Monday, May 4

Goodbye Bakeaholic Mama! Hello Ollie Cakes...

Today's blog post is a little bittersweet.... but mostly sweet. I am officially announcing the end of Bakeaholic Mama, and the beginning of a new venture.

Several months ago, I came to a realization that I absolutely despise blogging professionally and working from home was just not for me. After being quite unhappy for sometime, I decided I need to get a job outside of the house. Not because I need to financially, but because I have been home with 3 kids for going on 9 years and I am ready to bust out of here.



After toying around with my resume, looking around to see what kind of jobs were available in my area, I quickly realized that with my skills, I can not find a job that pays more than blogging.... I would be putting in a 40 hour work week and my income would be the same as it is if I blog PART TIME. As badly as I want to work outside of the home, I can't justify taking a crappy paying job that I won't LOVE and then having to pay child care on top of it.



After expressing all of this to my husband and a lot of tears... Steve just said. "Start your own business then. " Just as simple as that.... Start your own business. I laughed at him through my tears, "yeah right... " He just said it again in his blunt way. "If you want to open your own business.... just do it. We have the money." 

That's when I realized that I already knew what I wanted to do... I have always had the idea of opening a gourmet donut shop up in the back of my head, but never said the words out loud. I knew there was nothing like it in our state, and if there is anything I consider myself an expert in, it is food trends. Donuts are H O T right now, and NH is just about the only place that has not hopped on the gourmet donut train.




That night was the start of Granite State Donuts LLC. I went to work reading everything I needed to plus some on what I needed to do in order to start a donut shop/cafe. I talked to friends who are also restaurant owners, got as much advice as I could and then wrote our business plan. 

I am proud to say that Granite State Donuts LLC is opening up it's first location (I hope there are many more to come), Ollie Cakes (named after my dog). We are opening at 45 Manchester St. Manchester, NH, early this summer.



Our menu will include all of the classics like glazed yeast donuts and old fashioned spudnuts.... then of course we have daily modern flavors like Lemon Creme Brûlée Donuts with a Tennessee Whiskey Glaze, Black Currant and Pistachio, Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed, Orange Meringue, Grapefruit Poppy Seed, S'more Cake Donuts (made with my homemade fluff), Maple Bacon... the list goes on and on! The most important thing about Ollie Cakes is that everything is hand rolled and hand cut. Our donuts are made just like they were when our grandmas were frying donuts.  We are also doing daily specials like, Chicken and Donuts, Donut Poutine, Donut Breakfast Sandwiches,  Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches, pretty much any way you can use a donut, I plan on offering at Ollie Cakes.



I know all this might sound selfish to some, most stay at home moms are probably thinking I am out of my mind... but here's the thing, it is not just about me and what I want. It is about setting an example for my kids. I realized that I was unhappy and things needed to change. So I am changing them. If there is anything that comes out of this, it is that I want my kids to know that they don't have to settle... they too can pursue something that challenges them and makes them happy. I want them to know that as scary as taking risks  are, sometimes they are worth it. And most of all.... it's time they realized that there is a lot more to Mama than doing their laundry and cooking their supper.



So what does all of this mean for Bakeaholic Mama? Well I am walking away. All of my social media channels have been changed over to Ollie Cakes NH (be sure to follow me!) and the blog is done. I am simply closing this chapter of my life, and moving on to bigger and better things.




**Update: We have received some rather disappointing news from the City of Manchester's Mechanical Inspector.... we can not instal a hood and fire suppression system as planned. We instead have to make the duct work travel up the side of the neighboring building (an additional 2-3 stories) all this extra work is going to set us back another $10,000 which will put us out of budget! 

**Update 8/28/2015: Sadly, after two real estate deals falling apart over the summer (the original one in Manchester, and the 2nd one in Derry)  losing some money... 6 months into this process.... we are forced to start exploring other avenues. I've worked a few small farmer's markets around the state over the summer, and am taking special orders for parties/meetings/events.  For more updates follow along on the Ollie Cakes Facebook page. 

For info on special orders please email granitestatedonuts@gmail.com 








82 comments:

  1. I could not possibly be more excited for you. You inspire me and I'm proud to call you my friend. I can't wait to follow along with your newest adventure!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I know I get down on blogging often but if there is one positive thing it's that I've made you as a friend! Can't wait for your visit in a few weeks.

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  2. Congratulations! I wish you the best and cannot wait to see your donut success! You are going to rock it!

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  3. I just love it. LOVE. IT. So happy and excited for you. The only thing that sucks is how far away I am from your new shop. Ship me some?

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    1. They might be stale when they arrive... but lets try? ;)

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  4. Oh girl, this is definitely a bittersweet post to READ! Happy you are going to start something new and exciting and am wishing you all the best!

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    1. Thanks so much! You need to plan a trip down from Montreal :)

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  5. I am sorry and joyful to see you go! Sorry because I love your baking posts and joyful to know you are getting to do something you find fulfilling! I wish you great success and hope very much to get to come try your doughnuts someday.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you make your way to NH !

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  6. I will be a bit sad because I loved your baking posts, but this isn't about me, it is about you! Best wishes on your new endeavor, hope to visit your shop one day as your baked goods always looks so delightful. Wish you lots of sweet success!!!

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  7. Its really bittersweet but I wish you the best in your future endeavors!

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  8. Wow that sounds like an amazing opportunity! I have to say the idea of a gourmet doughnut shop is super enticing! If anyone has any sense it will be a hit :) Wishing you the best of luck :D

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    1. Thanks June! It is amazing, I am so lucky to have a supportive husband who is helping me make it happen!

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  9. What a wonderful and exciting adventure! As a SAHM for the last nine year too (gosh I can't believe it has been that long!) I can relate to wanting to occasionally bust out :) I wish you all the luck on this new chapter in your life!

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    1. Some people are cut out for it... I am not ;)

      Thanks so much for the kind words.

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  10. Congratulations and good luck! I will miss Bakeaholic Mama!

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  11. Yay! I am so excited for you. Congratulations on your new adventure! I can't wait to stop by when I am in the area. We visit often and I can't wait to try the donuts myself. Best wishes for continued success!

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    1. I hope you come visit next time you come up!

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  12. Wow! Way to follow your passion and your dream. You and your husband must be so proud. Sounds like an amazing time in your life! I can't wait to hear more!

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  13. I am so totally excited for you, Carrie! Way to grab the bull by the horns and totally dominate it. You're an inspiration to me to reach for my dreams, even the ones I don't mention aloud, because achieving them is totally possible and can be my own reality, too. Love you! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much Hayley! I'm a little sad because now that I have dropped out of the "blogging scene" I won't be going to any events where I get to hang out with you! So please.... come to Boston/Manchester and see me.

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  14. I'm so happy for you and your new venture!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! Hope you and the baby are doing well!!!!

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  15. Soooooo super excited for you!!! We all must follow our dreams and our inner voice, for that I commend you! You're also setting an awesome example for your kids. Nothing is too hard if you love what you do! XOXO!

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  16. I am SO excited for you! and what an inspiration you are not only to your kids, but to all us SAHM's looking for "more". I need to find a way to get to NH for sure

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  17. As if you weren't already amazing and inspirational enough! It's been an honor knowing you first through Sundays with Joy and watchig your blog grow through the years. Now my respect for you has seriously just skyrocketed. I am so so happy you're pursuing what you want, and have no doubt that your business will be a smashing success. If you ever need a donut apprentice/photographer/taste tester (or a GM for a Midwest location ;)), you know how to reach me :) Big love to you Carrie!!

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    1. So I was talking to a friend the other day about how I have to start thinking about hiring help for the bakery... and all I kept thinking was I need to find someone like ELLEN! Move out here and go to college, seriously, New England Culinary Institute has an amazing pastry arts program with your name on it ;) and then come work for me!

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    2. Awwwwe, i'm going back to school here actually but if anything changes/once I finish college I am so there dude! I could work for you, KAF, Ben & Jerry's...oh man what a dream lol

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  18. I'm about to make a cross country road trip for this. AWESOME. You rock Carrie! Go get em tiger!

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  19. Congratulations on realising your dream. Food blogging is as much about writing as it is creating and cooking/baking. I wish you every success. You've earned it x Sammie

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    1. Thank you so much Sammie! Blogging has become so much more than just cooking and baking... you have to be a writer, a professional photographer, a baker, a chef, a teacher, and a marketing genius. It's just TOO much.

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  20. I read this while lying in bed dreaming about my life... and you, my friend, are truly an inspiration! THANK YOU for writing about realizing your dream. It's been so fun watching you on Facebook practice and perfect your skills for this new venture. I wish you nothing but success! Congratulations!!! xxooxxoo

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  21. Loved hearing the full story behind this after seeing all the pictures on social media. I'm so happy for you and cannot wait to see how successful you become. I was just thinking last night (I think after seeing a black currant pistachio doughnut?) , "I think Carrie has found her calling." Sounds like I was right! Best of luck, friend!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel!! I appreciate your kind words!!

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  22. Congratulations girl!!!! I am so proud of you for being able to know that blogging was not making you happy and that you needed to get out and find something you had a bigger passion for. It has been so fun to watch your doughnut adventure through instagram and FB...and I am dying to have donuts all the time now. Maybe one of these days we will get out that way and I will be making a stop at one of your many stores!!! Good luck! I know you are going to do at awesome at it!!!

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn.... who knows maybe I'll open one in Indy so I can be closer to my family!

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  23. I wish you tons of good luck!! I hope you sell an amazing amount!! If I'm ever in the area I will drop in and sample!! Thanks for the many good reads and good recipes!

    Mishelle

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  24. It is great to stay at home with your little ones but I think there are so many good things when moms work too. I wish you the best of luck. And if I am ever in the area I will be sure to stop by.

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  25. I'm so, so happy for you!!! I can't wait to make a trip up to visit one day and try those fantastic donuts! I can't wait to see what's in store for Ollie Cakes (and you!!)) hugs!!

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    1. Thanks so mich Angie!! Come visit me ;)

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  26. I am so proud of you and so inspired!!! Chase your dreams, and I hope to visit you at Ollie Cakes some day! xoxo

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  27. I am so happy and excited for you, Carrie. You are an amazing example for your children!! It's really not easy to figure out what you want for yourself and even harder to decide to go for it. Now I just need to find my way up to NH because I MUST get my hands on your donuts. xoxo

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  28. So excited for you!! Remember, I am off during the summer if you need help!

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    1. If we ever get these darned doors opened I might call you! We need to hire someone to help part time... you'd be perfect ;)

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  29. What a fabulous post and what a fabulous adventure! It is definitely bittersweet but absolutely so awesome that you are taking this exciting step. Best of luck on your new venture and I'll take a dozen Black Currant and Pistachio please :)

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  30. Carrie, I'm a mom who's a better mom when I'm working than when I'm home all day. It's something that I think we feel some degree of mom guilt about, but shouldn't. There's no award that you get for being a working mom. There's no award you get for being a stay at home mom. The award is growing happy, healthy children into productive, well-adjusted adults. I personally find that a more attainable goal when I'm able to focus on work then on my kids and not both at the same time :)

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    1. Thanks so much Regan! I really feel that this makes me a better mom. I know that sounds kind of weird, but being home is not benefiting me or them anymore.

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  31. I seriously think you are one of the most amazing people ever! The fact that you said you weren't happy and worked to change it is so inspiring. I am sad I won't see your wonderful recipes floating around online but I am beyond happy for you in this new venture, and I know it will be a huge success because you are following your heart. Also I am so glad I got the opportunity to meet you in person. You are wonderful, and I cannot WAIT to come and try these incredible donuts!!!

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    1. I am SO glad we got to hang out in Miami and Nashville. I hope that I still get to see some of you even though I'm dropping out of the blogging circle. Seriously, someone plan a retreat or a conference up my way! I'll deliver free donuts.

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  32. I will miss you blogging here, but I am so excited for your new adventure! Best wishes for lots of success!!! Proud of you for realizing blogging wasn't making you happy and stepping up to make a change!

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  33. This makes me well up with tears in all good ways my dear friend. I am so happy for you! And your family. It is goign to be tough, but I do not doubt you won't love every minute of it.

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    1. Oh I know, it's already so hard and we haven't even opened so I'm in for a world of hurt... but good hurt! I hope you come visit if you every find yourself down here.

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  34. I have been SO INSPIRED watching Ollie Cakes come to life. I think that you are doing an amazing thing by pursuing your dreams, something priceless for your kids. I'm not cut out to be a stay at home mom either . . . my escape is through blogging, but my youngest is a lot younger than yours, I can totally understand where you're at. Wishing you the best of luck and I know you are going to kick some donut ass.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! My blog helped me a ton through the pregnancy of my third baby and through the last 4 years of parenting through early childhood. I just need to move on to other things now that they are all about to be in school next year.

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  35. I just wish you the best of everything! You will be missed! But I hope someday ( I'm in California) I'll get out to the east and get to visit.... There's quite a few donuts I'd like to taste! 😃🍩

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  36. This is fantastic. I wish you all the best, Carrie! And if I'm ever in NH, I know straight where I'm headed. :)

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  37. You are AWESOME! So glad you are going to make your dream a reality and oh my goodness, I know just where we are heading the next time we are in Manchester! :) I will be spreading the word!

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  38. That is just awesome. Good luck on this new adventure. It sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of donut making :-) Will visit for sure if I am ever in the area!!

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  39. Congratulations Carrie! I was wondering who OllieCakesNH was on IG and why they were showing all these delicious donuts. I'm so happy and excited for you for taking this leap and can't wait to see this process. Makes me want to jump in the car and head up there went the shop is open. Donuts are a weakness for sure.

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  40. Good for you for doing what makes you happy! Congrats and if I ever mind myself in NH I will have to check it out!

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  41. Carrie, I am so happy to watch you follow your dreams. You are such an inspiration! And I know your kids are being so inspired by you right now, too. I know in my gut that you are going to be wildly successful! Thanks for sharing your story!

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  42. I have you beat by 1 year as a SAHM ;-) I must agree with you some moms are cut out for this long term and some of us need to break free again at some point! I am now 8 months away from getting my BA to become an Elementary School teacher and can't wait to teach my first classroom full of kids BUT deep down inside my dream is opening/owning a Coffee Shop someday. I am jealous that you are working at making your dream come true now and wish you all the best!!!

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  43. How did I miss this post?? I am so thrilled for you and inspired!!!! And mostly, so glad my MIL lives in New Hampshire because that means I will most certainly be visiting your shop one day!! xoxo

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