Monday, February 10, 2014

January 2014.

Hello friends.

What a fun year last year was... starting with the idea for the big heart baking company, creating the baking mix and then baking like crazy!! love a project that is concept to completion.
I was the first cottage food operation in my county!! my county contact and I  learned the regulations together.
Had a great time selling at the farmers market.
But here is the ugly reality.
The cottage food operation regulations do NOT allow you to have a mail order, online order business. you cannot mail your product. This is very limiting to the growth of the business. The only way to have mail order is to work from a licensed commercial kitchen.
Between the costs for the licenses, the cost of insurance, the cost of raw goods, the cost of farmers markets and not being able to ship, makes it near impossible to make a profit.
I realized I am not interested in taking this to the next level, a commercial kitchen.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the project. But at this point it is just that. my 2013 project.
I learned a lot!! I had a lot of fun!! and really did something outside of my comfort zone.
At this point. What I can offer is: the recipe for my baking mix so that you can make it at home!! $10 via paypal. and you are ready to go. Go to my website and print out all of the recipes. I am going to delete the site at the end of March.
Enjoy and happy baking!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Basic Recipe for Sweet Baking Mix.


now that you have purchased a 16 ounce jar of sweet baking mix, (that means the almond meal and coconut flour is blended with coconut palm sugar crystals), you need the basic recipe to make all sorts of goodies from the mix, and here it is!!

mix 16 ounces/2 cups of sweet baking mix with:

1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.

mix with a wisk until all blended, set aside.

in a another bowl, mix:

2 eggs.
3/4 cup of liquid- milk, almond milk, coconut milk, orange juice....
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce or banana.
1 teaspoon of extract; almond or vanilla.

blend these ingredients until smooth and frothy!!

now blend the dry into the wet until all mixed together.

then add 1/2 cup of goodies; sweetened coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, ....

mix everything all up together.

this mixture will make a layer cake 8"x8", 9"x9", or 12 medium size muffins.

bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes. as soon as it bounces a bit back or a toothpick
comes out cleanly, it is done. cool.... and enjoy!!

most baked goods taste better the next day!! feel free to freeze. ok in the frig for about 72 hours.

combinations; here are 3 of my favorites.

almond milk, applesauce, almond extract, coconut flakes.
almond milk, applesauce, vanilla extract, chocolate chips.
almond milk, banana, vanilla, chocolate chips.

this mix makes a lot more than just muffins. ck back for more recipes!!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

June's special!!

I am so excited, finally finalized my sweet baking mix and my basic baking mix.

All of my yummy recipes will use either the sweet or basic mix. super simple.

The only difference from my specific mixes is that you will add the baking soda or
powder and the sea salt. and the wet ingredients!

June's monthly special will be for either the sweet or basic mix!!

$20.00 for 8 cups. (normally $28.00/3.50 a cup) you can order as many as you wish!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

packaging and marketing materials.

have spent most of the morning working out my packaging for the bulk mixes.

for local customers and local wholesale... 16 oz and 32 oz mason jars
with eye catching tags and appropriate labeling.
to be featured also at farmers markets.

for online business, plastic pouches inside of a brown paper bag with appropriate labels.
really want this to be as eye catching as the mason jars but not as heavy to ship.

going to ponder for a day before ordering....

Monday, May 6, 2013

june is all about baking with my bulk baking mix!

June's monthly special is going to be 32 ounces of my bulk baking mix for only $20~~

I am working out recipes for the next few weeks to share with you! Really excited about
being able to offer a bulk mix as well as specific mixes.

Let me know if you would like to order the June Special.

I will be delivering to the bay area over memorial day weekend!!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

almond meal or almond flour?

A lot alike, but also different.
How are they the same and how are they different?

I use almond meal in my mixes. I like the whole value of the almond. I like the denseness of the
baked goods. I like the ability of being able to use almond meal in so many recipes. I purchase my almond meal from a local almond facility that only processes almonds, a gluten free facility.

Found this article. Thought it was well worth sharing.

  • Almond flour and almond meal are baking ingredients used as healthier alternatives to wheat flour.
  • Almond flour is made from finely ground blanched almonds, while almond meal, from finely ground almonds including the skin.
  • Almond flour is best used for cakes, cookies and other pastries requiring finer, moister texture. Almond meal best suits dryer and courser pastries such as cream puff and wafer bases.
  • Both are gluten-free, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates and sugars. They include essential nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin E and fiber.

  • Read more: Difference Between Almond meal and Almond flour | Difference Between | Almond meal vs Almond flour