One Last Kickstarter Push!

Good Sugar Baking has the smallest amount of time left on the Kickstarter and it’s SO CLOSE. Who wants to be the one to help me reach my goal?!?! A lot of you have helped significantly so far, and if you’ve already given some money I’d love it if you just continued to tell people about the Kickstarter.

Here’s the link: Good Sugar Baking’s Kickstarter

I’m about to get on a plane to go to Memphis for Lucero’s block party (maybe my favorite band) with two of my very best friends. I want to make sure this trip is THE BEST EVER because of your help in reaching my Kickstarter goal. After texting, calling, emailing, social media-ing and probably annoying everyone I know, let’s see if we can pull together enough money to get Good Sugar Baking off the ground and into your hands!

Remember that a percentage of every sale goes to a nonprofit, how cool is that?! I’m planning to partner up with some very great nonprofits that could use any amount of money thrown at them.

If you have any questions about what I’m doing, call me! Text me! Email me! Stalk me on Facebook! Do anything you have to so I can answer all of your questions to ensure you that your money is going to a good thing. I promise I’m not spending any of the money I raise to anything other than Good Sugar Baking. Ingredients, equipment, start up fees, marketing and the bajillion of other things that go into starting a business.

Thank you so much for all of your help! Thank you to all of my friends who tirelessly listened to my concerns about not getting the funding, who constantly shared my posts and who came out to try my cookies. I’ve loved spending time with every single one of you!!

Wait. Do you need the Kickstarter link again?! Here you go: Kickstarter!

BY THE WAY…. Happy 4/20! What better than some cookies when you have the munchies?!

Creating Cookie Labels

It’s not easy creating cookie labels, if you didn’t know. I didn’t know there were specific label requirements until someone told me, I also didn’t know how expensive these labels would be. Although they’re SO close to being done and I’m ready to finalize all of my initial packaging, cookie labels have still been a huge hassle for me. I like designing but I’m no pro, so we’ll see how these turn out and how well they catch people’s attention.

First off, what makes a good design? Eye-popping, making it obvious what it is the person is buying and providing all of the necessary information. Calories in a cookie? Ugh, like I wanted to know all of the calories I have been consuming just from a single cookie. But a cookie is a cookie, I’m not eating it because it’s good for me!

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Everything that you do when it comes to labeling anything costs you money!!

Then there’s also the question of who do you use to print these labels? They’re not cheap. At all. Around 250 labels can cost at least 70 dollars and with 4 different kinds of cookies, it really adds up quickly.

Not to mention the website tool that I’ve used to put together the ingredients part of the label. That costs money too, of course! However, it is incredibly helpful because otherwise I would have no idea how to put together a list of the ingredients.

Does anybody have any label tips to make it more affordable? Let me know!

One week to go!

Who hasn’t set themselves a goal before and the entire time been frantic about reaching that goal? That’s me right now. Kickstarter is such a cool crowdfunding tool, I love it, and it’s so easy to use but it takes so much work. Not only have I been annoying my friends to share my Kickstarter with everyone they know, but I have reached out to bloggers, used social media outlets and have been handing out cookie samples for a few weeks now.

And here we are. Down to one week. With $1300 still to raise, I really hope I make it! Here’s the link, in case you forgot it: Good Sugar baking Kickstarter. I’ve been told the middle of a Kickstarter always sees little movement and then a good push towards the end, and my fingers are crossed! So what am I doing to help reach my goal?

Tomorrow I am going to 38 State Brewing for an 80’s themed party. I will be handing out cookies (there’s even an 80’s themed cookie!), dressed up in 80’s attire and dancing to 80’s music with my good friends The Dollhouse Thieves. I encourage all of you to come; not only will the music be great, but the cookies are delicious AND this brewery makes exceptional beer! They just won 3 three medals at the Denver International Beer Competition.

Next Tuesday, April 18th I am doing a beer and cookie pairing with Zuni Street Brewing. What a great way to try some beer, eat some cookies and hang out on a Tuesday evening! Please come hang out with me before I head off to Memphis for a weekend away.

The Kickstarter ends Friday, April 21st. Please continue to share with your friends and family!!

Pairing Beer with Cookies

You know how there are beer snobs, wine snobs, whiskey snobs, weed snobs and a million other silly snobs in the world? I’ve been called a beer snob a time or two and yet I’ve never considered myself a beer snob, but maybe that’s something that snobs always do. One thing I have always been “snobbish” about is pairing things with things. Like food and beer. So lately I’ve been trying to pair cookies with beer and it has been SUPER fun.

Like the banana cream cookie. So much banana, so much flavor, so much cookie. You put that together with a nice Belgian style beer and it’s even more banana, flavor and cookie. I think anyone that has tried my banana cream cookie paired with a Belgian beer could agree. Alright, beer snobs, I know you’re thinking, “but what KIND of Belgian?! There are so many!!” You’re right. Those Belgians sure do like to drink. I’m going to stay vague here and let you enjoy different Belgian styles. So try it, let me know what you think pairs best together.

Here are some beer and cookie pairing tips that I’ll share with you:

  1. Not every chocolate cookie pairs amazingly with a porter.
  2. IPA’s are not a cookie’s best friend.
  3. Dunking your cookie into your beer isn’t like dunking oreos in milk. Actually, nothing is like dunking oreos in milk.
  4. If you do try to dunk your cookie into your beer, it will fall apart if you keep it in there too long.
  5. Opposites attract with cookies. Try something you normally wouldn’t try. Pair that chocolate macadamia nut cookie with a raspberry sour.

To be honest with you though, I didn’t try pairing any cookies with any Coors or Budweiser. There’s something that just seems off about trying to pair a peanut butter cookie with a Miller High Life.

Happy April!

2017 feels much like a train, chugging along and catching speed. Here’s to hoping nothing gets in the way!!

April is a very exciting month for Good Sugar Baking. Not only are we gaining backers on Kickstarter,  but I’m almost complete with a Wholesale License, packaging labels, a NEW cookie (thinking Summertime deliciousness) and have some other exciting things going on.

Let’s talk about Kickstarter. At this point I’ve been reaching out to bloggers, friends, family, strangers, everyone to share my Kickstarter project with everyone. So far so good but it’s making me anxious to be moving so slowly right now (which everyone has warned me about). Kickstarter is a pretty cool thing except for charging shipping to everyone, especially those that live in Denver, but otherwise it’s a cool platform. I can see why so many people have been successful with it. It’s also odd to see so many projects with 0% funded. Did those people just say screw it? Oh well.

Getting a wholesale license isn’t too difficult, it’s just putting money into it that is a bother. You also have to have a space to work out of before you even apply for a license, but I’ve been lucky enough to find someone who is really happy to work with me on this project.

Packaging labels are a bitch, kind of. I really enjoy designing but I’m no pro, so we’ll see how this first round turns out. Just meeting the baked goods label requirements makes for a less exciting label.

Cookies-7910As for a new cookie goes, who doesn’t love root beer floats in the summer time?! I finally came up with a really good recipe that will leave the flavor of a root beer float in your mouth for the entire summer!! It’s so good, I can’t wait to share it with so many people. Do you have any Fall cookie suggestions? I’m thinking brown sugar chocolate cookie delightfulness… but we’ll see.

I’m still continuously thankful for everyone’s support. Go ahead and share that Kickstarter one more time…or ten: http://kck.st/2o5sqJu

 

Baking to Music!

One of the reasons I love baking is because I get to listen to whatever music I want to listen to (and maybe dance a little while I bake). Music is a great source of comfort for a lot of people and with the wide variety of genres, it’s easy to find something you enjoy listening to. Here are my top 10 for baking:

  1. Anything by The Menzingers
  2. Anything by Social Distortion
  3. Anything by Lucero
  4. Say Anything – Do Better
  5. Against Me! – Teenage Anarchist
  6. Panic! At The Disco – Folkin’ Around
  7. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
  8. Starship – We Built This City
  9. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  10. Daryl Hall and John Oats – You Make My Dreams

When you’re doing your favorite hobby, whether it’s baking, writing, reading, skateboarding or whatever else, what do you constantly find yourself listening to? If you haven’t listened to any of those bands (or songs), I highly suggest you do it right now!!

When a small idea because a massive idea

What do you do with those great ideas that started off small? Good Sugar Baking started as a small concept: I would bake out of my home and sell directly to consumers, who would most likely be my friends and family. That’s all. Even though I’m still going to make sure my friends and family always have cookies up to their ears, I’m reaching for much more. I’m still unsure of how it’ll all work out, but I’ve discovered that anytime I’ve had a good idea and went with it I had a completely amazing time and never regretted it.

I’m a day away from launching my Kickstarter project, which I’m really excited about, proud of and 100% nervous. After getting good feedback from people and putting in a lot of time and effort, I’m really looking forward to seeing how well this Kickstarter project works out. I’m confident what I’m doing is a cool thing and really hope other people see that too!

It’s crazy how things work out. I grew up baking cookies, found myself frequently baking when I was upset, mad, happy, any other kind of feeling (really) and now here I am trying to turn baking into my career. For some reason that I can’t really pin down, I think this idea might be the one that goes all the way. Everyone keeps asking what my goals are in the future; will I franchise Good Sugar, open a brick and mortar, etc. I honestly don’t know what I’ll do. I didn’t know that I would find a kitchen to work out of that’s also going to sell my cookies or that I would be applying for a wholesale license with buyers already signed up.

Although I don’t know much right now, I do know that I wouldn’t have this kind of confidence and determination if it wasn’t for the people around me continuously telling me how great everything I’m doing is. I’ll write a million blogs if it means I always get to acknowledge and thank the ones I love the most.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Baking

Seeing as how St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday this year, everyone’s ready to party their weekend away. While I’m busy finalizing my Kickstarter project and preparing for the Wednesday Kickstarter Kick-off Event, I don’t have time for green beer, green cookies, green…things, in general. One of my favorite websites to waste time on with stupid surveys and random weird facts has shared a great article on no-bake goodies for you this St. Patrick’s Day. Check it out:

No-Bake Desserts for St. Patrick’s Day

When you’re ready to eat your no-bake desserts, snap a picture and share them with me on Facebook!! Have a happy, fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

Kickstarter Kick-off Event March 22nd

Great news, everyone!! Good Sugar Baking is going to throw another super fun party. So if you missed the first one where we had live music and tried some cookies, this is your second chance!! Wednesday, March 22nd from 6pm-9pm(ish) I will be at Zuni Street Brewing with a ton of cookies for you to try.

Not only do you get to try some Good Sugar Baking cookies, but you get to try some new beers from Zuni Street Brewing! These guys have been working their butt’s off to open this brewery and it has truly paid off. The beers are incredibly tasty, the atmosphere is outstanding and it’s such a welcoming place. I’m happy to be a part of the Zuni Street team.

I will be at Zuni Street all night talking about the Kickstarter project, the cookies, what I’m planning to do with the money raised and maybe even kick some ass at cornhole. What do you guys think about having a cornhole tournament?! Hmmm…

Make sure you RSVP to the event: Kickstarter Kick-off Event

First Event Success!

I can’t thank everybody enough for making the first Good Sugar Baking event such a success. As someone who worries about everything to the tiniest detail, I learned a lot from this first event (bringing a bucket for the ice and milk would have been nice) and I can only improve!

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HUGE thank you to the awesome people at Ratio Beerworks. Tristan was amazing in helping me schedule the event, providing some input and giving me all of the information that I needed. Shad was super nice in letting us in early in the morning to get set up. Thanks to them, we have an amazing background for the video footage, enjoyed some great beer and an overall wonderful setting. There’s a ton of reasons why I find myself there every week and it’s not just for the beer!

Without the skills and professionalism of my good friend, Nick with Loxodonta Productions, there would not have been any filming today. Or at least not of the high quality that he provides. Seriously you guys, I can’t wait to put this video together for all of you to see! It’s so fun to work with Nick.

Of course I’m so happy that Niki and Luke of The Dollhouse Thieves were so willing to provide us with really fun music! Thanks to them we had great sound (they provided all sound equipment) and everyone really enjoyed it.

Without all of the amazing supporters that showed up it would’ve looked pretty silly to film a band and me dancing to their music, without all of you none of this would have been such a great day! From having someone understand my excitement about this adventure so much that he willed himself out of bed extremely early after working continuous 16+ hour days, the beautiful flowers that my parents sent for me and the amazing feedback from everyone I couldn’t feel more confident and happy about all of this.

Be on the look out for more Kickstarter updates as we progress. After this fun party I don’t see why we wouldn’t all get together for another party to kickoff the Kickstarter, what do you all think?!?!

If you were able to make it to the event and haven’t filled out a survey yet, here’s the link: Survey Monkey