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Love is in the air! Oh wait-that’s ice.

It is with huge humility that we say a big, heartfelt THANK YOU!! and WE LOVE YOU TOO! to all of our friends and wholesale customers old and new! January was every bit as busy as December which is kind of mind-blowing, because, well, it’s January and it’s “so slow”. To all of you who shopped and shipped and visited with us, thank you, thank you! Our first year on Topsail Island has been absolutely amazing and the continued loyalty amongst our original customers is wonderful!

So it is with EXTREME PRIDE (and a little bit of sheer nervousness…) we announce the opening of “SUPPLIES!”  Hahahahah! Dumbest name ever! But really, it is now Sugar Island Bakery and Supplies. We have taken over another unit in our shopping center so that, once again, there is seating to enjoy your friend’s company and have a coffee and slice of something and unwind.

As to “supplies” we will expand our line of granolas, locally roasted coffees from Brown Dog Coffee (http://www.browndogcoffeecompany.com/ and Java Estate Roastery, our local honeys, free range eggs, quilt cards by Meg Prange, goats milk soaps by Heavenly Homestead (https://www.etsy.com/shop/heavenlyhomesteading), clothing line from Just Like Honey (http://www.sewntothebone.com/), pottery and jewelry from Fat Cat Pottery and Re-Eco, an increased selection of Melissa Gray’s luxurious soaps and spectacular fiber art(http://melissagray.homestead.com/)and all of our specialty baking ingredients like flours, seeds and nuts.  We will be carrying herbs (in season) from Shelton Herb Farms and a large selection of the incomparable LunaPops (http://lunapops.com/) and the genius Nye’s Ice cream sandwiches (http://nyescreamsandwiches.com/) to complement all our handmade yumminess! Plus, a huge selection of rare and used books, focusing on children’s literature and, naturally, cookbooks!

And we will finally bring back the Sugar Island t-shirts and mugs!  To round out all this excitement, we will be unrolling our antique dish and pedestal rental service for people who want their festivities to look divine without being stuck with an excessive amount of vintage china!

We are aiming for March 1, to open up all this madness and will post pictures as the renovations begin! Should anyone have really cool Hoosier’s, old pianos, outdoor rocking chairs or sturdy bookshelves they would like to trade in towards store credit-lemme know! The current color is, ahem, lava orange with faux stucco and earth platelets. Clearly not keeping THAT. Yeah, don’t ask.

Below, please find our Valentine’s Day Menu-you know the deal, order ahead!  Here are a few pictures of our frozen island…it’s been as cold as Cruella DeVil’s heart this week!

http://sugarislandnc.com/valentines-day-specials/ (plus more of the amazing Robotic Relative cards! (http://www.roboticrelative.com/)

A REAL Seahawk.

True Football Confessions

So, until about an hour ago, I thought that somehow UNCW had finagled it’s way into the Super Bowl. Seahawks? Right? That is incorrect information. They did not make it this year.  It is another set of birds. Birds that play football. That’s impressive. Because, Broncos playing football makes sense and is quite intimidating. Horses are big.

To make up for my gross negligence in all things football and for embarrassing the life out of my husband and his friend Wes, I am making a whole list of things I rarely make that they are always requesting. And if I am making it for them, by golly, I can offer it to you tightends as well!

Please pre-order!

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Footballs $1.85 each

Pumpkin Football shaped whoopies (orange for the Broncos OR just for football!) $2.50 each

Seahawk or Bronco themed cupcakes available in any menu flavor by the 1/2 dozen $12.00

Cheddar Pigs-they are great with ALL dips and chili! $4.00 a 6pk

SuperPlatter!-assorted cookies and brownies to feed 10-$18.00 to feed 20 $33.00

 

2013 in review

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SPARKLE CAKE!

New Year’s Eve means BRING ON THE GLITTER!

Christmas was spectacularly out of control this year!!! I blame Thanksgiving for being so late. Hence the non-stop slalom to Christmas! Thanks to all for trusting us with your holiday baking. We loved every minute of it! And now NEW YEAR’S!

My glitter weakness is no secret. I can’t help it. New Year’s is one of the holidays where one is obliged to BRING ON THE GLITTER!  And being as we are big on traditions in our household, we always eat 12 grapes at midnite for good luck and have pork and greens and beans for New Year’s Day!

And for the Football enthusiasts we are once again doing our Football whoopies! Available in Pumpkin and Chocolate for Game Day $2.50 each

We will be closed New Year’s Day but back to our regularly scheduled program of Thursday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3. As always, please order ahead. Delivery is available to Pomegranate Books, Brown Dog Coffee Company and Lovey’s on New Year’s Eve morning.

Cornbread-$5.00, Jalapeno Cornbread $5.00, Pimento Cheese Cornbread $5.00

Super Sparkly Chocolate Raspberry Creme Celebration Cake-2 chocolate chocolate chip cake filled with vanilla custard and frosted with raspberry frosting. Accented with gold flake  $27.00

Lemon Champagne Zinger Cake- 2 layer vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and frosted with our champagne buttercream. Accented with gold flake $26.00

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes-$3.00 each (chocolate cupcakes with a truffle inside frosted with chocolate ganache and garnished with-you guessed it-sparkles!)

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Caramel Cake-brown sugar pound cake filled with caramel and frosted with caramel cream cheese buttercream $30.00

Sour Cherry Pie $16.00

Cheddar Pig and Pimento Cheese Platter $25.00 (1 lb homemade pimento cheese and 2 dozen Cheddar Pigs)

Rum Island Blue Cheese Ball and Snooty Star Platter $25.00 (1 lb bleu cheese ball rolled in our Rum Island Pecans with 2 dozen Snooty Stars)

Brownie Buffet-beautiful platter of our most popular brownies-Espresso Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Salted Caramel and Pistachio Small $15.00 Large $30.00

Hangover Coffee $11.00 a lb.-our special blend of French Roast and Espresso. It’ll cure what ails ya’.

New Year’s Resolution Granola-a high protein, low sugar, high fiber Paleo friendly granola to keep you healthy! $6.00 a bag

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10 days till Christmas and I am JUST now doing this post…

Hey Ya’l!!! Merry Christmas! It is December 15th and I will admit, this year has REALLY taken the cake! As I simply can’t say enough, we are so grateful for the overwhelming support of all our friendstomers both old and new! There is nothing we love more than feeding people and I truly delight in being thought “qualified” to provide treats for birthdays and other festivities and family gatherings, it is an honor indeed!

This year, I have finally gotten to fully indulge in my fruitcake addiction. (Much to Mom and Romelle’s chagrin I have eaten 10 so far. No regrets.) People have brought me fruitcake slices, wedges and recipes and it has been WONDERFUL!

Below is our Holiday Menu. As always, your favorites are also available even if not listed on the menu (i.e. Cheddar Pigs and Snooty Stars, etc…). Please order ahead as you know-it is all made fresh and from scratch and that takes a minute! Shawn and the festivemobile are delivering the 3 counties on the 22nd and 23rd if you are needing delivery!

Our mini Sugar at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington has been doing spectacularly well and we hope you are all finding it convenient! (http://www.pombooks.net/).

We will be closing at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve (due to death threats from my family!!!) and will be closed 12/25-27. We will then post our New Year’s Eve delivery schedule and then we are going to close for A WHOLE WEEK!

There is a gorgeous selection of locally made one of a kind ornaments (http://www.fatcatpottery.com/), our own specially roasted holiday coffees, lovely woolen scarves by the ever talented Melissa Gray (http://melissagray.homestead.com/), fresh granolas, biscottis and wonderful vintage books, dishes, children’s books and Reindeer Food at the the shop waiting to be festively packaged and given to people you REALLY like. Not the ones who get the CVS gift card.

Thanks again for all your support and love of tastiness! Merry Christmas!

(P.S.-feel free to share your fruitcake with me.)

http://sugarislandnc.com/christmas-menu/

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Final Count and Small Business Saturday!

Because you asked-I will give you the final numbers from this year’s Thanksgiving(just Wednesday)! 85 pies, 6 cheesecakes, 5 layer cakes, 10 turtles, 66 cookies, 10 Turkeys, 1 Giant sea turtle, 10 dzn cookies, 13 bags of pigs and then all the little add ons like rolls, brownies, fruitcakes, cornbread cupcakes, etc. Shawn and the pie mobile spanned 3 counties 2 days in a row and Mom and I held down the Island front. A lot of coffee was consumed by all!  Thank you again for letting our family help feed yours this Thanksgiving!  It definitely took all hands-on deck! At one point Connor and Shawn tried to hide from me.  A special thanks to Ms. Weez for helping with the boys, Jade for decorating and turkeys and bedazzling the tchtochkes and Mom and Shawn for keeping up with the “sheer epicness” of it, as Logan says!
(On a side note, at one point on Wednesday, Mom and I had been peeling more apples, there was a veritable Stonehenge of butter on my table, the oven was on, the mixer was on and there were empty pie pans EVERYWHERE and this baboon walks in and says to Mom, “Is any of this fresh?”.     Yes, I let him live, but only because it was Thanksgiving.)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and we have so many friends participating-it should be great fun! QuarterMoon Books is having a massive wine sale http://quartermoonbooks.com/upcoming-holiday-events/, Crescent Moon Gallery will be having some wonderful sales and a wine pairing http://www.crescentmoonnc.com/ and Pomegranate Books is having a bit of a Wonka Saturday! In addition to Sheila Boneham https://www.facebook.com/events/549008168524167/ there will be other authors on hand AND hidden thru-out the Sugar Island baked goods there will be 5 GOLDEN POMEGRANATES! They are all Pomegranate Books gift certificates, 4 for $5 and one for $20-they are tucked inside either the Pomegranate Books coffee or Pomegranate Books granola! Good luck to the lucky finder!
At our personal Small Business Saturday party on the Island we will be having a lovely sale! All pickles, jams and salsas are buy one get one for $3.00 and this is a mix and match deal! All Singing Dog Vanilla products are 25% off-this NEVER happens in ANY universe by the way. And finally, all our custom flavored coffees will be $12.00 a lb-meaning two bags for $6.00! While we would LOVE to see your smiling faces, of course, for those of you on our delivery route you are welcome to call in your order and we will deliver it or drop it to your delivery station next week to take advantage of this ONE DAY SALE!
In the meantime, I have some new recipes for you to try below since I know everybody is ready to think about MORE FOOD!
Island Blues Cheese Ball
1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened
 1 cup sharp shredded Cheddar Cheese
 4 oz excellent Bleu Cheese (I also really like the goat cheese bleu from Nature’s Way in Hampstead!)
3/4  c. chopped Rum Island BBQ Pecans
 Cream all cheeses together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer till smooth and combined. Shape into a ball and roll in the chopped pecans. Allow to stand in fridge at least 24 hours to get the full flavor developed! Serve with crackers, crostini and veggies.

Sugar Island Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
Sweet Potatoes:
4 pounds dark-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup cane syrup (from Twin Creeks Farms)
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Salt
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature and cut into pieces
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted Sugared Pecans or Candied Cream Pecans
2 cups miniature marshmallows
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Sweet Potatoes:

Arrange the potatoes in 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Combine the cane syrup, butter, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the orange zest. Pour the sugar mixture over the potatoes, and toss the potatoes to coat. Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake for 50 minutes, and then remove the dish from the oven, remove the foil, and bake until the potatoes are tender and the syrup has thickened slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Streusel Topping:

Combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and pecans in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, and pulse the mixture until it resembles coarse pebbles or in a cold bowl by hand. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then add the marshmallows and toss to combine.

Raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Remove the baking dish from the oven and cover the potatoes with the marshmallow streusel. Return to the oven, and bake until the topping is bubbly and browned, about 10 minutes.

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News, News and More News!

Yes, I took the Thanksgiving menu down. Yes, I will be replacing it with the December menu shortly. And, YES! We are finally opening a mini-Sugar inside of Pomegranate Books (http://www.pombooks.net/)!  We have been talking about it for years, literally and we both finally had a minute to sit down and sort it out!

Thursday, November 21, Celia Rivenbark will be doing a book launch for her newest brainchild “Rude B@#$%#s Make Me Tired” (my kids read this blog, hence the adaptation…) at Pomegranate Books and should you want to obtain a SIGNED copy and hobnob with the brilliant author herself, and check out Pomegranate’s gorgeous holiday offerings and get free Sugar sweets and see the mini Sugar Island then you should go!

We will be delivering baked goods, custom granola and our coffees to Pomegranate and you may also place orders to be picked up at Pomegranate Books. Pomegranate Books currently has a selection of coffees and teas to enjoy in house, which we will be expanding even further come January.  There will also be a special offer on Small Business Saturday that we will be letting everybody know about quite soon!

There is another market downtown this Saturday should you need some lovely flowers, fantastic pickles, mind blowing goat cheese, wine and a few baked goods to get you thru until THE BIG DAY OF EATING!  http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/farmers-market

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The Caramelization of Sugar on Front St, Wilmington, NC… into Sugar Island, Surf City, NC

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