Friday, December 12, 2014

A FRIEND IN NEED!!!



Seasons Greetings Everyone!


Once again it has been a while since I’ve written a blog post. Usually it’s something about cake. This time it will be a little different. (Not to say cake won’t completely not be involved.)

            Some of you may have already seen my recent ‘mission’ this week. If you have not, here is a little background.

            I have a ‘Go Fund Me’ page up and running. Not for myself, but for a friend. I know this is outside of my usual purview and I am being asked, “Why are you doing this?” Well my answer is quite simple. “Because I can.” 

            I have many, many blessing in my life; a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter, a boisterous dog, the best friends a girl could ask for, a home, food on the table, the ability to go to work every day and a creative talent I can only say is God given.
So when I recently asked a friend how she was doing, in the casual way we all ask and expect to hear: ‘fine’. My friend was at her breaking point. She wasn’t ‘fine’. She was in fact so stressed; all of her emotions came to a head. She blurted out all of the things that were eating away at her quality of life, with no visible means of it ending anytime soon. Me being the nosy gotta know girl I am, asked (and suggested) her a barrage of questions of how to try and solve things. She had already tried them all, unfortunately, unsuccessful. As tears welled in her eyes, I realized she was at really at her wits end, that point where no one ever expects to be. I hugged her and thought; “Why does she never catch a break? She’s a single mom. She works hard. She supports her daughter and granddaughter. How can I change this?”

I take for granted all these blessing in my life that I have; that they will always be there. When in reality it could all be taken away at any time, like my friend. Imagine for a moment that you ask a service that you pay for with your taxes your whole life, for help and hear, “Why don’t you sell your home and your car.” First it’s not just her home. It is the home of her daughter & granddaughter. Should she just ask them to leave so she can make a few bucks? It’s not a huge house, in fact it’s not a house as most of us are used to, it is in fact a trailer home. Not a huge market for those. They carry very little value and are probably cheaper to live in than an apartment. Sell the car? Really? What planet do you live on? There are no buses to take in the country! How is she to get to her job every day? How is she to do her grocery shopping or make it to Doctor’s appointments for the toddler? Oh did I mention she wasn’t even sure how she was going to buy groceries this week. It would seem that all of her pay cheque has been spoken for before it is even in the bank. (Thank you furnace for quitting last month)

She spoke the words, “No one will help me,” with such inescapability in her voice. My mind was made up in an instant. “I will,” I said. “I will help you!”
So here I am backing up what I said I would do…’help’. This is what I know; I have a Facebook fan page. I have a pretty good following on Twitter. I have this Blog. I have a voice with an audience that she does not.
So when you ask me why am I doing this? …. My answer is, “I have to.” This could easily have been me.”
Please consider visiting my Go Fund Me page for ‘A Friend in Need’: http://www.gofundme.com/ifqre0

And here is the part about cake (or cookies) Every one, whom donates to this fund, will have their name go in a draw for a “Village Cake Lady” birthday cake (local Ottawa, Ont. area only) or a batch of Urban Legend (or preference) cookies.

Thank you, many Blessings, Merry Christmas! Tracii



Thursday, November 7, 2013

TWO GREAT CAUSES

It’s been a while since posting on this blog. I have had an eventful year, three surgeries in all. One to repair that foot I broke in January 2012 skiing and two more on my right hand to fix carpal tunnel (hazard of the pastry bag) and trigger finger. Everything is healing nicely and looking forward to an uneventful 2014 !!!

Thought I would share with you a couple of cakes from two October Fundraisers in Kemptville.



This first one was for the auction table at The Beth Donovan Hospice 14th Annual Fall Extravaganza. In all they raised $38,000 dollars at this years sold out event.



This second one was for The 2nd Annual North Grenville Spaghetti Fest benefiting The United Way. Held at The North Grenville District High School, this event raised over $2,600.

Happy to support both these great causes!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Love Our Local Business

I could use your vote!
Intuit's Small Business Big Wishes program has a contest on Facebook that could net my business $5000.00 towards a pretty nice piece of equipment!
The old manual sheeter could use a spiffy new upgraded model. Would you take to time to vote, please & thank you















Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all my customers past, present & future!
Tracii

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beth Donavan Hospice

Up for auction at the 13th Annual Fall Extravaganza fundraiser for the Beth Donovan Hospice (event info). A sculpted pumpkin cake!


 It's a yummy pumpkin-chip cake! Go and enjoy the roast beef dinner put on by the Knights of Columbus with entertainment and live & silent auction. North Grenville Municipal Centre

Friday, August 17, 2012

Vote for me!

I may be a terrible blogger but I'm a fantastic cake maker! (Shameless I know) I'd love your votes. Thanks Tracii

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bridal Open House

I'll be at The Canadian Golf & Country Club this Friday April 27 from 5pm to 8pm & Saturday April 28 from 11am to 3pm. This is an open house and all are welcome!
Come visit! I look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 28, 2011

CTV Morning Live - Ottawa

I recently had the opportunity to do a morning cake show in Ottawa at CTV Morning Live. What a riot! Great bunch of people in front of & behind the camera.

It's an early morning go for sure! Hard for a night-owl like me.

There were 3 cake decorators from the Ottawa area paired with hosts to create a cake based on them. My host was Lianne Laing. She gave me a large list of things about her that I could incorporate into my cake and this is what I came up with.


Each of us had to demo 3 times during the show before the final reveal. Here are some of the videos posted on YouTube.


From start (baking) to finish (TV reveal) under 12 hours ...... WHOA!!!

Here are some candid shots from the studio.
Lianne & myself






















The behind the scenes crew. Could not have done it without the team work!!

















All the decorators & the cakes with hosts Kurt Stoodley & Lianne Laing
















I had a great time. It was lots of fun. Although I think the early morning TV stuff is best left to those who do it on a regular basis!!! HA HA HA

Thanks CTV Ottawa Morning Live for inviting me to participate!!!