Happy Mother’s Day and G.O. Day!

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends who were crazy enough to have children!!  What were we thinking? What were our mom’s thinking?? Do not answer either one of those questions, please.

The shop is coming along nicely-below is the view from my oven-so bright and sunny!! No more mole hole for me!  We are setting a Grand Opening Date for Thursday June 6th-and having the party continue all through the weekend-we were going to say Saturday but that’s a Market Day-so…

I am so excited for you to see all the wonderful new things we have!! Mrs. Ruth (http://mrsruthjams.com/mrsruthjams/Welcome.html) went crazy and our jam selection is HUGE! We have local honey coming in from Nature’s Way and Ti Wind Apiaries, Green Family Farm (http://greenfamilyfarms.webs.com/) made us some beautiful soaps and awesome koozies, and the shelves are groaning with pickles from Angela (http://angelasppf.com/) and sauces from Rum Island (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rum-Island/162193677152817)!!! Jess Demaria has made some amazing new art (http://www.etsy.com/shop/roboticrelative) in the form of highly collectible greeting cards and we will have the most adorable earrings from Re-Eco (http://www.re-eco.com/reeco_website/Fashion_2.html) AND we have our new t-shirts, tank tops and mugs!!!!  Plus coffee from our friends at Java Estate and Brown Dog Coffee Company (http://www.browndogcoffeecompany.com/) available by the pound.

On top of which I have SO MUCH MORE ROOM TO BAKE!!! So there will be more cookies, pies, scones, muffins, pigs, pecans, granola AND we have 2 of our very own custom coffee blends available NOWHERE else! We also have smoothies now made from only the bestest fruit and using Greek yogurt and MOCHA SHAKES!!! As Connor says, “It’s gonna be amaaaaazing!”

So you can knock yourself out stocking your shelves with locally made treasures and then I will pack you a box of treats and make you a frosty drink and show you a set of wooden steps that you can traipse over to enjoy your indulgences on THE BEACH!!! And there is FREE AMPLE PARKING! Nary a meter maid in sight!!

And did I mention we have selection of vintage cookbooks?????

So-again-Happy Mother’s Day to you hard working Mommies-I hope your day is filled with love and appreciation and something yummy!! See you tomorrow at the Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market (http://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/Departments/PlanningParks/ParksRecreation/FarmersMarket/tabid/157/Default.aspx)!

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It is REALLY December…that’s nuts!

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Not that I am a big quoter of quotes, but for the first time in 14 years, I am going to be OFF on Christmas Eve!!!!! I am so excited! So, as usual, please order ahead for any or your personal items, teacher gifts, corporate gifts,etc…last day for pickup will be Sunday, 12/23. 

The last week of December I will do a recap of the year blog. I have some great gossip, some high humor and a tear jerker! If you have any favorite anecdotes or photos from this year-send them in so I can have them ready to incorporate at the end of the month!  Merry Merry Christmas-see you soon!

—December Dessert Decisions—

Cherry Pie $16.00

Apple Pie $16.00

Pecan Pie $17.00

Pumpkin Pie $14.00

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie $18.00

Kahlua Cake $28.00

Really Rum Cake $28.00

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake $6.00

Gingerbread $6.00

Gingerbread Man/Woman $4.00 each

Classic Cherry Cheesecake $28.50

Candy Cane Cheesecake $27.00

Caramel Apple Cheesecake $27.00

Peppermint Bark Brownies $2.00 each

Cookies Trays $8/$16/$24

Pumpkin Maple Toffee Cake $30.00

Lemon Coconut Cake $30.00

Triple Chocolate Cake $33.00

Carrot Cake $33.00

12 Layer Chocolate Cake $45.00

8 Layer Caramel Cake $35.00

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My State Fair is a GREAT State Fair!

I LOVE the  music from State Fair-but we all know I am a complete Rodgers and Hammerstein junky, so this is no surprise!  I also love the concept of putting up preserves, baking a sassy layer cake and getting dolled up to stroll around the midway.  Alternately, I could don camo cut-offs, 12 lip piercings and an old Hooter’s t-shirt and go to the New Hanover County Fair and have a turkey leg. Hmmmm.

INSTEAD-this week we are having a State Fair sale!!! (There’s also a contest involved for my girls-so if you have a favorite bakery-slinger go in while they are working to take advantage of the sale!!) Combine any of our incredible NC products and get a $1.00 off each product! This includes  Angela’s pickles, Green Family Farm goat’s milk soap, Rum Island BBQ sauce, and Mrs Ruth’s jams!  http://www.mrsruthjams.com/mrsruthjams/Welcome.html, http://angelasppf.com/Default.aspx?D=99, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20100829/ARTICLES/100829604, http://greenfamilyfarms.webs.com/

To further the festive-fair-like atmosphere we will have some incredibly fun baked goods this week! Banana Cream Pie , Apple Pie, Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

Of course, there will plenty of Whoopie Pies-fear not!

Still no word on the espresso machine so we are still without lattes-waaaaah!

And finally, bagels are back!

See you soon!

Cookery, Crookery and EyePatches.

In the midst of our world-gone-mad turmoil, I think our circle of people who are trying to hearken back to our roots with sustainable living and frugal lifestyles are right on the money.  It will certainly never be a bad thing to know how to grow your own food or raise chickens or sew.  One of my latest treasures I unearthed in the cookbook section at the bookstore was “Low Cost Cookery” by Hunt-Wesson. It’s a slim volume with some fantastic cartoons in it and some very frugal and tasty-looking recipes.  The irony of this book is it came out in the early 70’s but it sounds as if it was written today.  This is at once calming and unsettling.  It’s reassuring to know that this has happened before and we will survive but why, oh, why didn’t we learn our lesson the first 400 times this happened????

In other news, as one of our FB friends said after a recent slew of super-bizarre customer happenings, “I think someone is PAYING people to come be weird in your shop!”  Well, in the photo below you will see a mangled dime and penny. These two babies were lodged in my VINTAGE coffee grinder. Some clever crook dropped those in the hopper and the grinder was resultingly jammed and out of commission for 3 weeks during which I was grinding all the coffee for the shop in a home-sized grinder-so you know how long that took (deep breath)-so when my coffee heroes arrived to fix it these COINS were in the grinder!!!!! Why? Who would do that?

And finally, in other hysterical news, I lodged almonds in ye olde eyeball and had to get an eyepatch to help it heal.  It’s a great look-I must say.

Eggin’ Me On!

As you may have noticed we have gone to a 6 day week.  In the beginning-I had visions of Sugar at 3 of the local Farmer’s Markets and cranking it out 7 days a week.  Weeeeeelllllll, after 8 months of being open now I have realized that this is not a feasible plan when I am the only one baking AND I have had the most fantastic time finding employees!  I know it’s very clichéd to say that “good help is hard to find” but good ganache! What a nightmare!  My sister is, of course, fabulous, but she can only take so much of me and others-well-let’s just say it’s astonishing how arrogant people can be!   I have high hopes for our newest helper, Anna, as she is tres intelligent AND rotten!  Sarah is sweet but she is going away to school and sooo…

That being said-I am going to try being closed on Sundays until we get to the Fall and then perhaps we will rethink that plan and have a Scrabble club or some such funness!

I read the most interesting article the other day which I intend to print out and hang up at the shop but I will give you an excerpt here to see what you think, “…Research indicates that those who spend money on coffee breaks at the local cafe’ can reap emotional profits: A 2008 Harvard Business School says experience,rather than goods, tend to make people happier, and spending less than $5 in a coffee shop can be enough-it provides a healthy break from your routine and puts a smile on your face.” (Clean Eating June 2011)  Ha!  SO, instead of having lawful 15 minute SMOKE breaks they should be caffeine breaks-huh, huh?? I like it! 

Last thing-Must share this insane deviled egg recipe with you!

12 large eggs (preferably from Grassy Ridge Farms or some such local farm. Just make sure they are a few days old before you use them or else they are tricky to peel.)

1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayo (homemade if you’re feeling fancy)

2 tblsp Plugra butter unsalted

1 tblsp Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

2 tblsp chopped FRESH chives (dried chives are a waste of everyone’s time.)

Boil eggs in the manner to which you are accustomed, drain and cool.   Peel eggs and cut in half. Throw egg yolks, butter, salt, pepper, mayo and mustard into a food processor and combine (you can also do this with mesh sieve). Fold in chopped chives. Pipe into waiting egg whites and serve IMMEDIATELY-these are a labor of love and while you can serve them after they’ve chilled for a bit they are not as decadent and luxurious.


 

 

Iced Coffee-You chill me to the bone.

Sitting in my little car, freezing Iced Latte soaking into my white linen shirt, cascading freely across my laptop and pooling in my Crocs I burst into howling tears-pounding futilely on my steering wheel I start the car, jam my sunglasses onto my face and promptly hurl them into the passenger seat as they are also dripping coffee.  In this condition I take off to pick up my little guys from their respective locations. Interestingly, when I got to both places NOBODY noticed my coffeeness.  Which makes me wonder what kind of a crackpot I must look like when I am traipsing around town after baking all day?  Granted, one of my favorite customers and good friends kindly pointed out to me that I had a lovely Bonnie Raitt style frosting of butter thru my hair this morning…

All of this to say!!!! I will have a proper blog post as soon as I get my computer keyboard fixed (I am borrowing someone’s computer right now!)  because I have so many exciting new pictures for everyone! People made a  crazy fuss over my birthday and it was really fun!  SO-I have not deserted you-just having computer issues!  We’ll catch up soon!

Moonshine, Mixers and Father’s Day-naturally.

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Father’s Day approacheth and naturally one’s thoughts turn to moonshine, non?  Recently I was given a fantastic gift triumvirate-Peppers, Magnolia blossoms and moonshine jelly!  This is a gift that could only come from a real friend and a food fanatic (www.thegermancafe.com)!  If you ever want awesome, authentic strudel this IS the place to go!

For Dad’s Day we have some of the best cards, as you can see, and a reversible Seal Team 6 bbq apron for the grilling, manly-man!

Local honey-looking dazzling next to our sunny honey wands!

‘Tis the season for local blackberries in our pies and scones, juicy Bolivia peach pies and turnovers and all things blueberry!

AND I was gifted ANOTHER mixer! This one I have never, ever seen before-Magic Mills bread mixer-not to be confused with a bread machine-no sirree! A real bread mixer with a dough arm-Thanks Mr. Higgins! I’m so excited!

June is shaping up to be great-lots of yummy things in season and we’re happy to announce a Mary Jane’s FarmGirl Chapter (http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/) that will be meeting in the shop on July 14th.  Don’t worry-more details soon!

Yes-those are cupcakes you see. People kept requesting them-so I’ve been doing some… And we had Tres Leches cake which I thought was quite yummy!  I see I have worn you out with exclamation marks, I do apologize but they are so, so fun.

If you wanted something for your daddy-o this weekend don’t wait too long to call-the order board is filling  up!

P.S. That, my friends, is a Raspberry Rhubarb Pie!