Wednesday, September 26

Jumbo Soft & Chewy Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

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After having received a beautiful Fall Floral Bouquet from Mr. Google {see the Floral Bouquet}, I wanted to do something extra special for him this morning.  {I didn't feel obligated.. anyone who knows me would know that!  I just wanted to reciprocate the kind gesture.}  I looked at the clock and I only had 1 hour from start to finish for whatever I was going to do, so I did what I do best; I preheated the oven to 350 deg. {F}


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Not long ago I found a recipe on Martha Stewart for soft and chewy {Giant} Sugar Cookies.  Her recipe only bakes 10.. I use a medium scoop, so for me, this recipe makes many more. {I don't have the exact count right now.  ..I was in a hurry this morning so I didn't have time to pay attention..Somewhere around 20, maybe.  I just kept scooping, and baking, and cooling, repeat.

If there is a trick to these cookies it would be: DO NOT OVERBAKE.  I suppose that might be obvious when the name of the recipe is Soft & Chewy.. That always indicates either: a.) underbake or b.) add an ingredient that will make them soft & chewy. {e.g. cornstarch, sour cream,..}

This recipe contains sour cream.. I used light.  I doubled the recipe to have enough cookies to share.

I mixed, baked, cooled, and packed these cookies all in an hour! {18 cookies, 9 per sheet}.. and then I continued to bake the remaining dough in batches after Mr. Google left for work.  .. and the vanilla bean said, "eat my flecks". 

Here's the recipe for Jumbo Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies {jumbo instead of giant when you use a medium scoop}... and bake for about 15-16min.. rotate 1/2 way and watch them!

Tip:  Use King Arthur AP Flour & Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste..{those are my personal requirements}

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I have one open, and one bench warming..

These sweet treats are yummy and delicious... add some orange food coloring and make them look like pumpkins!  Happy Harvest/Fall/Autumn/Halloween!!

Then Tiny Baker ate a cookie and transformed..wow, magical cookies filled with pixie dust! ::



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{You should know that it's a challenge to photograph little kids.. so I have to snap a photo whenever she's willing!.. no matter the location, or what kind of personal junk I have sitting behind her on the floor that's waiting to go to Goodwill.. <<eye roll>> #pardonthemess }

Check out this recipe and many more ideas at <<click on photo below>>:



-Becky Charms

Monday, September 24

Some Fun & Tasty Spooky Fall Halloween Sugarnums Cookies

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Here are some photos of some pretty mini cookies that I baked a few years ago.. but now that the Cottage Food Law/Bill in California passed, stay tuned for an explosion of decoration and design!  I can't wait to be able to bake and sell!  {I am ServSafe Certified..this is higher than a Food Handler's Card}


For these little minis I used a sugar cookie recipe by Martha Stewart.  You can use your favorite roll out cookie recipe.  So very SpOoOoOoOoOky!!


Fall is here, Halloween around the corner, and Thanksgiving follows shortly.. perfect occasions to bake and take these cute little tasty treats and serve them at all your parties and gatherings.  Your friends and family will be very impressed!


January 1, 2013 will start the new year, when you will be able to order your very own mini cookies and much, much more from Sugarnums!  Stay tuned..

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2012 is The Year of Cheer & Triumph!!



-Becky Charms

Sunday, September 23

{UPDATE} Cottage Food Law in California Almost There

WE MADE IT!! THE COTTAGE FOOD LAW IN CALIFORNIA PASSED, AND WAS SIGNED BY GOV. JERRY BROWN ON 9/21/12!!
Here's a photo to get you excited.. click on it for more information regarding this new bill..
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{Please Repost/Tweet/Retweet/and SHARE...spread the word, we NEED letters!!}

 
Christina Oatfield:
The bill {AB 1616 Cottage Food Law in CALIFORNIA!!} just passed the Assembly concurrence vote tonight, too! So now the absolute only part left in the legislative process is getting the Governor's signature. He has until September 30. We want him to receive THOUSANDS of letters. Send yours in this weekend if you haven't already and ask others to do so as well!

http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/

Now we need you to write to the Governor to register your support for AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act!

Governor Jerry Brown
Attn: Legislative Affairs Unit
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

SAMPLE LETTER – copy/paste or use this as an example. The more personalized the better!

_______________________________________________________________________

Dear Governor Brown,
I’m writing to ask you to sign the California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616. AB 1616, similar to the “cottage food laws” in 33 other US states, would allow for the sale of a certain foods prepared in a home kitchen. This would enable individuals to supplement their income during these hard economic times and will provide communities with access to more local, homemade, and specialty foods. Additionally, it will provide opportunities for small-scale farmers to sell value-added products.
[Insert any additional reasons why a cottage food law would specifically benefit you and/or your community. Tell your personal story!]
Anyone who has looked into the options for renting commercial kitchens knows that they can cost $30 or more per hour, if such kitchens are even available for rent nearby–many rural areas do not have commercial kitchens available for leasing or for rent. This is, in part, due to strict requirements for necessary equipment that must be used in commercial kitchens per existing state law. These expenses are unnecessary and prohibitive for aspiring small, community-based food producers making what are scientifically and legally known as “non-potentially hazardous foods.”
AB 1616 makes sound fiscal sense: any expense incurred in enforcing the law by local health departments will be recouped from the registration and permit fees charged to those who participate in the program. The tax revenue to the state that these small businesses generate will surely exceed the extremely minimal enforcement costs to the state Department of Public Health.
AB 1616 includes many provisions to ensure public health and safety. It restricts the types of foods allowed for processing in a home kitchen to just those known not to be conducive to the growth of bacteria or other toxic microorganisms and it requires cottage food operators to obtain a food handler’s card, meaning they will have the same training for safe food handling as people who work in commercial kitchens.
I hope you will sign the California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616, into law. Thank you for giving my request the strongest consideration at a time when my community and our state really need this law.
Sincerely,
[insert your name and address]
______________________________________________________________________

 


http://www.facebook.com/CottageFoodCalifornia



-Becky Charms

Friday, September 21

California and Governor Jerry Brown Support Home Bakers

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Everybody eats.  Everybody finds food.  Many people even cook and bake.  Thank you to all supporters of the California Cottage Food Law AB1616.  Today, all of our hard work and PERSISTENCE made a HUGE difference.  Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed this Bill, AB1616, allowing the production and sales of approved homemade good.  Love Mary's cookies, and have been telling her to sell them for years?  What about Auntie Gail's pickles and jams?  Think she has a real special recipe, uniquely her own?  It sure would be amazing if she could make a little extra income by selling them from home.. well, today, this dream becomes a reality!  Today, California wins!

Again, thank you to Christina Oatfield, the SELC and SELC on FB, and Enact A Cottage Food Law 2011-2012 {It worked!} devoted to this cause.

I'm hardly ever political.. but today, I started following @JerryBrownGov on Twitter.. today, he's my hero.  

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-Becky Charms

Thursday, September 20

Ninth Annual Harvest For Hope Fundraising Event September 23rd 2012

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 This is a Fundraising event in San Diego, to benefit low-income and underprivileged families with children battling cancer.

When: September 23, 2012 from 3pm-6pm

Where: Stingaree map 454 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Contact:  enf.development{at!}att{dot}net


{Taken straight from their event website,  Harvest for Hope}


  • Emilio Nares Foundation presents the 9th annual Harvest for Hope, fundraising event, raising funds for low-income, underprivileged families whose children are battling cancer. Harvest for Hope brings together some of the finest Chef's in San Diego to create unique dishes and pair them with some of the finest wines and spirits in the world creating a beautiful fun afternoon of great food, wine, music and friendship.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 Stingaree, San Diego 3pm-6pm
Special presentation starts at 5pm (includes a Live & Silent Auction)
Have an item to donate to Live or Silent Auction? Contact: Heidi Cramer at: enf.development@att.net


 

Short on time?  Busy Schedule but really desire to help out?  You can involve yourself by making a donation today! Click to donate to Emilio Nares Foundation

We all probably know of or know someone who has, had, battled, or died from cancer.. I never want to have to imagine my child or any babies suffering from cancer, so it's very important to help out and extend a hand to these families who are living through this all-too-common sadness.  Get in on the humanitarian action and buy a ticket today!  Harvest for Hope Fundraising Event.

Stay Classy..I'll stay Sassy! {wink}

-Becky Charms

Wednesday, September 19

San Diego Quilt Convention: Life's A Beach Photo Recap

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I know much ado about nothing when it comes to quilting.  The only experience that I can claim is from the few months that I've been part of a Prayers & Squares group.. and my mom owns some old family quilts.  {If you're interested in finding out more about Prayers & Squares, click on The Prayer Quilt Ministry.}  However, I have taken a liking to all the sewing notions, so I did not want to pass up the opportunity to experience the Quilt Show 2012 in San Diego.  Really it was another excuse reason to venture downtown.. {did I ever tell you about the time I lived in a loft downtown?  Ask me about it sometime..}

The Quilt Show is hosted at the San Diego Convention Center {same place as Comic-Con, everyone!}, and was full of vendors, raffle opportunities, quilts, patterns, and material for sale.. 

The price was $10 for 3 days; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The hours were 10am-3pm, and if you look at each booth, it will take you a good 3-4 hours.  {There was also a Preview Day, on Thursday, which was $15 presale/$20 at the door.}

My most favorite booth was Donna and Arnold Poster, "Quilt with Donna" and the "Foldy Stuff" Method. Check out Quilting with Donna.  She said, "You can touch everything in the booth except my husband!".  So cute.   Oh, and how could I ever forget, the vendors that had candy bowls with "Halloween" candy.. Trick-or-Treat!  You know crafty ladies and snacks.. well, they do go hand-in-hand, and some of those little chocolates made their way into our hands mouths!

If you are interested in attending the San Diego Quilt Show 2013, stay up-to-date on their website, San Diego Quilt Show.

It was a fun time, and afterward we completed a survey and received a fat quarter of our choice!  We love freebies.

Join us next year.. maybe BeckyCharms & Co. will have a booth.. you never know.


-Becky Charms

Saturday, September 15

Jack Black Sings Love Lifted Me.. Gospel Songs





I love Jack Black.  My dream would be to be in a movie with him!.. or to sit with him and chat.  There is something about him that just draws me in.. {sly wink}.  Does he do that to you too?

Sing the gospel, JB.


-Becky Charms

Friday, September 14

Our Tomato is a Survivor, a Fighter, and Triumphant

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 This is the very first tomato that has grown, ripened, and been picked without any worm holes, blossom end rot, or any other bug, fungus, or disease.  TRIUMPH!!  As you can see the stalks look a bit bare.. it seems, from what I Googled, that they were getting some powdery mildew.  We continued to pull and pick off the dead leaves and stalks, and this is all that was left! 

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This particular tomato is called a "Lemon Boy", though as you can see was closer to orange.  Either way, lovely!  We sliced our tomato up into pieces, each took one, counted "1, 2, 3" and ate them at the same time, experiencing our fresh, homegrown fruit together.  It was fun, and something we will remember.

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Tiny Baker and I saw that our Lemon Boy was ready to pick, but we waited for Mr. Google to get home so we could make it a family affair.  We were all smiles.

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Hello, little lonely tomato.  {there are two more tiny green ones.. I'm praying they survive.}  I go out and talk to my little tomato.. someone has to cheer him on.

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We don't have green thumbs.. the key to our success and the the growth of our herb garden {and flower beds and veggie plants}.. wait for it.. are you ready?  Think you can handle the BIG secret??

DRIP SYSTEM!!  That's right!  We forget to water our plants, so we installed a drip system, and by golly, things CAN grow in our dirt.  

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OK, not everything survives.  I learned a tip this year.  These sad, dead plants were our cilantro.  Once your herbs begin to flower, PICK OFF THE FLOWERS.  That means they're about to DIE!  Don't let them "go to flower". 

As you can see from our basil below, there are some flowers on them which I need to pick asap.  {I'll go do that right now}  We've got basil for dayyyyyys.  I love that Tiny Baker can go outside and pick some {whether we eat it or not} because we have a plethora of basil.. and she loves to pick flowers and plants.  She receives so much joy by picking a few leaves of basil, smelling it, and playing with it during her time outside.  She's much more of a nature gardening girl than I am.  She must take after her Bubbe.

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This one tomato has give me hope.  It has taught me to continue to "do".  Never be afraid to try new things that you might feel are out of your reach or at which you won't succeed.  You will surprise yourself.  

Oh yeah, and don't forget to water! {manually, or with my personal favorite, DRIP SYSTEM}

- BeckyCharms

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