New Location at Salem Holiday Market!

Pauper’s Candle Company is going to be attending the Salem Holiday Market again this year.  We are excited to be there and this show is always a wonderful event full of great vendors who make their products themselves.  It is so nice to meet who created, designed, and made the product you are purchasing.  Cannot get more local than that!

We want to let everyone know that Pauper’s Candle Company is in a new location this year! We are in Booth J34 in the Jackman Long Building.  We are near the concessions against the wall and diagonally across the building from our former booth.  We hope to see all of our returning customers and meet many new ones as well. There are a few changes to note to all of you attending the show.  There is now free parking and there is admission for those under 12 years old.  I have attached a picture of a coupon you can copy and bring with you to receive $1.00 off admission and there are other discounts on the Salem Saturday Market website.

We look forward to seeing you there and may your Holidays this year be blessed!

salem-holiday-market-coupon

Sandpoint Style-Putting on the Glitz

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My Mom and I putting on a little glitz.

On October 22nd I was a vendor at Sandpoint Style in Sandpoint, Idaho.  My Mom and Dad were visiting and so my mom was able to go with me to this event.  We had a great time as always.

As I am writing this post, memories of the many shows my mom has done with me over the years come to mind.

 I remember…

  • My mom coming with me when I was a vendor at my first trade show.  She helped me put my booth together, sell my candles, and support me in general with my small business adventure.
  • Doing a local Farmer’s Market in Oregon and mom would meet me there as we both traveled from our homes in different towns.  She traveled an hour just to help me with a four hour Farmer’s Market.
  • And will not forget doing a show in Oregon at Oregon State University.   The weather forecast for this particular show was a very high chance of rain.  But in Oregon you never know, so we set up the show with my Dad’s help and the rain started.  This can be handled, but then the wind started and continued to get stronger.  At several points the gusts of wind blew so hard that several canopies from fellow vendors flew into the air and destroyed their products.  I can still remember, my mom and I looking at each other and laughing, as I am holding down our tent during the big gusts, taking money from customers, and my mom wrapping their candles while tissue paper is trying to fly away because people were still buying our candles.  We ended up having one of our best days despite the weather.   We still giggle about this show.
  • Attending the Lavender Festival with my mom.  The day was picture perfect.  My booth was located next to the u-pick lavender field with rows and rows of  dark and light purple and pink lavender plants ready to be picked, the scent of lavender was in the air and the sun was shining.  My mom and I stated many time to each other that we could not have picked a better day.

I have so cherished the times with my Mom and they are memories I will keep with me for the rest of my life.  Looking forward to the next show with my Mom….

Fudge Brownies – Think Outside the Box

Fudge Brownies

Fudge Brownies

This last year I was on the hunt for a good, moist, chocolaty, brownie recipe.  I tried many different recipes and finally found this Fudge Brownie Recipe.  I have made it for many of our friends as a dessert and served it with our home made ice cream, which my husband makes and is absolutely fabulous!  Each time I have served the brownies I have had rave reviews.  If you want a nice chocolate dessert or are craving something chocolaty, these brownies will not disappoint. They are fudge-like versus cake-like.  My husband and I love these Fudge Brownies.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Butter Melted on Stove Top.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and Butter Melted on Stove Top. I Melt the chocolate chips and butter first and allow to cool while putting together the other ingredients.

Since I baked these brownies I have not wanted to use a box mix again.  I always enjoy knowing what ingredients are in my food and baking from scratch allows me to do this.  This recipe is simple and it is relatively quick to whip up a pan of brownies. This recipe calls for vanilla extract and I bought, for the first time, Organic Vanilla Extract.  I found the best price for Organic Vanilla Extract at Vitacost online.

Brownies ready to go into the oven.

Brownies ready to go into the oven.

I also used my own eggs from my chickens, Real Butter, Organic White Wheat Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, and Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.  My next step is to purchase organic semi sweet chocolate chips.  Baking with organic ingredients warms my heart in that if I am going to go through the effort to bake something to serve, I want it to be as healthy as possible, while tasting great.

Hand Held Sifter

Hand Held Sifter

The recipe calls for powdered sugar to be sprinkled on top of the brownies when they are done.  It has been my experience that you want to do this right after pulling the brownies out of the oven, otherwise the powdered sugar does not stick to the brownies.  A little kitchen tool that I totally love using to sprinkle the powdered sugar is a mini hand held sifter.  The powdered sugar spreads onto the brownies nice, fine and even.

Using my Vintage Hand Mixer to Mix Ingredients

Using my Vintage Hand Mixer to Mix Ingredients

My vintage hand mixer is perfect for the mixing in this recipe.  Sometimes it is the little simple kitchen tools that makes a recipe come together easily or assist in the finishing touches.

Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cake Carrier

Snapware Carrier- All loaded and ready for Market!

Snapware Carrier- All loaded and ready for Market!

A Little Extra Tidbit: I have baked these brownies for my Farmers’ Market and I transported  them in my Snapware 2-Layer Cupcake and Cookie Carrier that I found on Amazon. I totally love it.

I bake my brownies the night before my market and once they are cool I put them in my Snapware Carrier on the cake side of the tray and they stay fresh until I am ready to sell then at my market the next day.

May you enjoy this recipe and feel free to copy the recipe below.  Happy Baking!

Brownie Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake at the Market

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake by the slice.  Mmmmm

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake by the slice.

I came across this recipe and love it.  I love lemon tasting food and this recipe delivers.  It not only has lemon juice in the cake and glaze, but it also has lemon zest in the cake to give it that extra lemon zing.  I used fresh organic lemons for my juice and zest.  Nothing but the best I say!  I have been taking this cake to my Farmers’ Market and have been getting a very positive response.  I am excited and it is always fun to serve good food.

When making this recipe I used my farm fresh eggs, along with organic non-GMO white wheat flour,  organic cane sugar, non-GMO baking powder, organic lemons and zest, kosher salt, raw milk from an Idaho small dairy that is licensed to sell raw milk, and blueberries I picked and froze myself.  Mmmmmm!

The Original Microplane Classic Series ZESTER.  Made in the USA!

The Original Microplane Classic Series ZESTER. Made in the USA!

When I first made the Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake, I used an actual hand grater that has the big and small holes and grated the lemon peel with the small holes to make my lemon zest.   This did not make a fine lemon zest.  I went online and found a review about a “Zester”.  I thought to myself that this tool would be perfect to make nice finely grated zest.  I bought it and it works great! The “Zester” is called The Original Microplane Classic Series Zester.  It is made in the USA, which is a bonus in my book.  I bought it off of Amazon.  This is an amazing little tool that no kitchen should be without.  I look forward to using it when making my Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.

My 1930's -1940's  J.K 30 Juice King.  What a great Juicer!

My 1930’s -1940’s J.K 30 Juice King. What a great Juicer!

A few years ago at a yard sell, I found a vintage J.K. 30 Juice King.  My husband and I use our hand juicer often.  I used this juicer to extract the juice from my lemons and it worked awesome.  I love the old hand tools.  Any juicer will work just as fine as our Juice King.

Baking Tip:  When baking this Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake, I start checking the cake about 5-10 minutes before the allotted time.  I like to pull the cake out of the oven just as soon and my toothpick inserted in the middle is clean or a tad on the doughy side.  This makes for a nice moist cake.

Freezing the Cake:  I have frozen the pound cake as well and it tasted as wonderful as eating it the some day I baked it. To freeze the cake, I wrapped the cake in parchment paper and then put it in a zip loc bag.  When I wanted to serve the cake, I pulled it out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost on its own.  The only thing I noticed was that the glaze is moist and not as hard as it was before freezing it.  This I minor to me and I would freeze my cake again in the future.

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Loaves

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake Loaves

Enjoy baking this wonderful Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake!

Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Raspberry Cream Muffins at the Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint

Raspberry Cream Muffins

Raspberry Cream Muffins

Pauper’s Candles is debuting its Farm Baked Goods.  Raspberry Cream Muffins are on the menu.  I found this recipe and love it.  We have raspberry bushes on our property and are able to use our own berries in these muffins and our “ladies” chickens supply our eggs.  I also use organic cane sugar, organic white wheat flour, non-GMO baking powder, real butter, and kosher salt.  My thoughts are if I am going to make some baked goods, why not use the best ingredients as I can.  I love making good healthy yummy tasting food.

Rasp. Muffin Single

Mmmmmm!

If you are in Sandpoint, come to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and I will be there.  The market runs from 10am-1pm.  I would love to see you.

Here is the recipe for the Raspberry Cream Muffins.  You can make them yourself and enjoy them any time.  I know you will love these muffins!

Recipe for Raspberry Cream Muffins

Recipe for Raspberry Cream Muffins