December 20 | 2012
Happy holidays from Tessa, the only creature at Texas French Bread who is relaxed these days! It’s been a crazy whirlwind of activity around here. I forgot to wrap the cranberry breads before I went home at 11pm last night, but they should be ok because we soak them in an orange juice and sugar solution. The huge order of Buche de Noel that we do for a local doctor every year (and always plan to get done early) is way behind and on emergency schedule as usual. How can we fit the apple tarts in the oven when the bread isn’t done yet, and what about the special order for a key lime pie that someone took even though we don’t make key lime pies this time of year? And can I please have 5 inches of space on this work table so I can keep packing cookie tins???
As I tend to do at this time of year, I find myself wondering why I can’t celebrate Christmas like a normal person. You know – the way y’all do it: rest, recuperation, contemplative reverence for the wonder of existence and quality time spent with friends and family. Ok – just chalk it up to me not getting out much this time of year, but please try not to burst my bubble. In my imagination, that’s how I imagine other people celebrate. Bing Crosby and White Christmas playing on an old-timey turntable somewhere off in the distance as the firelight spreads a soft glow…
The truth is, over the years, I’ve really grown to love the intensity that defines the food business around holiday time, and I don’t think it would feel like the season without this work and this pace. And while it’s certainly good for businesses to have a few weeks when we’re pushed to the limit, I think all of us in this field feel like this is the time of year when we are pressed into service to truly give everything we have in contribution to our community. I believe I speak for everyone at TFB when I say that we are extremely grateful to all of you. You give us the opportunity to do our very best work – and that is one of the best gifts anyone could hope for.
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