July’s AdVenture: Custom Pastries
Welcome to AdVentures. In this column, we’ll take a closer look at our family’s entrepreneurial venture of the month. We’ve already hosted a taco wagon and a coffee stand and made and sold homemade chocolate bars. Rumors of future projects such as publishing a children’s book and designing a girl’s handbag can neither be confirmed nor denied. As with all AdVentures, the goal is to have some fun with the kids and learn more about entrepreneurism.
My wife and I recently killed cable because we just didn’t see the value anymore. Kathleen watched no more than thirty minutes of TV per day and I only surfed channels once the kids went to bed. We were also apprehensive to commit to any new series (sitcom or other) because it would just be another thing to fill up our schedule.
The children, on the other hand, were a whole different story.
We’re definitely not the type of parents who use the television to babysit our kids. However, we’re not afraid to let them watch some cartoons in the morning or while dinner is being made. And they really loved some of their shows such as the Dinosaur Train. Killing cable for these guys would certainly crimp their style. But we did it anyway.
We were so proud of ourselves — right up to the minute the Roku box showed up in the mail. (Um, a co-worker talked us into trying Roku as you can watch TV over the internet for free.) Before we knew it, we had streaming entertainment at our fingertips. And I had a new friend in Buddy the Cake Boss.
The Cake Boss?
For those of you who don’t know Buddy, he’s a throwback from the old country. When he talks with his Italian accent, I feel like I’m watching Goodfellas. Buddy is extremely energetic, motivated and assertive…and a very talented entrepreneur. Not only that, but he makes some of the most beautiful and unique cakes I have ever seen.
Quite frankly, I didn’t realize people like Buddy existed outside of the movies. But after watching about 30 episode of Cake Boss, I’m pretty sure this guy’s for real. And even though he occasionally toes the line with his language, I allow the kids to watch the show.
They’re just amazed at the cakes he can make and they love it when he does custom jobs such as a dinosaur or a race car. It’s actually pretty fun to watch him create his masterpieces from scratch. Inevitably, there will be chaos during the building process, but in the end he makes it look like…a piece of cake.
After watching all these shows and being fairly in touch with what goes into the process, I thought we should give it a try. Although I’m not sure this AdVenture will result in a massive custom cake, we are going to try something new that registers pretty high on the fun-o-meter. Stick with us friends, this one should be good!
Are we in over our heads? What kind of custom pastry should we make? Have you ever samples the frosting before putting it on the cake?
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