Hello everyone. It's been ages since I wrote a blog. A lot has happened in my life since my first blog post. Not sure where to begin. I moved to Copperas Cove, Tx to eat my daughter with my beautiful new grandchild. The photos below are her just a month ago as well as my grandson. My little miss priss with all the attitude. I've also spent the last 2 years getting my business going and I recently had surgery in April.
First my daughters hubby came back from deployment and within a 1 1/2 they were leaving for Fort Stewart, Ga. It was a hard time for me. Last year when they left I sat down in my living room holding my grandbabies toy and blankly she left and just completely lost it. My heart break was so profound. I thin about how I felt and I cry even now as I write this as I know how it made me feel. Both my babies were leaving me. It's one thing to know they will at some point but it's another to actually have to deal with it as I had too. Once they left it was hard for me to talk to them without crying. My heartbreak was that profound. I told myself each time "don't cry" but I did. And just when I thought I was finally coping my daughter calls me crying and she came home in December 2015 just before xmas. She was gone 4 months and I thought during that time my life felt so void. I was missing a part of me. I was hurting that she was hurting but I was so excited that she came home. She got in about 3am and I ran out to the car and hugged her and then I ran around the car and got my baby out the car and I just hugged her and cried. My girls were back. I was elated. Come March 2016 we moved back in to her house she own here in Cove. It was such a joy to wake up knowing my girls were home. Now I have a grandson whom I got close to again and I've missed him terrible. Ruben is my first grandchild and he lives with my mom. I won't go into personal details but I made sure he was ok from the get go so many years ago. He is my heart as is Ciara. During this time I was diagnosed with a heal spur and my tendon was damaged from it. Apparently I have been walking like this for over a year so nerve damage had already set in. So on April 7th I went in for surgery. I had to have the heal spur removed and the tendon repaired and then stretched to the anchors to keep my tendon in place. To this date I have been out of work. I work full time job at the local groceryStore for benefits. Thankfully I have been able to receive a portion of my pay since then. During this time of recovery I was staying with my mom. Both Ciara and I have been together at my moms. My grand son enjoyed s being there but he likes it more now that I'm back in my own home. Lol. He doesn't like to share my mom with anyone. Now I'm home and I have to continue to take it easy as it hurts to walk to long and stand to long. I currently still in a boot/brace for when I walk. My incision has developed scar tissue and it's painful. Plus being diabetic doesn't help the healing process. So I'll be out of "work" for another month. Then i should depending on what the dr says I'll back to my full time job but with reduced hours temporarily as I'll be starting school August 15th.
So as I said it's been a tying time but I'm still "standing" and I always will bounce back. I'm a fighter it's in my blood. I want my grand children and my daughter to know that no matter what age you are or what life throws at you that your dreams are always attainable. It's up to you to go and grab your dreams. Your never to old to capture those dreams.
I love what I do. I enjoy being in the kitchen and making food that not just my family will enjoy but my clients as well. I love it so much that last year I went full time Caterer. It took a bit to get my first client but it has paid off. This year I've been lucky to have 8 catering jobs. Not to bad. Plus some orders just for cakes and desserts. I recently got a new cookbook to add to my collection and it was from the famous book/tv series Outlander. The food is amazingly good. I actually went to Scotland about 17 years ago and I got to exeperience scottish food for a month and I can tell you that it was so good. Below you will see the new cookbook and the two dishes I've made so far from it. Potato Fritters & Scotch eggs with sausage patties. I highly recommend this cookbook.
Most recently I took the plunge and finally at 45 I am officially enrolled in Culinary School at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. I chose this school as there is less student per instructor so there is a more chance to have student/instructor one on one if a student needs help plus they have a Farm to table as part of there curriculum. No other school I looked at like has this program. So I will be going to Culianry school to enhance what I already do. I truly believe it will better my skills and be very good for my business. I'm so looking forward to it and I'm a bit nervous as well. It has been a very long time since I have been in a classroom setting. My biggest wish is that it shows my grand daughter that no matter age you are that no dream is unattainable. I truly hope it shows my daughter that as well.
I will post a few more photos of my dishes for you. I will post weekly from now on. I will at times post pictures and with the recipe with step by step directions to make it easier for the home cook to enjoy. I will also post my adventures in Culinary school so you can travel the path with me. Till nex time remember those less fortunate than you are and always make time for the ones you love. Because don't wait till there gone to realize you should have been there. Life can end at any given moment. Make time for you never know when our time will come. Don't waste it.
La Loba's Home Bakery & Catering
from left to right: Garlic Parmesan Potate wedges, grinding pork for freshly ground sausage, Salmon on a bed of Spanish rice, pork medallions. With garlic Parmesan wedges and sweet potato mash, Lobster on a bed of Spansh rice
Since I last posted it has been crazy. This last few weeks have been full. I did a baby shower cake for my daughter which turned out beautiful. My daughter is due to have Ciara in a few weeks. not long after that my son in law will deploy to Egypt. My grandbaby will not know her daddy till he comes home this time next year. But I digress. We had the baby shower for my daughter on June 23rd. It turned out to be a great day.
Those that came enjoyed themselves and I enjoyed seeing my baby girl smile. After the shower my mom, step dad, grandbaby and I drove back to Austin. I got ready to do another cake. It was a castle cake. I haven't done one since kay was 6 yrs old. It was hit altho I could tell the heat was melting my cake. The joys of making cakes in Texas heat. I also made cupcakes and a small birthday cake on Wednesday for my niece for school and then for there dinner that night. She shared her cake with a friend who's birthday was also Wednesday.
Im so glad that it was enjoyed. This past week I have been in a cake decorating class for work but I have some ideas that will help me in my business outside of work. So that is a good thing. I honestly wish I could do my business full time. It is what it is right. I also am running a giveaway for those that have liked my facebook page. I will draw the winner tomorrow night. The winner gets 2 dozen cupcakes and cookies. I will decorate in a patriotic theme or they can use them for another occasion. Its up to them when they want to receive them.
For now we are waiting the arrival of the newest addition of the family CIARA. I so cant wait to hold my granddaughter. it will be a joyous day indeed. For now I want to wish all of you a very Happy 4th of July. Take this time to tell all the soldiers past and present THANK YOU for all they do. They don't get time with family today. They are being deployed into harms way. And don't forget those that help keep you safe here in the states.
Owner of La Loba's Home Bakery
My weekend consisted of family and a failed BBQ. My daughter and her hubby came down for the weekend and it was a great visit as always. My daughter Katerina helped my Saturday for the BBQ to help promote my business. Im already jumping around..lol. Friday started out with me going to work at 530 in morning and getting off at 130. Rushed to the party place and picked up the table and chairs I needed for the weekend. Then rushed home as Timewarner cable was coming to downgrade my services for me. While I waited I seasoned the fajita meat, and the chicken for the k-bobs and made up the fruit k-bobs. In the middle of this the cable company finally shows up. Then after they leave my daughter gets there later in the evening. I got everything put prepped and ready to go. Katerina talked my ear off. lol But it was so good to see her.
We woke up the next morning about 7 and got ready to go. We got set up and everything seemed to be going well. Had several customers the minute I was ready to go. Then shortly after lunch the police showed up to check everyone's permits. Well me and one other were the only ones who had our permits. They made everyone else leave or they would ticket them. So needless to say the BBQ was no more after that. No business at all. So upset and hot from being out there in the heat I packed up. banged my head in the process and got things in the car to go. Got to my moms house and as upset as I was I sat at the table and cried. I had high hopes for the weekend to bring in enough money to hold me over, but alas that wasn't to be had. I was also hoping to get the word out about my bakery. again a no go. So I wont be going out again to BBQ for while if ever. We had dinner with mom and put away all the food when I got home that didn't get sold. I figured I would just put the meat away and freeze it so I will use it to make tamales for my daughters baby shower. I made ice cream cone cupcakes, and my daughter decorated them. now she is no decorator but they are cute at any rate.
Ice cream cone cupcakes that my daughter decorated.
The next day we spent the day at my moms house. I came home about 6pm and got myself ready for work on Monday. I have had a headache since Saturday evening and I still went to work. So ready for sleep. Will be working on a few things and will post them as I get them done. Take care all
Welcome to my new and first ever blog. So bear with me as I learn how to navigate this blog. Thinking about where to start..well the beginning is the best place right??
Its new beginnings for me as of May 1, 2013 when I officially became a business. I named by business La Loba's Home Bakery. A lot of people ask me why La Loba?? Well if you really know me then you already know the answer to this, but for those that don't. I named it that due to my love of wolves. Yes I love wolves. they are my favorite animal. If I could afford to decorate my home that way I would do so. trust me it would be really nice and homey. Im Puerto rican as well so incorporating both would be really nice.
As I said you can see I love wolves. :-) When I started baking I did it as just a hobby. Then I started getting orders from people wanting my cheesecakes as that's how I started. My delicious New York Cheesecakes. As more people started to order I started to realize I had something that I can do to help with taking care of my family. But I jump ahead of myself. Before I moved back to Texas in Feb 2009 I had experienced for the first time in my life what it meant to be homeless. My daughter and I thankfully were able to stay in a shelter for about a month till I could find a home that I could afford. See I know what its like to be without and lose a job and not sure what to do. Or live out of town and then realize I cant afford the gas to keep driving so far to work. that's what helped cause me to lose my home and end up in the shelter. I found us a place and eventually due to money issues lost my car too. thankfully in South Dakota they have this program where they give you a free car that people donate so that I can get to work and take my daughter to school. I was mortified that this had happened to me. I swore that it would never happen again and I have kept that promise. It hasn't always been easy and it still isn't, but I am managing and taking each day as it come. I was going through a rough time and it took me awhile to come out of the "darkness" I like to call it. A lot happened back then which was painful and I'm stronger today for all that I went through. I look at my daughter and I know that she has been scared through it all but she has come along way and I am very proud of the woman she has become.
Anyway, needless to say we moved back to Texas and through all the starting over I started to bake. truthfully it was more than a hobby it was my own form of therapy. self healing as some would call it. Hence the baking and the cheesecakes that I ended up making and selling. that is what I am most known for. I told recently that my cheesecakes taste better than the cheesecake factories and I cant help but smile at that. It makes me happy that people love what I make. I make everything with love. I take each client and try to put what they like into the cheesecake and you can tell when you take that first bite. From that point on that is what I was doing to make extra money to help me and my daughter and my grandson. Its not easy baking 5 cheesecakes at any given time along with other baked goods that was being asked for, especially in an apartment. as some may know apartments aren't known for big kitchens. I managed and I made several flavors. With each one I learned new ways to make my cheesecake better over the years. It wasn't until a few months ago that I realized I wasn't supposed to be doing that according to the cottage food law. Cheesecakes have been my money maker. So now I have had to adjust to making other baked goods and it has been a rough go but I'm hanging in there. The picture below is a strawberry/banana cheesecake.
So I'm also starting to cater for people. I have been asked in the past to cook for a client as he didn't want to cook at home. So I ended up cooking for him and he paid me very well. He would ask for homemade lasagna to artichoke dip. He kept me busy. The holidays bring on a whole new adventure for me as that is the time I get the most orders for pies. With the passage of the new cottage food law HB970 with any luck Gov. Perry will sign it and as of Sept 1st I will be able to sell my candies and nuts. I can make some kiss ass divinity and fudge. lol. Peanut butter fudge in the pic below. It was so good.
I also have ventured into making my own butter and again once Gov. Perry signs HB970 into law I can also sell my homemade butters. I also make homemade ricotta cheese for the lemon ricotta cookies that I make. they are so yummy and you would never know that there was cheese in the cookie. Its a recipe that I got from world renowned chef Giada De larentiis (sp) of GDL foods in California. I also have made my own jams and jelly. there is nothing more satisfying that eating food that is made from scratch. You know what is going into your body. In the picture below is my peach jam.
I am just like anyone else that wants to make a living doing something that I love to do and at the same time financially take care of my family. having my own business is a wonderful thing and it makes me happy and accomplished. Its a dream that I'm struggling to bring to light but with time and patience I have faith that it will happen. I just have to remember have patience and not be in such a rush. Because anything worth having takes patience and time. One of the many things I am doing to get word out about my business is going out on weekends when I'm able too and selling BBQ. Its something that I will be doing on June 1st and 2nd from 11-4. Its to celebrate Memorial Day all be it late. Good thing I didn't try to go out today as it rained most of the day. Not good when you want to BBQ. Check out my "upcoming events" page to see where and what I will be serving. My journey sort of summarized here brings me to today where I sit here writing this and praying that my business is successful and I can at some point say I don't have to work for someone else..I can do it on my own. That's the plan at any rate. From time to time I will post letting you all know what's up. You can also find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/lalobahomebakery or www.facebook.com/eve.loftus feel free to look through my site and see what I have to offer. Not all the pictures are uploaded but I will get to that soon. I will be posting a catering menu soon. I just have to finish putting the menu together. for now my baking menu/pricing is already up.
So if you have a party or some special event or just because coming up let me know. I will do whatever I can to make your special moment memorable. Until then have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend.