Category: Encouragment

Labor Day Lovin’

Happy Labor Day! We hope you’re taking time today to enjoy a break for yourself and your coworkers… You’ve worked hard, so you’ve earned it! Whether a “break” for you looks like spending time with family, taking the day to sleep in, or binge-watching your favorite TV show with your favorite snacks and treats, consider ordering a little something special from our family to yours to make your Labor Day just that much sweeter!

So make sure to appreciate the hard work that you and everyone around you puts in year-round. We appreciate all the work that you do!

Birthday Blessings

If you find yourself needing a special birthday gift for any occasion, consider taking a look at any of our personalized gift baskets! Our gifts are chock-full of the best treats for any special someone’s special day.

Who doesn’t love getting pastries with their birthday gift? We can help make that happen! Be sure to check out the contents of all of our gift baskets at our Personal Gift Ideas page for the details of all our wonderful gift-giving options!

Tomorrow is Kiss and Make Up Day!

Did you know that tomorrow, August 25th, is national Kiss and Make Up Day? We bet you didn’t know that was a real holiday! But Kiss and Make Up Day is the perfect time for reconciliation and apologies… And what better way to say “I’m sorry” than with some gourmet cookies?

If the subject of your affections has a favorite type of cookie, see if it’s a type of cookie we have for you! Or if you’d prefer a little help with an extra-special apology for Kiss and Make Up Day, perhaps a personal gift basket would not go amiss. Regardless of the circumstances, no matter who it’s for, let us help you make it up to your loved ones with some pastries you both are sure to love.

Family Recipes, Family Love

Did you know that our pastry recipes are entirely our original family recipes? Family recipes are near and dear to everyone’s heart! Whether it’s a special cultural dish passed down for generations, or a fun experiment mom tried once that worked surprisingly well, or anything in between, family recipes all hold a special place in our heart for years to come.

Made with love, happiness, and some extra special gourmet ingredients, our family recipes are unlike any other you can find out there. Our all-natural ingredients and the quality tastes of Nestle, Ghirardelli, Hershey, and more, are sure to give you a flavor with just the right amount of sweetness and a little bit of love in every bite.

Summertime Send-Off

With summer soon drawing to a close, there might be a little bit of sadness as the kids realize they have to go back to school, or as we realize we’ll soon say goodbye to the warm weather! While we’re still hanging on to the carefree, easygoing attitude of our summer months… Let’s say hello to some perfect summer flavors, like our Orange Sorbet pastry cookie!

With a delectable blend of orange and cream flavors, this fun fruity fusion is sure to taste like summertime all year round! Our Orange Sorbet cookie is made with real orange, and is a tasty treat that you and your family are sure to love.

Today is Lazy Day!

That’s right, you read that correctly; August 10th is National Lazy Day! This unofficial national holiday is the perfect excuse to kick back, relax, and enjoy a little bit of “me” time. You’ve been working hard lately, haven’t you? You deserve this!

And what better way to celebrate Lazy Day with some delicious comfort food desserts? Whether you’re more of a traditional chocolate chip cookie person, or you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something a little different, like an orange sorbet cookie, we’ll have something worth treating yourself this Lazy Day!

Trifling Moments

Mini Trifle

While preparing a custom birthday pastry cake, I realized the northeastern dessert never entered the southern market. Of course the south has wonderful decadent pastries like King cakes, cobblers and pecan pies (that’s puh-kauhn for Yankees like me). However, No one in our area knows about trifles.

It is comforting to live in a country with different cultures. We have the freedom to change the English language, make our own traditions, and everything else under the sun! It’s a Blessing because many men and women chose to protect our Land. Whether or not we admit it, as Americans, we are thankful  for their service.

The customer was overjoyed and the trifle birthday cake was a success. More importantly, our sweet (cheesy pun intended) customer was brave enough to share a life struggle. I was honored to listen, share, and Love. A “trifling moment” became a memorable Blessing. Once again, I was reminded why the bakery exists.

Healthy Keto Snacks

Life is hard for everyone. Some people’s lives are tougher than others. We all need to take the time to Love and listen.

Sadly most small business owners only care about money. In fact, I have a colleague who only wants to discuss business. Also, I know a business owner who ignores his “friends” but becomes kind and caring when they visit his store.

Maybe ugly pride is another reason why businesses fail.

Yes- Money makes the world go around, but Love does too.


If we would look at each other before the cash register and our wallets, we could stop the virus of hate. Last year NPR announced the anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin wall. Germany’s symbol of hatred lasted for thirty years. Now they are celebrating. We need to tear down our walls of money and make trifling moments. If we did, there would be more celebrations than hate crime memorials.


Chocolate Chip Trifle

Yes- We are a for profit business. However, the profits are used to help others in need and share our Joy. When you make a purchase, we give our contact information in case you need our help.

Everyone Can Do Something

A friend called to discuss her new business project. I was happy to hear the plan was moving forward. She did not ask about the bakery, but since there was a moment of silence in the conversation, I started talking about it. She immediately jumped to incorrect conclusions. I tried to explain the dangers of loving money more than people, but she just didn’t get it.

My anger turned into sadness for my friend. She is in business to have more money for herself. We are in business to make money to help others who need it.

It was then I realized Boo-Shaw Bakery Inc. officially started in 2012, but in reality, it began in 1992. I was 20 years old and did not have enough money to pay for college tuition because of the strict laws in Pittsburgh, PA. I had an A average when they kicked me out of the college dormitory and became homeless. Thankfully I was Blessed to find an apartment within a few months. However, several times, I was thankful for the roof over my head because nothing was in my refrigerator.

Also, I spent a lot of time in and out of emergency rooms because of a systemic illness and somehow dared to survive an assault by sending the attacker to prison.

Today, I am a wife of a retired Air Force Veteran, a national Mayo Clinic case study, survivor of head trauma, and have a professional degree with certifications We are not extraordinarily wealthy, but we are Blessed enough to pay it forward.

Yes – Money is necessary.

Yes – We have to take care of ourselves before caring for others.

However – After we take care of ourselves, we must help those in need.

This world is in trouble. So let’s face it together and do something. Boo-Shaw Bakery Inc. will be around long after its founders are gone. The strategic goal is to care for others. Therefore a portion of every sale will go to a non-profit organization. What will you do?  

The Bamboozled Game

Last year our pastry Cookies Vanilla Nut and Banana Pudding won the North Florida Fair baking contest. It was nice to know our comfort food desserts are the best way to unwind and self indulge.

Last week I signed up for the 2020 Florida State Fair baking contest. I listed our Cashew Crumbles sweetened with maple syrup, gluten-free Orange Muffins made with fine-ground white cornmeal, and our Heavenly Chocolate Pastries made with Hershey Cocoa.

Death by Chocolate

After I signed up, I noticed the last page of the entry form stated, “All recipes become the property of the Florida State Fair, including publication rights.”

I was horrified to see this awful clause. Why would a prosperous entity take a baker’s original recipe in exchange for a ribbon? What’s even worse is why someone would give their baking recipe away if it is good enough to sell?

State Fairs are not the only ones stealing from us. Many mega giants conduct baking competitions, pay the inventor a chump change cash award, and make millions selling the baker’s creation.


Whatever happened to the Golden Rule? Mega corporations like Pillsbury should at least give the contest winner a royalty percentage of the revenue made from the recipe.

This is another instance of the have and have-not society. The most significant bias in today’s world is between the rich and the poor.

At some point, people lose their ethical values and start loving the all mighty dollar. As a result, the less fortunate suffer because of it. I am not suggesting socialism. I just think this world would be a better place if there were more people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Our company is still a small business, but we will grow it to employ those in need by changing the 10-5 Rule to the 10-5 Do unto others… Rule. Reach out to us if you would like to connect 🙂

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A few months ago we were invited to give an elevator pitch.  I stood in front of a crowded room and tried to share our story in ninety seconds. Everyone was attentive. Some smiled too. I tried to tell everyone the main strategic goal is to employ others who are disabled and in need of a decent paycheck. It makes my blood boil when I hear about full time employees needing government assistance to make ends meet.

DIY Sundae

The results of my speech were surprising. The feedback was encouraging, constructive, and cruel. I exercised my Faith and did my best. However, it felt like a failure. I questioned whether or not to continue to build a brand for others to succeed. I’m a national medical case study. I could be spending extra time enjoying my hobby.

Needless to say, I fell into a state of depression.                   

One morning, I heard on NPR that it’s the fortieth anniversary of “The Muppet Movie.” They played a part of the iconic song Rainbow Connection by Kermit the frog. I began to smile, and my frustration melted away.

 

    The Muppets were as beloved as much as Looney Tunes in the 70s. I couldn’t remember all of the lyrics, but I did remember the Hope in that beautiful song. So I went to Google to find it.

As I read the lyrics, I realized I have a lot of Rainbow Connections. Most people have only a few.
I’m sure it’s because negative people have said, “They’re only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide” (Kermit, 1979).

 

I choose to believe Kermit because I know they are wrong too.

My hearts desires “were heard and answered” (Kermit, 1979).

 

 

 

So I WILL pay my Blessing forward by showing others to Trust in the Creator of the “morning star” because “look what it’s done so far” (Kermit, 1979).

     If you have friends, family, food to eat, a place to live, and a job……you have at least five Rainbow Connections. My Faith was revitalized. After reading this……I Hope yours is too.

It will take a little longer, but I will build our brand because it’s a Rainbow Connection for the dreamers……and me.

#ComfortPastryCookies #booshawbakery #MakeADifference

 

References

Frog, K. (1979) The Rainbow Connection. The Muppet Movie. Washington D.C. : Jim Henson