Joy the Baker

These Three Things

March 1, 2010

Violet Hour Supper Brunch 

Three things.  Can I tell you three things?  Do you mind getting all up in my business for the next several minutes of your life?

New room 

Remember two short weeks ago when I was moaning and groaning about not living in the cool part of town?  I wanted to live in a loft downtown despite my disapproving pocketbook.  

Remember the part where I cleaned my kitchen and waxed on and on about appreciating the things you have…. that the grass isn’t always greener… remember I said all that?  Well… I changed my mind.  I’m moving to a loft downtown.  

I’m sharing my space with new people and I have turquoise walls.  And I have no idea how to arrange and decorate my room.  Seriously.  I need help.  I’m lost.  Can we trade room design for baking lessons?  SOS.

sister

My little sister… the girl my heart beats for… is moving to Seattle.  We’re driving from Los Angeles to Seattle this week.  Sister road trip!  I’m looking forward to Red Vines and french fries… believe this.   If you see a giant UHaul truck puttering up the California interstate this week, please just have kindness in your heart when you cut us off.  Seattle or bust.

Violet Hour Supper Brunch 

On the Lamb held a Violet Hour supper brunch.  

There was Creme Fraiche Quiche.

Violet Hour Supper Brunch 

Can you see my face back there eagerly grasping for something?  What am I reaching for with such elation?  

Money… I wish I were kidding.  

Here is a fact about trying hard to live the dream with On the Lamb (the pop-up events and catering firm my friends and I started)… no one ever tells you how much gosh-dang-holy-heck-geeeeeez work it is.  My ankles are sore just thinking about it. But really… the excitement, the uncertainty, the new friends, the creativity, the occasional punching match… I wouldn’t trade it.  The oil burns and sore ankles are all so quickly mended when I remember that I’m trying to live my best life and I’m doing it with my two best friends… and all of these new friends that we get to feed!  

Violet Hour supper brunch

Thank you to Sandy and Jason of Enid and Edgar.

Thank you to Dan for taking such lovely photographs.  

Thank you to… you, for being so loyal and lovely and so… here.  


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  • I live in Seattle, she’ll love it! Best bakery in Seattle – West Seattle, Bakery Nouveau. Twice baked croissants are to die for. Treat yourself to dinner at Restaurant Zoe before you go, it’s 3 for $30 time!

  • Congrats on moving, I am no help on decorating either. Have fun on your sis road trip, and your catering gig looks beautiful!

  • Just spent half an hour visiting your On the Lamb website. Wowsers, you ladies ROCK IT!

    I wish you the absolute best…it will certainly be successful as you have all put your heart and amazing talent to the most chic manner imaginable.

    Ya’ll are beautiful.

  • Your life is amazing!!! I’ve been following you for a while, it’s crazy to see you growing into baking this way, your project is great and now a un loft branché! You must be so tired-excited 24/24! But isn’t what’s great about life : no limit! If you work for it you get want you want, the process is so exciting and makes you so proud :) I think one of the reason I like to read your blog (since 2-3 years is it possible?) is that if I didn’t make it into med school bakery would have been my vocation. But I made it so, I study – almost- every minute I am awake now. Then I kind of bake-by-proxy through you ;) Ok Ok I still get to bake (you know the show Grey’s Anatomy ? Izzie baking to take off : that’s me) Last week-end I tried cream cheese cinnamon rolls :AMAZING.
    Well anyway I must give you a really special recipe : the white cake that my mother has always baked. It is from Jehane Benoit, the first chef of Quebec (our Julia Child!). I never met anyone but my mother and my sister who tried this recipe, but believe me If you bake it, the entire universe will love you.
    There we go:
    White Layered Cake:
    For 3 pans 8”
    1 cup butter
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups flour
    4 tea spoons of baking powder
    ½ tea spoon of salt
    1 cup of milk
    1 ½ tea spoons of vanilla extract
    6 ¾ cups of egg whites (ONLY WHITES)

    Cream the butter and sugar. Add dry ingredients gradually with milk + vanilla. When the mix is homogenous, in a separated bowl whisk the egg whites and fold them into the batter. Don’t over mix because you want the batter to be light and fluffy. Bake at 300F for 25-30 min (or more, you’ll judge ;) )
    Let me know when you try it!

    For your room : post pictures I am sure all your readers will be proud to give you advises !

    Flo xxx

  • Good luck with decorating! And have a great road trip!

  • It definitely looks like hard work but you have a passion for it! Red vines are soooo good! Have a fun road trip with your little sis!!

  • What a cool event!!

    I’ve heard catering is a ton of work… but if you love it, it will all pay off :)

  • your face looks bright & beautiful…& this is the time of your life for all the excitement & adventures you can grasp…& the twists & turns where you will find yourself!

    enjoy your roadie with your sister…

  • Congratulations on moving! I’m sure it’ll be sad to have your sister far away but she’ll be living it up too!
    It sounds to me like you really are living the dream! Soak it up!

  • Maggie Malloy March 1, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Oh and also I think that you should put the daises in your new room!

  • Maggie Malloy March 1, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Wow! You’ve had a busy week haven’t you? I have to say I am a little jelous that your moving. I just love re-decorating. Have fun with your sister! ( who looks alot like my sisters best friend )

  • I’m am sure it is so much hard work, but it looks incredibly rewarding!

  • Kathryn Laughton March 1, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Joy, your parents sure knew what they were about when they named you. I read your blog, and cannot help but smile and giggle and feel good. I read how much you love your sister, how much you revel in food and baking, and how much you’re just busting at the soul-seams to have a good life full of love, kindness, humility, fun and adventure. And it gives me such great *Joy* to read about it. Cheers to that! I’m thousands of miles away and I can feel the love.

  • It all seems crazy but fun! An adventure! I adore the first picture to boot!

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