Thursday, February 26, 2009

One Year Anniversary!

March 4th marks Double Dipped Sweets 1 year anniversary selling on Etsy! I can't believe that it's been a year. Etsy has been such a boon for me and for my little business. I want to thank each one of you who has bought product from me. I also want to thank those that follow my humble blog and keep it alive!

My shop will re-open on Sunday, March 1
For my 1 yr anniversary, I will be offering a Buy One Get One 1/2 off sale!

Come on over to MY SHOP on March 1st, and get your favorites picked now!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bare it all with BearsBakedGoods!

It's time to feature another of our wonderful Team Members!

Today it is Vanessa with BearsBakedGoods.

Tell us about YOU! Your family, your hobbies, interests, etc!

I am Scottish (father) and Romanian (mum). Live in Arizona with my wonderful Husband Emil who is going to school for web design (should be done in a year or so) No kids yet but hopefully someday soon. I have been married for five years. Been cooking since I was 7 and baking since I was 9. I find it super relaxing. I am also a freelance graphic designer. I do print design and web graphics. I hope to someday hand over the reigns so to speak for my site to my hubby so I can focus 100% on the baking. I love chocolate, tea, pims(orange and raspberry) anything sweet really. Trying to do a low carb diet (but being a baker and doing low carb is soooo hard!!) I have a little dog named Flora :) She is a Jack Russell and Maltese mix. I love gardening except when I have to prune my roses (ouch!) I love to travel and some of my favorite places to go are: California(San Diego), Oregon(Beaverton), and Arizona(Pinetop Lakeside.. the white mountains) So that’s about me :D

Tell us about your "signature" product and why you chose it.
My signature product is my Scottish Shortbread . I decided on that as I am Scottish and it’s a tradition in my family to make them several times a year. So I figured I would make them all year. We like them with tea and maybe a bit of jam.

How do you create your recipes?

I create my recipes through much trial and error. My husband is my guinea pig ha ha and so is my super honest(sometimes too much) mum. I also take recipes that my family has been using forever and make slight changes to them and make them my own.

I have personally tasted Vanessa's creations and they were Amazing! The Cheesecake Brownies (pictured above) are thick, moist, and full of flavor. The snickerdoodles were honestly the best we've ever tasted. Yum! Go orders some now!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thanks for your support!

This article was submitted by Denise of LittleSnowflakes

The EEAT Valentines Bake Sale Has Come and Gone.

Well, the EEAT Bake Sale has come and gone and what a sale it was!
Thank you to everyone that stopped by the other night. I thought it was amazing to see how many folks were volleying for spots in the Etsy lab. I swear at one time I saw 50 or more Avatars!

JustBakin was jamming along with the trivia questions and DoubleDippedSweets made sure we all hit our cues on time. If you see these two ladies in a chat room, be sure to tell them what an awesome job they did. Heck, if you see any EEAT members in a chat let them know how much you enjoyed the Bake Sale.

There were some really Yummy pictures flying around the room. Cookies, Cakes, and Candies for sure, but there were even some yummy treats for the furbabies and featherbabies in your life. Yes, EEAT (Etsy Edible Arts Team) is for all things Edible. That even means treats for the furbabies and featherbabies in our lives. DivineCanine and LuckDogTreats were both on hand to make sure NO ONE was left out if they needed treats. I have to tell you, some of what those two have to offer look so good I might even be tempted!

If you made purchases from any of the EEAT members, be sure to check out the Team Blog to see if you won our drawing.

Those prizes should have made to your homes in time for a nice Valentine’s Day surprise.

From the sounds of it, everyone who attended the Valentines Day Bake Sale had a great time. The EEAT members AND the folks that came to buy. So here's the question... Do you think we should do it again for Easter? Sound off and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Friday Food Fest is here!

Are you ready for it? Welcome back FFF!

Friday Food Fest will be this Friday, the 20th, at 8pm EST in Etsy chat.

Here are some of the shops offering sales and secrets!
Secrets: Find the word "secret" hidden in a shop's item description, and win the deal that the shop owner has mentioned! Secrets will not be active until Friday at 8pm. 1 secret per person per night please!

Double Dipped Sweets
20% off sale on all non-sale items. WINTER SALE section get 30% off, prices already marked!
2 secrets: FREE, just pay shipping

Sweet Treats by Maryann

FREE GOODIES with every order
2 secrets: FREE just pay shipping

Lucky Dog Treat Company
sale: get a free bag of Jake's Carob Crunchies with any order
secret: 2 secrets $5 store credit before shipping 1 LEFT!!

2 FREE Really Big Dark Chocolate Brownies with every order
2 secrets: $5.00 Store Credit

A Thyme To Bee Comforted

15% off your order (before shipping)
2 Secrets: $5.00 store credit

Sugar Smitten Sweets

1/4 lb Vanilla Vanilla Caramels with each purchase
1 Secret: $5.00 credit

Fortune Cookie Cafe
Free Cookies with Every Order
Secrets: (2) $5.00 Store Credit

SugarPlums CupCakery
SugarPlums CupCakery offers a second dozen cupcakes FREE with the purchase of ONE DOZEN!
Secrets......there are 2....and if you find it first....$5.00 CupCakery Credit!!!!

sale: receive 3 free sweet potato cookies with any purchase of $7.00 or more
secret: (1) available for a $5 gift certificate off of anything in my shop

2 free secrets just pay shipping.

Check back often for more sales!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Welcome to our NEW Team Members!

Etsy's Edible Arts Team would like to welcome our newest team members!
Each shop is individually maintained; click on the picture to be taken to their shop!

Shop Team EEAT!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Recipe Series part 7 - Weight Watchers Recipe!

Some members of Team EEAT have banded together and resolved to lose weight! Here is one of the wonderful recipes that has been shared. I've made this (with slight spice variation) and found it to be sooo delish! Hard to believe it's good for you!

Turkey Burgers
Points: 3 (w/out bun)

16 oz lean ground turkey
2 tsp table salt
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
2 thinly sliced green onions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and shape into a Hamburger. Cook on the grill, until burger is well done about 8 minutes. The 3 points is just for the patty, so I suggest paring it with a whole wheat bun! Or if you really want to stay at the 3 points some bib lettuce!

The great part about this recipe is that you can add all the lettuce and tomatoes you want for 0 points! Also, A-1 sauce is soooo healthy! Have a good dinner!

Get cooking healthy!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Featuring Dave's Homeroast Coffee!

Welcome to one of our newest members, Dave of Dave's HomeRoast Coffee.

We asked Dave some questions, and here is a little about him and his company!

From Dave's shop announcement:
Dave's Homeroast is a better way to enjoy coffee. It's better because it's fresh - I roast to order. It's better because I ship free. Most importantly, it's better because it directly benefits charity.

100% of the money you spend benefits Batten Disease Support and Research Association. I donate my costs, including raw materials and shipping. Batten disease is a rare, terminal illness which afflicts one of my sons, Clifford.

More information on Batten disease can be found on the Internet, at

Tell us how you came to be in the coffee business. Why coffee? Where do you get your flavor ideas? How did you first hear about Etsy?

My coffee is too good not to share and too valuable to give away. Having an online component makes it convenient for anyone to buy it, whether they know me or not. The goal wasn't to go nationwide so much as it was to offer convenience.

My main supplier is, but there are a number of other places that sell to homeroasters. I try to have on hand some from Central/South America and some from the Indonesian region (Sumatra/Sulawesi) - different people have different tastes. And I try to have some I want to try myself. I throw it all up there and see what sells.

I have long been interested in improving my coffee experience, from the first time I got a grinder and some beans as a gift in the early 1990's. I've gone through various kinds of beans, a lot of Eight O'Clock and Dunkin' Donuts, before a friend at church said, "Boy, my neighborhood smells great - the guy next door roasts his own coffee in his garage." I decided to get more information about it, both online and through a book ("Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival" by Ken Davids). By the time I finished my research, I had determined 1) I want to try this; 2) which method to use. There are many, many ways to do this, most of which involve being creative and handy. I use an oven, placing the beans on a perforated cookie sheet. This allows me to roast one pound at a time without buying and/or modifying equipment.

A former co-worker is an Etsy merchant, selling scarves and the like. Once I learned I could sell food items on Etsy, I decided to give it a go!

What do you do for a living outside of Etsy?

Right now I am a reporter covering politics and government in Illinois. I work for a service whose clients are a little more than fifty radio stations that use us as their "Capitol bureau." Most of my career I was on in the early morning as a news anchor and am now getting used to sleeping in. In my current job, which I've had for two years, the hours almost entirely depend on what the state legislature is doing. The days they are in session can be very busy. But they are not in session every day.

You mention that your proceeds to the Batten Disease Support and Research. What is Batten Disease?

Batten disease ( has a longer name for which NCL is the abbreviation. It's a progressive, degenerative, neurological illness which is hereditary, incurable, and fatal. Cells which are supposed to self-clean instead build up waste. It works its way through his brain, destroying all the functions. The first manifestation is blindness, followed by behavior problems, seizures, difficulty walking, dementia, retardation, difficulty swallowing, etc. In the final stages the child is bedridden and uses a feeding tube. The life expectancy for the juvenile form (which he has - the others are infantile and late infantile) is late teens/early-mid 20's. He is unaware of the fatal consequences.

My son, Clifford is 11 and in sixth grade. He has Batten disease. He is doing very well in school with an aide and various therapists. At the moment he is in special ed all day except for band and some rotating special-interest classes. We found out he was blind when he was in first grade, and we learned about Batten disease at almost the same time. Each child we have has a 25% chance of having it. Isaac was a baby when we started with this, and he is negative.

Go get yourself some freshly toasted Coffee! Visit Dave's Shop to order today!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sale on Valentine's Pretzels

Don't these pretzels look fabulous! Due to a changed wholesale order, I have 250 Caramel/Chocolate dipped pretzels in stock, ready to ship!
What a Great Valentine's Gift!
50% off
$1 each!

These wonderful pretzels are ready to ship on Monday! Pick from White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate Base with another chocolate flavor drizzled on top!

Or...Pick our wonderful and oh, so cute, Valentine's Day Pretzels!

Click here to go to Double Dipped Sweets' Shop to Order today!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February Team EEAT Challenge!

Every month Team EEAT holds a themed challenge for it's members. We create an edible delight based on the current month's theme. Those challenge items are often added to our shops so that you too can enjoy from our fun challenges. Stay tuned each month to see what delicious challenge we come up with next!

February's challenge is "Valentine's Your Way." We each have our own ways of expressing love, here our team shows you the timeless tradition of love via the taste buds.

Lucky Dog Treat Company woos your pets with Sandy May's Cinnamon Snax

Who's ur momma! That's right, get ready for a big slobbery kiss when your fur pal smells these treats coming! A sweet blend of oats, applesauce, honey and of course plenty of cinnamon will put a smile on their face. Or at least a well mannered dog at your feet...

The Fetching Hound
is loving you with A Heart on For You Valentine/ Itty Bitty Bites

Itty Bitty Bites take on the month of love with this sampler pack of one dozen compact cakes to share with your sweetheart. YOU pick the flavor, the frosting and the outer shell. I will do the rest complete with card and ribbon making it gift ready.

Just Bakin'
rocks V Day with For the Record Love Box

Over 1/2 pound of high quality melt in your mouth chocolate. All wrapped up in a Valentine's Day box. 1 solid chocolate record "Just for the record I love you", 3 peanut butter cups and 3 solid chocolate hearts.

Del Alma Bakery
has transparent love with Stained Glass Heart Cookies

These beautiful cookies make a great gift and are man friendly in yellow with gold shimmer and gray with silver shimmer. The "stained glass" is made using delicious candies. These cookies are made fresh to order and only made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

's Sweet Treats is tempting love with Sugar Cookie Blossoms with a Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial Kiss

The perfect sweet treat for the one you love!! This listing is for one dozen cookies. Each Sugar Cookie is rolled in sugar, red and white, and has a Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial Kiss in the middle. Great gift for Valentines Day!

A Thyme To Bee Comforted
gets romantic with V Day Basket Dinner for Two

It is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day; decorate for the Holiday of love with hearts, black velvet ribbon, black and red Tulle, and cute red hearts. It also comes with a cute V Day card. You get a complete dinner for two, from appetizers to dessert!

Little Snowflakes
gets sweet with Valentine's Peanut Butter Patties

Delicious hand-painted milk chocolate covering a mouth-watering peanut butter center. You get 4 Valentine's Day Themed Peanut Butter Patties wrapped in candy foil and packaged in a cello bag tied with ribbon and ready to give to your Valentine.

Shuni's Sweets hearts you with Valentine's Truffles

Dark chocolate ganache truffles rolled in candy-sprinkle hearts. A sweet treat for someone special this Valentine's Day! You get two dozen truffles!

Smitten tempts hearts with The Devil's Bon Bons- Valentines Style

A sinfully delicious combination of ridiculously moist bites of red velvet cake and cream cheese butter cream, dipped in Guittard chocolate and beautifully decorated. If you've never tried one of these "cake truffles" this is your chance to try one of the most decadent desserts you can find. Share them with your valentine or not...

Cakes by Sugar Plum is sweet on you with Sweetest Black Cherry Muffins

Soooo Pretty...and sooo Good! Made these fresh to order with the finest ingredients: fresh creamy butter, real cream, Madagascar vanilla, just a touch of almond and fresh, dark ripe cherries! Topped with just a dusting of sugar streusel topping!

Divine Canine Gourmet Biscuitry
has puppy love with I Carob-out You Cookies

Dogs are special, too! Let your dog know you love him or her this Valentine's Day with 1 dozen stamped carob cut-out cookies! These are made with toasted carob powder, which is a safe alternative to chocolate for dogs...but don't tell them and they'll never know!

Double Dipped Sweets
is swirling in love with the Valentine's Day Caramel Apple

A large Granny Smith apple is dipped in creamy, soft caramel, and then layered with pink or red White Chocolate. Each batch of Caramel Apples is made fresh by hand, in small batches, to guarantee to best quality and taste. We use top quality ingredients; including Peter’s Caramel©, and Guittard© chocolate.

Sugar Plums Cupcakery has the hot stuff with HOT LIPS Valentine Cinnamon CupCake Parfait

This is such a DELICIOUS and "oh so fun" Cupcake! Pictured here in the Cupcakes as we offer them at the bakery here in will receive your Cupcake Gift in our TM "CUPCAKE PARFAIT"!!! Which will be getting DOUBLE the size of the picture shown!

Check in with us next month to see what yummy challenge we come up with!