1. Being born
2. Gettin' hitched
3/4 tie. Birth of children
5. THIS PAST WEEKEND
And what was so darn life-altering about this past weekend, you ask? Well, just this:
Andrew and I bought a golf course and sold our house this past weekend.
Yes, you read that right. We bought a golf course. We bought an 18-hole, par 3 golf course called The Greens at Brock, we are re-branding it Brock Golf Course, and we are moving to the Niagara region of Ontario in March with our girls to prepare to open for business in the spring!
This may sound completely out of left field if you don't know us well, so perhaps a brief explanation is in order: Andrew's folks have run a golf course of their own for the past (almost) 40 years, which they built from a dairy farm. Andrew lived and worked there with his folks and his brother as a kid and after university. We made a big move to Toronto after getting married to spread our wings, and we both got down and dirty in the corporate world for a number of years. However, owning and running our own business was never far from our daily conversations. So when this course came up for sale in the fall, we both felt in our bones that this was the right fit for us and our girls, and after several months of due diligence, we closed the purchase on Friday.
We hope to launch our website (www.brockgolf.com) in the next few days, but here's a sneak peek at our logo:
Also, after less than a week on the market, we also (conditionally) sold our house in Port Credit last night! The sale should be firmed up late this week, but for now I'm just happy I don't have to keep the house in state of museum-quality cleanliness.
So... where does all of this this leave Jennifer Julie Cakes?
Well, after we get the clubhouse into working order, hopefully that leaves it right here, where it belongs:
I think it would be fun to have a little bakery display case in our clubhouse's restaurant, showcasing a few small cakes, and maybe some cupcake 6-packs for guilty golfers to take home to the significant other who stayed home with the kids.
But until that time when I get my bakery outpost up and running, I'll be going on hiatus. I have loved the past three years of running my own little business - which, now that I think about, I guess I started while moonlighting at work - and I've really enjoyed this past year of sharing my baking and caking adventures with you here on this blog.
Before I go though, I wanted to leave you with one last cake. I got this request in January, for a friend of a friend's daughter's 9th birthday. I thought the horse stable idea was super cute, and I was able to pull it off in the nick of time - just a couple of days before I packed up all my baking supplies to help with decluttering and staging our house for sale.
This is essentially a 2-tier cake, with a 9-inch round bottom tier and a carved 6-inch round top tier (chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling). The hay and grass are buttercream piped with Wilton's 233 grass tip, and I made our friends Tiki, P.C. and Oreo (along with their water trough) out of modeling chocolate.