Gear Down - In the spirit of relaxing in the New Year, hopefully after wrapping up a successful holiday season at your bakery, try these ideas on for size to kick back a little. Here’s wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2013.
Half of dietitians agree that low-fat and low-carb diets are out in 2013, according to a new survey by PR agency Pollock Communications. This is great news for bread lovers. And there are few things more relaxing than baking one great loaf of bread.
Real men don’t do yoga, you say? Wrong! Yoga is arguably the hottest fitness craze in America, and there are all types to suit anyone’s style. You’ve probably heard of hot yoga, and now anti-gravity yoga is even hotter. Just don’t try eating a donut while you’re balancing on your head.
Walk, don’t run, to the nearest jogging trail. Walking is great exercise, and, besides, it feels a lot better than tripping on a patch of ice while jogging. Trust me on that one.
You probably haven’t been to the movies in months, so now is the perfect time to sneak away for a theatrical escape. The Hobbit is one of the most popular movies out right now. But please resist the urge to follow competitive eater Jamie McDonald’s quest to consume the entire Hobbit menu at Denny’s in less than 20 minutes.
So the kids are still home from school on winter break for a few more days? Put them to work, so you don’t have to. Even better, convince them to wait on you for an entire day by threatening to chaperone at their next school dance.
Unleash your inner creativity by learning a new hobby like painting. Try starting with acrylics, because if you make a mistake, all you have to do is keep painting over it. Wouldn’t that be a nifty trick on all your decorated cakes?
You may not believe it, but many a bakery owner visits other bakeries while on vacation. It can be an eye-opening experience to see what others are doing well, and it can be a fun endeavor to get away from your own shop.
Excuse our self-promotion, but an even more relaxing way to visit other bakeries is to check out all the cool bakery ideas on The Baking Channel at www.bakemag.com. All you need is some free time in front of the computer, and you’re sure to learn more from your peers than you ever imagined.
The NFL Playoffs start this weekend (Jan. 5-6), and the BCS Championship Game in college football is all set for Monday, Jan. 7. Have someone else do the cooking (and baking!) and enjoy a day of leisure on the couch.