Ok I have just one thing to say here. People are bringing up the pet hair thing... Ok I was visiting a PROFESSIONALS website viewing their pictures of cakes, they have a shop, they are licensed and all that, one picture had a piece of HUMAN hair on it plain as day! I know stuff happens and you can't always be sure you're not getting anything on it but a long dark hair laying ontop of a white iced cake... discusting! And for her to post it on the web even worse! I would never buy from her just because of that one incident. Whose to say there isn't something worse in the cake that she didn't notice?
Now as far as being licensed here in Maryland... I looked into it I called the Health Department before I started all this and they told me it was fine to sell out of my home and bake out of my home as long as I didn't advertise. No license needed in my county. But if I wanted to take out an advertisement in the newspaper, telephone book, or message board in a store etc. I would have to rent a space and have it inspected every 4 months or more. And even though it wasn't my space I would be responsable for it being up to code. Now she told me herself it isn't fair to do that but it's what they do. So I decided I can get by on "word of mouth" for now and if it doesn't pay off then I'll think about renting the space at the fire house or the church down the road. Both of which are within walking distance from the house we are moving into but it would still be a bit of a hassell. I like the fact that the Health Department gave me the OK to do this from my home, and to make a profit off of it.
The way I see it is, do we get to ask questions of those at a bake sale of how clean their kitchen is? or if it was baked in a legal shop? no we don't. And they don't have to be licensed either, they can make arrangements with WalMart or whomever and set up a table and sell till their hearts content without anyone complaining. So why is it home bakers get bitched at constantly for doing what our mothers and grandmothers did when we were young? I can remember having a bake sale in I think 3rd or 4th grade, mom made a bunch of stuff for me and my sister to take into school, there was never a worry then about germs or anything like that. And honestly I think the fact the FDA and the government have put so many restrictions on stuff is why everyone is so sickly now a days. If you think about it our mothers and grandmothers didn't have GermX or anything like it, but yet we carry it in our purses and in our cars and it's in almost every room of our house because god knows someones going to sneeze and we're going to die from it. We didn't have these scares years ago (I'm only 28 and didn't live like my daughter does) and we weren't sickly either. I think the fact that we are spending our lives worried about common germs is how not to get them is why we are so sickly. Our bodies are made to kill off these everyday germs and when you live your life without them and make it a point to kill them off before they get into your system it's making our bodies attack itself or anything else that they feel is harmfull because it's not getting the real harmfull stuff to attack. I'm not saying it's ok to sneeze into someones food but to take the steps most of us are taking, our parents and grandparents didn't wash the entire kitchen down with bleach before baking goods for a bake sale.... a simple wipe down of the counters was all it took and we didn't die from some horrid thing we caught at Little Susies house down the road because her momma don't wash her kitchen down in bleach everytime someone walks thru it and breathes in it.....
Don't get me wrong I have OCD and everything has to be clean and gets cleaned in between things so my kitchen is probably the cleanest room in the house and you could probably eat off my floors but I'd kill you if you did lol. But the fact that our kids are constantly sick should say something for the way we all live our lives about germs. We had mad cow and salmanilla (sp) back then but it wasn't the big of a deal because if we caught something our bodies were able to kill it off and fight it without killing us.... now we are putting so much into ourselves and sealing ourselves off from the world so we don't catch something that could possibly help us in the end... I was never sick when I was a child but my daughter is always sick.... she wears a coat even when it's not cold outside, she washes her hands with anti bacterial soap 10 times a day, she uses germX or something similar inbetween.... just because she's gotten used to it from school.... when we were younger we could run outside barefoot, we could share snacks and drinks and play in the dirt and mud and not die from it... so what's different now? The scare the government has put into everyone.
Home bakers are no worse then those who are doing it in a shop. You can come to our house to sit down and eat a meal with us for a get together or christmas dinner cooked in the same kitchen as that cake but you won't buy a cake from us..... I don't get it.... Anyway my 2 cents like it or don't I don't care it's my opinion and it's how I feel about everything.
I'm still kickin and so are my parents because they didn't over protect us from germs and the like but my kids and nephews and their school mates are always sick because they are protected so much from germs that it's in turn making them sick.... I say get over it and enjoy baking weather you did it from home or shop.