The Correct Frosting to Cake Ratio

by Jillian on January 29, 2012 · 8 comments

My main reason for writing this post is to thank all of you for your kind words on my first VLOG. I truly appreciate that you all believe that I will be successful on my new path.

I’ve been everything from scared, nervous, and embarrassed to overjoyed, relieved, and impatient! Despite my mixed emotions, my first night at the restaurant as a hostess went really well. The time flew by and I learned a lot, fast, as I had no other choice! I have ten times more respect for anyone working in the restaurant industry after last night. Not that I didn’t already have an idea of what Joe deals with on a daily basis, but being in the middle of all of it really put things into perspective.

However, I do feel that learning to deal with different kinds of people will benefit me when I begin to see clients. Joe always tells me how he’s learned to deal with different types of personalities while working in this industry. You are forced to act on the spot and don’t have much time to think. Training and coaching clients is somewhat similar. The difference is that it’s not as fast paced. You need to get comfortable and adjust to their personality so that you can understand them better. I will need to use what I learn about them to help them meet their health and fitness goals.

It will definitely take some time for me to perfect this skill, but I know I have it in me. I am one of those people who is overly compassionate towards people, sometimes too much. I am also that person who loves to talk and will interrupt your sentence for fear that I’ll forget what I have to say. Yeah, I know, I hate when people do that too.

I’ll consider this a learning experience and take what I can from it. I’m sure once I begin serving, I’ll say something wrong, drop a knife on the floor, break a cork in a bottle of wine, and make mistakes. But, I will develop a sense of self efficacy, which will be extremely important as a personal trainer and health coach. As my own boss, I’ll have no one to ask. I won’t be sitting at a computer for 10 hours a day spitting out tasks that I was told to do. I will be on my own with someone else’s goals and dreams (or filet mignon) in my hands.

That said, I am thrilled to embark on this new journey. My server training schedule is set next week and I’ve blocked off time in my schedule to continue studying for personal training and health coaching.

If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve noticed I have not posted any pictures yet. I usually don’t let that happen! Here’s some eats from the past few days.


Standard post gym protein smoothie bowls.


Told you that ‘cado would meet my eggs!


Janetha or Janenious? Taco soup (sub boca soy crumbles for turkey) will be served for lunch and dinner until it sadly disappears. Slow cooker success.

And you know I couldn’t go without baking box caking. I had a special request from Joe this week. Funfetti. Only I did it the right way. One box cake per two containers of frosting.


Otherwise, half of the cake gets wasted because there is not enough frosting to cover every single bite.


Oh and yes, there are sprinkles in between the chocolate frosting and top cake layer.


This, my friends, is a sprinkle massacre.



This cake won’t see Monday morning.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) January 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

Mmmm I’m glad to know that other people understand the appropriate ratio of cake to icing. :)


2 Marilyn January 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

I hope you and Joe enjoy your sprinkle massacre!


3 Calee January 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’m glad somebody else knows how to properly frost a cake. Honestly, ditch the cake. Give me the frosting with the sprinkles. :)


4 Danielle January 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

wow that looks delish!!!!!!!


5 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner January 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

YAY for sprinkle massacres!!!!! <3


6 Chels R. January 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Beautiful cake! Also jealous of that taco soup. Will have to add avocado to mine for next time!


7 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

I am SO with you on the whole “need two containers of icing for one box of cake” situation. I’m pretty sure there is a very strategic marketing ploy in the baking product industry behind the (I think purposeful) too small containers of icing.

PS- Just finding your blog, but congrats on your first successful night of hostessing…and what appears to be a new path in health coaching?


8 Jillian February 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

That is why people say “The icing on the cake”, right!? It’s the best part!!

Thank you very much! Yes, health coaching and personal training. I’m very excited to begin my new journey! :)


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