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.
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 🙂
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.
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).
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
Frog, K. (1979) The Rainbow Connection. The Muppet Movie. Washington D.C. : Jim Henson
People often ask why our desserts are so unique. I do not know if it’s because they are family recipes or because I cannot taste any of them. As a Beethoven in the bakery world, I strive to find precisely the right balance of flavor and texture to create an extraordinary blissful experience. Our research and development team assist me by providing constructive feedback.
The team effort results in extraordinary pastries even foodies can’t resist.
People always ask for samples of our decadent desserts. Normally it results in new customers and supportive friends. Sadly sometimes it results in very strange behavior from at least one person. He (or She) gets angry when they hear the wonderful encouraging complements.
He (or She) will admit our snacks are delicious. However, they will start to compare our pastries to their own recipes or tell me “it needs a little more flavor” as if their palate is the only one on the planet. In fact, some were so jealous they actually baked their dessert, gave it to our new customers, and asked them to compare whose is better.
At first this bothered me. Only small business owners know what it’s like to overcome failures, make sacrifices, and deal with frustrations to grow a brand. We are simply trying to create jobs for others. Plus we try to be a company that is Kind and Patient by not bombarding people with pushy advertisements just to make more money.
Why do we put others down to feel good about ourselves?
Why can’t we be genuinely happy for other people?
Eventually my frustration turned into empathy. Clearly the jealous bakers are lacking Joy in their lives.
No one is perfect. However….. when we feel the need to compare or critique someone’s efforts, I think we should all exercise some Self-Control by finding out what is missing in our own lives.
Life is too short to drink the poison of jealousy.
I started posting to gain exposure for the business. It is relatively easy because running a small business brings Joyful, stressful, chaotic, and even maddening situations.
Many people have Blessed us with their replies. So I decided to continue blogging to encourage others because it’s a struggle to accomplish something Good.
Unfortunately , For every encouraging post there are at least sixty malicious posts. Hackers work very hard trying to infect our website. Some have positive comments with pornographic URLs. Others are very long paragraphs with spam URLs and fake email addresses.
Thankfully WP Engine does not automatically publish blog replies.
In addition, BrightCloud provides a free URL and IP lookup tool. Anyone can copy and paste URLs in their search engine to find out if a website is safe. Plus FreeEmailValidator.com verifies email addresses. I’ve spent countless hours authenticating URLs and email addresses because it’s necessary to publish the Loving replies.
This life is short. Why would someone waste time trying to hurt others? I barely have enough time to do my laundry.
Evildoers have been around since the beginning of time. However, I wonder if the internet (which started as the ARPANET) has created a desensitized world. It happens all of the time. A wonderful invention is eventually used for evil. The internet has brought us closer ……………………..and cruel people can hurt strangers for fun.
No one has to see the side effects of their hateful actions anymore.
I just don’t understand. We all share one need……..the desire to be Loved. I think more people would practice the Golden Rule if they couldn’t hide behind a computer monitor…..don’t you?