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I May Be Down, But I’m Not Out!

December 1, 2013

So I lost the Cookie Competition.

I did my absolute best and there isn’t anything I would have done differently. In the after interview that was my exact answer. Usually I second guess everything, but this is first time where I feel I nailed the challenge.

Then what happened? That answer I’ll never know. The judges gave me wonderful praise and decided to award the prize to my competitor. Does the answer really matter now? Will it change my life in one iota? Most likely not. Therefore I will file this adventure in my life in the “interesting moments of 2013” and move on.

Speaking of 2013, I have to say not only am I proud of going the distance in Food Rush, but I also opened my own dessert catering business. All in all, I really don’t think I could have gone as far as I have without my insane loving family and friends. They have to be special to suffer through my drama queen nonsense.

Last Sunday I held a business launch party at Zesty’s in Manayunk. Friends, friends of friends, and acquaintances came throughout the Delaware Valley to join me. I could not have asked for a better turnout. I definitely feel like a winner and could have drowned in the encouragement and love.

Gluten Free Cupcakes
Gluten Free Chocolate & Carrot Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes

Blondies With White Chocolate Chips 
Jamaica Rum Cookies
Lemon Bars

All photos by Cassie Hepler Photography

Do I regret competing on television? Absolutely not. Is there anything I would have done differently on the show? Not at all. Although my way of baking was considered “too traditional” by the judges, I stand by what I know my customers like. 

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