I work at home ~ it ain’t just chocolate mousse and strawberries

 *This is an edited re-post from February 2011 and was edited in alignment with the tools and info I’m learning via my Social Media Strategy Course

Being a work from home mom is a lot of balancing and juggling … and asking for help. I go to many networking events and meetings to market my business and that often times means hiring a sitter for the kids until hubby gets home. Everything was set for tonight’s meeting where I’ll also be showcasing Wildtree’s Chocolate Mousse for all the Torrance Heartlink participants to enjoy after dinner. Sitter confirmed, whipping cream and strawberries purchased; I was going about my day slightly leisurely.

AND THEN I got the text, “I tried to eat and can’t keep anything down. Sorry I can’t watch the kids tonight:(”

Panic entered my heart and I was frozen

And then I took a few deep breathes. No big deal, we have a back-up sitter. Just text her and it will all work out. So I did. And then I waited. 5 minutes, 10 minutes …. ARRGGHHHHHHHHHHH. No response. Ok what is plan C? Sick sitter’s mom is a friend and loves the kids. I’ll text her and she’ll watch the kids until hubby can get home and all will be fine. SO I did. And then I waited. 5 minutes. (ok, I’m freaking out time to text hubby) 10 minutes…. ARRGGHHHHHHHHHHH. No response.

Ok, what time is it? only 3:15. Still have time to figure out a plan D and make the Mousse for the meeting. Time to call hubby — my all time BEST idea bouncer! ok, a few phone calls later and support from a wonderful hubby and Plan D is secured and the kids have secure, fun care at preschool until Hubby can weave his way through traffic and pick them up. (Thanks hubby for leaving work early!!)

Ok, now back to my leisurely day.

It is now 3:50. Maybe I should chill the mixing bowl and get out the hand mixer. yes I have a stand mixer but believe it or not I have not unpacked it since our move in April of 2010. Haven’t needed it yet since I do so little baking from scratch. Everything I’ve done (including lots of mousse making) has been handled just fine with the hand mixer. Searching for the beaters ….. still searching …. nope not in that drawer either.

And panic again enters my heart!!!!!!!!!

Ok, I can figure this out. What can I use to to whip up the whipping cream into peaks …

KITCHENAID to the rescue!!!!

(And now you have also read the story of how I finally unpacked my Kitchenaid!)

But wait this post was supposed to be about Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries. I’m writing this blog while waiting for the freshly hand-washed mixing bowl to chill for quicker/easier peaks. Luckily it only takes 10 minutes to make Chocolate Mousse. I’ve already washed the strawberries and packed them into my hand-painted eco-friendly shopping tote. Have my freezeable bowl chilling in the freezer. SO now my friends … I’m off to whip the heck of some cream with my fabu Kitchenaid.

Was your day all chocolate mousse and strawberries or did you have a few challenges today?  Remember it is not the obstacle that defines you but how you handle it — so whip up that obstacle and put a strawberry on top!

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5 Responses to “I work at home ~ it ain’t just chocolate mousse and strawberries”

  1. PatZahn Says:

    I tell you, it makes me nervous to rely on others for this reason. You make all your plans, you get all “zen” and then someone flakes (of course getting sick is not really a flake…) i, too, have a supportive and flexible hubby so have always been able to meet commitments. Working from home can be a challenge because we don’t have some of those systems in place that those who don’t do – but you handled it awesomely! I’m just happy you unpacked your KitchenAid…

  2. Maridel Bowes Says:

    Love peeking inside your window, Yvonne, and seeing how you handle the ups and downs of Mom and Entrepreneur. Or is it entree-preneur? I bet the choco-mousse-strawberry dish was a big success too!

  3. meredithjacobonlineacob Says:

    Oh, how I have lived this moment before, when the babysitter plan doesn’t work out and you go to plan B, C, and D. With young kids, it seems we are always facing stumbling blocks like this. Next time I come across a moment like this (which will probably be by tomorrow morning at 8 AM, I’ll think of you as another mom in the trenches. Great story!

  4. Julieanne Case Says:

    I’ll remember this one when I have a stumbing block day. This takes the cake or should I say mousse? I love my KitchenAid mixer too!

    • Yvonne Elm Hall Says:

      HA HA Julianne;) I still haven’t found those beaters for the hand mixer … so I’m wearing that Kitchenaid OUT!! not that it is really possible to wear it out but I’m trying. 😉


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