Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Schirner.
Hi Jessica, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’ve always love to cook and bake and I primarily did that for my family. This all pretty much happened without me realizing it was going to happen. So, 2020 happened and in the very beginning (summer) of the shutdown, I started making videos of myself cooking meals (I had the most glorious garden that year so I was coming up with new recipes for my garden’s harvest) and making cakes because I was bored. Little by little people started sending me messages about how they would like me to cook/bake for them. I was shocked, asking oh would you like my recipes? With them responding no I want you cook it and deliver it to my house. Flash forward to December 2020 when I offered to make a group of friends cinnamon rolls for Christmas when there was a shortage in the grocery stores. And then a few days later I had my first cake order. January 2021, I started the Wednesday dinner delivery and it’s just grown from there.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It really has been a smooth road so far. I work out of my home so the transition has been easy with my kids. I also set my own schedule and block off days if I don’t want to work. I’ve set a good schedule for myself during the week and it works for me.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’d say first I’m a cake artist. But I also provide a weekly meal on Wednesdays delivered hot and ready to the customers’ front door step. My cakes are all custom ordered and I take pride in coming up with the perfect cake for each order. I love hearing the theme and any other requests from the customer and then putting that to life on a cake. This is really where my creativity comes out. I am completely self-taught and over the years I’ve really honed in on my craft. Then, on the other hand, I can cook. Sometimes baking and cooking don’t go hand in hand. But I do. Every Tuesday in my Instagram stories I put out my menu for what will be offered as the Wednesday meal. It always consists of a family-style meal in servings of 2 or 4. Then you can add a salad and dessert. I have a cap of how many I can make and sell out most weeks. Once ordered the customer can expect their food on their front step between 5-6 pm ready to eat. I really love the creativity this offers me and I’m grateful I can be helpful for people who want a homemade healthy meal on a night they don’t feel like cooking themselves or don’t want restaurant takeout again.
We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking.
Honestly, I took a risk when I stared this. I didn’t think anyone would want my items. Starting this as an Instagram business scared me. I knew people said they wanted this service in their life but actually saying it and then following through is different. So, by putting myself out there was scary to me. I am an introverted person and love to be by myself cooking and baking, but now I’m constantly sharing, and putting myself out in the world is a bit out of my comfort zone.
- Instagram: @spoonful_of_schirner
- Facebook: Spoonful of Schirner