Goodbye Emily, Hello Caitlin

Dear Pacific Cookie Fans,

I am sad to announce that today is my last day with Pacific Cookie Company. I will be moving to Arizona where my husband will be pursuing a GeoChemistry PhD at Arizona State University. Although I am excited to begin the next phase of my life in the social media/website design world, I am sad to leave and have truly enjoyed giving you the “inside scoop” of Pacific Cookie Company over the past two years.

Over my time here, I have truly come to see how a small business operates, and am happy to say that the Pearson family is truly dedicated to baking you the best possible cookie…ever! I couldn’t imagine finding a better Oatmeal Raisin cookie anywhere else – so perfectly crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside, and the deliciously plump raisins that pull the entire cookie together. I’ll be hard pressed to find something as delicious to compliment my morning coffee!

But fear not, your monthly behind-the-scenes look will be taken over by my replacement, Caitlin. She has a great eye for the fun stories you love, and better yet, is a wonderful photographer in her spare time so she will be able to capture some great shots for you.

So thanks again for all of the wonderful comments and posts you have left for us; keep it up! Without further ado, here’s to Caitlin! Welcome to the Pacific Cookie Company family! 🙂

With best cookie wishes,

Emily Ely

 

Mama’s Night Out 2013

For the third year in a row, I was able to attend the annual Mama’s Night Out event put on by Cara Pearson and Michelle Riddle, two mama’s striving to make a difference in the world of pediatric cancer (you can read about their connection to pediatric cancer and, more specifically, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, HERE).

This year, I attended with two wonderful women in my life and my best friends; one of them is even an expecting mama herself and due mid June! The other is a little baby crazy, but will be a fantastic mother when that day comes – she claims her and her fiance will one day have a “baby farm!” Well, not seriously…but my point that she loves babies is made clearly with that comment. 🙂

collageUpon exiting left from the elevators the sound of wine glasses “clinking” together for a toast followed by the laughter of a group of women drifted down the hall. It was easy to get swept up by the beauty of the space: elegantly chic cocktail tables draped with beautiful silky white table cloths and accented with pink and orange table runners; matching pink and orange votives lighting up the smiling faces of women quite obviously enjoying their glass of complimentary wine over some long needed conversation amongst girlfriends; and buffet tables of everything from pan-seared polenta topped with fresh basil pesto by Teen Kitchen Project, to warm wood stove pizzas by Wood Fire Woodie, all to be finished off with a side of flourless chocolate cake by Chocolate and organic mouth-watering ice cream in portion-sizes from Mission Hill Creamery.

You become drawn in – with raffle tickets purchased, you peruse your options, sipping on a cocktail and browsing the vendor tables…even stopping for a photobooth shot or two – and you settle into the casual groove of the event, taking pictures with friends and making new acquaintances. Between the wine and the shopping and the music and the food, it is easy to forget the meaning behind the event. I wondered myself if everyone here felt the same way. It was at that perfect moment an announcement was made that a video would play in 10 minutes (to watch the video, click HERE).

SpecialGuestsI knew what the video was going to be about. I knew that this year, Cara and Michelle wanted to focus on a group of women they called “Warrior Mama’s.” And I knew that we would hear each of their stories. A wall of photos, available for viewing as you walked in, was dedicated to their stories and commemorated those who have battled and who are still battling childhood cancers.

Ten minutes later, I felt this…unexplainable feeling began to overwhelm each of my senses: my skin covered with goosebumps, anticipating the sad stories you might expect at a benefit for kids’ cancer;the tightening of my heart, as I urged to reach out and hug the mothers who have been through so much with their beautiful children; and my eyes eventually revealing small tears of sadness in reaction to the hopeful feeling I felt that maybe, just maybe, the money we raised between all 400+ women at this event would be enough to help fund research leading to a cure for for the child of one of the families represented and honored tonight.

As expected, the beautifully formatted video about the ten “Warrior Mamas” brought tears to everyone’s eyes. I broke away in search of a napkin or two to dry my face and saw the women around me all fixated on the video. Perfect, I thought to myself. The message is hitting home. I handed my friend the napkin. She was a blubbering mess. In this moment, the connection was made. I once again felt the connection to the cause and to the importance of bringing awareness to this issue. UsThree

 We get so caught up in our everyday lives and the miniscule problems we encounter on a day to day basis, but it became clear almost instantaneously that these problems are infinitely inconsequential in comparison.I am so happy to have been connected to this cause over the past few years. Not to be too cliché, but it has helped me to refocus my attention on the things and people in my life that I love and care most about.

Mama’s Night Out grossed $50,000 this year!! This is the most money we have raised yet! Thank you to all of our sponsors and to the volunteers who made this all happen! If you did not have a chance to attend the event or donate to this cause, but would like more information on how to give, check out both Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Jacob’s Heart to support childhood cancer awareness.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and here at Pacific Cookie Company we want to ensure you don’t forget the most important holiday of the year. If you missed last years, here is a way to get Mom to forgive you tenfold.

Here are a few of our favorite Mother’s Day gifts:

Sweet Surprise Mother’s Day Cookie Box

A sweet taffy colored ribbon encloses a wonderful surprise your Mom is sure to love! Other Mom’s will be “green with envy” at the sight of the delicious 12 fresh-baked 2oz cookies your Mom will proudly display.

Santa Cruz Tin

If you aren’t able to bring Mom to the beach this Mother’s Day, bring the beach to her with this Santa Cruz Cookie Tin of 36 fresh-baked 1oz cookies (a local favorite). After eating all the delicious cookies, she can save the tin and use it to store seashells, cards or favorite memories shared with you!

Native Leaf Green Market Gift Tote

Handcrafted with love from the Philippines, with proper care, this bag will provide years of fun. Whether you want to reuse for a farmers market bag, or for just everyday use Mom will love this unique gift item that is one of a kind. Fill your reusable green bag with 36 of your Mom’s favorite delicious 2-ounce gourmet cookies.

Spring Sweets

Spring is in full bloom and the sun is shining. Spend some quality time with Mom and take a seat outside with your favorite 2 dozen delicious fresh baked 2-ounce gourmet cookies and enjoy the Spring season.

Mum’s the Word

Pay back Mom for all those sleepless nights she endured when you were a baby with this two dozen gift box that is wrapped with our special floral ribbon.

With Every Beat of My Heart

Remind Mom with this special gift that you are the only one that has been able to hear her heart from the inside. This is the perfect cookie delivery to say, “I love you, even when we are apart.” The deep heart cut out window will show off your Mom’s favorite dozen of 2-oz cookies.

Yo, Mama!

These cookies are dressed to the nines and looking so hot they may need some milk to cool down! For that special Mom, fill your unique gift her favorite dozen and you’re off the hook!

Pick out your favorite gift for Mom and enter the coupon code

SWEETTREAT

at checkout for $5.00 off your entire purchase.

Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours from everyone here at Pacific Cookie Company!

 

 

 

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The Unique (and Delicious!) Wedding Favor

This post seemed appropriate given this time of year (wedding season!) and also strikes a personal chord with me since I am to be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding this July. I have certainly grown to have a much better appreciation for the planning side of things and how important each and every detail is, no matter its seemingly trivial qualities. For example, wedding favors – the show will go on with or without the perfect wedding favor, but every bride knows that the love and support felt by each and every one of her guests is not something to be forgotten or left unacknowledged.

That being said, Pacific Cookie Company now offers a wonderful solution to the many questions brides ask when choosing their wedding favors:  Do I go traditional? How can I personalize my wedding favors? I want something unique. Maybe something with chocolate? Or perhaps just a deliciously edible favor!

The pictures in this post are just a few from a series of photos taken last year to showcase the party favors we offer on our website. Each stack of six 1-ounce cookies is daintily tied off with a beautiful satin edged ribbon for the perfect touch to any place setting. And with a ribbon selection ranging from red to purple to silver and gold, these sweet treats are ideal for any occasion.

Another available option, perfect for the out-of-town guests as a sweet surprise on their pillowcases,  is our more traditional 2-ounce sized cookie offered as individually wrapped 2-packs. These unique and edible wedding favors offer a more personalized touch with the option to create your own signature “label” to attach to each 2-pack. And they are the perfect way to say “Thank you!” to each and every guest.

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