The business of business

January 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Somedays I wish that bartering was still an acceptable form of currency because I am a terrible business woman. I just can’t take money from people, and if I do, this weird immense sense of guilt overcomes me.

This feeling has been a part of me since I can remember.  Whenever I babysat, I would often give a back a bunch of the money stating that they gave me too much. And if they didn’t accept it?–Well then I would just leave it on their counter.

Really, the only time I have felt ok with accepting money is when it was through working for a corporation.

So, when I became a certified yoga teacher I failed because I couldn’t charge people the money.  That’s also one of the reasons why I don’t like selling my baked goods.

Recently, a few people have asked me to bake them some cakes which excited me.  I love baking and decorating cakes and need an excuse to practice my skills without all the calories of having to eat an entire cake.

The most recent cake I made was for a baby shower.  She gave me creative license but wanted something baby themed. I decided to go with a button and onsie motif topped with little baby shoes on top.


I wish I could make cakes all the time. I had a blast making it.




How peanut butter cookies saved my daughter from being a weapon of mass destruction.

February 22, 2010 at 4:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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My baby is teething. She started teething at two months and at five months she already has two full grown teeth.

Now, I love my baby and think she is just so adorable but she is drooly. Actually, she is extremely drooly thanks to her teething. Her teething has also made her want to put everything in her mouth.

Sometimes she will even try to put my face in her mouth. When I see that look in her eyes I feel the fear. Her hands move towards my neck and then she uses her death grip on me and pulls my face to her mouth.

These actions have proved to be beneficial to Tonija. She has found a weapon in my baby’s teething and no one is safe.

Tonija will lift my baby in the air (which she loves) and fly her over people so drool bombs can drop on them. If someone slights Tonija bad enough she will make the baby face the person and slowly move the baby towards them, which then triggers the death-grip-face-eat.

Since I don’t want my baby to be a weapon of torture I made double chocolate peanut butter cookies.

Hopefully, Tonija can use these cookies as a weapon of kindness or she can eat them all, be happy and be oblivious to any of her tormentors because she will be in peanut butter bliss.


Tori’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup golden sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 package peanut butter chips (300g)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat 325 degrees.

Put shortening and butter in a microwavable proof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir. Put back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat for 10 second intervals until melted.

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together sugars, shortening and butter on medium speed. Then add peanut butter and mix.

Remaining on medium speed and one egg at a time making sure each egg is mixed until just combined. Add vanilla and mix until combined.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt and baking soda.

On low speed slowly pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Remaining on low add chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

Using a tablespoon scoop cookies on to the cookie sheet spacing an inch apart.

Bake in a preheated oven for 12-17 minutes.

Makes 60 cookies.

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