Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lick Your Lips on Route 66, Stapleton's Pecan Cookies and everything else!

Wow, I can't believe it has been 6 months since I have written a post.  Things have been so busy, It's hard to keep up with everything!

Here is the short version of what we have been doing!


  

We have visited a few local elementary schools, spreading the donut love.

 

We recently bought a building on Historic Route 66.  We are hoping to open Lick Your Lips on Route 66, a gourmet, Route 66 themed doughnut shop (stay tuned for updates).  



We were featured in Oklahoma Magazine!


We were also featured in Tulsa Business Journal!

We have also been having fun with creating new flavors! These are just a few of our specials!



The KD (chocolate and vanilla drizzle with "Thunder" sprinkles, in honor of Kevin Durant getting MVP.  Yes, we are the Unofficial mini-donut of The OKC Thunder!


"The Pretty Woman" (champagne drizzle, strawberries and white chocolate shavings) in honor of Mother's Day and all the pretty mommas!




Bananas Foster (whipped cream, bananas and bananas foster drizzle)

Priscilla's Hubby (peanut butter drizzle, bacon and bananas) 



This was at Food Truck Wednesday when an artist, John Lasater, decided to paint our trailer.  We are at Food Truck Wednesday at Guthrie Green every week from 11:30-1:30.  

When we are not in the trailer making our minis...


We went to Las Vegas for my grandmother's 70th birthday.  We went to RM Seafood and we ordered the ice-cream/gelato/sorbet tasting (it was on my foodie bucket list).  They bring out the flavors and you have to guess all the flavors.  We have everything from passionfruit to Guinness.  They were all delicious, there were only a few flavors we got wrong.  I will definitely be doing that again.  


The kids sitting on a dock on Tampa Bay.  We took the kids on a trip to Tampa to see Kent's uncle.  It was definitely a memorable trip, we decided if we survived that trip, we should be able to survive anything!



Stapleton turned 3.  We had a kite themed birthday. I had kites for everyone to fly... so, of course, there was no wind whatsoever that day.  


Biking from our house to The Cherry Street Farmer's Market.  Yes, we made it there and back.  Yes, there was a little drama between the Gooch babies on the way back, however, we did survive.  



Stapleton helping out at The Knight Creek Farm Pecan booth.  He loves to help!


Satpleton was also the Grand Champion at The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Convention for his Easy Pecan Cookies.  

Stapleton getting his award.  He was so excited.  


He got a pecan pin (on his shirt).  His cookies were auctioned off for $150.00.  

We have been making these cookies regularly.  They are so good.  I have even been substituting with gluten free flour, they are still amazing.  Knight Creek Farms also has been making gluten free pecan mill/flour.  Which is also amazing!

Here is the recipe for Stapleton's Pecan Cookies (his co-bakers were his Grandma Peg and his sister Larken):

Stapleton's Pecan Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (gluten free also works, you can also use part pecan mill)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup chopped pecans
extra powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt (or you can put them in a large Ziploc bag and let your kids shake these up until blended).  

In a separate large bowl (i used the Kitchen Aid), mix the butter, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in the flour mixture; gently stir in the oatmeal and pecans and lightly mix until combined.


With a spoon or cookie scoop, drop about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before sprinkling cookies with confectioners' sugar.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

December

This past year was filled with many blessings and we truly appreciate all of your love and support throughout the year.  We would not have been able to do any of it without our friends, family, babysitters (thank God for them), wonderful customers and all of those willing to try out our mini-donuts.  We definitely exceeded our expectations this year.  We are so excited to see what this upcoming year brings! We have a vision for our company and can not wait to see how it all unfolds…all I will say for now is exciting things will be happening for Lick Your Lips! Be sure and stay tuned. 

Here are a few pictures of the kids from December. We had a wonderful Christmas, although it seemed to fly by.  


Our trip to see Santa. Maybe next year Larken! 

Larken is eating some of Santa's snacks…
Christmas Eve elves hard at work.
Stapleton thought Santa needed more than cookies.  
Opening stockings on Christmas morning. 
Eating cereal with his spoonstraw while wearing his new firetruck apron.  
Larken loved her new fox slippers!
They love their wagons!
Bear was the guest of honor at their tea party.  
He loves pulling her in the wagon.  
You never know when you will need a headlamp.

The Kids loved "playing in the snow"!

Mini had fun at the Pop-Up shops.  
Mini Maverick during a private event we catered at the airport.

Mini making a sprinkles angel. 
He was hitching a ride on the back of the trailer. 
Mini trying to stay warm during one of the winter storms we had.
Mini built a mini snowman. 
He also made snow ice cream, it was delicious!
Mini was helping us make mini-donuts!
Mini was having breakfast at his favorite local spot. 
He was waiting on a phone call from Santa at one of the phone booths in Utica Square.
Mini tried out the new burger place, White Flag restaurant in downtown Tulsa. 
Mini was having a nightmare in this picture, someone stole the "L"!
Mini shopping at Indie Emporium, lots of amazing talented people in the Tulsa area.  
Santa and Mrs. Claus got mini-donuts at Indie Emporium, they said it was "Love at first bite".
Mini with the famous Golden Driller!
Mini at Ida Red, another favorite shopping spot on Brookside.  
Mini at Food Truck Wednesday at Guthrie Green, he stuffed himself!
He was an elf divided during Bedlam.
He made a gingerbread trailer.  
Mini's kissing booth at our Christmas Party, he's a ladies elf.  
Mini wrecking the donut, he was calling himself Mini Cyrus. Thank goodness he kept it tasteful for the kids. 
Reading The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma.
Mini Playing "Donut Hole" which is very similar to corn hole (different name). 
Mini was reading Santa is Coming to Tulsa, drinking Hot Cocoa and eating Mini-Donuts.  
Watching one of his favorite movies. 
Mini's mini-donut tree.
Mini helped create holiday flavors, which included gingerbread, Turtle Dove-nuts, Marty Moose's Eggnog, and a Chocolate Peppermint Festivus! 
Mini even got to go on Sunday Brunch on Channel 2 and debut his creations

             





While we were busy with the hustle and bustle of Christmas, Lick Your Lips also had a busy December.  We had another addition to the Lick Your Lips Family, Mini the Elf.  Here are just s few of Mini's many adventures throughout the great city of Tulsa.







Mini loved shopping in Dwelling Spaces with all of the local merchandise.  

Mini had a wondderful December and LOVED exploring Tulsa!

Mini was the inspiration behind our version of The Night Before Christmas:

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trailer, not a creature was stirring, not even a donut-maker.  Mini’s stocking was hung, by the sink with care, in the hope that St. Nicholas would soon be there. 

Mini was snuggled all up in his bed, while visions of donuts danced in his head.  When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, Mini sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.  Away to the serving window, and he peered out.  He then saw eight tiny reindeer wandering about. 

With a jolly, plump driver, all covered in wrinkles, Mini instantly knew St. Nick would love donuts with sprinkles!

He then whistled, and shouted, and called the reindeer by name!
 
"Now Drizzle! now, Dark Chocolate! now, Peanuts and Vanilla!
 On, cherries! On, Cranberries! on Dreamsicle and Blueberry!
 To the top of the door! To the top of the roof!
 Now dash away! Dash away! He was gone in a poof!

He came through the vent fan and filled Mini’s stocking.  He walked toward his snack and the trailer was rocking.  He ate his mini-donuts covered in powdered sugar and sprinkles.  Then drank his milk, his eyes had twinkles. 

Mini politely said, “Santa, lick your lips, they are covered in sweetness.” Santa replied, “Forgive me Mini, they are my weakness!” He thanked him for the delicious treat, went out the vent fan and back to his seat. He looked out the serving window and saw them in flight. Then heard Santa exclaim, “Merry Christmas to All and to All a Goodnight!”




I have heard from a very reliable source Mini is already counting down the days until he gets to come back to his sweet little trailer. Until then have a very blessed and healthy 2014!