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Friday, April 18th, 2008

I like this shot. Really shows the levels of texture and ingredients. Can't wait to see if they are as good for the folks at work as I imagine! I'll keep you posted!!


21 Comments
thecoalyard
looks about like paula dean's ooey gooey butter cake. if it tastes anything like that it'll knock people's socks off!
The Coal Yard   Friday, April 18, 2008
ppike
Damn, Linda, will you stop posting these mouth watering food shots? I think I'm gaining weight just looking at them!
pegi   Friday, April 18, 2008
betsyradish
WOW that looks amazing... I'll bet they are SUPER YUMMY!
Betsy   Friday, April 18, 2008
dennydeaton
MMMMM! Looks good! Nice depth of field too.
Denny Deaton   Friday, April 18, 2008
willnbek
Alright Linda!!!!! This is not fair!!! You dont live close enough to me for me to come and attack your brownies!!!
WillnBek.com   Friday, April 18, 2008
Merrick
Just tried one and !boy howdy! are these good! Like a caramely oatmeal cookie (san raisins) with a brownie on top.
Elastic waisted pants are my new best friend.
Merrick   Friday, April 18, 2008
merritttise
Yum, those look so good. I would love to know where you got that recipe.
Merritt   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
Merritt, glad to route a fellow-baker to one of my newest finds on the web. A baker's blog site (YES!). The blogger does a great job of talking about the recipe, explaining where it came from, any changes she made for whatever reason and pictures to show her results. I'm happy to share the site and promote it. I think this is the first recipe I've tried but not the first one I've moved to my 10,000+ electronic recipe box. I doubled the recipe since it made only an 8x8 pan and I knew that wouldn't be enough for these folks. A double recipe makes a nice 9x13 pan. I got 48 decent brownies out of that change. Feel free to ask questions if needed.

http://bakingbites.com/2008/04/caramel-oatmeal-brownies/
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
Pegi, I'm sorry. My new SLR camera doesn't have a lens that works with fast moving birds for Steve but it works great for slow moving food. Denny, I consider that high-praise. Check is in the mail.

Merrick is one of my favorite people to treat. She's so great to tell me what works and what doesn't and she appreciates the effort. Glad she enjoyed it too! They didn't last long--maybe lunch time.
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
Sorry, Bek. If you need a shipment--let me know. :)
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
dennydeaton
Linda,
Humzoo doesn't have any rules about selling services or products (legit ones anyway). I bet you could make some "dough" selling your goods to fellow Humzooers. I for one would pay good money for your baking. That cake you sent for the Humzoo party was absolutely amazing. Ask Niki, I have been talking about it for days. I had at least 6 slices and that is really not like me. But that cake followed me around the house for days begging me to eat it. I caved, cause it was awesome!

For those of you that don't know, its always been Linda's dream to start an online baking service. She really has the shipping down to a science. Her shipped cakes are fresher than the ones I pull out of the oven.
Denny Deaton   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
My nephew. He's always been there for me and probably always will be my staunchest ally and I love him dearly. :)

He's right--I have dreamed of making baking more than a hobby but realistically I can't imagine people wanting to spend the kind of money it takes to make one of these treats AND pay for shipping...and we aren't even discussing any charge for labor. Gas prices are making ingredients go through the roof (my flour went up $1.50 a bag in 2 weeks).

I've sold my baking before. To local friends who wanted a special cake or treat for someone special (friend, relative). I'm honored to be asked. I pour my heart into making the best I can make for that person to make the occasion as memorable as possible. To hear that Denny loved that cake so much and it helped make Humzoo Rad Weekend special makes my day. It's great when someone loves what you bake; it's even more special when it is memorable. I love those moments too.

I've even shipped orders. I had one woman in Cleveland who loved a Black Walnut Pound Cake so much she would order 2 at a time and eat cake for breakfast nearly every day--hoarding it as long as she could until the next shipment. We worked a deal with a cooler going back and forth for another purpose so it was less expensive for both of us.

Maybe artists feel this way. How do you charge for doing something you love instead of giving it with joy? It's hard for me. But, if someone is interested, I'm willing to make a go of it and see how it works. I'm even willing to barter (probably hard for those fresh eggs -sigh-) for treats if you are interested. I'll do my best to be as fair as possible on cost.

Thanks, Denny (10% of the profits--that's our deal, right?)
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
ppike
Yes, artists do feel that way. But, after 6 years I can say I am getting used to it -- charging for doing something I love. When you start doing it with the idea of making a profit, it changes the outlook!
pegi   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
Thanks, Pegi. Not that I feel I am that artistic in baking. The type of work you do takes real skill and an eye for the absolutely gorgeous colors and shapes. I guess it takes a while to adjust to the idea of selling it. I appreciate the support and your input. :)
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
dennydeaton
I thought it was 20%? Did I mention everything you asked me to in my plug. :)
Denny Deaton   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
You missed the part about how all of the calories dissipate the next week so there is no guilt over your indulgence. Other than that--you read that speech well. :)
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
ppike
Girl, there are all kinds of arts and crafts. Food is definitely one of them! And food feeds the soul as much as other art...
pegi   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
Good point...now...if those calories would feed off the air after you eat it. But, then, I think back to that blog about "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts". If we get so obsessed about the shoulds we might never spend the money to have one of those gorgeous pieces of yours. Or a memorable meal at a special place that stays with us years later. Or eat something someone poured love into be it a homecooked meal or a chocolate cake. Life is too short to never enjoy the "shouldn'ts". We just need to balance enough shoulds to make it healthy and full of fun too.
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
ppike
Williams Sonoma and many other specialty food companies would not exist if there weren't lots of people out there who believed excellent and hand-crafted food was worth the extra bucks. At our house special foods are always worth the extra costs - whether we make it ourselves or purchase it.
Good food rocks.
pegi   Friday, April 18, 2008
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I am so hungry, and those look so delicious!! Yum!
Jenn   Friday, April 18, 2008
lgrant
They were a big hit at work, Jenn. And not that hard to make. The disposable pans at the store are 8x8 and would work well to make you a pan. Oatmeal, butter, sugar, and some chocolate. :)
LGrant   Friday, April 18, 2008
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