Friday, April 25, 2014

Updates to Kitchen Remodel

I know, I know.  I don't post for months and then twice in a week.  I have honestly been meaning to update the recent kitchen photos for a while now.  
Here is where I left off. 

Old range

Wood countertops had a great smell, very light in color

No hardware

In the last few months I have added a few finishing touches.  I really like the hardware that I chose.  I saw these Ikea oversized pulls/handles on a blog and loved them.  

The other element which needed updating was the range.  I felt that a stainless steel one would tie it together.  It was a very generous birthday/christmas gift from my parents!


The other change that you will notice is that the countertops are darkening with time.  Ok...not just time.  I am fairly diligent about oiling them.  I love the way they are changing.  I would like them to be a bit darker and shinier.  However, I have resisted the urge to stain and seal them.   

Since I opened the cupcake company I really am going to need a more functional/industrial faucet.  I do like the look of this one though.

The other thing that you will notice about this kitchen is that there are no appliances, gadgets, nick knacks....etc.  I saw a phrase once on pinterest that expressed how I feel perfectly.  "It's a kitchen...not a catch all." In a large space I think it is fine but when your kitchen is as tiny as mine is, it just makes it feel smaller and cluttered.  

I always have fresh flowers framing the sink.  I like the pop of color against the otherwise white kitchen.  

Thanks for stopping by

Enjoy your weekend


Wednesday, April 23, 2014



I hope that you are all doing well.  I have been out of touch recently pursuing a new endeavor.  As you may know I have been making cakes and cupcakes for a few years.  I have been asked over and over again if I sell them commercially.  I always brushed it off.  I would often take a cake to an
 event as my hostess gift.  They routinely had polka dots in the middle of them and were finished with fondant.  The time requirement to make these is huge....but well worth it.  

This was my Easter cake from last year

However, in January I decided to use the same recipe and make cupcakes for a friend's birthday.  She was one of the biggest fans of the cakes.  When I presented her with the cupcakes she exclaimed, "They are beautiful, where did you get them?"  That evening my daughter sat me down and said that I should seriously look into opening a business.  

As I was going to sleep I decided to do a bit of research.  I knew that there were many rules and regulations around cooking in a residential kitchen and selling commercially.  Interestingly enough, I found out that the previous January " the Cottage Food Bill" was enacted in California allowing some low risk foods to be made and distributed in this fashion.  In early February I set a goal of opening my small, custom order cupcake business on March 1st.  As there were many licenses and certifications to obtain, along with the normal hoops to jump through, it was not an easy process.  But I did it!  

Gateaux has been open just shy of two months.  I am having a great time with it.  Here are some of my creations for customers thus far.  

Monogrammed vanilla 

Shamrocks for an Irish friend's birthday party

Shamrock confetti on lemon cupcakes with raspberry lemon frosting

Vanilla with salted caramel filling and sea salt flakes on top

Hand punched fondant confetti

Owls for my daughter's friend

Gerbera daisies

Crab feed treats

Blue and green (my favorite color combo)

Princess party

Last but certainly not least, the ones I am the most proud of...
Striped bows and polka dots for a baby shower

Thanks for visiting

I will keep you updated as Gateaux grows and I have new creations to share with you