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Valentine’s Day 2013

First off, had to be at work (Frosted Cupcakes) at 6am!  This is my first bakery Valentine’s Day, hectic but great.  My day started out with one of my downstairs tenants parking behind me in MY driveway, not their driveway!  Luckily I had enough room to back up a little so I just drove ON THE LAWN!  I stopped at Starbucks on the way to work and treated myself to a Soy Caramel Macchiato.  At work I started bangin’ out cupcakes; around 537 cupcakes.  We also had so many pre-orders and deliveries.  Our menu was:
Double Trouble
Black & White
Red Velvet
Creme Brulee
White Chocolate
Salted Caramel
Chocolate Raspberry
Carrot Cake
Peanut Butter
Cake Pops
Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles rolled in Cocoa Powder or Pistachios
Mini Cheesecakes
Sold balloons from Up company
On my lunch break I took myself to Graze and got grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup.  Along with that I read Madeline’s book The Glass Castle.  On my way home from work I went to Coffee Cravings and got an Iced Americano.  When I got home Martha gave me a Valentine’s day bag with my favorite thing inside, Patisserie macaroons!!!  In the evening I went to Frog Hollow so Dad ordered a Papa Murphy’s heart pizza.  Good day & got to work with my favorite co-worker who quit last October, Madeline!


School, French

I’ve been going to culinary school from August 2011 to April 2012 and my internship will end May 2012 which means COURTNEY GRADUATES.  Culinary school was great!  Saucemaking, soups (my favorite), butchery (fun) of fish, rabbit, cow, pork; plate presentation, baking and pastry with cakes and breads, breadmaking was my favorite; international cooking with miso soup, noodles, lots and lots of meat, soups and grains.  I found out I love working on the WOK!  Very fun, very fast!!!

After my internship here, I leave for another internship in South Carolina for the summer at Seabrook Island.  Soak up that humid sun.  I hope to do some travel writing about my experiences!

I most recently want to study abroad in France to move there and learn French.  Experiencing a new culture and food is fascinating because there is so much to learn.  It is perfect for me because traveling and culinary are my two favorite things!  I’ve been wanting to study abroad and learning a new language is a goal of mine and the restaurant owner in Folsom, CA, Chez Daniel inspired me.  I went to talk with him about staging with him before I left for South Carolina so we sat down while he ate his lunch and drank red wine.  We talked about places to work, the Cordon Bleu, and traveling.  He said to always go for the best.

Cajun Seasoning


Made up of:

a mix of paprika, salt, celery, sugar, garlic, black pepper, onion, oregano, red pepper, caraway, dill, turmeric, cumin, bay, mace, cardamom, basil, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme

Thur 6.18.09

In the morning we had a London bus tour by Barry.

We saw St. Paul Cathedral & the Tower of London Old Prison.  For $10 we all saw Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s globe!  This outside theater is one where you have to stand, for 3 long hours!

For dinner, Indian food then after some of us went to see the Chicago Broadway show ($35); Cambridge theater.  Jerry Springer was in it, singing!  It was fabulous, fantastic.


Tue 6.16.09

Today was the traveling day.  Last night Miss Whidden picked me up at my house and we drove to Portland where out first flight was.  From Portland, OR —> Newark, New Jersey —> London, England.  At the airport, our EF tour director Francois met us there where we rode our first England Tube (subway).  We checked into our hotel, Huttons & ate dinner at Ye Ol’ Cock Tavern.

Trip Stats

June 16th – 29th

2 weeks

First London

to Paris

to Rome

19th Birthday weekend.

Starts Friday June 24th, 2011
Started with chores today: vacuumed, washed my car, mowed the lawn, and decorated the house for my birthday.  I then made my birthday cake; Strawberry Summer Cake.  Basically yellow cake with strawberries on top.  Tonight I hung out with Aunt Diana in Auburn; we went to a Thai restaurant then saw the movie, Bad Teacher.  Boy was it funny!!!!

Saturday 25th
MY BIRTHDAY TODAY, AGE 19!!!  This morning I opened my presents over skype.  Some things I got were money, San Pellegrino water, Kind bars, fancy Bath and Body works soap, magnets from LA, flower seeds.  Then off to Starbucks where I got a cappuccino and a fruit, nut, & cheese platter.  After, I went to Lodi to hang out with Karen; we went to Stockton for lunch at Mimi’s then went shopping.  At Dillard’s, she bought me a mug that says “This is where the magic happens.”  (The picture was of a messy kitchen.)  Then onto Macy’s where I got comfy tan capri’s.  On the way home, we stopped at Karen’s niece’s house.  It was so great!  After I drove home, I ate my cake and opened more presents from mom and dad on skype.  At 9p I picked up Meghan from the Roseville Galleria from work.  She spent the night because we have an early day tomorrow!

Sunday 26th
LAKE TAHOE TRIP TODAY!  We left around 8a and first headed for Starbucks.  We both had a free drink so I got a skinny vanilla iced latte.  What was cool was they put our names on our cups.  Now off to Tahoe!  We got there a bit early for lunch so we just walked around in Tahoe City looking at all the little shops.  Now the lunch I’ve been waiting for!  Fat Cat’s Café: I had Fat Cat Mac & Sweet Potato Fries with zesty cilantro dipping sauce!  It was amazing!  After, we started driving around the whole lake.  We stopped at every beach but almost every one had a parking fee and some were crowded!  We found 1 “beach” near Sunnyside (California) that was free.  We also did stop a lot to take pictures.  I even let Meghan drive a bit!  On the way home we filled up for gas and Starbucks.  It was a great day of beauty and driving!!!!!