Having your cake.....

In an effort to try and make ends meet I've come to the conclusion that I will have to take on a second job. This idea didn't really appeal to me, I work full time already and see little enough of my daughter as it is without working nights.

A friend suggested I try selling the things I normally bake and give away. I wasn't entirely sure about this but decided I would give it a try, what harm could it do.

After calling around a few different places I've decided to set up a table at the car boot sale which takes place at Movilla Abbey Church the first Saturday of every month.

I'll admit the prospect of baking all that food is a bit daunting, obviously I thought nothing could really be done in advance and would all have to be baked the two nights before the sale. I'll be doing some lemon iced gingerbread cake and a lemon polenta cake which are always better a day or two after baking so I knew I could bake these during the week before the sale.

I had thought about baking some cookies to sell as well, but thought that these would be a little time consuming and maybe not worth the bother. That was until reading Rebekah's WFMW on ready-bake cookies. I made up small batches of about six cookies worth in peanut butter, choc chip and oat/raisin last night and froze them. I'll be baking these at the weekend to check the texture and then hopefully making up huge batches of ready to bake cookies. Brilliant. This really has saved me a lot of hassle and it's also covered one of the "small" things to bake for the sale which I was getting a bit stuck on. I had welsh cheesecakes and that was about it.

So I ready now, it'll be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it and can't wait now. I'll be there Sat 5 July with my wee table all set up and hoping for the best.

Plus this way toots can help me a little, she's getting really good at weighing things out, so this way she can spend even more time with mummy.

Wish me luck



  1. Thanks for the visit to my blog. A cake stall sounds like a great idea - home baked goods are always popular. Hope it goes well.

  2. Thanks. I hope so too, otherwise it'll be cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week at our house. (It would last longer anywhere else, but I really like cake)

  3. I've had great success with freezing unbaked cookies to bake later. I'm sure you will, too.

    Good luck with selling your goodies. I'd love to hear how you did when it's over.

  4. Annie, I'll definitely be posting on this in a couple of weeks.

    Hopefully the cookies will turn out well. I think the trick is just freezing them properly in the first place. I've been doing a fair bit of OAMP (that's once a month prep) with mostly success so I think I'm getting the hang of freezing things, still the odd thing just doesn't work though. We live and learn.

  5. I don't mind at all! I'm all for mommies finding ways to make extra money without taking on a job, or in your case, ANOTHER job! I've thought about selling baked goods, too, but thought it was too daunting a task. You just may have inspired me to try a hand at it here in my town! If only we had a sale or auction similar to yours! Thanks for linking to my blog as well!

  6. Bek, no problem at all. I would never have thought of it myself only for my friend telling me I should. I need a bit of a push sometimes. We're lucky here in NI there are quite a lot of car boot sales, usually churchs organise them to raise money for bills and repairs, so it's a good cause as well, plus very inexpensive, usually £5 per car. You could mention to your local church, they may be interested in the idea as a fundraiser. It's a great way to get rid of yard sale items as well. Although be careful, one man's junk and all that, I've came home sometimes having bought as much as I sold.


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