Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Let me introduce you to my giant bottle of Jagermeister. When I told my mom that I made a Jager-y cookie, she asked me twice if I REALLY put Jager in the cookies. The answer was yes both times. Hence the name, ma. (Don't hate me for teasing you. Remember, you love me very much.)
Into the fridge you go, baby doodle.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Karli and I participated in the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange on Saturday, and we had BLAST! It was stressful at times, but sooo much fun. This is our kind of gig!
Our booth was so fancy, if I do say so myself. Loaded with many, many cookies. We met lots of friendly, cookie lovers.
Fancy wallets by Alison Rose. The fabric was very cool, and on the inside was a place just the right size for your name or a fortune from a fortune cookie. Clever!
Book journals! A thrifty couple turns old library books into usable notebooks. The even leave some of the origional pages in just for fun. Great idea, My Favorite Mirror!
This kid from Goat Milk Stuff could have sold me my own shirt. He was like a 30 year old in a 10 year old's body. He's showing me his favorite scent. How can you say no to such an intelligent, sweet kid? You can't.
Brother Aaron snagged an awesome voodoo doll tie made by Sandy Baker of Mythdemeanor. She was very sweet and traded with Karli; cookies in exchange for a Strawberry Fields T-shirt. Score!
All of Bobbi's babies. So colorful, so unique, so full of personality.
Aaron helped me pick this notebook out. I was having a hard time choosing which one to buy. The dormant hippie in me leaned more towards Encycolpedia Brown. Oh, bell bottoms. You do it to me everytime!
I had to have some of b.makemake's items. I bought one poppy pin for my mom, then decided that I needed one. Then I saw the green bird eye, so I had to get it too. The same went with my little doll. She saw me and I saw her, and it was love at first glance.
Here is a mishmash of items I picked up. The little Indiana buttons are from Coffee Break Design. I'm going to send them to my German friends. The pendant and shrink-a-dink earrings were scored in a cookie trade. I suck for not remembering the vendors' names.
I have yet to try this fantastic smelling soap. I'm looking forward to a nice mango-y shower. Thanks for the suggestion, kid.
It is known that I LOVE tea. I bought one tin and then came back for a trade at the end of the day. This tea is very tasty. It's made locally in Indy by Herb and Ginger.
As soon as I saw this on someone, I had to have one...or three...and one for a friend.
An oh-so-great trade! Cookies for an apron. Hells yes! The lady from Rustbelt Fiberworks could not have been nicer. If only you didn't live so far away! We could totally hang out.
We’ve all grown up with the Keebler Elves and the pink and white frosted animal crackers. Bags of Chips Ahoy cookies and those tricolored packs of wafers were always in our kitchen pantry. These treats were OK for go-to snacking as a kid, but when Mom or Grandma baked up some homemade cookies from scratch, those lifeless, flavorless cupboard cookies were temporarily forgotten.
What we never took into account is that Grandma’s cookies were all natural. She was not throwing in any artificial preservatives. She did not have butter made from cows subjected to growth hormones. She had simple, good ingredients. Ingredients that when combined could melt away all traces of sorrow with one single bite.
With fewer and fewer people baking their own treats today, we have somewhat forgotten the grandeur of the homemade cookie. It is just so easy to go to the store and pick up tube of cookie dough and even easier to grab a cellophane-wrapped, behemoth along with your morning coffee. These cookies are just a shadow compared to the rich flavors and decadent textures of a made-from-scratch, all natural cookie.
My story begins in college, where a longing for home was eased with freshly baked goods. After I left the nest, I had to learn how to cook for myself. I was not about to pack on the “freshman fifteen” with excess alcohol and dorm food, so I collected cook books, ripped out recipes in magazines, and watched the Food Network like it was my job. After many years of experimenting, I got the hang of it. I learned that I preferred baking to cooking, and my friends preferred my baked goods over my cooked concoctions anyway. I was lucky to have grown up in a household that cooked dinner six nights out of the week. I learned the importance of a balanced diet early on. I knew it was better to eat as many whole foods as possible and to minimize the intake of processed foods. This way of life snuck into my baking, and my baking was all the better for it.
After college and with no clear path ahead of me, I had an epiphany. I was going to bake delicious, all natural, made-from-scratch cookies for the masses. I knew that this was not a novel idea, but I also knew that if I did not do it, I would regret it later in life. So I called upon my friend, graphic designer, and now co-founder of our business, Karli, for help. Her enthusiasm for the idea was supreme as she also shared my passion for homey, all natural treats.
And so the business of making these tasty, yet all natural cookies went under way. You might be thinking, “I am all for the home-made cookie idea, but what’s so special about all natural cookies.” Firstly, all natural cookies do not have any artificial preservatives like those stale remnants on the shelves. Studies are being conducted on the effects of preservatives in the body. Our bodies have no use for such foreign substances. Artificial preservatives have no nutritional benefits; some researchers say that preservatives have the capability to cause various types of cancer. Yes, it is nice to be able to store your food for longer periods of time, but why not just get cookies without them. Are you really going to save a cookie for later, really? I think not. Just take advantage of a freshly baked cookie, and enjoy it at its peak.
Another factor that makes all natural cookies better is that they do not have any ingredients containing growth hormones or antibiotics. Cookies made with dairy products free of rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) are better for you. RBGH has been said to increase chances of colon, breast, and prostate cancers. (http://www.environmentalhealththreats.com/environmental-health-hormones.shtml)
Eggs are another main ingredient in most cookies. Free range chickens do not eat antibiotic filled chicken feed. These lucky chickens eat whatever bugs and grubs they can find. Eggs from free range chickens are more nutritious than your basic white carton eggs. They contain “1⁄3 less cholesterol, 1⁄4 less saturated fat, 2⁄3 more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E, and seven times more beta carotene” than eggs from caged chickens. Not to mention, free range eggs taste SO much better. (http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx)
All natural cookies may or may not (but should) contain organic ingredients. Most packaging will advertise if the food contains any organic ingredients. The more organic ingredients, the better these cookies will be for your health. Organic food products have not been exposed to chemical pesticides or fertilizers, antibiotics, or synthetic hormones among other things. Organic foods are minimally processed, therefore easy for the body to digest and convert to nutrients.
Unfortunately, the government has not regulated the use of the term “all natural”, so be sure to read the food labels carefully and ask questions when you can. That is why there is a phone number listed on most packaging. One tip to eating all naturally is just to simplify. Eat foods with simple ingredients. Simple food = good food.
I hope you will turn your back on the cookie blasphemies found in the snack food isle. Pick up some all natural cookies or bake some yourself. Return to the feeling of bliss that was once given to you by Grandma. Keep it simple. Your body will thank you for it.
-Sarah Richcreek of The Hot Cookie, LLC.
PS - I am not a researcher, nor professional in the field of food science. I just believe wholeheartedly about the benefits of natural and organic foods. Thanks!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
On another note:
Monday, June 1, 2009
I received a tweet from Etsy about items "Just in Time for June" and I thought "Ohhh, I want to read that." So I click on the link and am scrolling through when all of a sudden I see our Double Fudge Drops as one of the items listed! It was very exciting and we have been getting orders all afternoon! Click here to see all the amazing items listed in the article. Thanks to Mary and Etsy!