I’m a thirty-something young woman and for the past several years I have been doing product development for coffee shops and bakeries. It really is my dream job. I decided to start this blog to share some of the little pleasant things in life. It partially is my job as well. Coffee shops are all about creating an atmosphere that is an extension to our living room.
I grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota and have lived in Finland for over ten years. My product development work joins American tastes and textures with a nordic twist. The USA has always offered inspiration with its vast amounts of foods coming from different cultures. Here in Finland organic and eco-friendly foods are prevalent trends. I have been rediscovering the simple ingredients from Grandmother’s pantry that lost their glamour in the 70s, 80s and 90s and have been using them in new ways. Some of my current favorite ingredients are turnips and beetroots.
Some projects that I am working on or have previously worked on include: Product and concept development with Fazer Bakeries and Restaurants August 2012 to present, start-up company Coffected 2012, Planning and launch of the Rye Muffin with Aschan and Wayne’s Coffee, in Finland January 2011. Crock Pot cook book for Finland in cooperation with Jarden Consumer Solutions April 2011, numerous wedding cakes for happy couples and the authoring of a cook book that is a work-in-progress.
Sometimes the best ideas come from others. If you have an idea or product that you would like me to try send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message in the comment section.
Photos on this page are by NOAH photography 2012
Thank you so much Alexa…as you mentioned in your post contentment is an important part of a happy life. Finding joy in the little things that really surround us. And sometimes there are the hidden little blessings that might not at first look so pleasing. Have a wonderful week!
i just wanted to stop and take a moment to appreciate all that you are. 🙂
Thank you so much Audrey…made my day! 🙂
Hi Laila! I want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award 🙂
Congrats! You can accept it and check the details at: http://lapetitepaniere.com/2014/04/06/sunshine-award/
Thank you so much…I really appreciate it and I am sorry that I have been so slow responding! I’ll add your link to my awards page. 🙂
Wonderful blog Laila, not sure why I haven’t properly looked at your work before. You see the world beautifully xx
Thank you Laura…you have a beautiful blog that is always a joy to read.
Hi Laila, thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’ve just had a look at yours, and look forward to seeing more from you!
Hi Karinna, thank you so much for stopping by! You have a lovely collection of recipes on your blog 🙂
Hi Laila! I can see I am not the only one who like your blog and loves reading your posts! I want to let you know that I have nominated you for The Wonderful Team Readership Award 🙂 Congrats! You can accept it and check the details at: http://lapetitepaniere.com/2014/06/24/award-post/ Linda x
Oh, thank you so much for the nomination…it really warms my heart! I usually have not participated in the awards but I will put the link of your blog on my awards page.
Hi Laila — I just discovered your blog, and would like to compliment you on its lovely photos and peaceful feeling. I’ve added it to a list of positive blogs that I keep on my site. 🙂
Oh, thank you Meg…you just made my day! Thank you for stopping by and I’m looking forward to discovering your blog.–Laila
Einen tollen Beruf haben Sie
Hello Laila!I just randomly came across to your blog and how glad I am, you have really wonderful photography and I like your stories! I look forward to exploring your site further! 🙂
So glad you stopped by and lead me to your blog! Welcome back anytime 🙂
You had me at coffee shops and bakeries (my two favorite things EVER), but your blog is really well done and I’m eager to read through it. Happy New Year!
Thank you so much Emily for your kind comment…and thank you for leading me to your blog. What a giving person you are.
Hallo , vor 54 Jahren habe ich auf meinen Trampertouren durch Skandinavien , in Helsinki mal bei Fazer in der Produktion kurz arbeiten dürfen, Es war ein Erlebnis. Ich mußte in großen Trommeln innen getrocknete Zuckermasse abspachteln….
How interesting! Thank you for sharing your experiences. My German is a bit rusty…I did study 5 years in school and so I understand some but am a bit slow write it on my own as it would be full of mistakes 🙂 Did you work in downtown Helsinki at the time…or some other Fazer location?
es war in der Innenstadt.In Erinnerung sind mir die pausen , da gab es gekochte Kartoffeln mit Sirup und Salz
Thank you for starting to follow our blog.
What a wonderful-sounding job you have! Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thankful to have a job that I love…not something to take for granted! Thank you for stopping by 🙂
Sitten osaat jo varmasti suomea.
Itse asun Torniossa Ruotsin rajalla.
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta sinulle
Kiitos! Kyllä osaan suomea 🙂 Joulu tuli ja meni yhtä nopeasti kuin aikaisempina vuosina. Hyvää uutta vuotta sinulle ja hauska tutustua!