions on where to start. I once managed a local farmers market and learned so much about where a small idea turns into a much bigger one. I've assisted people like you sell at a FM to eventually selling for Wholefoods. It can happen, I've seen it! Good luck bake lady!

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WANT2BHEALTHY60 4/26/2012 1:47PM

    Cooking is a very satisfying and creative art. Go for it! If they´re half as good as they sound they should be a big success

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SKYWATCHERRS 4/26/2012 1:06PM

    WOOOHOOOOO! Chase after that dream - go get it!

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SHERRY257 4/26/2012 12:39PM

    Go!!! Great blog!

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TAURUSGIRL3 4/26/2012 12:39PM

  The brownies sound amazing! I say that you shouldn't upset the universe! Go make some brownies!! Yeah for you!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 4/26/2012 12:36PM

    I love your attitude!! And peanut butter brownies sounds yummy!

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SARS613 4/26/2012 11:55AM

    You can do it if you set your mind to it! And peanut butter brownies sound amazing, I love natural PB!

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DENNETJ 4/26/2012 11:50AM

    You are making me drool just reading about them. I say do it! Sell those yummy brownies. Word of mouth will spread fast on those puppies and you'll be in business in no time.

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WATCH_HER_GO 4/26/2012 11:50AM

    My sister quit a successful career in graphic design six years ago to pursue her culinary dreams. She just opened her very own bakery/cafe in our hometown in December. I'm actually sitting at it now. You can do it!

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GAILSQUEST 4/26/2012 11:39AM

    Word of mouth is the best advertising.

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RMHALES 4/26/2012 11:34AM

    Thats awesome Ashley! I know how you feel about the job situation. I am working and thankful for it but feeling very, very restless these days. I'm looking for and preparing for something new too and I believe in those signs! I don't think it's just a coincidense. I wish you the best!!

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JLEMUS1 4/26/2012 11:23AM

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KPETSCHE 4/26/2012 11:18AM

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CHERYLSBUTT 4/26/2012 11:07AM

    GO Ashley!
Make your dream your life.
We are rooting for you.

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SHOPAHOLIC65 4/26/2012 10:32AM

  Not only will your life go well with such a positive outlook, your brownies will sell like hotcakes! All the luck in your endeavors!

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HAPPYWRITER7 4/26/2012 10:26AM

    Your positive attitude is going to take you places! I bet you'll get orders right here on SP too! I feel so excited for you, eventhough I just 'met' you! It's so exciting to begin a new adventure. All the best!

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SPEEDY143 4/26/2012 10:18AM

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JESSICAWALKS 4/26/2012 9:57AM

    You go Girl!

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MOMMASHUTT 4/26/2012 9:57AM

    That is wonderful! I love to bake, it's very theraputic for me to try new recipes and my co workers are more than happy to taste test things for me. Bake On! emoticon

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EMMY104 4/26/2012 9:23AM

    Way to go! Those peanut butter brownies sound amazing! :-)

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REDHEADMOM2U 4/26/2012 8:45AM

    You can do it!


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NAYLOR1985 4/26/2012 8:44AM

    I make killer whole wheat muffins....with a few choc chips thrown in of course lmao but i feel you on baking i went to culinary school and wanted to own my own bakery one day but it just never happend....good luck on selling your brownies!

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TERRIPAL1 4/26/2012 8:16AM

    Go for it! Become the brownie girl! Sounds delicious by the way!

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SKINNYMINNIE25 4/26/2012 7:59AM

    good luck.

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SPINNER520 4/26/2012 7:49AM

    Great attitude!

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CAROLZ1967 4/26/2012 7:06AM

    Sounds wonderful!! Yum!!!

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CAM2438 4/26/2012 6:42AM

    Good for you! Take it and run with it!!!!!

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ANEWME42012 4/26/2012 3:42AM

    Take the sign and run with it!

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NASFKAB 4/26/2012 2:47AM

  sure you can do it

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1DRWOMAN 4/26/2012 2:34AM

    You go girl!!!! ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!!! xoxox

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DRB13_1 4/26/2012 2:25AM

    Good luck with your company and take every opportunity to network...perhaps you can supply your desserts to a popular caterer.

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