Tammy Greene–Advice for Cake Decorators

What is your name?
My name is Tammy Greene, but my family call me Deemie.

How did “Deemie” come about as a nickname?
When I was a kid, my sis babysat a little boy who couldn’t say Tammy. I became “Deemie.”

Oh, that’s funny. I had a niece who couldn’t manage “Henry” so I was “Uncle Ornery,” but fortunately it didn’t stick. What do you do for a living?
I am a General Manager for Hardee’s. I have been in food service for thirty-one years, and I used to decorate cakes.

How old are you?
I am approaching the half-century with alarming speed. (Almost 48)

Where do you live?
I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Everybody thinks they want to live at the beach. Can you give us a downside or two about beach living?
Well, the obvious ones are not being able to enjoy the beach because we are working retail tourism hours and sane people do not want to get out into tourist traffic. One aspect that may not be so obvious is the anonymity of tourism that allows people to act without regard to others.

Where can we find you on the internet?
I have Twitter and Instagram and my followers are surely disappointed as I update neither. Look for me on Facebook.

Facebook it is. The most interesting place you’ve visited?
The most interesting places are places I’ve yet to visit.

What’s a place you’d like to visit?
I have wanderlust. I want to go everywhere. The top of the list are a prolonged cross-country road trip (USA), exploring Scotland, Ireland, and Italy, hiking at least some of the Appalachian Trail and seeing a Broadway play.

If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
I have more spare time than I like to admit because, in my exhaustion, I typically waste it.

Your favorite meal would be?
Anything surrounded by friends or my children.

I like it. Pet peeve?
Apathy or extreme self-interest.

Favorite book, or movie, or television show?
Anything Harry Potter.

What’s the appeal of Harry Potter for you?
Aside from the fantasy of the magic, the characters possess a rich, earthy, real-ness in which they are not perfect, but do what’s right without donning a cloak of moral superiority. The very essence of the story is that good triumphs over evil because love wins over hate.

Tell us about your family?
I was married. I have four intelligent, kind, funny children. If I started talking about them here, you would never finish reading this. I have four cats as well.

I will bite. Tell us a little about your kids? (Keeping in mind that I’ll have to limit you to a couple of sentences each for space reasons.)
Sean is 22 and a fresh graduate from USC with a degree in chemistry and a minor in criminal justice. He is parenting done right.
Patrick is 20 and attends CCU, working toward a degree in business. I worry about him. He is a bit less motivated, but is smart and kind.
Ryan is a senior in high school. He is an honor student like his brothers, but hasn’t decided if he will push himself or chill out and settle for doing the bare minimum.

Ciara just turned 13 and is the most amazing person I’ve ever met. She is super smart, kind, artistic, and funny as heck. She is my mini-me in her logic-mindedness and her razor sharp sarcasm. She shows me how annoying I’ve always been, lol.

Thanks much! And, in the “Advice for Everyone” gimmick of the blog, can I ask you to offer some advice to cake decorators?
Experiment with designs and new techniques. Be creative. Trust yourself. I suppose the same could be said for many aspects of life, but people who are scared of messing up a cake will not put their all into it.

Tammy, thanks for sharing some of your experiences, and thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit. May you and your family be well.