Here I am composing my first blog and a gun fight is literally happening outside my apartment building, not directly in front but less than a block away. It was nearly 4 am when dogs barking and shooting can be heard. My street and Burnside, the street that separates NW and SW Portland is cordoned off - it's a parking lot of cop cars and first response teams. A helicopter, I'm sure from a news agency, is circling around. Early newsfeeds are saying that the cops are trying to negotiate with the gunman. It's almost 6 am now and I'm sure everyone in a mile or two radius is awake and wanting to know what the heck is going on. So, this is what I get for living in the city - expect anything, I guess. But right outside my doorstep? - um, just a little too close for comfort. I'm glad I parked my car on a different street.
And here I thought writing about me being a Pampered Chef consultant again is big news. <come on, you have to admit that that is a perfect segue.>
I forked out $249 for the above Ultimate Kit - valued over $1000 - go big, or go home! Some of the pieces I already own so I've decided to raffle them off throughout my upcoming events. If you didn't know already, Pampered Chef is a direct sales company that rely on consultants to sell their products through a system or concept known as a party plan that was popularized by Tupperware several decades ago. The company was founded in 1980 by Doris Christopher. When I became a consultant a few years ago, her book The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies was included in my kit. It's a good read - with inspiring insights and advice for entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
Above was the consultant kit I purchased nearly 4 years ago. I think this was the deluxe kit at the time. As you can see, there are a few repeated items - the Simple Slicer, Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater, Garlic Press, Measuring Spoons, Mix 'N Scraper, Manual Food Processor, etc.
So why Pampered Chef?
Confession: the three things I'm passionate about are - baking, cooking, and eating. Am I a foodie for loving food and everything about it? Well, I do go to foodie events like Feast Portland. I have eaten at Beast. I have worked in the food industry as a baker and then owned a small business that specialized in cookies and cakes. My hobby is still baking cookies/cakes and decorating cakes for friends and family. And now, I'm a consultant for a company that's known for its kitchen products and operates in three countries: United States, Germany, and Canada. Oh and I do own quite possibly way too many cookbooks. LOL.
So again, why Pampered Chef?
I love kitchen gadgets! And Pampered Chef products are well made. Absolutely you can find less or as expensive replicas but when you're at a demonstration show and you actually touch the products, observe its quality, use it, and hear about it -- well, I certainly fell in love with many of their gadgets and pieces and still own them to this day just from being invited to and attending a show.
I joined Pampered Chef to get free or discounted products, to earn extra money, to hopefully enjoy a free trip, and to interact with people about food - from cooking techniques, to recipe swaps, to suggestions and tips.
Please join me in my foodie adventure either at an in-person show, a virtual show, or here on my personal website and blog. You can also follow me on Facebook.
BAKE + COOK + EAT = and have all the FUN that you can handle and then some. Just ENJOY!