the week of tedious tasks

December 8, 2011 |  Category:   the biz

Mark made 1000 marshmallows on Sunday.

He also baked about 5000 cookies on Monday. He usually gives an update with a precise count – which he did at 4515 – but then he lost count.

I wrapped 400 brownies in 2.45 hours Monday night. I never wrapped that many brownies in one siting before. Here’s a little piece of trivia for your Wednesday evening: I’m the only person who has ever wrapped the brownies. Every single brownie that has gone out in nearly 4 years was wrapped by me.

I tied 260 ribbons so far this week with probably 130 more to go before the week is over.

I assembled 100 gift boxes today. It took me about 4 hrs. I cut and folded all the paper and cut ribbon before hand to make it go more like an assembly line. I have about 120 more boxes to assemble tomorrow and Friday.

Mark and I were remembering our first holiday (which you can find in the archives if you were so inclined to read about such things) and we laughed at how freaked out we were. Our websites weren’t even open for online orders! We were just focusing on a few large corporate orders and we didn’t do nearly as many holiday markets, but we were so sleep deprived and completely overwhelmed.
I guess we got faster. I’m glad we can laugh at those olden days now.

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  • Misha December 8, 2011 at 12:47 am

    πŸ™‚ you guys make a great team

  • 3lin December 8, 2011 at 1:43 am


  • stella December 8, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I really, truly admire you guys – even counting to 4515 would kill me! Hope you can get some rest in between wrapping/baking/ribbons

  • Helle (Helen) December 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Are you legally bound to wrap each cake individually, or do you do it for marketing reasons or do the cakes and marshmallows stay fresher? I am just asking, because if I can to your stand at one of the markets and you picked up a cake or marshmallow with tongs and put them in a bag then and there, I personally would not need each item to be individually cellophane wrapped. And I wonder how many other people would prefer them to be anid if not, it would save you a lot of work : -))) – as you can see, I don’t sell fresh produce so I’m probably just being naive here.

  • Cecilia Madden December 8, 2011 at 9:21 am

    You two rock. And I can’t believe you’re the sole brownie wrapper. How random/awesome.

  • diamondkelt December 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    That is insane you wrapped them that fast. You guys are getting “so pro” at this now. Hope you get to take a few well deserved weeks off after the rush ends.

  • Atsuko December 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

    You got the lots of wrapping done for sure. I bet your hands shoulder need love now. Isn’t funny that the past chaotic event can be laughed later in your life, is it? We had the same moment, too recently. We laughed at each other. One bitter memory now became our sweet memory.

  • gia December 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    wow, I admire you too. It sounds like you will be needing help soon. I’m glad I don’t have that job though, I would gain weight so quick!

  • jesse December 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    impressive about of work in a short time. the treats look and sound delicious of course!

  • Sebbie December 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’ll bet you feel blessed that your success forces all the tedious tasks. Congrats!

  • Annie From Seattle December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Well, I can’t speak for anyone else but I enjoyed the heck out of every single brownie. All that wrapping was worth it πŸ™‚ Yummy!

  • Amina December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I love your blog. I read it in Kz, USA and now that I am in Sweden, I read it here too. Thanks for keeping up, and sharing pieces of your life, very humbling.

    I can’t believe you had energy to do all the work. I hope everything sells and well. I wish I was in the States to order some brownies, they look delicious. If I may ask, all this work you are doing, is it worth it? Why do you do it besides for the money?

    Happy holidays and congrats!

  • satsuki shibuya December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    wow!!! now THAT is some serious baking. πŸ˜‰ but i love it when individual share the behind-the-scenes look at how things really happen & i appreciate your creations even more!

  • vitaminA December 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    that’s love! makes each brownie all the more precious. i’ll hv to order one after your holiday madness is over to give you a break! πŸ™‚

  • Tina December 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

    my husband and i can relate to this πŸ™‚

  • jasmine December 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, so much love and care goes to your product. I need to order more of those brownies… had the espresso ones before, so divine!

  • gia December 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    p.s. This post made me think how nice it would be to get a sampler box and share with my family when we get tgthr. this xmas. We are lacking in annual traditions and I think my mom and me are really craving that.. no pun intended. Anyway, I think your items would be such a fun conversation piece and we all like unique things like this. I wonder if I order it now, but don’t eat it till we get together a few weeks later if it would all keep?

  • Rendy December 10, 2011 at 9:43 am


  • Jocy December 11, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Well done, that is amazing. I look forward to ordering treats from your store when I visit the US this holiday!

  • Jenni December 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful site. Looks like you have a vibrant business and that your photography skills match your cooking skills. Such a pleasure to browse!

  • Tian December 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    congrats, must be very gratifying to get so much done!

    does mark enjoy his work more than the last one year ago?

  • tooodayi December 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Wow good luck!

  • Bronwyn December 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Good work to you both!
    Hoping we are going to be able to laugh about our first few years someday soon here in Montreal!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Anna December 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

    You guys are a power team. I used to work at a chocolate shop and for years, I became a factory of various packing techniques, especially during the holidays. Not my favorite, but you get surprised how good you get at those things. I just read your most recent posts as well….Good luck! It seems like the majority of the storm is over.

  • Jen Laceda December 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    It’s always good to be busy, right? πŸ™‚ You guys have an awesome business. Best wishes to you guys and you’re a great team!