My Desk Is a Diesel: Upgrades for the Truck

Holy. Cow. I’ve got some crazy news, y’all! So the other day, the truck and I were on our way home from an event. I stopped at a gas station to get a bean burrito and ginger ale. I asked the truck if she wanted anything when I went inside and she said a lottery ticket. I was all like, “Truck! No one ever wins with those things.” She wouldn’t have any of my logic and insisted I get her a lottery ticket. Well, as luck may have it, my truck has won the lottery! We’re incredibly excited and already beginning to discuss how we’re going to spend our winnings. Below are just some of the additions we’re considering for the truck now that we’ve won ten billion dollars some money!

Cookies & Milk

Sort of like this, but flowing freely!

Milk Fountain

We often have a lot of requests for milk, and a fountain is a great way to not only offer this beverage, but also have some fun for the customers. I haven’t decided if the fountain will be in the shape of a cow or a mini-version of the truck (with udders). Regardless, peeps will grab a cookie and a cup from the window, and then have a little slumber party snack!

Diamond-Studded Rims

This is a no-brainer. You got money, then you got diamonds on your wheels. Pink diamonds. Maybe not real diamonds, but they’ll look real.

Convertible Roof

I am hoping to make this upgrade in order to connect with the beach scene of LA. How hot will we look, pulling up to the food truck events, top down and cupcakes in the wind?!  It’ll be awesome, and we’ll have great hair.

Boom! T-shirt!

Boom! T-shirt!

T-Shirt Gun

This would be perfect right by our window, so if the crowd gets rowdy, we’ll shoot off some Sweet E’s t-shirts to calm them down. Nothing makes a crowd happier than a t-shirt gun. It’s been scientifically proven somewhere.

Laser Light Show

By employing some of the top lighting designers in the country, we’d have a special and unique laser light show that will correspond with our truck. Also, our new slogan could be, “SWEET E’S! Come for the cupcakes, stay for the super awesome laser light show!”


Bounce House

Another no-brainer. Bounce house + sweet treats = party time.

Mini CVS/Walgreens/Rite Aid

We’ve been brainstorming with the idea of how to make our truck a one-stop shop for a lot of your needs. By adding a miniature drug store to the truck, you can pick up any batteries, salves, bobby pins or lipstick you may need, all while getting a tasty brownie!

Well, that’s the short list, folks. We’ve got a lot of decisions to make still, as well as get approval from E. I’m sure she’ll be cool with all of this!

What would you do with ten billion dollars a whole lot of money on your food truck?

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Baking with Bree: diy Breast Cancer Ribbon Cookies

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Now, being the daughter of a Breast Cancer Survivor, October is a month where I get to celebrate my mom! So, in honor of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to teach you how to make your very own Breast Cancer Ribbon Cookies!

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Here is what you will need:

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1. Shortbread Cookie Dough (recipe here)

2. Royal Icing (recipe here)

3. Rolling Pin

4. 2 Piping Bags with 2 piping tips #5 & #7

5. Breast Cancer Ribbon Cookie Cutter

6. Light Pink Sanding Sugar or Sprinkles

7. Pink Gel Food Coloring

Step 1:

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle your work area with All-Purpose Flour to prevent your Shortbread dough from sticking to your table. Lightly press your dough to flatten it. Use your rolling pin to roll your dough out 1/4″-1/2″ thick. (helpful hints: If your dough sticks to your rolling pin cover the rolling pin with flour or sprinkle more flour on top of your dough.)

Step 2:

breastcancercookies2Use your Breast Cancer Ribbon cookie cutter to cut out your cookie shapes. Pull away all the extra dough and set aside.

Step 3:

breastcancercookies3Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray it with nonstick spray. Carefully lift your cookies from the table using a spatula or a knife and place them approximately 1.5″ apart onto your baking sheet. (helpful hints: To prevent your cookies from expanding in the oven, place your cut cookies into the freezer for 5-10min or until firm before sticking them in the oven.)

Step 4:

breastcancercookies4Put your cookies in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the edges start to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature before decorating.

Step 5:

breastcancercookies5It is now time to dye your Royal Icing! Start with a small drop, gel colors go a LONG way. You want to make sure your royal icing is thick so that it will not fall from your spoon if you hold it upside down.

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Using a #7 tip, Make your piping bag by placing the tip into the bag pointing downward. Scoop your icing into the bag and then cut a small hole at the tip of the bag.

Step 7:

breastcancercookies8Start by outlining your cookie and then fill in the remaining area. (this part does NOT need to look perfect…you will see why) Once your entire cookie is covered with icing dip it into the sanding sugar/sprinkles until is completely covered.

Step 8:

breastcancercookies9Use your fingers if the icing runs off the sides of your cookies. And Repeat Step 7 until all of your cookies are iced and covered with sanding sugar.

Step 9:

breastcancercookies10Using the same instructions as Step 6, Fill your piping bag, except this time use a #5 tip.

Step 10:

breastcancercookies11Let’s finish these cookies off with a border. Start at the lower left hand side, go diagonally upward to the right and follow the cookie around the top curve. (follow the pictures above) (helpful hints: Do not press your icing bag into the cookie, hold is approx. 1/4″ above the cookie and let the icing fall onto the cookie while using the same piping pressure for the entire border- this will help with getting a straight line of frosting.)

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Step 11:

breastcancercookies12Repeat Step 10 and finish off all of your cookies! Now, for my FAVORITE part, Add Edible Glitter! Yes, I said it, EDIBLE GLITTER! I have come to the conclusion that Glitter makes everything prettier so I just had to add it to these cookies!

TA-DA!!!

You are all done! Enjoy!

Don’t have enough time to make them yourself? We will be selling these cookies along with pink velvet cupcakes and cake pops at our upcoming TRUCKS 4 TATAS event on Tues. October 22nd @ Sweet E’s Bake Shop – 1417 S Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035. Come stop by our shop for FOOD, FASHION, & FUN all for a great cause! Proceeds will be donated to Susan G Komen Los Angeles!

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See you 2 weeks sweets!

XO Baker Bree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delectable DIY: Computer and Phone Wallpapers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

cupcakeandcakepop-pinkvelvetBreast cancer awareness holds a special place in our hearts at Sweet E’s.  Both of my grandmothers are survivors as well as the mothers, grandmothers, and other family members of our staff.  We are making a special effort this month to honor those who have been diagnosed and to spread awareness about the disease.  We will be donating a percentage of all of our pink velvet sales (our flavor of the month, pictured above), not to mention holding special baking classes, an in-store raffle, and our amazing event on October 22nd, Trucks for Ta-Tas.  (More info coming soon!)

TrucksforTaTas-01*Did you know that over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed every year?

*Did you know that except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women?

*Did you know that five percent of cases occur in women under 40?

Learn the facts!  Women over the age of 40 should get mammograms every 2 years, especially those with a family history.  Other preventative behaviors include regular exercise, a healthy diet (with a little treat thrown in every once in a while!), and limiting alcohol and cigarette smoke.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I designed some special wallpapers to brighten up your desktop or cell phone!  There are two different (totally cute) options.

Desktop Wallpaper1Get the desktop wallpaper here.

Get the device (phone, iPad, etc.) wallpaper here.

 

Desktop WallpaperGet the desktop wallpaper here.

Get the device (phone, iPad, etc.) wallpaper here.

Here are helpful instructions on how to change your desktop wallpaper for Windows and Mac.  For device instructions, you will have to look up your specific brand and device.

Join us this month as we strive to make a difference and honor those who have dealt with breast cancer and thank you so much to all of you who already contributed.  Sweet E’s for a cure!

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