Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow Angels, a Blue Moon and a Happy New Year!

We are wrapping up holiday week as we continue to juggle schedules to give everyone a break and do some of our own celebrating. I'm excited to be having fun with my little snow angels over the new year, skiing at Alyeska Resort. They have a torch light ski and fireworks tonight and then party with the half of Homer that is up here,too! The Bakery is winding down cookie madness and preparing for the last of the holiday catering. (thanks again for letting me get away, guys!) When I return, Sharon sets off to China for a couple of weeks, sans children, for a big adventure...look out Shanghai, you may never be the same! Many in our staff are coming and going right now, everyone trying to get in their holiday fun while they can! We are very grateful for Irene coming in from Portland to help us out (Haven also came and pulled some barista awesome) and for Brianna, Ryan, Abbey, Natalia and Rachel for being here throughout the crunchtime. Now, with Jill back from Belize, Natalia gets to leave for Kona for a couple of weeks, by then Hayley will be back from Austin and we will be a full crew once again! Aren't we a well traveled bunch? One thing about living up here is, to be happy and adjusted, you really have to get out once in a while. It's usually just enough to remind one that the world down there is a madhouse! I always find it a huge relief to come back to out little hamlet by the sea, where the worst traffic jam is getting out of West Homer Elementary School parking lot at 8:10am on a school day.
As an added bonus, the weather is clear so we have a beautiful view of the Blue Moon brightening our oh so dark skies.
It makes the snow sparkle and casts a hopeful glow on the coming new year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

T'was the morning before Christmas...

Twas the morning before Christmas and all through the kitchen
Sharon was baking bread that came out totally bitchin.
The stockings were not hung by the oven with care,
because we were to busy to put them up there!
The cookies were nestled all snug on their trays,
With hopes that they're headed to someone's partay.
Thanks to Irene in her apron and Ryan in his cap,
we were loaded for bear with holiday smack.
When out by the espresso machine there rose such a clatter,
We sprung into action to see what was the matter.
Away to the back Brianna did dash,
"There's a lady here to pick up her meal and she wants it real fast!"
We tore through the orders, looked through the trash,
but there was none to be had, so Bri thought in a flash,
"She's is at the wrong place to pick up!"
Whew...crisis avoided, now back to the rush.
As we packed up more cookies and busily wrapped trays,
The sun made a showing to brighten our day.
It was then Carri remembered we had something else to lighten our pain,
A present from Red, her signature cocktail of juice and Champagne!
We were able to finished the day in typical style,
making quick work of all the orders left in the pile.
Then what to our wondering eyes did appear,
but the clock had struck four and we were all outta there!
We heard Rachel and Natalia exclaim, as they disappeared out of sight::
"Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!"

Happy Holiday Everyone!!

We will be closed Christmas Day, open again on Saturday!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cookie of the Year...

and the winner is...

Lavender Shortbread! Few sweets can treat all your senses in the way this cookie can. The buttery texture, the smooth white chocolate flavor, the scent of lavender rising from the back of your mouth and up through your nose...(my daughter Jane likes to describe this as smelling backwards.) It satisfies from the inside out, and if you don't believe me, you can ask all those people who are buying these delights as fast as we can make them! By special request, I've put the formula up on the recipe blog...just in case you come by the Bakery and we're out!
Also, a Happy Solstice to everyone!!!

May each of you enjoy a Holiday Season filled with Love and Light!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookie Train has left the station!

Years ago...when we decided to do Holiday Cookies in earnest. We got the idea to sell them by the pound...averaging out the effort and ingredients to give an easy way to encourage people to think of us when their holiday baking ran out of control.Now 10 years later, everywhere we go...the post office, in line at the grocery store... all we hear about is the cookies. We are pumping them out at a frantic pace! Our customers say it helps take the pressure off when they want something festive, but don't have the time or space to do it for themselves. We enjoy everyones delight in our beautiful array of handmade treats. It's funny though, at my own house as we set up the tree and decorate the house, my kids beg: Mom, we need to make some christmas cookies! I look at them a little askew and try to say calmly "dears, I don't know if you've noticed, but all I've been doing is making cookies for days and days"... that's when they roll their eyes and say..."we mean at HOME, mom!" so you see, even I don't fully get off the hook.
For the rest of you, the bakery has lots available for the upcoming week.
Prices are $10.00 per pound (a pound gets you about 2 dozen cookies)
We can wrap them in a pretty box and ship them too! (e-mail us at
Here's what we are making right now:

Lavender Shortbread
Coconut macaroons
Lemon Poppy Muhns
Raspberry Thumjams
Toffee Bars
Lemon Melt-aways
Cranberry-Orange Drops
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Maple Butter Cookies
Chocolate Gingerbread
Gingerbread Cutouts
Merengue Snowmen

There will be more to come as the holidays unfold...if you're in town, stop by for a chai-nog and a little holiday cheer!
A big welcome home to all our visiting college kids, y'all are making my Maya very jealous!

If you happen to want to do some holiday baking here's a link to a new food site administrated by Amanda Hesser I've found called Food52...lots of great recipes and inspration!
Here's their cookie page

Monday, December 14, 2009

The darkest days of the year...

This week before the winter solstice brings the darkest of days to our little outpost in the north. We have done our best to brighten things up, both inside and out....(thank you Natalia!) Decorating for this season has brought on a more urgent and neccessary meaning living this far up on the globe. All the lights and sparkly things help to make those grey days when the sun seems to never come up, brighter, somehow more bearable. All the added holiday tasks, though, make this an intense time of year. Though now having stated it, really they all are! Every day here at the bakery is marked, a race to the finish...though, as in all kitchens, it's a finish that's never finished...there is always pastry dough to be mixed and rolled, breads to be made, orders to be filled, orders to be placed, groceries to put away, broken drains, frozen pipes, happy customers, needy customers, pissy customers, music to be agreed on and of course dishes to be washed! It's a loop that runs endlessly day in and day out.Sometimes an extra rif get's added...double door lowboy is down (again) Refer guy is out of town. Roseanna Roseannadama said it best "It's always something!" Sometimes that something turns out to be quite entertaining. A few days ago we had a group of old local guys sitting around talking loudly and watching us gals working away as the sunshine streamed in. I always tune these guys out because their diatribes usually end up pissing me off. But since their weren't many other folks in there, I let them ramble on. As they left, one of the baristas asked me if I heard what they were talking about. Turns out they were discussing how we should do a bakery calender, with an provocative photo of one of us for each day of the month. My initial reaction was that if I had heard them talking about it I would have thrown their asses right on out of there...but then, with Red's began to see how it could just work! So, inspiration does come from everywhere and usually when your not looking, or rather listening.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's crazy season!

Things have been a little crazy around here as the holiday season starts to take on a life of it's own. This past weekend, the Nutcracker performance and fair filled up the town. (and with having two children in the show, the husband working the pinrail and me coordinating food to feed 100 people backstage filled up our lives as well!)
Good thing we have holiday cookies to spare!

I am loving the afternoon light and couldn't resist some pictures of hot bread just coming out of the beautiful and delicious!

Sunday morning brought an amazing sunrise...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

View from the baking table...12/02/09

You want snow? We got SNOW!

Commenter Bill Hayes wanted to see two feet of snow in our view from the baking table...well, here you go!
And when your done playing out in the cold, come on in for a cup of hot chocolate and some lavender shortbread...or maybe a gingerbread man, or an apricot thumbjam...there's so many it's hard to decide!