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Because, we Love you!

Instead of Valentine’s Date Night this year we are opting for “Date Day!” Sunday, February 14, we will be open from 12-4 serving a variety of lovely pies and cakes by the slice in addition to having some specialty coffee and tea drinks available. There will be swanky music, bunches of flowers and glowing candles for a fun and relaxing afternoon!  If you know you are coming, we would love to know ahead of time but also feel free to show up on a whim!

Since Monday, January 15th is Washington’s birthday, we will be celebrating it on Saturday the 13th and featuring some recipes from Martha Washington’s cookbook in addition to Cherry Danishes and Cherry Jam bars. We are saving the Cherry Pie for NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY which falls on Saturday, February 20th, and where we will have fresh cherry pies available whole and by the slice! Park 7-sour cherries!!

To keep it interesting on the 20th we will also be having a BABY SHOWER  Baby Shower Evite featuring beautiful handmade baby clothes, blankets and gifts as well as fun recipes and party ideas for upcoming showers you might be throwing! (Needless to say, my family was fairly alarmed when they saw ME throwing a baby shower…) baboon

If you can’t make it to us on DATE DAY or before, the following restaurants will have fun and festive Valentine’s cakes AND Cheesecakes by the slice or little to-go packs of adorable, natural and tasty Valentine treat packs: Kornerstone Bistro (cake by the slice), Daddy Mac’s (cheesecakes), Village Cafe (cake by the slice), Epic Food Co. (to go packs), Sister’s Organic Market (to go packs).

As to the fun stuff we will have at the shop…as you know, please pre-order on whole cakes and pies :).

Red Velvet Cake-$30.00 (Yes, you have NEVER seen this on the menu before. Somebody pleaded and wheedled so here it is…)

Mocha Madness-$32.00 chocolate cake filled with raspberry and frosted with mocha buttercream topped with wee chocolate hearts

Strawberry Sweetheart-$33 vanilla cake filled with strawberry jam and frosted with strawberry buttercream

OSPBK’s-what are these?? Old School Peanut Butter Kisses-old school peanut butter thumbprint cookies with chubby Hershey’s kisses

Cherry Pie-$18.00

RTC-adorable Russian Tea cakes in red, pink and white

Cheddar Pigs-the classic but with teeny pink hearts on the label $4.00

And of course, some manner of cutesy cupcake with little conversation hearts…

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Days of National Tastiness and Hyper-classiness.

I adore pens that write well. There is no end to my obsession with people with glorious handwriting and dedicated journal writing. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day which we will celebrate, of course, with a sale on our wonderful Retro 51 pens and our wide selection of locally made Sara Webster journals and a fun selection of “writerly” themed snacks! (You know, Jo March gingerbread, Samuel Pepys cheese twists, Susan Branch lemon crisps-surely you have heard of these loyal journal keepers!)

But before that elegant day arrives, Thursday January 14th is National Pastrami Day and our friends and neighbors at the New York Corner Deli are celebrating by having their amazing Reubens 2 for $14!! Therefore, I can order 4, for a good cause!!!

And winding up the month is the day all 3 of my boys LIVE for, NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY on January 27th. It is a Wednesday. There will be a mind-boggling selection of chocolate cakes by the slice, filled with caramels and creams, ganaches and toffees, raspberries and pecans, champagnes and Gran Marnier. Decadent it will be. You should plan ahead. Commit yourself to a quiet, chocolate-soaked hour of simple pleasure.

Many new lovely things are coming to Sugar this Spring! One of them is FINALLY our own garden plot just for us! We are just getting ready to clear and will begin the framework and dirt-hauling soon!

In the meantime, I had a chance to visit a sublime spot today Old River Farms where we get our bright bites of sunshine-filled strawberries, and our tasty grass-fed beef and beautiful poinsettias and stunning succulents and whimsical terrariums by GreenDrop Gardens . It was a cloudless day, crisply cold and absolutely perfect.

Stay warm, dream big and eat thoughtfully.

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve 2016 and News to Use!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for letting us be part of your family’s celebrations and for choosing to support local artists, authors, craftsmen and farmers!

This year, we had so very many customers come in and reminisce about things that their family members made over the holidays. The power of smell is such a strong thing and can unearth the most wonderful memories and fascinating stories. When someone starts to remember a moment like that-encourage them! Hear them out, write down the recipe or the method or the name! I learn something new about food and baking every day and consider it a “day lost when a recipe is not jotted down in her binder…” (“Jane of Lantern Hill” L.M. Montgomery).

We will reopen New Year’s Eve for treats for your holiday, a chance to stock up before we close for a minute and for some INSANE SALES!  As is our tradition, in January we close to do inventory and renovations. Not for long-usually just a week! This year’s renovations are in preparation for our late Spring surprise! So it won’t really make sense until then BUT I am getting a new sink-so that’s fun! (I will take this moment to preach part of our “mission statement”. When I say “new equipment” it is ALWAYS used as I am a firm believer in recycling and supporting local and I am madly smitten with Cape Fear Restaurant Equipment. For those of you who long for more professional, functional kitchen tools, this is the place to go. They welcome home cooks as readily as they do crazy people like me. Actually, they would probably prefer you :)

The SALES-

*Books buy 2 get 1 free (excludes the super rare collection). NO. LIMIT. Dealers welcome.

*Sprecher’s 2 packs for $12

*Sara Webster Jewelry $5 off earrings, $10 off necklaces

*Christmas 50% off! INCLUDES ORNAMENTS, COFFEE,  RAVENSBURGER AND CHRISTMAS CARDS!

Our neighbor Sandy Toes Boutique  has some delightful sales going on as well 50-75% off of some incredible clothes and accessories!

New Year’s Eve Menu!

Silver-n-Gold luck cookies-our constantly sold out Russian Tea Cakes, rolled in both gold and silver sanding sugars are a delicious accompaniment to champagne or make a lovely hostess gift. 12 to a box. $10

Make A Wish Cake-tender 4 layer  vanilla cake studded with raspberries filled with a mascarpone cream layered with champagne soaked blackberries frosted with vanilla bean buttercream and topped with sparkling pearl sugar $32.00 (my personal favorite :)!)

Chocolate is Timeless-much like a chocolate ice box cake-this lovely and decadent cake features thin layer of chocolate cake filled with alternating layers of Nutella, fresh whipped cream and chocolate mousse. Frosted with chocolate buttercream and decorated with the hands of the clock to ring in the New Year-this cake is festive and delicious! (This cake is usually Shawn’s birthday cake!) $35

Cheddar Pigs-6 for $4 ‘cuz what’s a party without a pig?

Kale Cornbread-honoring 2 Southern superstitions at once! Eating greens and cornbread on New Year’s Day is a must in our house! kale flecked bacon cornbread $6.50

As always, please order ahead. sugarsislandnc@gmail.com or 910.254.1110

*this selection is also available for delivery to Epic Food Co on New Year’s Eve morning. Pricing will vary slightly. Must be pre-ordered!!

 

 

 

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You’ve Stollen my heart. Drink some Punch.

Merrrrrry Christmas!!! Below you will find our holiday menu and schedule. The New Year’s Eve menu shall appear shortly!

This Saturday we will be hosting another Punch and Jewelry party!!! We will be serving festive Christmas punch, tootling Christmas carols and Coastal Coordinates by Sara Webster (https://www.facebook.com/Coastal-Coordinates-Collection-by-Sara-Webster-365391900182891/) will be there with some additional, beyond fantastic jewelry! In addition we will be having a drawing for a really super-loaded door prize that includes all sorts of treasures from the store and one lucky customer will win free coffee FOR 1 YEAR!!!  This madness will be happening from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You know the drill! Please pre-order so you get just what Santa wants!!!!

Monday December 21st 12-4

Tuesday December 22nd 12-4

Wednesday December 23rd 10-6

Thursday CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!!!! 10-3

CLOSED DECEMBER 25-27

We will figure the rest of that week here shortly :)

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In other news, this current batch of Stollen is truly the best I have EVER made. Really. I had so much fun with it, I sang it Christmas carols, candied my own fruit, toasted the local pecans, loaded it with gorgeous vanilla and imported marzipan…I only made 30 so if you want one make sure to order one!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyber Monday!!!

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Cyber Monday Specials!

Pigs on a Plane!-ship 20 pigs and a Cheddar Pig ornament to someone you love!! $25 includes shipping.

Just Write!-ship a lovely Retro 51 pen, Sara Webster journal and an assortment of our handmade holiday cards (by Robotic Relative and Dottie Netherton) to your favorite writer and paper afficionado. $45 includes shipping.

Old Fashioned Christmas-ship your Christmas fanatic a box containing our festive Gingerbread, Holiday Cheer coffee and a sparkling bag of glitter gumdrops! $25 includes shipping

Jam Packed-12 assorted jam bars for the jam bar addict or gluten-free friend in your life! $31.00

CYBER MONDAY SPECIALS AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH MIDNIGHT NOVEMBER 30. CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL USA. NO SUBSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE. MAY BE SHIPPED ANY DATE OF YOUR CHOOSING BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 20TH. All boxes are sent festively adorned and bedazzled. An email confirmation, online bill and tracking date will be sent to your email.

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Media Frenzy!!! plus crayons-ooooh!

Happy Labor Day Week!! We are having a slightly limited but still luscious Labor Day menu-which is listed below. As usual, please order ahead to ensure you have the dessert you want for your festivities!

As promised, the Coloring Club will start September 13 crayons-lab! It will run from 1-3:30. Bring your own book-we will provide the art supplies!

That Monday, the 14th begins Rosh Hashanah, we will be selling Honey Challah on Sunday as well as have fresh local honey from Back to Sun-please reserve your loaf! roshhashanah

We had a visit from HGTV from the Beach Bargain crew-that was fun! We will keep you posted as to when the show airs :) http://www.hgtv.com/shows/beachfront-bargain-hunt

There are a few contests going on that we are having fun with, and if you feel inspired to tag along for the ride, check out the links and let these people know!! http://www.pbs.org/food/features/best-bakeries-america/

http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/138180/food/sugar-island-bakery-and-supplies

School has started back and summer is winding down so we are also planning our annual apple trek and will be coming back with bevvies of bushels of apples to share with you via pies and cakes and crunchiness! moutains (28)

We would also like to introduce you to one of our new customers whom we will be providing desserts for in Hampstead https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-Cafe-Hampstead/283722829914. It is now owned by one of my favorite families!

As always, thank you for your support and kindness and craziness! We enjoy and are grateful for every day!

Pecan Pie ~ $18

Key Lime Pie ~ $14

Sour Cherry Pie ~ $18

Apple Crumb Pie ~ $20.

Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ $33

Lemon Filled Coconut Cake ~ $30

Raspberry filled Almond Cake ~ $31

…along with copious amounts of Cheddar Pigs!

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It’s time for Tea and Stories

Tea time is here! We will be serving high tea on Wednesday, August 26 at two different times in order to accommodate everyone’s schedule. The idea is to have a monthly tea that is seasonally themed! The theme of August’s tea is Snickerdoodle Sparkles! The menu will include traditional tea sandwiches, homemade crackers (see Cheddar Pig), mini sparkly cupcakes, brownies, gorgeous scones with clotted cream and jam, gingerbread with lemon curd, fresh fruit, and stunning slices of vertiginously sloppy layer cakes. Tea will be served at 11:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. Please dress snazzily-hats preferable. Tickets are $23.00. All tea cookbooks, boxes of tea and teapots in the shop will be on sale during the tea. Your tea ticket entitles you to 25% off any tea related items and includes your tea cup from your tea as a souvenir! For tea reservations please email sugarislandnc@gmail.com or call 910.254.1110. Tickets are limited.

Please call or email for a reservation with your preferred time. A confirmation response will be given! We are SO thrilled!

As to storytime-it has been a tremendous success! Once we scoot through August and the back-to-school madness we will switch storytime to Saturdays at 2:30. We are introducing a few new characters in addition to Reggie Raptor like Blackbeard the Pirate and Jackson the Dog!

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