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Found my happiness at a new desk

Today I was thinking about how life can make many twists and turns. In my lifetime I earned two diplomas in two totally different fields of study: the first was for Paralegal Communications and the other my Chef de Cuisine diploma.

Today I was thinking about how life can make many twists and turns. In my lifetime I earned two diplomas in two totally different fields of study: the first was for Paralegal Communications and the other my Chef de Cuisine diploma. It was as if one day I was sitting at my desk thinking of 101 excuses to not be there, and next thing you know I’m sitting at another desk making cakes. I realized it was never the desk that made me unhappy and left me feeling unfulfilled: it was the job.

One has to wonder and I’ve been asked many times, ‘Why did you switch?’ I’ve always liked cooking. I remember the first meal I ever made. I was 16, living on my own, working and raising my child. I made pork chops with carrots, potatoes, onions, and no seasonings. I thought that meal was the best in the world. It was something I had in me that I really found enjoyment from. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy making cakes. It’s a creative outlet and from what I hear, I am pretty good at it.

What keeps me trying to do my best is the people I create these cakes for. They are trusting me with a job to make someone they love, happy. When they pick up their cake and cry tears of joy I know I did a good job. That’s why I do what I do. I’ve found true honest happiness sitting at a new desk creating cakes. Through the twists and the turns of my life I have found it.
Today I would like to share with you a little treat I make for my minions.

HEAVENLY SWEETS BROWNIES

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Melt Butter in a brownie pan. Remove from heat.
  • Mix in the sugar, eggs & vanilla.
  • Beat in the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Brownies are usually done when a toothpick inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean.
Joleen General

Joleen General

Heavenly Sweets is a catering and baking business run by Six Nations chef Jolene General. Her cake decorating talents, especially her native designs, have become renowned all across the United States and Canada.

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