Growing Pains

Today was the craft boutique in Monaca. It was a lovely event and we’ll run. It was not the right place for Baked True North.

As I have a tendency to do, I over prepared for this show. I baked dozens of cookies, half dozen yum-breads, 2 dozen doughnuts, put together the most attractive table I could with samples and all! But I suppose I am still learning.

I am actually writing this from my table at the event because it has been so uneventful here. I thought the North Boroughs had a lack of gluten-free products and knowledge, but as one would expect, the further from the city you go, the greater the population who truly seem to be disgusted by the idea of gluten-free. At all my other events, people try the cookies and are buying whether they need it or not because it tastes good. Today people are just looking away like I’m selling a medication or something they don’t need.

Thankfully I stopped myself yesterday from making more. I haven’t rolled out the surprise yet and I decided last minute to scrap the paleo cookies.

But as all learning and growing experiences are, I know what I’ll do differently for next time I’m at a show… And I’ll probably stay out of Monaca for now. It was lovely to meet everyone and I’ll come back whenever you want to order! Haha

Now for the exciting part… Up to 50% off everything I have left over until midnight on Tuesday!

  • Doughnuts $3/half dozen
  • Yum-breads $3/mini loaf
  • Jars of mini chocolate chip cookies $10/jar
  • Pumpkin spice waffle cookies $4/half dozen
  • All large cookies (oktoberfest/pumpkin chocolate chip/signature chocolate chip) $3/each

Email me at bakedtruenorth@gmail.com to order!

Thanks for all of your support as I find the rhythm of business.

Stay delicious,

Lauren

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Farmhand Fair!

For 3 weeks in July I was at a farmers market at the Sewickley Mount Nebo Agway.

125 McAleer Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143

I’ll be there again This coming Saturday, August 13, assuming I get time to bake!

I tried out a new recipe the first week I was there; something I came up with on accident. I was out of chocolate chips and I had purchased honey peanut butter, instead of the regular stuff, so what resulted were my mini honey nutters! They have no added sugar, just organic honey and bakeable stevia, so they are much lower carb than my chocolate chip masterpieces. And people have loved them! I think I sold out of them 2 out of the 3 weeks I had them!

They also inspired me on how to turn my chocolate chip cookies into a sugar free ones! I’m almost there! I want to have the yummiest healthiest chocolate chip cookies ever! I will likely start debuting my sugar free chocolate chip cookies this fall. I have been making so many cookies for the farmers market, friends, family, and a Pittsburgh wedding cookie table, that I haven’t had much time for some good old fashioned chemistry experiments.

Also my cookies have been featured the first weekend of every month at a wonderful local boutique in Avalon, called Reposhture!

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The shop is absolutely adorable. I’ve purchased cute stuff there like a window made into a work of art for my wall, vintage hat, handmade fabric flower magnet, and another vintage plate I’m picking up. Love Kim’s (the owner) style and really appreciate her heart. Stop in September 3 and 4 to check it out and grab a cookie while you’re there.

That’s all for now… But leave a comment and you could be picked, in my next blog post, to win one of my new sugar free cookies!

Thanks all!

Expert Cookie Taster #3

First order of business, the winner from last week’s giveaway is…

Graci!

Congrats and I’ll be in touch to get your address for the cookies!

Second order of business, starting in July (actually July 9th) I’ll be posting up with my cookies at a local farmers market! It will be at the Mount Nebo Agway on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Their first week is the July 2nd, but I won’t be attending until the following week… But check it out if you’re in the area!

Now, to the blog posts name sake…our new cookie test will be with a local company’s chocolate chip cookie, the Gluten Free Goat Bakery, based out of Pittsburgh, PA. We’re talking direct competition here! 😉

A friend asked me recently if I was going to rate every cookie less than perfect. And being honest I said, probably. Because if I find a perfect cookie that I don’t think I can make one better than… I might just stop baking. And who’s ever heard of a perfect cookie anyway?

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So here it is… Definitely cute packaging and the cookie looks very attractive, although maybe more of a sugar cookie feel (probably due to lack of brown sugar?)

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The ingredient list was good, not all ingredients I would use, but organic is in there and corn-free is pretty great too. The enjoy life choclate chips surprised me, only because I’ve never seen a brand called out in the ingredients before. Props to them because those chips are the best I’ve seen and tried so far.

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The cookie was good. Not the thick moist cookie that I brag, but a familiar and delicious cookie that I have grown accustomed to in the gluten free world.

Very good texture and quality ingredients. Hit the spot for a chocolate chip cookie for sure. Thanks Gluten Free Goat Bakery! Find them at Soergel’s Orchard in their gluten free shop and at the Amazing Cafe in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Our FIRST EVENT!

Sunday was Baked True North’s first event and our first sales ever! And it went awesome!

For comic relief, the most challenging part was getting the tent set up in the morning… Our dear dear friends were nice enough to let us borrow both a table and their tent for the day. Admittedly they had only used the tent once and told us “good luck” when handing it off. Neither Nick (my awesome, wonderful husband) or myself had ever put together a tent like this before. But thanks to Nick’s willingness to try-fail-adjust, and me biting my tongue occassionally, we got it figured out! Only 75ish minutes later.

But anyway, our table set up was awesome and we got many compliments on it.

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I thought the tablecloth and flowers gave a nice touch. We sampled the cookies all day, and had a very high turnover rate of skeptical people trying to hurry by, but when I convinced them to try the Signature Chocolate Chip, they were hooked, purchased, and signed up for the dozen cookie giveaway.

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The 2 cookies we sold and sampled were the Signature Chocolate Chip and the Pumpkin Waffle Cookie. We got great feedback again on the waffle cookies as I try to perfect them… “Surprisingly cakey” and “oh, there’s nuts in here!”

My lovely friend Brianna and her beautiful son came and helped for a while, and it was so great to have some Bellevue friend support. Over all I hit my personal sales goal and got my name out there! We made some new friends as well!

After the event was over we ran up to the main drag in Bellevue where a car cruise was happening. I brought with me a few cookies to deliver to the lovely family that loaned us the table and tent, and I got stopped in the street and asked where he could get some homemade cookies like what I was carrying!

So… Next time we join the car cruise. Done. Successful day for Baked True North! Thanks for everyone that came out and supported!

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