Pass the Stuffing and Sequins!

Dear Surf City,

We are thrilled to be celebrating Thanksgiving #2 with Topsail Island! To show our Thankfulness, we will be doing $1 coffee on Mondays! Thank you for another wonderful year and a rip-roaring fall so far!

All shipping orders must be in by the order deadline. Orders must be shipped the Monday of Thanksgiving week and will go 2nd Day air for anything outside of NC.

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Below is our Thanksgiving menu. You know the drill, PLEASE. ORDER. AHEAD. I beg you!! We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday the 28th but we will be participating in two holiday markets on the Island this year. Details below! We will be open Saturday for Small Business Saturday and back to our normal hours Sunday and Monday.

This year, look for our Turkey table in the shop! It will have some of the baking supplies to help you with your own special meals, great recipes for sides, fruitcakes, Holiday nuts and our own stuffing blend and holiday jams!

Cakes

Country Coconut ~ $28

Caramel ~ $30

Old Fashioned Chocolate ~ $30

Hummingbird ~ $30

Pies

Pumpkin ~ $14

Classic Apple ~ $18

Sour Cherry ~ $18

NC Pecan ~ $17

Key Lime ~ $14

Small Things

Cranberry Jam Bars ~ $2 ea/ $11 per 1/2 dozen

Ginger Chews ~ $1.65 ea/ $8 per 1/2 dozen

Gingerbread ~ $6

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake ~ $6

Pumpkin Whoopies-$3.00

Cornbread ~ $6

Challah Bread ~ Braid – $5.50 or Loaf – $4.50

Need to Know Info

The cut off date for Thanksgiving orders is Sunday (Nov. 16).

EVERYTHING is made fresh that Wednesday.  Orders will NOT be ready before the given pick-up time.  Please do not call to check on your order the day of.

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Spooooooky Island Treats and Many Gracious Thank Yous!

It’s time to talk about this.  As you all know, we did not manage to snag the coveted “people’s choice” award in the Martha Stewart competition. It was some stiff competition and slim, slim odds but you guys fought so hard it was incredible!! Do you realize that we managed to sneak in the top 3 in NC? We also far outstripped many people in much, much bigger cities! That was all due to YOU!! The every day voters, the ferocious social media warriors tweeting and retweeting and Facebooking relentlessly!!  It was absolutely inspiring and heartwarming! It is amazing to know how committed our bakery family is to what we do for a living. So, thank you!!! We were so honored to get as far as we did and proud of the showing we all made!!!  In a side note, the ever fabulous Beth Rowland-one of our dear friends-captured one of the coveted ‘frequent voter baskets!” Congratulations Beth!!!!

In the meantime, nothing has slowed down! I was honored to be asked to do a bee-tasting contest in Onslow County last week. There were over 20 honey represented and we had to perform multiple tastings. It is absolutely fascinating the difference between all the different honey.  https://www.facebook.com/onslowcountybeekeepers

Sunday the 26th, we will be closing early (2 p.m.) because it is Logan and Tanis’s family birthday party (make sure to tell Mom “Happy Birthday!” when you are in the shop!) and prior to that we will be at Pomegranate Books feeding Bob Garner! There is a link to the time and place for Bob’s event.  https://www.facebook.com/events/572044786233612/

Other things that are perking along…James Beard chef recommendations

jamesbeard.starchefs.com/awards/vote/index_2.php

Guy Fieri and Diner’s? What say Surf City-shall we bring him down? www.dinersdriveinsanddives.net/contact-us.html

Saturday the 25th there will be a SUPERFUNPARTY at QuarterMoon Books!!! Pet costume party and Human Costume Party-we can’t wait!

And if you are wanting to order special spoooky treats for Halloween, we have the following items available:

Single Layer Cookie cake with spiderweb and spider $12.00

Pumpkin Pie $14.00

Pumpkin Whoopies $3.00

Caramel Apple Cake $28.00

Haunted Forest Cake-chocolate cake lavender buttercream-piped with bats and a sparkly chocolate forest $30.00

Owl Cupcakes (available in pumpkin, vanilla or chocolate) $2.00 each

Spiderweb Macaroons $1.65

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30 Days of Joy Hath September!

I have figured out the whole beach-instafriendship equation! It’s like summer camp for grown ups!! We are the counselors and each week we have new campers that we are instantly enamored with and form friendships with, so that we are excited to see them the next year! Some campers this year were returning campers, others were new and some came to camp for several weeks! Parting isn’t quite so hard though-because we ship so nobody has to go without!

(And no, there is NO reason to compare the classic Parent Trap with that mess Disney tried to recreate years later. Blech.)

Of course it is time to change the hours and update the menu to reflect what’s coming into season down here!  Due to threats and cajoling by the locals, we will be sticking to a 5 day schedule AND opening earlier.

New from Nye’s this month-Blackberry Cobbler and Latte! The Latte ice cream sandwich is pure genius.

Speaking of lattes…Shawn, Logan and Tanis will be attending latte school this month so soon they will be slinging chai, espresso and dairy in specific 27 second intervals. We are going to be using all organic coffees from our beloved Java Estate and making our own hot chocolate blend that will make you grin!

Again, the Muscadine Festival is coming up and we will be in attendance (http://www.muscadineharvestfestival.com/).

That Sunday, the 28th, we will be having another Logan Smith Art Show! It’s been three years so Mr. Smith has had time to build up a fair collection of intriguing pieces. This show will be combined with cider, punch, wine and samples of our holiday fare! We look forward to seeing you. An email and mailer will go out with the specific times on that day.

This month we will also be taking our annual apple trek and taking orders once again. The list will be at the bakery of what apples are available and when you will be able to expect them.

It really was a spastic and fantastic summer and we thank you all for indulging your sweet tooth, embracing you inner bread loving self and coming to interact with the ever-amazing talents of the Tanis-Shawn counter show. NEVER A DULL MOMENT.

September Hours (NOTE-We will be closed from Sunday, September 7-Wednesday the 10.)

Thur-Fri 9-4

Saturday 10-4

Sun 10-4

Mon-9-3

IT’S TIME TO EAT FESTIVELY!!!!!!!

I find it absolutely amazing that I am sending out our 4th Thanksgiving email!!!  As I have said before and can’t say enough, we are thankful for all of your loyal support and keeping our minuscule operation going through the last few years. It has been a learning experience every single day and I have gotten to blow through a fun amount of butter as a result!!  Below is this year’s Thanksgiving menu!

ALL ITEMS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED, including cookies, Cheddar Pigs, etc. We will have a Wilmington, Burgaw and a Magnolia Greens delivery point on Tuesday, November 26th. The shop will be open Thanksgiving week from 10 AM – 8 PM on Monday-Wednesday (November 25-27).   The shop will be closed Thursday-Sunday.  Shipping is available, but all items must be shipped on November 25th.

Pumpkin Pie ~ $14.00

Sweet Potato Streusel Pie ~ $15.00

Triple Apple Pie ~ $18.00

Cranberry Apple Pie ~ $18.00

Apple Rhubarb Pie ~ $19.00

Pecan Pie ~ $18.00

Bourbon Pecan Pie ~ $18.00

Chocolate Pecan Pie ~ $18.00

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust ~ $28.50

Cozy Pumpkin Coffee ~ $7.50 per 1/2 lb

Snickerdoodle Coffee ~ $7.50 per 1/2 lb

Gran Marnier Showstopper Cake ~ Yellow vanilla bean cake brushed with a Gran Marnier caramel glaze filled with an orange blossom honey cream and frosted with a Gran Marnier orange cream cheese frosting ~ $33.00

Gingerbread ~ $6.00

Surf City FruitCake ~ $8.00

Whole Wheat Rolls ~ $4 per dozen

Cranberry Orange Brioche Loaf ~ $5.00

Turkey shaped bread ~ $10.00

Sea Turtle Shaped Bread ~ $10.00

As always, we have some lovely Thanksgiving cards by local artists and some fun vintage holiday tchotchkes in addition to wonderful soaps, and amazing soy candles!  You are welcome to phone in or email your order and we will get back to you shortly with confirmation of your order and to answer any questions!  A follow up email will be sent out when we have hit the order cut-off (which is usually about November 10th, so PLEASE plan ahead!)

Thanks!!!

910.254.1110 or sugarislandnc@gmail.com

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60 Bushels of apples a day keeps boredom at bay!

If I babble incoherently it’s only because we have so many fun things coming up I can’t stand it! This very afternoon I am going to pick up our first delivery of APPLES from the incomparable http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com courtesy of the fabulous Margaret Shelton at http://sheltonherbfarmnc.com/. So yeah, part of my job today is to go out to an idyllic farm in perfect weather to pick up herbs, organic soil and heirloom apples. Feel free to hate me, I would! What does this mean to you? It means APPLE PIE, Caramel Apple Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, Apple Cider Pound Cake, Apple Butter, Apple Butter Bars, Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Apple Fritters and Apple Cinnamon Granola!  YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!

Saturday the 21st, will be our last Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market of the season but it has been a spectacular market and we have loved every minute of it! In October we will be joining the Onslow County Market (http://onslowncfarmersmarket.com/)! This is a really unique market with some fantastic crafts, beautiful produce, honeys, jams, a DOUGHNUT truck, fresh seafood and cheeses and all sorts of treats so we are super excited and honored to be included!

September 28th will see us at the http://www.muscadineharvestfestival.com/ Muscadine Festival with Muscadine granola, Muscadine Oatmeal Creme Pies, Grape Hull Pies, Muscadine Focaccia, Muscadine Muffins, Muscadine Pound Cake and Muscadine Spice Cake-should be quite the adventure!

 

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!

Gettin’ Ready to get Exciting in here!!!

As always, there is something going on downtown!  While I refuse to comment on the parking other than to growl and mutter there are several other projects brewing!

First we are working on a Pie Contest for November called “Eat your Heart out!” to benefit the Children at Heart Adoption Agency (www.childrenatheart.com) more detail soon!

We are unleashing our October/November menu this Saturday!! Lots of fun Fall Classics and some new deliciousness!

If the bar looks funny over the next few weeks its because Red Barn Studio Theater (http://redbarnstudiotheatre.com/) is borrowing them for their newest play!  They will be famous! (Not the studio-they ARE famous-the chairs!)

Second weekend in October I will be traveling to Virginia to Meg Shelton of Shelton Herb Farms (http://www.localharvest.org/shelton-herb-farm-M9889) husband’s family orchards to pick up OODLES of BUSHELS of all natural, vintage, flavor-packed apples! The pies, butters, jellies and cakes that will spring forth from this fall bounty will be superb! (www.vintagevirginiaapples.com)

This Saturday in conjunction with our menu supplement look for homemade Pumpkin Butter, Lemon Curd and Cranberry Honey!

Don’t forget-this month is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle month at Sugar on Front St.! Each week will feature one of the stories from the books with coordinating sweets. It’s your job to figure out the story from the plateau I have at the shop! Winner’s get free coffee or a free cookie!