Hi and Welcome to “Just Candie’s Things”; a blog about sweets, decorating, and being a mom and business owner, all rolled into one. I’m Carmen, but a lot of people call me Candie, due to the crazy amounts of sweets I always kept in my pocketbook. I first fell in love with baked goods when I was a young girl. My mother would always make our birthday cakes when we were younger and I enjoyed every second of it. The way the smell of vanilla filled the house, the look of concentration on her face while trying to follow a recipe to the look of frustration when the horse cake came out looking like something from a labyrinth movie and the feeling of togetherness that every meal she made created. Eventually over time she got better and would let me and my 3 sisters help in the kitchen. I hopped to it every chance I got and after many experiments and mistakes in the kitchen, I eventually realized there was nothing I would rather do than cook and eat for the rest of my life. I had finally found something I could do no matter what mood I was in, and on top of that, I could eat my work! Now, years later I own and run my own little shop here In Chesapeake, Virginia. Life has been non-stop ever since from being a full-time business woman who’s always on a schedule to being a full-time mom and devoted wife I think, it’s that I have a lot to talk about and share with my future readers. My hope for you all is that with every future blog you take something awesome away from it whether it be a new recipe, a decorating tip, or just a personal feeling overall happiness. I look forward to blogging and getting to know all of my readers and customers.