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.

Supporters

Peanut Butter-Bacon Cookies – Tried, True, & Delicious!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and I’ve been getting ready by taking down my spooky Halloween decorations and replacing it with fall decor. My favorite part about this holiday is all the baking and food prep – well, besides spending the day with family/friends, eating an abundance of delicious food, and watching football of course! 😉 But on the baking note, I decided to test a new recipe: Peanut Butter Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies! The inspiration came to me after I posted an October 9th Facebook comment linking to the recipe, to which I received very mixed reviews. Thinking that the recipe needed a chance to show itself, I took to the kitchen with measuring spoons in hand.

The only thing I’d do differently? Bake the cookies for less time – my cookies were a bit crunchy (although delicious with a cup of coffee!).

Oh, and a local shout-out to El Salchichero, a Santa Cruz community butcher with sustainable practices and delicious meats. I bought your bacon – my husband and I LOVE your bacon! Although this recipe calls for an applewood smoked bacon, I just went with whatever El Salchichero had. I also may have bought a bit extra for dinner that night J

Happy Friday, and enjoy some baking over the weekend. Share your results with us on Facebook – we would love to hear how your cookies turned out!


Adding the bacon and chocolate chips…

Into the oven they go…

…time to taste test!

 

Peanut Butter-Bacon Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 pound apple wood smoked bacon, fried and roughly chopped

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugars together, using an electric mixer set on medium speed. Beat in peanut butter, egg and vanilla until well combined. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and slowly beat into peanut butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Stir chopped bacon, chocolate and peanut butter chips into dough by hand until well incorporated.
  3. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.

 

Per cookie: 170 calories (61 percent from fat), 12 grams total fat (4 grams saturated), 17 milligrams cholesterol, 11 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams protein, 295 milligrams sodium, trace dietary fiber.

Source: Bert Lawson with Farmland Foods

Please Support Breast Cancer Awareness

10/16/2012

Norma,

            After a year that has gone by, we, your co-workers and very close friends at Pacific Cookie Company, still miss you as if you left us yesterday. We know that you can see us and hear us because not a day goes by that we don’t remember something about you: your jokes, your laughter, your good food, what a hard worker you were, how strong and good a friend you were. We cannot believe you are gone, but you are forever in our hearts.

                         Love,

                        Angie, Mary and Yolanda

Norma was a hard working employee of Pacific Cookie Company and is still very much missed by her friends here. In an effort to keep Norma’s memory alive and to promote breast cancer awareness, we will donate $10.00 of every Norma Gift Box sold in the month of October to WomenCARE, a local Santa Cruz, CA organization that provides FREE cancer advocacy, resources, education, and support to women with all types of cancer. They also advocate for research into the CAUSES of cancer and strive towards providing a healthy environment for women affected by cancer first or secondhand.

We hope that you will join in our effort to raise funding for this organization.

Norma Gift Box – $18.95

 

For more breast cancer statistics and to become more aware yourself, visit: http://www.onlinenursingprograms.com/code-pink/