Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Changes. Changes. Changes.
Launching Bodacious Biscuit Love has brought on a copious amount of change...both physical and within our household. Positive changes. Some comical. A few...slightly tedious. It's quite noticeable to those around us. At times, we joke about the personal changes. And, we're aware that as time goes on and we expand (yes, we're talking about it), there will be more.
1. The kitchen. The kitchen. The kitchen. At one time we were going for a coffee-cafe-retro mix & match theme. Now, it's visually apparent we make dog biscuits on a daily basis. The counter on the right is covered in flour, a rolling pin and lots of cookie cutters. On the left counter is our KitchenAid Professional mixer, ingredients and a cutting board. We've got 2 dry erase boards on the wall, plates on the table where the biscuits cool, and a swizzle counter.
2. Naked hands. Our rings have found home in a tiny, antique Chinese bowl. We work with dough 7 days a week and it gets caught in the tiny crevices within the settings. Cleaning the rings everyday was a pain. If we didn't clean the dough out on time, it would dry. There is also a No Nail Polish rule. Only one of us wore nail polish (guess who) and yes, it was a difficult habit to break. However, there is a bright side to this...the No Nail Polish rule does not apply to the toes. Bland hands, pretty toes.
3. Softest hands ever. Our hands get dry especially during the cold weather months. We've tried over a dozen moderately priced lotions all promising the same thing. Most are just...eh. When you work with dough that contains a large amount of peanut butter, something magical happens. No. More. Dry. Hands. I think we're onto something here.
4. Bye bye fitness room. Our second room off the kitchen was originally a guest room. However, after a year and a half, and only 2 overnight visitors, we decided that wasn't the best route of utilizing the extra room. We gave the bed away, moved a few pieces of furniture and transformed it into a fitness room. A month and a half later, well...let's just say we're going to have a Bodacious Biscuit Love room. This will be home to cooling tables, packing & shipping supplies, a bookshelf for the cookie jars, ample space for blankets, food and other necessities for shelters and extra space to swizzle if needed.
5. No candles needed. When the window are sealed shut during the chilly weather months, the inside air tends to become stale. We used to burn a candle or two or plug in the tart warmer. Not this year. Not one candle was lit. Why? With the aroma of fresh baked biscuits in the oven, who needs candles. We may be onto something here too. Maybe Yankee Candle will market a new "peanut butter dog biscuit" scent. Or, better yet, Bodacious Biscuit Love scent.
6. Lots of activity. Although the fitness room will be eliminated, there's no shortage of physical activity. Granted we're not shaking our asses in a Zumba class or running a 5K (that would be quite comical), there's a lot to be said for the steady stream of up down up down up down up down and back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.... This goes on for 12 hours or more a day. Or, sometimes, squeezing in a bit of exercise looks a little something like this.
7. The search is over. We bake, swizzle, and package 'round the clock. More often than not, we forget to take a break for lunch or a quick snack. It's not until the tummy grumbles, the headache sets in or the hands start to shake that we're aware how long it's been since we've noshed on something. With fresh baked biscuits cooling and the trays piled high, there's no need to rummage the cupboards for a snack. A couple of our biscuits with a cup of coffee is the ultimate powerhouse snack.