It’s true. You read that right. We will begin our late night delivery services (read: inundation of all Pacific Beach and Mission Beach residents) this Friday night, May 4th!!
Our new buddies over at PB Munchies (Hello Alex and Eric!) will be delivering our cookies from 6:00Pm to 3:00am every Friday and Saturday night. Hopefully, eventually we can increase it to more nights but for now we are starting with Fridays and Saturdays.
The best part is, ordering is so simple. Visit their order page, checkout the cookie menu and fill out the order form. That’s it! They will text you a confirmation and be at your doorstep in a matter of minutes. Believe it folks.
So….give it a try! Call them up (858-333-9238) or order online here and get your cookie on….it’s what all the cool kids are doing.
This last weekend was one of the busiest of the last 3 years. I’m not joking. I ended my Saturday in Los Angeles for a friends birthday. I started Sunday running a 10K benefiting Pediatric Cancer Research and ended Sunday at The Pantages theatre for the matinee of Billy Elliott. But before all of that, there was this….
Friday morning, this happened:
It was a really fun experience and everyone at CW6 was very welcoming and helpful. I think it helped a ton in getting the word out about the bake sale because it was a massive success. When I say massive I mean, MASSIVE. Our goal was to raise $2,500 through both pre-sale online auctions and donations and then from the actual sale itself. We not only met our goal, we exceeded it! A total of $3,034!! We dont know official results just yet but we came in somewhere behind New York, Atlanta, Miami and DC. Little ol’ San Diego….kickin’ butt and bakin’ cupcakes…and cookies…and brownies….and macaroons….and baklava…
Nutella Brownies and Baklava...this is just the beginning.
Not only was the bake sale a wonderful experience, it was also a ton of fun. I finally got to meet some of the other local food bloggers I’ve been reading and/or Instagramming (word? don’t care.) with for a while.
Leann from Three Dog Kitchen
Stacy from Little Blue Hen.
Faye & Yvonne from Live...Bake...Love.
Casey took care of our finishing touches.
This was our little setup. Not too shabby if I do say so myself….got the old drill out for this one and using a 3/8″ brad point drill bit I was able to drill holes for dowels of a smaller size enabling our goods to hang vertically, thus saving table space and creating an attractive display at the same time. I would typically follow this with, “I’m totally joking” but I really did make the board so….moving on!
The sale also afforded Casey and I the opportunity to spend a combined $25 on a scrumptious selection of the amazing goodies donated by aforementioned food bloggers. Now, for your reading and taste bud enjoyment I will give a brief and basic overview of what we stuffed our faces with. I’m not kidding, we were totally “those people.” I walked around the sale and came back to Casey with a brown bag full of deliciousness. We would eat one thing, discuss our opinions, take a deep breath, complain about how full we were (because you’re totally supposed to say things like that when you are stuffing your face…it also helps if it’s loud enough that those around you watching you stuff your face can hear.) and then eat more. Casey wussed out at one point but then I brought out the Nutella brownie and he all of the sudden had room in his sugar laden stomach again. Not only are the following blogs fun and full of tasty recipes- their goodies are not to be missed! Enjoy
Let me just say, these were, hands down our favorite thing at the sale (that we tried!). They were thick, and full of cheesecake/chocolate/Butterfinger goodness. Seriously, yum.
Next, we snarfed down Kristen at Swirled Sweeties‘ ah-may-zing Dark Chocolate cupcake with Peanut Butter frosting. My favorite part of this awesome cupcake (other than ALL OF IT) was the tiny crunched peanuts and mini chocolate chips on top. They added the perfect texture to an otherwise already perfect cupcake.
Kristen's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake...I died.
We continued with Barbara from Barbara Cooks‘ to die for Carrot Cake Brownies. I had never heard of such a thing and would like to thank Barbara for introducing them to my life. I vow to love, honor and cherish them through sickness and health. THEY WERE MAGNIFICENT.
Barbara's Carrot Cake Brownies. A new favorite!
As we began to enter into sugar comas we decided that the only logical thing to do was to just keep eating. So we picked Kimmie at Full Circle Foodie’s Raspberry Cotton Candy Meringues. To be honest, I had never experienced a meringue before so I didn’t really know what to expect. They were little air pockets, with a delightful raspberry flavor. Think hard cotton candy- that is what these were like. Fun, new and different!
Casey and I never turn down a scone. Ever. They are one of our favorite things. It was a sign from above that we just so happened to be setup across from the lovely and talented Sarah from Lemon Fire Brigade who just so happened to have made Strawberry Lemon Sugar Scones. I believe my exact words were, ‘Shut the front door!” These were so tasty! True scone texture with sliced strawberries sprawled out across the top and lemony goodness baked inside. What more could you want people!? The picture I took does not do this scone justice so I encourage you to visit Sarah’s blog post about the sale- she has a lovely picture posted!
But we weren’t done…nope. We decided to take a small break (actually, Casey was getting a bit whiney so I agreed to take a small break) and then we jumped back into action with the Nutella Brownie from Linda at Cucina Cara Mia. These were our 2nd favorite after the cheesecake pops. Holy chocolatey Nutella goodness, I hope Linda finds a way to get these into some local coffee shops because I would drive a good distance to eat these again. They were that good.
At this point we were both feeling a bit blah from consuming a ridiculous amount of sugar in such a short time so I waited until the weekend was over to finish the last of my tastings. The first thing I ate for breakfast this morning was a miniature lemon pound cake from Liz at Yum At First Bite.
I am a sucker for miniature things and not only was this loaf cute, it was full of lemon flavor and covered in a lovely little glaze. I’ll pretend I didn’t eat the whole thing and say I shared it with my daughter.
Liz's moist and oh so scrumptious Lemon Pound Cake.
And last but not the least by far were these huge, fluffy, muffin type (Gluten Free!) Carrot Cakes from Kelsey at Happyolks. I have never had anything Gluten free before (I know, I know…I’m so behind the times!) and had the label not stated it, I never would have guessed that these were. They were so damn good! I would pay good money to have these at my next brunch/get together/Holiday, etc. The cream cheese frosting that came with it was packaged in the most adorable little ball jar I’ve ever seen and cuteness aside, it was the perfect compliment to the carrot cake. Well played Kelsey, well played.
I hope you all enjoyed the wrap up. Hopefully you will follow the blogs of these super talented ladies (and gents!). Thanks for stopping by!
Last week I got my Jones Design Company newsletter, penned so thoughtfully and poinently by owner, Emily. If you don’t already subscribe or at least visit her blog I highly suggest you do so. She has beautiful design ideas and leaves me constantly inspired.
Her newsletter’s topic was something that I firmly agree with and it came at just the right time for me. She dedicated her post to a cause that is near and dear to her heart, Charity Water. Charity Water works to get clean, sanitized water to people in regions of the world where it is impossible to come by. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
Sounds like a pretty fantastic cause to me.
Emily challenged bloggers to find a cause and support it by adding a button to the sidebar and blogging about it for our followers. I instantly knew what my cause would be. Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.
Over the past few years this organization, and their message, has come to mean a great deal to me. Pediatric cancer is the most underfunded cancer when it comes to research and finding a cure. Doesn’t seem right does it? Over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive due to a lack of treatment therapies. Not a lack of cures, a lack of TREATMENTS. Imagine your child receiving a diagnosis of cancer, and having one or two options for treatment. If those don’t work, or are too harsh for your little one’s body….well, that’s it.
Gretchen and Liam Witt
Cookies For Kids’ Cancer was started by Gretchen Witt. A mother whose son, Liam, was healthy one day and a cancer patient the next. You can read more about Liam here. Liam lost his battle with cancer on January 24th, 2011.
But Liam isn’t the only one. There is also Anjali.
Anjali woke up with a limp one morning and within days was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma.
The stories go on and on. Grier, Ila, Dorothy, Andrew….all seemingly healthy toddlers suddenly struck with some form of pediatric cancer.
I know all too well how frightenting, bewildering, numbing and confusing a cancer diagnosis can be. Not first hand, but practically. In an effort to maintain some sembelance of privacy I will just say that this person is unbelievably close to me. He knows me like most people never will and I love him dearly. After going through chemo and everything that it entails (hair loss, sickness, lack of appetite, weight loss, to name a few) he is doing great now and has made a full recovery. He can be counted amongst the “lucky ones” and for that, I will forever be thankful.
It is because of this that I feel it is my duty to spread the word about pediatric cancer. I want people to know that raising funds isn’t a tedious affair and thanks to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, it’s actually really fun!
CFKC asks that you hold a bake sale. That’s it. Rally your friends, co-workers, family members and bake. Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, donuts- anything! Find a venue and sell your delicious treats. All of the money you raise goes to fund pediatric cancer research in the hopes that someday more effective treatments can be found- treatments that hold the promise of better survival rates.
While Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a year-round organization, May holds special meaning because Liam’s birthday is May 13th. Last year, supporters rallied in May to celebrate what would have been Liam’s 7th birthday and broke records for numbers of bake sales in one month and amount raised. This year, with your help, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will break that record, too.
Here’s how to get involved. . .and why right now is the perfect time!
• Register to host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer event this May. It’s simple to register and fun to host an event, knowing the money you raise will go directly toward new, improved therapies for pediatric cancer.
• All May events registered by March 31st will receive a special “Mini Bake Sale Kit” with a sampler of bags, stickers and brochures just like the ones you can purchase from their website.
• HURRY, HURRY! As if that isn’t enough we also have a giveaway! Every May registration received by March 31st will be entered to win a Breville 5 Qt Stand Mixer – the perfect tool to kickoff your bake sale!
Look at this beauty!
If you would like to host a bake sale you can go to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer and get registered.
I would love to know what your purpose is. What is your cause? What organization do you fundraise for? Perhaps you don’t have one yet. No problem, now is a great time to get started. As my Great Grandpa used to say, “You get what you give, so give good.”
Well, here we are! Official blog owners, it’s about time! This whole little process was a bit more then I had anticipated but never the less- it’s up! Now I feel kind of weird….what is it that one chats about on a blog? Fortunately for me I am a loyal follower of quite a few lovely and wonderful food bloggers so I have taken some cues from them.
At this point I realize that no one is reading any of this. Hopefully, at some point in the near future my musings will be randomly happened upon and maybe even (gasp) pinned! I love that Pinterest has become the Holy grail of the internet. It really is such a blast and I admit, I spend too much time perusing all of the little gems that abound on that site! In fact, I think a good majority of the recipes I will try on here will probably come from there.
I plan on sharing my most favorite recipes, mostly desserts. I suppose every once and a while I will throw in a non-dessert recipe just so all of you don’t think I just sit around my house eating cookies and cupcakes all day (although I will say that if it were socially acceptable, I totally would.)
The Academy Awards are this weekend and although I didn’t get out to see all of the nominated films this year (this seems to be a recurring issue for me…hey, finding time to just go to the theatre sans my 3 year old is next to impossible) I am still going to make a few predictions about who will take home that cute naked little statue. Ready? Here we go…..(drum roll please)
Best Picture: I predict that The Artist will take this one home. My mom saw it (as did my 18 year old brother) and they BOTH raved about it. Any silent film that can make an 18 year old boy rave deserves an award in my eyes!
Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Best Actor in a Leading Role: While I would like for Georgie Boy (Clooney, that is) to win, I have to say that I think Jean Dujardin will take it. I think a universal love for the re-discovered silent film will sweep *almost* all of the categories.
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Wow, talk about a heavily loaded category!! Some of my favorite actresses nominated in Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. Have they ever done anything wrong?! I heard Michelle Williams was dead on as Marilyn Monroe and same goes for Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Don’t even get me started on Viola Davis and her brilliant portrayal in The Help (a movie I actually did manage to see, thank you On Demand!!). Artistically, I believe that Meryl Streep or Glenn Close will win. What? I have to choose only one?? Ugh. Ok, I will say Glenn Close. ONLY because she played a man! Some might say the same thing about Meryl’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher (just kidding) but I think Glenn will win.
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs (left)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: The only one of these movies that I saw was Warrior for which Nick Nolte is nominated. It was a really great movie and Nick Nolte was so fantastic. I don’t think he will win but he did give a very touching, naturally instinctive performance. I love Jonah Hill and it would be fun to see him win but I’m sure Kenneth Branagh will win for My Week With Marilyn. Just a hunch….
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: In my perfect world Melissa McCarthy would win. I would love to hear her acceptance speech and it would be refreshing to see a female in comedy win such a prestigious award. My next favorite would be Octavia Spencer in The Help. She could pull it out but I go back to the love for The Artist….I think Berenice Bejo will take it.
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Ok, Grey’s Anatomy is starting so until next time…