Here's the thing: I actually really enjoy baking. I could happily spend an evening binge-watching The Great British Baking Show whilst delving into some kind of homemade puff pastry creation that I, in a perfect world, lovingly crafted earlier in the afternoon during my copious amounts of free time on a random Tuesday. (Insert dream montage here.)

OK, now let's get back to the real world. Even though I still love to bake my own "from-scratch" creations, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, particularly during the holidays, sometimes I just need a quick, delicious option.

I have one such holiday party this evening. It's been an extra busy day, so I stopped in to Fresh by Brookshire's before heading to the station and was immediately beckoned (by my nose) to the bakery where I was greeted by Alisha.

Alisha: Future Pro Cake Decorator

Alisha is a friendly young lady who recently transferred from another Brookshire's store and loves working with the "A Team" in the Fresh bakery. As I perused the delicious options, Alisha told me of her passion for baking and how she wants to be a cake decorator for her life's work. She made various recommendations and ultimately helped me decide on a Fresh favorite of mine--the Key Lime Pie. Oh. My.

Other delectable options I can personally vouch for:

The Bombe is the bomb. Chocolate mousse filled with creme brulee, ladyfingers, glazed with a magical chocolate mirror and...wait for it...gold flakes. I've never taken this one anywhere without people flipping out for it.

Also, if you're obsessed with peanut butter like I am, prepare to lose your mind over the Peanut Butter Cups. Similar to your basic peanut butter cups, except blessed by a goddess unicorn. Seriously.

Finally, if you are trying to avoid gluten or want something vegan, they have several options for you, too.

Thank you, Alisha--and thanks to all the wonderful folks that work so hard at the Fresh bakery so wanna-be bakers like me can bring something amazing to the holiday party tonight. You've inspired me to continue my own baking hobby--as soon as I find the time.

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