Treasures to Trash – er – Trashmen

Yesterday and today, July 17th and 18th, I had the privilege of participating in the Christmas in July extravaganza at Kaye’s Gifts at 8605 S. Western in Oklahoma City. There were lots of goodies to sample! It was fun seeing lots of new faces and some familiar ones and to demonstrate what I love; the Oklahoma Pastry Cloth. I introduced the new cookbook that just arrived from the printer on Thursday (they are in!!) and our new Bride’s Gift Basket.

I just love Oklahoma. The people are so friendly and so eager to share their own joy. I heard plenty of funny stories and experiences and I am hoping that people will email me their favorite funny cooking experiences or decorating adventures to share with all of you. If you have one that you would like to share, please submit it on the email page. Make us laugh!!

In the meantime, I just have to share one idea that was related to me by a lovely visitor to my booth. She is an avid baker and she described her love for making cookies. We both commiserated over the fact that it is hard to bake cookies when there are just two or one of you in the household – it just isn’t the greatest thing for the waistline! – so she explained to me what she has done to solve that problem.

Every week she bakes a full recipe of whatever cookie is her choice for the week, specifically on trash day. Then, she makes up a disposable plate of cookies, wraps them and when she hears the trash truck, she hurries out to meet her trashman as he picks up her refuse. She also gives cookies to her postman, but she makes an extra special effort to catch her trashman. She laughed that a few weeks ago she almost missed him and sprinted out to catch the truck. As she handed the trashman his plate of goodies, he grinned and said something to the effect of, “Thank goodness! I dreamed about these cookies last night! ”

This kind woman told me that people recognize our policemen and our firemen and many times, our postmen, but she said that those who pick up our trash are often forgotten and overlooked. How true! And yet, they perform a most basic and critical service. So this coming Tuesday, I will be baking cookies and heading for the road and I can’t wait to see the look of surprise on our trashman’s face when I hand him a plateful. Thanks to this woman for such a generous idea.


All set up and ready to roll out the dough!

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