Hello there, Hope womenfolk! If you like to bake cookies, eat cookies, or chat with other women amidst a bustling kitchen filled with the aroma of warm baked goods, you should seriously consider signing up for this year's Burned Cookie Bake.
We're still one week away from the cookie bake, but it's never too early to get excited about Christmas-themed baking! Am I right? So, as a pre-game appetizer we have prepared a very special post for you. The six women from Hope who will be opening up their kitchens for Burned have whipped up a few personal words about who they are and what you can look forward to if you sign up to bake in their kitchens.
And now, without any further adieu, I present to you your fabulous hosts for this year's Burned:
As an old timer at Hope I have hosted many events in my home throughout the years, but this is my first time hosting a Burned Christmas Party Event!! I am so excited!! I love having people in my home…any size, shape or age…but a bunch of ladies here to bake…it’s gonna be fun!!!
We have a great space for baking and hanging out. If you don’t want to bake just come and watch and meet some new people. We have a Wii with Just Dance in the basement, so if you need to redeem yourself from the slumber party…here’s your chance.
My two boys and hubby may pop in to say "hi" (which is code for coming in to sneak some cookie dough) before they head out for some guy fun.
So all you ladies from the north/east end of town come on over to Roseville. Let's have some fun and make my kitchen smell great!!
Hi! My name is Heidi :) I moved to Minneapolis with my husband and two young boys a little over a year ago from Fayetteville, AK. We quickly found Hope CC to be our church family as we live so very close by! Much of my time is divided between building my Professional Organizing business as well as spending time at home with my 3 yr old.
I volunteered to host Burned last year and had such fun meeting new faces as well has having an excuse to try a new recipe and of course getting into the spirit by blaring Christmas Music. I much prefer baking to cooking, but rarely find the time to do so.
I made Oreo Truffles last year, but I'm still debating what I'll experiment with this year. I look forward to meeting even more new faces, even if we have not met, I'd love for you to come - I promise to help you feel right at home!! Please bring all baking materials you'll need to prepare your recipe and if you have a few extra cooling trays, that would be helpful as well.
I love having people over to my place! When my house is full, it just feels right. So, get excited to hang out with some wonderful women and to make some tasty treats.
I am a way better cook then baker, but enjoy both. One time I made over 8 batches of cupcakes for a graduation party in Wisconsin. You ask, "But why would you make so many cupcakes in Minnesota that need to be in Wisconsin?" My answer: I DON'T KNOW!
The best part of this idea was to frost all the different batches to match the flavor of the cupcake. (Cause you know, each batch was different, of course). It was challenging to think of 8 different styles, and then coming to the realization: How do you transport all of these cupcakes to Wisconsin???!!! Well, let me tell you, if you sweet talk a baker at the grocery store he will give you trays that hold your millions of cupcakes.
Come enjoy with me the tales of baking with no holding back and no limitations!
First, a small disclaimer. This is not a picture of me in my kitchen. This is my kitchen, but that is my friend Amanda (see the happy girl in the colorful apron, above). I chose this picture to share with you because it is from when I hosted last year for Burned. As you can see from Amanda's smiling face, we had a lot of fun!
I'm not sure how much baking actually took place... some women just stuck to cookie decorating, but that's OK! That's what is so great about this event: No baking experience required! You come as you are and you can be as serious or casual about your baking as you'd like.
Welcoming others into my home and sharing a cup of coffee is something I love to do. I really hope that you will come to Burned this year!
I am a short-on-time baker, often wishing I could be a full-time homemaker. My favorite thing to bake is pies, but cookies are more popular with my boys. Last year, I hosted for Burned and we had a couple of great organizer girls who helped keep things moving. It’s great fun to have so many varieties of Christmas treats to savor. This year, I will likely prepare ribbon cookies, a great do-ahead slice ’n bake that are a family favorite. My house is going to be under construction that week, but hopefully the dust will settle in time!
I love to bake and I love hanging out with other women, so Burned Cookie Baking just happens to be one of my favorite Women at Hope events! My husband Jamie and I even remodeled our kitchen last year and installed double ovens for just for this event. Okay, so there were other reasons for doing it too...but, I'm super excited to host and spend time with whoever comes, whether you're bakers or not.
If you come to my home, you'll get to meet our sweet boxer named Taffy (if you're not a dog fan, you can visit with her from outside her kennel) and maybe catch glimpse of our little ones, Evan and Britta, before they are whisked off...somewhere, anywhere that's not under foot.
I also love Christmas music, candles and munchies, so there will be plenty of that. And of course, plenty of just sitting around chatting (one of the things we women do best!) For those of you who love to travel (I do!), gazing at our wall-sized map of the world and dreaming of where to go...someday. Can't wait!