Things are beginning to sprout in my garden. They may just be babies, but each one looks unique to me. Because I wanted to grow specific varieties that weren't available locally, Mike & I started them from seed. A precarious plan at best. Some were destroyed by hungry insects and others couldn't swim through the sudden down pours. But a few survivors made it. Can you ID the lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers? Hopefully it will be easier when they're loaded with fruit (she said with fingers crossed) ;-)
Talking about survivors, this Saturday morning is the annual Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Walk at 9am at the Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch. That means that I won't be baking Saturday. So just for this week, all pick-ups must be on Friday from 11-4pm or beyond. Just let me know what time works best for you.
My breast cancer was discovered during a routine mammogram. I had mammos for years and they had always been "normal". Although this cancer was aggressive, it was detected before spreading throughout my body. My life was suddenly turned upside down, having to deal with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation & years of hormonal treatment. I lost every hair on my body. Because of my incredibly loving family I became strong, positive & proactive. And lucky, because all of the treatments worked. As a grateful & proud 16 year breast cancer survivor, I will be walking this Saturday with Sharon Carlson's team "Oinking For A Cure". oink, oink
While I temporarily inhabit the building that housed my former BONNI BAKES BAKERY/CAFE at 930 12th St West, to sell my personal collections & possessions, I'm ready to start seriously looking for a new tenant. Because of my 14 year history in the Village of the Arts as the first full-time new business (Sept 1999) and only new home construction (TreeHouse 2006), I prefer to rent the building to someone who will join our creative community by establishing a studio, gallery or food related business. Since 1999 this charming 1910 building has conformed to Dept of Agriculture standards as a "bakery/cafe", but could also be home to a resident artist. I'm considering many options including separately renting the 2 main rooms w/private locked entrances and keeping the commercial kitchen for myself. If you know anyone who is interested, please have them call me at (941) 746-6647. Availability sometime in December.
Along these same lines, there will be a free informational meeting Monday Oct 21 from 6-7pm for people interested in owning a business and/or living in the Village of the Arts. Contact Carrie Whaley at 941-747-9397 for more info.
For those of you interested in YUMMY STUFF, check out this week's menu below. Everything is hand-made in small batches with the best ingredients & locally sourced when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fake stuff EVER!!
Big Cookies $1.50/each
Individually wrapped & available in the following flavors:
Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Dark Chocolate Walnut,
Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Pecan Coconut Milk Chocolate, (NEW) Classic Snickerdoodle
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies $5/pkg
My legendary chocolate delivery system made from melted Belgium Bittersweet chocolate, toasted fresh almonds & chocolate chips. Available in a plain brown bag if you don't intend to share with others.
Rosemary Parmigiano Breadstix $4/pkg
Crisp, hand-made sticks bursting with flavor. Delicious paired with an appetizer, soup, salad or cocktail. Fabulous with thin prosciutto wrapped around.
Cranberry Orange Muffin $2
A moist over-sized muffin made with fresh plump (not dried) cranberries and juicy oranges. One of my most requested items.
Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bar $3
Multiple layers of yum...shortbread cookie, cheesecake, fresh apples & spices, with a crumb topping.
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread $5/loaf
Half a pound of raisins in each loaf! Divine toasted or used to make French Toast.
Assorted Homemade Jam & Chutney $4/8 oz jar
Peach Mango Brandy, Mango Strawberry Cardamom, Blueberry Lime, Mango Chutney, Mango Meyer Lemon Lime, Pineapple Mango Rum, Peach Melba, Mixed Berry, Blueberry Lemon, Ginger Pear Chutney.
Order by 5pm Wed for pick-up Friday ONLY this week
all items in limited supply...first come, first served
TO PLACE AN ORDER
call me at (941) 746-6647
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAY BY CASH OR LOCAL CHECK MADE OUT TO BONNI BROWN
PICK UP YOUR ORDER
in The Village of the Arts
at BONNI BAKES Gallery
930 12 St W (just south of MLK)
FRIDAY ONLY from 11 - 4 or later if you need to this week only
Hugs from my kitchen,