Tuesday, August 28, 2012

We Have a WINNER!!

Congratulations to Star G! She is the winner of 1 dozen free cookies of her choice! Thanks for entering everyone, it was awesome to see some new "faces" on the entry lists. I hope your all become regulars here!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm feeling give-away-ee

Yeah I just made that word up. Deal. So in honor of my birthday last-last week, I'm feeling like giving something away. I think cookies, and I think a Dozen or so.  You'll have your choice of 4 different kinds, and you can mix and match as you like. I've got

Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Ginger Puffs, Snickerdoodles and Trail Mix.  So get to signing up and passing the word (yo)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Happy Birthday Juila!

Happy Happy Birthday to a women who inspired millions. Julia Childs would have turned 100 today. I know she was one of the many reasons that I went to culinary school. I watched Julia cook on Saturday afternoons on PBS. Her and The Frugal Gourmet, who come to find out, liked the young boys, but I digress. She was an tour d' force in the culinary world, busting through glass ceilings and breaking down doors where ever she went. I don't know what life for a women chef would be like today if she hadn't paved the way. So to Julia, I raise a glass, and say on this momentous birthday, women chefs the world over say, thank you for being, everything we strive to be. Bon Appetite!

Thanks to Lunchboxbrain for finding this one!  She would have loved it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The SEED Program

So I have been very reluctant to let everyone know about this, mostly because, in the end, it's not definite. And I don't want to tell everyone that I didn't get it. Oh. I should tell you what "it" is...

Earlier this year, I applied for, and was accepted into the SEED program. A small business education and loan program provided by the SBDC (Small Business Development Center)and SEFCU, our local Credit Union. In early July my class met for the first time and was handed our binders. We started class right away, and have met every Sunday for the last 6 weeks. There are 7 other amazing people in my class, all from different back grounds, all with different goals, all at different places in their businesses.

The main point of the class is to prepare our business plan for SEFCU and to give us some direction in our business. Some of us are there because we need to expand (me!) some are there to buy an existing business, some are just getting started out and are really developing their direction through the homework. They didn't just want to hand us checks and throw us out to the wolves, hopefully we'll have a leg up. So in week 7 we are getting down to the nitty gritty of the plan. Hammering out pricing and quantities and lots of stuff. I'm starting to get nervous that I'm not doing as much as I need to do. But I also feel like every business owner goes through this.

So the most important part of this whole post is that I am very very close to having my OWN PLACE!!!! Cue Fanfare. Fireworks!! It's an old Mexican restaurant in Rensselaer. I will use my decorating magic to peel back Mexican and make awesome bakery instead. But settle down, this is all dependant upon the funding. So I am asking for super good thoughts going out to the board that makes the decision. I present on September 7th. It's a Friday. I'll send another message out as a reminder that I need all good juju coming my way. Anyone who promises and sends good juju will get a hug and a cookie. Yes I am using cookies for bribing, and yes, I am OK with that.

So this is why I haven't been as attentive to my blog as I feel I should. I'm hammering out details, that I didn't even know that I needed.

I hope to introduce you to all the folks that I'm in class with once they are up and going. So remember, good thoughts

P.S. Look out for another give away coming soon!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Favorite Thing Friday

What a crazy week! I don't think I have stopped running since Monday Morning! Lots of news coming your way, so keep a look out. And if you even care, I started running again, though less then I would like due to the fact, that if I stay up till 1am filling orders, sorry but a 6:30am run is just not in the picture. But the want is there, just not the sleep. So here is my Favorite thing this week....

Boxes and lots of them!

Box #1  Order!

Box #2  Winning Apple Cake (!) going out to Pat B!

Box #3 Box of Seriously delish goodies going out to a group of ladies at Blogher '12 One who is a close friend, and wedding attendant Melissa Cleveland who's outstanding blog you  can find HERE! (and also over there on the links ---->) She's also got some amazing blogging roommates who will share in the yumminess.

So yeah! for an awesome week of packages shipped!