Decorated Birthday Cookies for Hayley
Today is my amazing assistant’s birthday. She is my right arm. My little business would not be growing like it is without her. I had a such a blast creating her decorated birthday cookies. The creation process is so fun when you know someone; it allows you to create a set of cookies that fits their personality. It was about a year ago when Hayley began working at The Baked Equation. She started as an intern. She was curious to learn about the world of baking. After watching countless hours of Sweet Genius and Cupcake Wars she was ready to dive right in. One of the first lessons she learned is that it is hard work.
Hayley is a beautiful red-head and has a personality that is a mix of fiery and sweet. She is a modern day Laura Ingalls. When she started a year ago she folded bakery boxes and watched me prepare the recipes. I had her take notes while I taught her the science behind the scenes. Hayley is a fast learner and a hard worker. Little by little, I let go of the reigns in the kitchen. Hayley now preps all of our dough, royal icing and the simpler cookie sets. It was fun when Hayley first started she marveled at how expensive bake goods can be, but now she encourages me that we need to either simplify our designs or charge more. It’s funny to hear her tell people all that goes into creating cakes and cookies and why they are so expensive.
It was really cute, when Hayley first started working she would show up all dressed up and looking super cute. I would often giggle as she walked through the door. I wondered how long it would be til she showed up in clothes ready to be covered in powdered sugar and royal icing. Come on, looking like you have been tarred and feathered with powdered sugar and royal icing can be cute too, right? I love Hayley’s creative bent. She is a natural creative. I am the kind that has to work really hard at it. I mean really hard at it. When I taught her to paint on cookies, it took one try and she was off and running.
Hayley lightens up my kitchen. Often you can hear singing in the background or quoting movie lines. She is quite proficient at it. Her favorite movie line is from The Notebook. If you are bird, then I am bird. You should see the cookie set that Hayley created from the movie line. It was one of the first cookie sets she ever created.
Proverbs 31:25 is the verse listed above. Everyone woman who reads Proverbs 31 often feels a little overwhelmed. The woman described is one who is hard-working, makes multitasking look easy and is the epitome of grace . Hayley is growing and maturing as that kind of woman. She is learning the value of hard work, diligence and grace under pressure. I love the conversations we have about life kitchen. I appreciate the honesty in which she approaches the good, the bad and the ugly.
Mermaids are her favorite. Now that this set is finally done, I can’t wait to ask her today why mermaids are her favorite. What is it about these finned creatures that she likes so much?
Well Miss Hayley, I hope you have a wonderful birthday today. I hope you enjoy your decorated birthday cookies made just for you! Thank you for all you do!
If you follow The Baked Equation on Instagram you have noticed lately that we have been making marshmallows like crazy. Hayley decided for her birthday that she was going to throw a smores party. If you have never made Martha Stewart’s amazing homemade graham crackers, I highly suggest you do. They are amazingly yummy. If you do decide to make them, Hayley’s tip would be to add an extra tablespoon of honey.