I have a journalism background so I'm naturally "nosy." I make it a point to know as much as I can about all things Fairytale Brownies, so if you have any questions, just ask!
I remember playing on the swing set in my uncle's yard with my two sisters. Because I was the youngest, I had to use the swing with "safety" seat so I wouldn't fall out. This seat was wooden with a sliding bar that often stuck when you were trying to get in or out of it.
As some children do, my sisters liked to swing as high as they could, and then jump off into the air. Such thrill seekers they were! I wanted to be one, too.
The girls jumped off their swings many times, and as they did, two of the metal poles of the swing set would come out of the ground. Each time I saw this, I would worry that we were going to tip over. My sisters reassured me that EVERY swing set did this... I was such a baby.
Then my sisters took one final swing and one final leap. Of course, the swing set tipped over with me still sitting in my safety seat. I'm sure they were thankful they weren't the ones imprisoned on the ground with an overturned swing set collapsed around them. They were concerned I wasn't hurt....Read More
I began working for the local newspaper during my sophomore year of college. I was majoring in journalism and was so excited to be near REAL reporters. One night at happy hour, a veteran reporter spent a good 30 minutes complaining about his career choice. When he realized I was still in school, he looked me in the eye and said, "Change your major to nursing. Do it now, and you won't regret it."
Although I didn't follow his advice, I don't know if I would have been a good nurse if I HAD changed majors.
Knowing several nurses in my life, I realize they are successful in their chosen field because they have the right qualities for the job.
Good nurses must be empathetic and compassionate; they must be able to handle stress and accept suffering and death; they must communicate well and pay attention to details; and they must be able to switch gears, shifts or procedures at a moment's notice.
Four of us just got back from delivering a van full of Radio Flyer Red Wagons and Tricycles to the children at Sojourner Center in Phoenix.
The squeals of delight from the preschoolers when they saw the trikes and wagons lined up on their playground made my heart skip a beat. Those kids were adorable!
One little 4-year-old boy hopped on a trike and took off around the walkway at full speed. Others took their time and checked out the goods before trying them out. (The adults were delighted as well. We brought fudge brownies for them to share.)
I wish all our team members at Fairytale Brownies could have been with us at the center, but I know they had just as much fun building the toys for the children at our teambuilding event the day before.
During the event, eight Fairytale Brownies teams played games to earn parts to build their tricycles and wagons.They burst balloons on their bellies, caught balls in buckets on their heads, lit up tap lights with thrown bean bags, and found color-coded...Read More
The first Cactus League 2015 Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. March 5, and we are excited to announce that Fairytale Brownies will offer a Free Brownie to everyone who brings their ticket into the Fairytale Bakery before the game.
While most of the country is still buried under several feet of snow, or bundled up in winter coats and scarves, baseball fans will be sporting T-shirts and ball caps, and soaking up some Arizona sunshine. But before you relax at the game, pick up a sweet treat at Fairytale Brownies down the street!
Spring training game attendees are invited to stop by the bakery before ANY Tempe Diablo Stadium weekday game throughout the Cactus League season. If you show your game-day ticket when you purchase a gourmet brownie, you will receive another fudge brownie FREE. (BOGO)
Fairytale Brownies is located at 4610 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix - about a mile from Tempe Diablo Stadium. The bakery store open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday...Read More
Birthdays are kind of a big deal at Fairytale Brownies. Some of us decorate cubicles with balloons, streamers and confetti, and shower each other with gifts of food and little surprises - all to let our co-workers know they are special. And then we receive a treat from the owners of the company. I have to say - it doesn't matter how old you are, that little bit of appreciation boosts your spirits so much that you feel like you can do anything that day.
We've discovered many businesses celebrating similarly - They're using Fairytale Brownies gifts as the birthday surprise.
Companies will email us a spreadsheet listing the names, birth dates and addresses to send for a particular month. Then we will ship the specific gift requested by the birth dates with the specified gift messages. Some companies choose to deliver brownies to employees, clients or vendors at their home address. Others ship brownies to their work address. Either way, the recipient is sure to receive a fresh box of...Read More
There's something about a wedding. Whether an extravagant affair or a simple civil ceremony, the romance of it all warms my heart.
Although the celebration after the vows also can be extravagant or simple, one fact remains:. Something sweet ALWAYS is served. Cake, cupcakes, pie, candy, cookies, fudge brownies - as the official dessert or a gift favor takeaway, a sweet treat is required.
A good friend of mine in the Midwest was married this past summer.
Although I couldn't make it to her bridal shower, I sent her a gift and some fudge brownies with her engagement photo on it to use as a keepsake box.
After receiving the gift, she remembered that our bite-sized Magic Morsels are wrapped in purple foil - the color of her bridesmaids' dresses! The Morsels would be a perfect fit as table favors for her reception.
She ordered them in bulk in a variety of flavors.
The Magic Morsels gourmet brownies were such a hit, that several people approached the mother of the bride with news that they spotted...Read More
When my children were young, people used to tell me to enjoy every minute with them - even the "stressful" ones - because they would grow up too quickly. I couldn't imagine my three little boys ever growing up. I figured I would be forever stepping on stray Lego pieces, and finding rubber balls and Matchbox cars stuffed in the oddest places.
But time does go by, and children do grow up. My "baby" is turning 21 next week!
Although we won't be together to celebrate this year, I will ship brownies to him so that he can celebrate with friends at school. Fairytale's Birthday Surprise is a fun little party in a box - and I can choose his favorite flavors (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Caramel, Original, Cream Cheese).
Maybe I'll send a few toy cars as well to remind him of the "old" days.
If you're looking for a way to spend time in the beautiful outdoors this weekend, Local First Arizona's 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival is the event you'll want to attend at Portland Parkway in Phoenix.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, more than 100 vendors will sell handmade gifts and products you won't be able to find anywhere else. Local restaurants and food trucks will sample and sell their delicious products.
Local First will be giving away gift bags to the first 500 festival attendees, and there will be plenty of raffle and silent auction prizes throughout the day. Two Fall Pumpkin Spice Combos will be given away at the festival.
There will be live music, a wine and beer garden, and fun activities for the kids. The event truly is a family affair.
Fairytale Brownies was prepared with plenty of $1 rejects for customers to purchase at last week's Open House, and our customers didn't disappoint. Generous "promoters of play" donated $2,000 to the national nonprofit KaBOOM! in just three hours!
Fairytale Brownies and KaBOOM! have been play partners since 2001. Since that time, we have contributed more than $100,000, along with brownies, cookies and countless volunteer hours working toward building safe places for children to play within walking distance of every child in America.
Fairytale Brownies customers help us promote play by donating funds at the end of their online purchases. We match ever dollar donated, up to $5,000 at the end of the year. Visit here to learn more about giving the gift of play.
A big thank you to all though who came by to purchase rejects, sample product and say hello to the Fairytale crew. It was so nice to chat with all of you!
Here are some other photos from our Open House last week:
I've been gathering recipes for a variety of dessert dips and recently made this WHIPPED PUMPKIN DIP to serve with our Fairytale Brownies, Cookies and Bars at next week's After Hours Open House.
It's extremely easy to make, and quite tasty. I brought a batch of dip with a variety of gourmet brownies cut into smaller pieces to a party. During the evening, I noticed someone dipping raw vegetables into the pumpkin mixture. She said she was just using the carrot sticks as a serving utensil to eat the dip by itself.
If you like pumpkin and whipped cream, you might do the same thing.
WHIPPED PUMPKIN DIP
Found on Pinterest from Angela G., via The Mighty
1 (8 oz.) container of whipped topping
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (1.34 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding
A pinch cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice (I used pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to taste)
Mix together pumpkin, vanilla pudding (just the powder) and spices. Fold in whipped cream.
Serve with gourmet brownies, cookies and bars cut into...Read More