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Who’s ready for 2018?!

Alright. We’re two days into the new year, how does that make you feel? Personally, I spent all of the first day in bed, cuddling with my lovely and eating a bunch of junk food. We both told ourselves that we would get our shit together at the beginning of the year but we needed one day of doing absolutely nothing together so we chose January 1st. We both have really busy lives and that usually means we eat dinner really late, equating to pretty unhealthy options, drinking more and sleeping in way longer than we should.

So we did the “smart” thing and started the year off by not leaving the bed, shoving cheez-its and Chinese food in our faces and attempting to watch an entire season of Breaking Bad. I’m not upset at all and today I feel refreshed and ready for the year.

I’ve had a lot of new ideas for Good Sugar Baking. The problem is trying to weed out the ones that won’t work and keeping the ones that will work in my mind. I have A LOT to learn and now that Good Sugar Baking is my sole form of income it’s time to do the learnin’ and growin’!

Side note, look at these real cool buttons! Feel free to ask me for one.

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What’s up with January, then? Some sweet, new photographs of delicious cookies and whatnots. With professional photography I will be adding a REAL online store so all of you can purchase cookies at your leisure, making it so easy for you! I will also be upgrading my packaging to something extremely cool for all of my accounts. Which takes me to accounts. The beginning of the year is going to be a lot of cookie samples going around town to get the name out there more.

Of course the thing that keeps me really excited about this opportunity is still giving back to nonprofits. Starting January I switch to a new nonprofit, one that a good friend of mine chose and it’s one that I’m very excited to be partnering with. The National Park Foundation has been going through some changes and could use some help! So every pairing, every cookie, everything that Good Sugar Baking sells will give a percentage back to The National Park Foundation. NPFlogo

Check out the schedule for upcoming pairings:

January 11th: Joyride beer and cookie pairing

January 17th: Zuni Street beer and cookie pairing

January 18th: Great Divide beer and cookie pairing

January 24th: Westfax beer and cookie pairing

February 2nd: De Steeg’s 5 year anniversary beer and cookie pairing

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Thank you Minds Matter of Denver!

Seeing as how it’s almost the end of September, I want to give a HUGE thank you to Minds Matter of Denver. They have been the nonprofit for the past couple of months and have been awesome to work with! I’ve loved this partnership and hope that we can continue partnering together in many ways for many years.

Stop by Zuni Street Brewing this Thursday from 5-8pm for live music, limited supply of sample cookies and $1 of every pint sold is going to Minds Matter!

Good Sugar Baking has seen a lot of growth within this quarter. From adding more Beer and Cookie pairings, gaining more accounts, creating new cookies and meeting many new people, it has been an incredible time. A lot of that has happened because of the ability to partner with great nonprofits around the world. Minds Matter does substantial work not only in the Denver community  but across the country as well. I’m excited to see them grow more and more. I can’t wait to get them their check for all of the work they have helped Good Sugar accomplish.

Now it’s time to announce a new nonprofit for the next quarter!

This nonprofit comes from one of the Kickstarter backers. It’s perfect timing because they are located in Florida and have been dealing with some of the hurricane. The nonprofit is Foundation for Foster Children. You can learn more by going to their website: https://foundationforfosterchildren.org/

foundationforfosterchildrenI will be writing a post shortly to tell you more about Foundation for Foster Children!

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Cookies are like whiskey

It’s about time I write about whiskey. Everybody’s been waiting for it, I’m sure. I thought about it, you guys. Whiskey + cookies… they’re basically the same thing. Here’s why:

  1. Although cookies grow old, if you let dough sit it gets better. Now I don’t mean leave your dough on the counter and it’s just going to get some amazing “aged” flavor. Actually, it will definitely have an aged flavor, but it won’t be good. However, some cookies require the dough to sit in the fridge, covered, for a longer time. Chilling dough solidifies the fat so your cookies don’t completely flatten out. Chill away!
  2. Cookies taste great. Whiskey tastes great. They’re just great.

Well. That’s it. It turns out whiskey and cookies don’t have that much in common except that they’re great together.

I just kinda wanted to give you a sneak peak to a new cookie…

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I’m not telling you what it is though. You have to come to the Beer and Cookie pairing THIS WEDNESDAY!

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Tomato cookies

The most unique cookie that I currently bake is a tomato cookie. I have so many people ask me what a tomato cookie is and it’s always way easier to explain than you’d think.

Cookies-7943When I first began developing the tomato cookie I had no idea what to expect. I honestly thought it wouldn’t be very good and I wouldn’t like it. I mean, tomatoes and cookies don’t really go hand in hand. I decided to still try and give it a shot, so I did and I’m so happy with the results. Now, it’s one of my most popular cookies (besides chocolate chip cookies n cream, but who doesn’t love chocolate?!).

So what is a tomato cookie? It’s simple. It’s just pureed tomato added into a dough that consists a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon. It has the texture of carrot cake with some earthy flavors to it. I add a vanilla frosting on top to add some more sweetness to it. It’s a great cookie if you’re looking for something unique and fun at your parties!

I’ve had a lot of fun trying new cookies every month. Sometimes they turn out perfectly and sometimes they’re something I’ll probably never make again. If you have any unique cookie ideas send them my way!

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June Events!

In case you were wondering, June is a fantastic month! Everybody seems to be in a great mood lately and it’s probably because summer is here and we all love summer. Swimming, camping, hiking, climbing, patio drinks, picnics, park days, dog parks and so much more! I’m determined to make it to one Jazz in the park event this year since it’s been five years that I have yet to make it to a single Sunday jazz night!! Ridiculous.

Anyways, Good Sugar Baking has quite a few events coming up.

Starting with this Friday! New Kids on the Block beer festival is SO MUCH FUN. I went the first year and it was a great experience trying a ton of beer, dancing to 80’s music and hanging out with good people. I’ll be there supporting Good Sugar Baking with cookie samples that pair perfectly with so many of the beers that will be pouring there.

Then, June 21st I have a beer and cookie pairing at Zuni Street Brewing. This time will be different with a new format for getting the beer and cookies and there might even be a whole new cookie for you to try! We’ll see 😉 These guys have been great to me for helping me out, letting me sell cookies and helping me get my brand out there. I’m ever so happy to be able to do this pairing monthly!

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Shortly after, on June 25th I’m throwing a Cookies, Pasties and Ice Cream Party. Pasty Republic has been so kind in letting me bake out of their kitchen, so I’m hoping this event promotes them as well! You will be able to build your own ice cream sandwiches, enjoy tasty pasties (they’re meat pies and they are delicious!) and try some of Good Sugar Baking’s cookies! It’s perfect because it’s a great Sunday afternoon event and there’s a park right across the street for you to enjoy all the goodies.

Don’t forget Father’s Day is coming up June 18th! Cookies are great for your papa 🙂

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Finding a place to bake

One of the most common questions I get is people asking me where I bake. Most people seem to assume I bake out of my home, which was the case at the very beginning when I was sampling out cookies, but I have moved my production over to a place that has more than one oven, a giant mixer, space for more bulk ingredients and just more space in general. It’s also illegal to sell any kind of cooked or baked product that you produce in your home in Colorado ( I did a lot of research on this because I figured baking out of my home is the cheapest option). Not to mention I have two animals running around and I don’t want anyone to get a furball cookie.

So where do I bake out of?

I looked at commissaries because that seems like a good go-to for a lot of food trucks and carts. That was pretty expensive, you never know how much space you’ll get to use that day and there are people running around all the time. I wanted to be able to play my crappy punk music, bake all the cookies and have a good time without being in anybody’s way.

Luckily, at my last job I managed the food trucks and made some pretty great contacts. When someone that I had worked with in the past came in to check out the new brewery, I told him what I was doing and he said, “why don’t you use our kitchen?” I totally forgot that their food truck also had a brick and mortar! Of course I wanted to know more, so we started talking, came up with a good deal and that’s where I’m at! The brick and mortar (and food truck) is called Pasty Republic. They have a pretty cool thing going on and they also run a couple of different food trucks. This provides me with a lot of opportunity for room and growth, while being affordable, and the people I work with are amazing!

Sometimes you might think what you’re doing is never going to work out. But when that happens, someone might be right around the corner waiting to help you out. That’s what happened with me, whether it’s luck or just being by kind people, I’m okay with it.

Happy Memorial Day, folks. While you’re out BBQing and whatnots I’m pouring all of your beers. Be kind to the service industry, not everybody gets holidays off!

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Five years ago…

I finished college five years ago today. A lot has changed, for better or for worse, most of it is definitely for the better. Reminiscing is always fun! It has been quite a journey just in the last five years, and then thinking about ten years ago?! Wow. I’ve grown so much as a person and continue to grow. Did I think I’d be running my own business at the age of 27? Nope. Did I think I’d even have a dog? Nah. Did I think I would be a bartender? Not at all. Did I think I’d travel to so many parts of the world? Never. Yet here I am. Do I regret any of it? No, not really.

Running your own business is probably one of the most challenging things you could ever do. It’s mentally taxing, physically tiring and emotionally devastating at times. It’s also extremely rewarding and something that is to be so proud of. I’ve learned more about different aspects of life than I ever thought I would just by starting a business.

The best thing you could ever do is ask questions. I met up with a guy from Small Business Association who told me exactly what I needed to start my business when it came to licenses. I’ve also sat down with friends who run their own business and asked them questions that I thought would make me sound super dumb.

To quote one of my favorite songs, “If I fall back down, you’re gonna help me back up again, If I fall back down, you’re gonna be my friend.” – Rancid

If you’re debating whether or not you should start your own business, feel free to ask me questions. Although a majority of the time I’m thinking, “alright, act like you know what you’re doing. You got this,” I do know some things. Google is also an amazing tool. Just make sure what you read about is credible.

We’re all in this crazy, messed up and beautiful world together.

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May the fourth be full of cookies!

Happy Star Wars day to all of you! I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan (sorry!) but I have seen all of the movies and I know what’s up with everyone saying “May the fourth be with you.” I had a very productive and great day yesterday meeting with accounts and potential accounts, scheduling events and even had time to catch a quick set from The Slackers! It was a rewarding day and now I’m feeling it after getting little sleep, but who wants to sleep when there’s cookies to bake?!

That all being said, I wish I had realized that Star Wars day was coming up and would have made a cool Star Wars themed cookie. However! For anyone that still wants some sort of inspiration, I found this: Star Wars Themed Cookies. Indulge. Bake them. Tell me how they are!

Next year I’ll better prepare myself for this almost-holiday.

Oh, and…. I have an event coming up in a few weeks! Let’s go! Beer and Cookie Pairing

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National Small Business Week

Happy May! I’m sure you’ve seen the great Justin Timberlake meme “It’s gonna be May,” which I’m super pumped about because WHO DOESN’T THINK NSYNC WAS THE BEST BOY BAND?!?! I actually liked Backstreet Boys more but we can fight about that later.

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Anyways, this month is going to be a busy and fun one for Good Sugar Baking! We’re starting off strong with National Small Business Week. Not that we’re doing much with it, except acknowledging that we’re the smallest of all the small businesses, working hard and seeing movement happening. This week started back in 1963 when President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed that American small businesses helped create competition with big businesses and gave consumers choices. Ever since then, a week in May is declared National Small Business Week to celebrate the success of all small businesses. We’re one of them! Yay for giving consumers delicious cookie choices!

What else is going on this month?! Well, there’s going to be a Good Sugar Baking launch party at Zuni Street May 23rd from 4-8pm. There will be a beer and cookie pairing in case you missed the last one, but it will also initiate the great partnership between the brewery and bakery as Zuni Street Brewing is going to be selling Good Sugar Baking cookies on a regular basis!

Other than that, I’m busy working on all of the Kickstarter rewards (thanks again everyone!), scheduling events around town, getting more accounts to carry cookies and planning for the rest of the summer. Hint: there’s going to be a summer party in a month or so that involves cookies and ice cream…yum!!

Oh, I’m also working on a gluten free cookie for all of you glutards. It had to happen some day. I’m hopeful that it’ll turn out to be THE BEST COOKIE EVER.

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Who invented the cookie?

Here’s something you probably never wondered: who invented the cookie?! It’s a solid question if you’re into baking at all. It turns out that the first ever chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield who ran the Toll House Restaurant. Hmm…no wonder Toll House cookies are so good!!

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Cookie facts:

  • Historians say that cookies started out being “test cakes” for bakers. They would drop small amounts of cake batter into the oven to test the oven temperature. The name cookie is derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “small or little cake.”
  • Early American cookbooks, cookies were known by names like Jumbles, Plunkets and Cry Babies.
  • The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar (luxurious cakes and pastries in large and small versions were well known in the Persian empire).
  • Ruth Graves Wakefield accidently invented chocolate chip cookies. One of her favorite recipes was “Butter Drop Do” which called for baker’s chocolate, which she was out of, so she replaced the baker’s chocolate with semisweet chocolate chunks, assuming that the chocolate would melt and spread. However, the chocolate held its shape and she created the Toll House Crunch Cookie.

Want to learn more about where cookies come from?! Check this website out: What’s Cooking America