Some of my favorite memories as a child were the holiday days that we just stayed around the house doing nothing but playing board games. I remember the days of playing Monopoly and RISK where the games would last all day and we were together as a family just enjoying each other and laughing together. I didn't have a Wii, X-box or Playstation growing up, but we could certainly spend just as many hours interacting together over a board game and some things may be forgotten, but the experience doesn't change. It was a whole day of family entertainment for under $20.00 and we had so many great laughs together. I hope my kids remember days like this together when they have their own families.
We have friends that were getting up early for "Black Friday" to be at the store openings at 4 a.m. - Not us! Here's how we spent our "Black Friday"....of course we must wear black.
4) Make Dad's South-of-the-Border, Easy Make, "Pigs in a Blanket" for lunch
5) Keep playing Monopoly into the afternoon.
I'm not one to go around quoting bible verses, but this one really fit what I was doing today:
"Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth." John 3:18
What does this have to do with Daddy Cakes? Not much and yet everything. My son's second grade teacher sent out an email to see if any parent would volunteer to pick up the bags of plastic bottles that she had collected and take them for recycling and the proceeds could help fund a 5 gallon bottle service in the classroom (there's no drinking fountain near their classroom)- right away I jumped on this, imagining that it's 2 or 3 large trash bags full of bottles that will surely require the enormous capacity of my Yukon XL or maybe even something larger.....As the chosen Dad to complete this incredible important task, I proudly showed up at the classroom ready to wrestle these bags into my truck....as it turns out, the Prius would have been overkill.
There was only 3 small partially filled plastic shopping bags of bottles. I took them to the recycling collection center which is not in the best part of town - you know the areas where people are walking around appearing to be talking loudly bluetooth, but they don't have bluetooth....Yep, and the guy in line in front of me I'm sure just finished one of the 40 ouncers that he was recycling at 9 in the morning.
I deposited the chosen treasures into the bin, received the weights, and proceeded to collect the proceeds from a man behind a metal window cut through the side of a freight container....the payout $3.18 Yep, and now as I stand there I get to hear one of the bluetooth guys freaken about something and I'm thinking....the stitches, bandaid, and infection that I'm probably going to get being here are probably going to cost a lot more than $3.18 that I just collected for my son's classroom.
As a child, we picked up lots of bottles and cans along side the roads and parks in Colorado, that is how our Mother often paid for our school clothes (we also dug worms for the local market to sell to Fishermen). As a kid, I loved it because it was really cool seeing how many cans we could pick up, knowing that we cleaned up part of the world, and that we would make SO MUCH money (we were easily impressed). One 4th of July, I spent the entire day helping an elderly man collect cans and bottles at the fairgrounds. I would climb in the dumpsters and fish out the cans because he couldn't reach them....I didn't make any money that day but maybe that guy had a roof over his head for a few days.
So, as we roll into Thanksgiving later this week I'm going to see what I can do to I can do to "love in action & truth" and teach my kids as well.....maybe this event of visiting the recycling center was not at all about the destination, but rather the experience along the way and remembering that I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.
Here's a whole episode of Ozzie and Harriet talking about "Hasty Tasty Pancake Mix" and if it was any better than home made pancake mix. Just something vintage that I stumbled upon. "Double your moneyback gaurantee!" It's funny that in the 1950's there was a portrail of a pancake company with a group of dedicated men trying to make the best pancakes around...then about 50 years later we introduced Daddy Cakes. We don't have a huge group of corporate executives like they show in the movie, but we do put forth as much attention to our Daddy Cakes® Pancake Mixes as they depict. Love the classic vintage Listerine commercials that are shown.
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Here's a great website that talks all about Ozzie & Harriet trivia
It is so great reading all of the great emails, blogs, and feedback that we receive about how people enjoy Daddy Cakes® mixes and our other products. Lately, our pancake mixes are a big rave. Here's a couple of things that have come our so far way this week:
I had a wonderful dinner last night of Daddy Cakes chocolate chip pancakes!
The batter and resulting pancakes were every bit as good as I was told.
Blue Tide Foundation
1-877-454-2583 / 949-548-2583
We met Holly the other night at the Roosters Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser where one of the charities benefited by the proceeds was the charity founded by Holly. The Blue
Tide Foundation’s mission is to help disadvantaged, underprivileged
children, teens and adults both here in the U.S. and abroad improve
their lives by providing and enhancing their educational opportunities.
Through improved education, these individuals will learn and develop
new skills, so that they can become more self-reliant.
Daddy Cakes is so priviledged to get such a kind and thoughtful email from someone that does so much for other people. We are glad that we were able to do something enjoyable for Holly although it is so very small compared to her contribution to society. Thanks for thinking of us and enjoying one of our products.
Okay, this was something that we joked about around the office, but then we read this blog about what we had only joked about....Men really do know how to cook and they go above and beyond to make special meals for those whose affections they seek...and it's more than just for their children.
This blog is completely dedicated to men satisfying their girls with tasty food. The creator of "Culinary Seductions" is apparently a Chef who was once in Los Angeles and now resides in Toronto Canada. His colorful website is very fun and witty with a fresh fun spin on cooking (which is something that Daddy Cakes fully embraces). I took the liberty to post his staffs information at the bottom of this because their beta website was being "glitchy" when I was on it and stalling out.
Here's a couple of clips from Culinary Seductions blog about their taste test of our pancake mix:
"Recently, I discovered an instant pancake mix called Daddy Cakes. The bottom line is that they are amazing. Usually, I am all about cooking some sort of egg dish in the morning to titillate her taste buds. However, I will admit, there is nothing like pancakes or waffles to put a smile on her face (and a bigger one on mine)."
"One night, I made a spontaneous pancake Sunday. It included hot, freshly made chocolate chip pancakes as the bed which were covered with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whip cream and of course, a cherry. It was sensational!"
Check out Culinary Seductions when you get a chance and read the whole blog here.
Read Below about the great backgrounds of the people behind Culinary Seductions:
Publisher and Founder
Mad Food Lover
Dan Corrieri started eating solid food over 32 years ago. He cooked his first meal at the age of 10. While in college, Dan discovered a great way to reach a woman's inner soul/thigh was to cook for her. After graduating from Syracuse University, Dan moved to sunny Los Angeles to get into the oh-so-sexy entertainment industry. As a stress reliever from work and as a way to meet more women, Dan took cooking and entertaining to the next level... he started throwing dinner parties. Over the years, the menus have evolved from trusted Corrieri family recipes to experimental, international feasts of 2-6 courses. Ten years later, Dan continues to throw these shindigs for family, friends, food lovers, and strangers in the night.
Dan has become quite the expert in the art of entertaining and a master of making sure everyone's in good spirits. In addition, Dan has completed an intensive classical French culinary program and has worked as a professional part-time caterer for many years. He also invented and patented the PARTITO PLATE, a specialized dinner plate.
Prior to founding Culinary Seductions, Dan was an Interactive Producer for a boutique web design and hosting firm, where he supervised celebrity and corporate accounts. In addition, Dan co-founded Filmport, an entertainment production software company, worked at Primemedia Business Magazines and Media, as an Account Executive and gained experience in the entertainment industry at International Creative Management, Industry Entertainment and Don Buchwald and Associates, helping manage the careers of celebrities, writers, producers and directors.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Producing for Digital Media from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.
Suzanne Levine fully embraces the motto "life is short, eat dessert first," and actually considers it a crime to fill up on entrees at a restaurant and have no room left for pie. She inherited her sweet tooth and fondness for black and white cookies from her dad, and her baking skills from her mom and grandmother. When Bon Appétit began mysteriously showing up in her mailbox, Suzanne quickly discovered that eating the dessert photos wasn't half as tasty as actually making the confections, and began baking regularly. She became serious about the art after taking lessons from the pastry chef of a trendy Los Angeles eatery.
Suzanne is a television writer and published author. In addition, she has worked in various capacities in the entertainment industry on productions including Ants, Shrek, Carnivàle and One Life to Live. Suzanne holds a Master of Science in Television, Radio and Film from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.
Director of Internet Technology and Video Post Production
John is a pioneer of Internet technology having created websites since the inception of the "information super highway". He has he developed cutting edge software and sophisticated databases for numerous clients including, Jenna Elfman, SAP, Dole, Kaman Music, Filmport, and much more. His talent in digital filmmaking and editing make John a unique master of digital technology and entertainment. John is passionate about pork products.
Director of Video
Robert has crafted 35mm award winning videos for depraved punks The
Dwarves featuring The Suicide Girls, The Hangmen, the sparklehorse-like
Graceland and Hollywoodland Legends, Pigmy Love Circus featuring Danny
Carey from TOOL.
Robert brings 10 odd years of experience to the Production World; starting out in NYC, Sexton attended the School of Visual Arts. While on a summer break he took a 3 month long, crash culinary course in New York. "It was the smartest thing I had ever done." I ate well during my salad days, and even today, girls are impressed by the construct of a simple omelet or the presentation of an easily prepared, grilled, portabella steak.
Upon relocating to Hollywood he attended the UCLA extension program and then worked as an Editor before getting into meaty side of production. He took on the role as a Producer for acts ranging from Clint Black to Marilyn Manson, commercials for Nascar and Rubio's, Trunk Monkey and Burger King campaigns and now as an award winning Director.
Co-Host Sexy Feast
In Pia's family, meals are revered, whether they are prepared in 15 minutes or whether they require days of preparation and numerous grocery-store excursions; they are a cultural and social affair as well as a wholly sensorial experience. This attitude towards great foods undoubtedly comes from her French upbringing and the combined culinary influences of her Italian-American chef-of-a-mother and her British wine-connoisseur father.
Pia is a graduate of the New World Conservatory. As an actor she has just finished shooting her first staring role in a feature to be released in 2007. She has been in several award winning short films.
Host of Carolyn's Goodies
Carolyn is the founder and director of Nourish, a new Philadelphia based holistic health coaching practice. Through individual, group or corporate coaching sessions, Carolyn helps people live happier, healthier more energetic lives incorporating whole food nutrition and healthy lifestyle guidance.
She studied at New York's world renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is trained in all the different dietary theories, eastern and western nutrition, modern health issues, personal growth and development, and health counseling. She is certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Slashfood is a blog from some foodies in the Philadelphia area that grew up with a Pancake Chef in their house...her dad worked at Ihop and would make his own variations of pancakes at home to give his children a special experience....sounds familiar.
The great thing about blogs is that it's from other peoples opinions and experiences...the bad thing about blogs is that sometimes your own experience is vastly different. For instance, she care for our 100% Organic Bountiful Buckwheat Buttermilk as she thought it tasted "artificial" in flavoring which I was really surprised by...but that's okay it was her experience and we completely respect that even if it is different than our own. We really do appreciate people that share their experiences and value every single one of them, because we take them to heart and will continue to give everyone the best pancake mixes and waffle mixes that we can create.
It is somewhat surreal to me that Daddy Cakes pancake mixes can be doing so well while so much of the economy is stalling. The New York Times just reported the other day that like Daddy Cakes Pancake Mixes, Spam, the wonderful meat in a can is seeing its sales increase. Blame the economy, where diners are looking for cheap ways to put meat on the kitchen table. Or on the restaurant table.
Other thrifty foods that are selling well across the country, many of which will fill you up, according to the Times story, include rice, beans, macaroni and cheese, instant potatos, and beer.....now this sounds like a interesting dinner party menu!
There's nothing like the taste of delicious Daddy Cakes for breakfast, or dinner.
Our growth is not entirely without regrets for many people are loosing their bakeries and cupcake shops while the pressures of a downward trending economy and rising baked goods ingredient costs also soar higher and higher. We have had two cupcakeries close down in our area in the last several months as they just couldn't make enough to offset all of their business expenses. Could this stark economy spell "doom and gloom" to the decadence of the cupcake rave as people move towards a more frugal period? Will cupcakes be replaced for now by the Costco size flat cakes as people need quantity over quality? There's a restraruant near us that has a blackboard outfront that reads "If you don't eat, We both starve"...how true.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food is forecast to rise four-to-five percent in 2009, according figures from the USDA's Economic Research Service. These above-average changes in food price indices are on top of a forecast CPI increase of 5.5-6.5 percent for 'food at home' in 2008 and a final 2007 increase of 4.2 percent. The highest price increases for 2008 are for eggs, fats and oils, cereals and bakery products, and dairy products.
With all that being said, there are few things like Daddy Cakes® that enable you to serve a meal to 7 people for less than $1.00 each. Also, we have thousands of people that are going to be receiving Daddy Cakes for the holidays because Daddy Cakes are a great gift for around and under $10.00 making those holiday gift buying budgets go further.
***TIP: I haven't tried this yet, but a friend just told me that her Mom use to make waffles and insert cooked bacon into the waffle iron with the waffle batter...it sounds yummy enough to try. Also, have you tried the Pepper Bacon from Sam's Club? I went on a fly fishing trip with a group of guys in May and I still think that is the best bacon that I have ever had....seriously it's great bacon!
Cupcake Shops Reported as Closed: