Friday, November 7, 2008

The Holidays are Coming, the Holidays are Coming...

Yes, it's true. You can't deny it any longer. Thanksgiving comes in just three (3!) short weeks and then fast after that comes the holiday season and whatever tradition you and your family celebrate. It's time to light the logs in the fireplace, pull out the Yatzhee (how the heck do you spell that?) set and hunker down with the family for some fun times. Cakes for Cause can make your holiday celebrations stress free for the baking. How about a dozen scones and croissants in a breakfast basket with jam and butter? Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes and breakfast is ready...just add coffee and juice. Want biscuits and rolls like Grandma used to make before she moved to the Bahamas with that biker guy? (Sorry, that's our family!-) Cakes for Cause can hook you up with breads for your holiday dinner.

And don't forget the cookies!
We have lots and lots of cookies! Did you get a chance to try our cornmeal apricot biscuit last week? It was delicious with stone ground cornmeal for texture, a slightly sweet shortbread biscuit for flavor and organic apricot preserves to top it off. Our cookie packages are perfect for those parties where you want to give the hostess a little extra thank you. Our cookie trays are perfect for the girl's night or family night when everyone gets together to wrap presents and decorate the tree. Our frozen cookie gingerbread peeps are fun to bake and decorate with the kids. Whatever your cookie needs, we can help. Let us know what you're thinking at the market or by email.

And as promised, today is the start of our cookie couple journey. Here's a few little pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Sugarcookie as they make their way back to Frederick for the holidays.

Sugarcookies fresh from cryogenic storage

SOME Sugarcookies do NOT use sunscreen!

Mr. and Mrs. Sugarcookie readying themselves for the holidays

Shout Out for Women Chefs!
We're excited to have been invited to participate in the Calendar Girls launch event by the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Association. Cakes for Cause will be presenting one of our signature treats on Sunday evening. We're planning to take something called a "velvet bar" and if we get it together enough, we might bring some to the Farmer's Market this week too. If you're interested in more information about the WCR event or the calendar highlighting great women chefs and their recipes, hit this link:

At the Farmer's Market this week:
The last three weeks are going to be filled with new treats from Cakes for Cause at the Farmer's Market (Baughman's Lane 10:00 am-1:00 pm). We're going to be experimenting with some new cookies and scone flavors each week. If you didn't try our focaccia last week, make sure to pick up a loaf this week because it's an even better formula than our original style...truly chewy and with a well-developed flavor from a three-day rise cycle. We'll have some tarts as well-small and large. Our citron tart is a refreshing lemon curd in a sugar shortbread crust and there's a chocolate tart that's melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And for those of you who do not want to decorate your own cookies, we may bring some already-decorated ones to our last market on the 22nd.

Swag, swag, swag...
Don't forget that Cakes for Cause swag makes a great stocking stuffer (everyone in our family is getting some for the holidays, and birthdays, and Valentine's Day, and...). Our new long sleeve thermals and traditional cut t-shirts are in. Send us a picture of yourself wearing one from wherever you are and we'll put them on our website! There's still time to pre-order hoodies as perfect layering pieces for your ski vacation. Remember, if you bring the t-shirt you've already purchased to the market, we'll knock $2 off the price of our new shirt as a thank you.

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