Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We're Live!

Marisol and Rowan are at their first live appearance on Good Morning, Good People.  Of course they are very excited and nervous.  They know the products and items they will be covering and have been rehearsing for close to a week.  There are cue cards to help them along, but, mostly they will have to work through some key points.  The segment is 15 minutes, and they have a lot to cover in that time period, but they are confident they can do it.

Because they have not yet hired a new employee, but have a position posted, they posted a sign for days before the segment that they would open later.  There is a sign on the door right now stating the opening time for the day.  While they know it is a loss of revenue for The Flavor Café for the day, they are getting paid for segment and getting free advertising, which will more than make up for the loss.

As soon as they hire at least one part-time employee and, possibly, an employee just to help cover that morning, they will be okay.  More employees may even mean keeping the café open longer hours and on through the weekend.  They aren't sure yet, but they are hopeful.

So they are about to start and I don't want to miss a thing. So let's see what's happening.

Peyton (speaking into her headset):  Is the crew ready?  We'll need them to move fast to change out the items on this table during the close shots?  Make sure they follow the line up correctly.  We don't need any mistakes throwing off the segment....Okay.  Just check.  I don't see anyone headed out here yet.  I need to see bodies right now, please.  Thank you.

Peyton:  Are you ready, Ladies.  I'm sure you'll be fine.  Just think like you're talking to your family and friends or just one customer at a time.  Don't worry about the cameraman as he moves around, sometimes we need closer shots.  Pretend he's not there.
Rowan:  Okay.  I'll try to do that.
Marisol:  I'm a little nervous, but I'm sure we'll get through it.
Peyton:  The camera will get close during the table updates so the team isn't caught on camera.  So those are your extra chat moments like we discussed. Relax, breathe, pace yourself and have fun with it.  Okay?
Rowan and Marisol:  Okay.

Peyton backs away using her fingers for countdown based on the countdown she's getting in her headphones.  Now they are live!

Rowan:  Good morning, good people.  I'm Rowan and this is Marisol from The Flavor Café and we're happy to be here with you this morning.  
Marisol:  Yes, good morning.
Rowan:  We have lots to show you today with a mix of foods and kitchen items to help you serve yourself, family and friends some delicious food.

 Rowan:  Summer's coming to an end, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy being in your backyard while cooking a delicious and satisfying meal for your family.  Here are a couple of quick ideas.  Oven fried chicken and easy mac and cheese.  Prep time is 20 minutes. While you're boiling the macaroni, you simply coat the chicken with flour and bread crumbs, seasoned to taste, spray oil on the pan and the top of the chicken and into the oven it goes. 
Marisol:  That does sound easy.  Is the mac and cheese that simple too?
Rowan:  Absolutely.  Simply mix flour, milk and melted butter, pour and mix in the macaroni, pour the macaroni in the pan in layer, adding macaroni and then the cheese, with cheese as the last layer and put it in the oven with the chicken.  Then you just go play while you wait to enjoy your meal

Marisol:  What about that other plate of deliciousness?  It looks simple.
Rowan:  It is.  Veggies and roughage along with protein.  An egg fried sunny side up, some Canadian bacon, or turkey bacon if that's your preference, or even pork roll with broccoli or another green veggie.  You're ready to enjoy in just 15 minutes, which includes 5 minutes of prep time. Oh, and some people really like the extra flavor ketchup brings to their eggs.  Add a little to enhance the flavor.
Marisol:  That sounds convenient and delicious.  But I also think if you have time, you can include some warm bread with it.  Maybe some easy to bake rolls.
Rowan:  That sounds great.  Do we have some and how did you make them?
Marisol:  As a matter of fact I do.  Let me show you.

Marisol:  You wouldn't believe how easy it is to bake these rolls in the convenient little oven.  It works great for smaller items you want to bake, cook or heat up without turning on your larger oven.  It saves energy too.
Rowan:  That does sound convenient all around.  Where can I get one?
Marisol: It's made TRe-mentous and it is just perfect.  Lots of heating and temperature option.  It's available at most major stores.  To find out where, check online or call your local store.
Rowan:  I'll have to do that.

Marisol:  Look at how fresh they look.  I even added little faces.  The children will get a kick out of that.  I know my boys do.
Rowan:  I think it's so cute and creative.  Let's show how this all looks together on a plate for serving.

Rowan:  Now that's a meal that hard to turn down.
Marisol:  It sure is.  So, Rowan.  Now that we've had dinner, what's next?

 Rowan:  You know, Marisol, I was just thinking about that.  Every is usually looking forward to dessert.  I'm thinking we should talk about that next.
Marisol:  Are there easy options?
Rowan:  I think we can show some easy options, but I can't help but throw in one option that may take a little work, but is a classic favorite.  I do recommend getting a recipe that you like, a there are several available.
Marisol:  I can hardly wait.  You're building up suspense here.  What's classic, needs a recipe, takes work and I'm hoping is worth it.

Rowan:  Apples, baked in a crust, also known as apple pie.  A classic favorite.
Marisol:  I love it!  I'm sure with a paring tool, it will take no time at tall to prepare your apples.  That large knife looks a little intimidating.
Rowan (laughing):  What can I say?  I'm daring with time on my hands.  What about you, Marisol?

Marisol:  You know I have three boys, so my time is limited.  I'm sure several of you out there know what I'm talking about.  So I need some quick dessert options.  I recommend one of these delicious jelly filled pastries.  The packaging keeps them fresh, just be sure to check the date before purchasing.  Let's cut one open to see all of that fruit tucked inside.

Marisol:  I think my stomach is starting to growl over this.
Rowan:  It does look delicious, but I think I have a competitor over here.

 Rowan:  Although I would definitely opt for your cake Marisol, I think this delicious loaf cake is an easy dessert option.  It may not be oozing with fruit, but it is exuding flavor.
Marisol:  I love loaf cake.
Rowan:  You would enjoy this one.  Baked and packaged fresh and great for freezing.
Marisol:  Yes.  Speaking of which, let's talk about how to best store your food for later consumption.

 Marisol:  Here are some great storage options, plastic wrap which works well for individually wrapping food. That way you can pull out portions as needed.  You can also use parchment paper to wrap, which works well for freezer to over reheating.  It also helps keep your pans cleaner, longer.

 Marisol:  There are several brands on the market, but it's best if you do your research to see what consumers are saying.  These two are among the highest rated brands.  You know, Rowan, I think we covered some good options.  But I'm thinking something is missing that we don't want to forget about.

Rowan:  I'm right with you on that, Marisol.  We need something to wash our food down with.  While water is always a good healthy option, I think we can find some other options.  We have a nice light iced tea option or, if you'd prefer, some nice hot tea.
Marisol:  Is that a pot for the hot water?
Rowan:  It sure is.  It's another TRe-mentous product.  Once you've used the ac/dc cord to heat up your water, you unplug it and leave it on this heating element which keeps it hot up to an hour.
Marisol:  No reheating necessary if I'd like another cup?  I love that.
Rowan:  Me too.  It looks like you also have another classic drink to suggest.

Marisol:  I sure do.  There's nothing like a glass of milk, especially for the little ones and with your dessert.  Let me pour a glass to remind you of how good a glass can be.

Marisol:  Doesn't that look delicious.  Don't forget, it's great for bones and growth.
Rowan:  It's great with chocolate in it too.
Marisol (laughing):  I've heard it's good that way.  I think we have covered everything.  What do you think, Rowan?
Rowan: I'm thinking that although we're trying to keep our time in the kitchen quick and short, we are still alone and it's quiet.  It would be nice to have some company.
Marisol: You are so right, what do you suggest?

Rowan:  I'm glad you asked.  I think a small, portable and easy to move television will do the trick.  It doesn't matter which counter I'm using to cook, I can move it with me.  I can use it plugged in or on the battery life as long as I've charged it.

Marisol:  That's a great idea.  I could use the company.
Rowan:  Me too.  Can you believe this is yet another TRe-mentous product?  They make some awesome kitchen items.

Marisol: Yes, and we appreciate TRe-mentous sponsoring our time on the show today.
Rowan:  We hope you have picked up some good tips today. We are looking forward to showing some more related items in the future.  If you have a chance, stop by and see us at The Flavor Café.
Marisol:  We'll see you next week, but most of all we want to say...
Marisol and Rowan:  Have a good morning, good people.

Well, that went off without a hitch.  I guess Rowan and Marisol got over being nervous.  We'll see how the business is affected and we'll see if they hire anyone so they can handle any increases.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Are You Happy Now?

Before we get into this story, I have to say that it is being told due to a complaint (well several complaints) I received.  I'm doing my best, working hard (which most people would understand), but still someone is not pleased.  Rather than understand, here I am putting my regularly scheduled stuff to the side so that I don't get another complaint and someone will be happy.

By the way, I'm trying to be nice by not saying who complained.  I'm avoiding drama.

Isis:  Excuse me, please.  I'm sorry, very sorry to interrupt.  But since it will be clear anyway who complained, I figured I may as well explain myself.  May I have a minute to tell my side.  I promise, there will not be any drama from me.
Me:  Sure, if you're telling on yourself anyway, go right ahead.
Isis:  Thank you.

Isis:  First of all, I would like to thank you for listening.  Second, I would like to clarify that I didn't not complain.
Me:  You didn't?
Isis:  No, I didn't complain. I simply asked a few times...
Me:  Several times.
Isis:  Okay.  Several times I asked about my wedding.  I was hoping for a summer wedding.  I see that won't happen, which is fine.  Fall could work just fine.  But I simply asked about moving forward with wedding plans so that I can marry the man I love.
Me:  I know you want to get married and I'm sure it will be beautiful.  You know about the baby store and Avery is having a shower and, well, I just have so many details to get right.

Isis:  I know my wedding will be beautiful because of your love for details.  I also understand you are working hard and I'll have the same hard work for my wedding.  Not to mention, I can hardly wait until I need to shop at the baby store too.  So, I love that you're working on it.  It's just that I'd like to get married and get to the point of needing to go to the store.  Hopefully quite a few times.
Me:  I get it.
Isis:  I don't mean to sound ungrateful and I don't mean to complain.  I have just meant to get a status, that's all.
Me:  Fair enough.  Can we get to the reason I'm posting today, please?  Then I can use more of my time to get things moving.  Is that okay?
Isis:  Yes, of course.  And please know that I do appreciate you.  I truly do.
Me:  Yes, I know and I appreciate your appreciating me.  Okay then.  On with the story.

It is Sunday morning and Isis Knight has a scheduled appointment at Dani's Bridal Salon. Her appointment is with Bailey. Although the salon is by appointment only on Sundays, Dani is assisting Bailey for two reasons.  There is never only one employee working at the salon and she wants to help Bailey with her sales and customer service skills.  While Bailey is always pleasant and helpful, she still needs to learn more about closing the deal and helping brides select something which will work for them and their wedding party.

Accompanying her are her mother, Sabine Knight, her maid of honor, Jayna Hill, and one of her bridesmaids, Daiyu Li.

Isis:  Mom, I like some of these, I just don't think they are really what I want.  They're all pretty, but I like different things about some of them.
Sabine: Honey, you may never find the perfect dress, but you should find something as close to what you'd like, that looks good and fits the budget.
Isis: I guess.  I just want to look special.
Daiyu:  You'll look great in anything you choose.

Bailey:  We have lots of options you can choose from.  I can show you lots more photos.
Daiyu:  That's a good idea.  Maybe more will help.  What do you think, Jayna?
Jayna:  I don't know.  There are so many choices.  They are some pretty gowns.  Maybe something else will strike her as the one.  Maybe she just hasn't seen it yet.

Dani (speaking low to Bailey):  Here is where you can help her focus.  Try asking what is most important in her styling.  Is her vision modern or vintage and is she a ruffle or lace bride.  Get her to think and that will help her focus on you with how to search for just the right gowns.
Bailey:  Okay.  I'll do that.  I think I've heard Felice ask lots of questions.  I always thought she was just curious.
Dani (laughing):  Maybe she is, but mostly she is helping the customer to clearly communicate and zero in on what they want so she doesn't run around like a chicken with her head cut off.
Bailey:  Okay.  Got it.

Bailey:  Ms. Knight, I really want to help you find the gown of your dreams.  Let's talk about what specific things which are important for your gown.  Is that okay?
Isis:  Yes and you can call me Isis.  My mom is Ms. Knight.
Sabine (frowning at Isis):  Thank you?
Bailey (smiling and holding back a laugh):  Yes, I will call you Isis.  So let's talk about what's important about your gown.

Isis:  I think I'd like something strapless and long.
Dani:  I don't mean to interrupt, but let's go step by step with Bailey asking specific questions and your answering them.  That way I can take notes.  Bailey, can you start with the basics on color and go on from there?
Bailey:  Yes.

Bailey asks a series of questions about color, ruffles, lace, trains, dress length and adornments to get a better picture of what Isis wants in her gown. Dani takes notes and they finish discussing Isis' dress preferences.

Bailey:  This gives me a good idea of how to narrow down options for you.
Isis:  Okay good.  Thank you.  So what's next, more photos?
Bailey:  I can find photos for you to look at, it will take me a few minutes.
Dani (mouths to Bailey and nods her head toward the fitting room): Try on dresses.
Bailey:  Umm.  While I am searching for gowns, I think it would be a good idea to try on dresses.  You can start to see how you will look in certain styles.  Sometimes what you think you won't like, you love and vice versa.  Besides, it's fun to try on wedding gowns.

Jayna:  I like that.  Let's see how you look in some gowns.  Then we can see about our dresses.  We'll need to pick something that compliments your style.  
Daiyu:  Yes, I agree.  Let's get to the fun part of seeing you in gowns.

Isis tries on a few dresses.  Here are some photos of her.

Isis apparently has a vision of a gown she'd like to wear.  Darned if I know what it is.  She's all over the place.  We'll get to see it during her wedding. Isis is back to planning her wedding and soon she will be taking those nuptials.  Isis, are you happy now?

Isis:  Yes, I am very happy and I'm looking forward to walking down that aisle very soon.  I hope...please.  Thank you so much.
Me:  I got it.  I got it.  

Well back to work for me. Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye 

Friday, August 18, 2017

We'll Get You Registered

It's Friday afternoon and Ember has been working from home.  Erwyn is still on Summer break, so Ember has been home with her today.  Avery called earlier and asked if she could stop by and bring Aviana with her to play with Erwyn.  Ember was happy to have the company and a break from working, so she told Avery it would be nice for them both to come over.

Avery and Ember have been chatting for a while about little things.  We can spare a couple of minutes to see if they talk about anything interesting.

Avery:  I do want to go back to that baby boutique, In Style Baby.  I like a lot of what they have and they focus on a lot of gender neutral items.  Their quote unquote gender specific items are very limited.
Ember:  I've never been there.  But I like the idea.  Have you registered yet?
Avery (frowning):  No.  You know I didn't even want a shower. Why would I register for people to buy me things?
Ember:  Well, look at it this way. You're having a shower since there was no way Cyann was going to let you go with out one.  Since people are going to buy gifts, you'd be helping them and yourself.  It will make their gift giving easier and you actually get things you'll like.  Help them help you.
Avery: You're right.  I may as well stop being so stubborn and go all in with this.  I'll accept my mission.
Ember:  How about this?  I'll go with you.  Then it will be an experience.  First, we'll get you registered, then we can grab lunch, maybe go to more stores.  We'll make an experience out of it.

Avery:  Okay.  Let me just check Craig's schedule over the next month and see when he's available.  Or maybe I'll just send Aviana to day care an extra day.  I'll figure it out.  Let me know when you're available.
Ember: I have a better idea.  Pick a day when you're available and I'll ask my sitter to watch Aviana.  I'll need her to be here with Erwyn anyway.
Avery:  How much does she charge?
Ember:  I'll worry about that.  (Noticing Avery keeps rubbing her belly.) Are you okay?
Avery:  Yes, my stomach is growling and I'm a little warm.
Ember:  Ah!  The joys of pregnancy.  Can I get you a cold drink and a snack?
Avery:  Maybe a snack, but I'm tired of this bladder, so nothing to drink right now.
Ember:  Hmmm...let me see what I have.  I'll be right back.

Ember heads to the kitchen and picks out a snack she thinks will address Avery's hunger and heat - chocolate covered ice cream bars.

Avery (after taking a bite):  This is a good pick.  I'm sure it will hit the spot.  Thank you.
Ember:  You are very welcome.
Avery:  I've been doing better with my snacking, but some days, I just need more.
Ember:  If you're hungry, you're hungry.
Avery:  I know.  I'm not trying to starve myself or anything, I'm just trying to control being ravenous.
Ember:  Well, it will be time to pick up more weight soon as the baby gets bigger, maybe that's why you're more hungry.
Avery:  I know and I'm just going to have to go with it.  We are just going to have to eat and that's that.

Ember:  That is that for sure.  I'm so excited for you.  I just love babies.
Avery:  Thank you.  I'm excited too.  Nervous about labor of course, but I know that will end and I'll have this new tiny person to love and dote on.
Ember:  Yes.  I look at Erwyn all the time and get sad watching her grow up, missing her being so small.
Avery:  Well, I know my brother wants children, so..
Ember (laughing):  Avery, you are too funny.  You throw hints about us getting married all the time.
Avery:  I know.  I'm very bold with it too.  I can't help myself.  I just feel it in my bones.  It's going to happen, mark my words. I'm speaking it into existence.
Ember:  Thank you for your faith.  I promise if we get married, you'll be included in the toast and recognized as having made it happen.

Avery: That sounds reasonable to me.
Ember:  Okay.  You got it. Now let's talk about the one big shower item you haven't made a decision on, the cake.
Avery:  I know.  There are so many cool options available, the baby belly cake, the one with the babies on it, the layered cakes.  I will narrow it down so help me popsicles.
Ember:  Um, okay then.  

We'll leave it to them to figure out the cake for the shower.  I hope they pick a cool one.  We'll see what type of skills the baker has.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We're Going to Be Famous

It's Thursday morning and already a busy day at The Flavor Café.  Rowan and Marisol have been working hard since they opened.  They aren't complaining because more sales means they stay in business.

Rowan is serving a customer as another one is leaving and Marisol is in the kitchen finishing up a special order placed two days prior for a corporate client. 
Rowan:  Would you like anything else?
Customer:  No, thank you.  That's all today.
Rowan:  Okay.  The total is $11.35.

The customer pays and Rowan thanks him and he leaves.  Rowan decides to check the stock again since it's been busy.  As she is checking, in walks Peyton Adams, producer for Good Morning Good People, a very popular local morning show. 

Rowan:  Good morning!  Welcome to The Flavor Café!
Peyton:  Good morning. 
Rowan:  How may I help you?
Peyton:  I would like to speak with the owner, please.
Rowan: I am the owner.  I'm Rowan Dunn.  How may I help you?

Peyton:  Yes. I'm hoping this visit will be very positive for both of us.  I produce the morning show, Good Morning, Good People.  Have you heard of it?
Rowan:  Not that I ever have time to watch it, but, yes, I have heard of it.  You produce it?  That must be an interesting job.
Peyton:  It is.  Is it possible for us to sit and talk for a few minutes about a business deal I would like to propose?
Rowan:  If it could be good for my business, I'm all ears.  Please, have a seat.  We can talk, but I may have to get up to assist customers as we talk.
Peyton:  No problem.  I understand.

They both sit down.

Peyton:  Our show has several segments to it and each day we mix up what we present with trends, information and local expertise whenever we can. 
Rowan:  Okay?
Peyton:  A once a week 15 minute segment just opened up and we are looking to fill it with a respected local expert on food.  The Flavor Café is a respected business, which means you know how to make people happy with food.
Rowan:  I'm glad or heaven knows what else I'd be doing right now.  Thank you for the compliment. 
Peyton:  You're welcome.  I would like to see if you would be interested in covering that segment for us. 

Rowan:  Me?  On TV?
Peyton:  Yes.  We would have to do a screen test, but once you get past the thought of millions of viewers watching and focus on what you know, it's easy.
Rowan:!  I certainly didn't wake up today expecting this.  What an honor to be asked.
Peyton:  You were highly recommended. 
Rowan:  Really?  By who?
Peyton:  Henna Richards.

Rowan (thinking with a puzzled look on her face): I'm sorry.  I don't recall knowing anyone by that name.
Peyton:  She's a loyal customer who was able to recommend you, which is why I am here.  As a matter of fact, I am paying her for her services by bringing her a Danish and coffee from your café. 
Rowan:  Oh!  Well, that means we have made an impression.  What would I need to do?  What time and day?  Will I get paid?
Peyton:  Yes, you will get paid.  Segments are on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM.  You would get a contract and you would get free advertising which is worth the 15 minutes alone.
Rowan:  It sure is.  I do need more information, but I am interested.  Can Marisol, my employee slash business associate come with me.  I mean, we'd have to hire someone to work one day a week to cover, but I'd like to include her if I can.

Peyton:  Yes, we can work with that.  Let's schedule some time for you to both come to the studio to talk, go through the screen test and review whether we have a deal or not. Would that be okay?
Rowan:  Yes!  I'm so excited!

Marisol walks out from the kitchen. 

Marisol:  Hi.  Are you taking a catering order?
Rowan:  No.  I'm discussing how we're going to be famous.
Marisol:  We are?
Rowan:  Yes.  Marisol, this is Peyton Adams, a producer from Good Morning, Good People
Peyton:  Hello, Marisol.
Marisol:  Hello.  It's nice to meet you.

Rowan:  We can make arrangements, but can it be in the evening.? We are open during the day and there are only two of us.
Peyton:  Yes.  And I do think you will need another employee.  Once you are on the air, your business could double.
Marisol:  On the air?
Rowan:  Yes!  We're going to be on Good Morning, Good People.  I'll fill you in on the details later.

Peyton: I'm truly excited about this opportunity to work with you.  I'll leave my card and call you later today to set things up.
Rowan:  Wonderful!  Now let's get you and your consultant a Danish and some coffee, on the house.
Peyton:  Thank you!

It looks like an opportunity is opening up for Rowan and Marisol.  Maybe we can watch their segment on the show every so often.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye