Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall: Apple Chex Mix, Pumpkins, Scarecrows and New Donut Flavors

Fall is finally here! The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in Tulsa. I started writing this post the first week of October and what feels like a few days has turned into a few weeks and am posting it at the end of October. We have been so busy this month between making donuts and keeping up with our kids, it has flown by! 

I went to drop the kids off with my mother at my grandparents house and I walked in and immediately smelled "Fall". There were huge pans of Chex mix everywhere. This was not traditional Chex mix though, it was Apple Cinnamon Flavor. It was deliciously addictive. I loved it so much, I had to get the recipe from my grandmother. They used all rice cereals, so the mix is also gluten free.  




Here is the recipe:  

Apple Chex Mix


18 oz box Crispix Cereal
1 to 1 1/2 Cups Pecan halves (of course the best come from Knight Creek Farms!)
1 to 1 1/2 Cups whole Almonds
1 to 1 1/2 Cups whole cashews or walnuts
5 to 6 Bags Seneca Apple Chips - I used Granny Smith and Original; found in most Produce Departments
Toss together in a couple of large roasting pans. Set aside.

Syrup: Bring to a low boil, stirring until everything is well blended.

3 sticks butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbls plus 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
Pour syrup over dry cereal mix and stir until well coated. Bake at 215 degrees for 15 min. Stir well and return to oven for 15 more minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in tightly sealed container. 

We also celebrated Fall by painting Pumpkins and making Scarecrows...





They picked out the outfits from clothes they have outgrown and helped me stuff them with newspaper. It was cheap and fun entertainment. 


Even Scarecrows are LYLMD fans! 

 
Our Lick Your Lips Vintage Trailer Pumpkin Carving

One of Stapleton's favorite movies is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, so we used that as our inspiration for the kid's halloween costumes this year. I got the costumes off of Oldnavy.com for about $6.00 each and ended up taking them apart and adding a little flare to them so they were fun and super cheap.  

The Fall Festival at our church.  


Larken as Fantastic Mrs. Fox and myself dressed as a vintage donut maker at our church's Fall Festival.  

We have been busy making our minis and have come up with a few new flavors.

The "Fall in Love" mini-donuts topped with whipped cream, divinely delicious pumpkin drizzle and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  

I'm not going to lie, this drizzle is beyond amazing.  I have put it on ice cream, pancakes (instead of syrup)and in my coffee for a homemade PSL, it is good!


This is the "Fire in the Hole"...Sriracha, Peanut butter drizzle, peanuts and cilantro.  We were not sure what to call this new creation, so we posted to Facebook and asked customers at an event.  We were at an event with Mr. Nice Guys Taco Truck, and they suggested Fire in the Hole.  It is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy and salty. 



We were playing around with candy corn...

I was trying to make a penguin, but it ended up being a Fall Owl.  

We are having so much fun creating new flavors and sharing them with our customers.  We are enjoying meeting so many wonderful people. Thank you to all of those who have and continue to support us! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Inspiration



Inspiration is defined by Ol’ Mr. Webster as something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create: a force or influence that inspires someone. 

Without the inspiration of Hans Christian Anderson, Walt Disney wouldn’t have had The Little Mermaid or Fantasia.  Without inspiration, Henry Ford would not have thought of the idea to use assembly lines as he saw in the meat packing plant to create affordable cars for average people. Think of how many of Shakespeare’s plays have inspired and shaped movies, books and literature. 

You ever hear how TOMs got started? Reality star and entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina to learn how to play polo, in the backcountry, he discovered some of the local people wearing simple yet incredibly comfortable farming shoes. So he was sitting on an Argentinean polo field one day and had an epiphany. He liked the shoes and the style was not in the United States yet, so he redesigned them the way he liked them and started his own company, TOMs. 

When we started thinking about starting our own company, we were influenced and inspired by many things.  As I have stated before, I love to bake, cook and entertain, I have for as long as I can remember.  When we travel, we always look for local eateries.  So, many places have influenced what went into our company.  The first time we had mini donuts was in Copper Mountain, Colorado, in this quaint little log cabin (Sugar Lips). We had a couple dozen cinnamon sugar donuts and were impressed!



We did some research and found most people sell their mini-donuts out of a food cart or trailer.  We looked to see if there was anything like this in our area.  Of course there was nothing like it in the state of Oklahoma.  So we ordered a machine and got to work on our business plan. After talking to The Tulsa Health Department, they said the easiest way to do what we wanted would be to do a food truck or trailer. We started looking at the food trucks, they were very expensive and we didn’t really need all of the equipment. We looked at the trailers, but there was not much to choose from in Tulsa. After doing much research online, we decided to look for a vintage trailer and re-do it. When we finally found one, we ended up re-building it from the axels up (so it IS one of a kind)! We did what we could afford at the time. While I was searching food trailers, I was inspired and I found some adorable Vintage Food Trailers/Trucks…

 Funnel cake
Tea


Donuts
Coffee
Snow Cones

Donuts


Cupcakes

Cupcakes



Ice Cream
Here are some travel trailers I found that were also great inspiration. 






These two websites are great inspiration for vintage campers, I love looking through their pictures and seeing all of their neat ideas!


We still needed an added touch to tow our beautiful trailer with and when a family friend offered to sell us her vintage truck in the same era as the trailer (1970s), we had to buy it. That is what inspired us to paint our trailer the color we did, Chevrolet Medium Green.




I  was also inspired by the scalloped design of these trailers...





 


Through our adventure I have actually made a friend in Tennessee who is also remodeling a vintage trailer to sell mini-donuts out of. We have become pen pals via Facebook, sharing tips and tricks, and she too has also become an inspiration for myself. 

When trying to come up with a name for our company it was like naming a child…When I Googled mini donuts one of the first things that came up was the contest on you tube: try to eat powdered sugar mini-donuts without licking your lips.   Although we had over 50 options, we polled family and friends and Lick Your Lips won by a landslide. 

Our business cards were inspired by our product (obviously) and Kent's sister was inspired by us when she drew our donut family. 

      


Now, even more when we go on trips we “have to do business research” and try out numerous tasty treats, especially donuts!  Our most recent trip to NYC, we visited the infamous Doughnut Plant and tried a few of their flavors, including their Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut.  This donut inspired our “Mod” Donut (along with the wonderful encouragement of Mod’s owner).  

While I realize there are other donut shops, vintage food trailers, vintage donut trailers, we have taken something and made it our own. We are very proud of the hard work we have put into building, restoring and creating something from the ground up. We also have a lot of fun creating different and unusual donut flavors, as well as traditional favorites. We have great plans for the future and hope to inspire others just as we have been inspired by so many. 

Photos courtesy of Google.