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Just a Cookie from Akron…that you need to try.

 

My heart belong to the donut, that’s for certain, but the cookie is a close second! Who am I kidding…..just gimme all the sweets!!!!

Awhile back a friend of mine told me about a local cookie she had tried that was ginormous in size and absolutely delicious. Immediately I knew I had to try one….not just because of the fact they were so large in size, but because if they were as good as she claimed I knew I just HAD to blog about them and share the love on a local small business. My readers are foodies who love trying stuff like this! A few weeks later I got my hands on a few of these cookies and a love affair with Fat T’s was born!

In typical Katie fashion, I did a fair share of creeping on this company before I tried the cookie for the first time. What can I say, I’m curious! Since my friend had picked a cookie up at a local farmer’s market, I needed to see where they were located nearby. I was delighted to see that The Northside Marketplace, a small business hub located in Akron, Ohio (you’ll see a blog on them soon…be on the lookout) carried the cookies and went there the next day to clean house with the flavors in stock.  Clean house, I did…I left with the remaining flavors and left the Fat T’s stand empty.

 

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Fat T’s For the Love of Chocolate Cookie


Guyyyyyyyyysssss……….t
hese cookies are phenomenal. I’m not even joking.  In fact, I loved them so much that I headed up to the Cleveland Flea the following weekend to ensure that I was able to try every flavor that Fat T’s had to offer. Cookie victory was mine! I took home a sampler that included the following cookies: The OG, Fat T’s Favorite Cookie, S’mummer Camp, For the Love of Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinn City, and Moose House. While I loved them all, my favorite was the Fat T’s Favorite Cookie (anything with a cookie in a cookie wins me over). I am also a huge fan of the Cinn City cookie, which you can also purchase in a one pound form. Yes, you heard me right. ONE POUND!

 

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Hanging with Travis Howe, the man behind the fabulous Fat T’s cookie!


I wanted to get to know more about Fat T’s and was able to ask Travis Howe, the creator of these cookies, some questions! Here’s what he had to say!

How did the concept of Fat T’s come to be?


TH: So, long story short. I moved back to Ohio from Grad School (Illinois State University) in pursuit of my dream job of being a high school athletic director. About two months into the search nothing came to fruition, and I needed to find a way to pay for a gym membership. I toyed around with a few ideas (none of which were cookies) that could make me $40 pretty quickly. I went to the store to fill a sweet tooth and didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home and baked for the first time in my life. Sold cookies for two weeks then stopped because I made my money for a gym membership. Started to get phone calls and emails asking me when I’d be back, so I figured what the heck. About two months later, Cleveland Magazine informed me (which I originally thought was a prank by my friends) that I was named the ‘Best of CLE’ for 2017. That’s when I decided to go and make my business official. The rest is kinda history I guess hah!

2. What is your best selling cookie?

TH: My top selling cookie is The OG (chocolate chip). It’s everyone’s safety cookie. Top three sellers would be: The OG, Cinn City, and S’mummer Camp.

 

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S’mummer Camp is right there with my favorites.

3. What makes your cookies different from other cookies out there?

TH: For starters, they are roughly the size of a hockey puck. The thickness is what definitely sets them apart. After you get past the size you get to the taste. I definitely don’t skimp on the add-ins/flavor. I’m also pretty big on not taking shortcuts and putting the labor of love into my cookies. S’mummer Camp for example. There are a few companies across the nation that do a “s’mores cookie.” Their version involves putting toppings on top of a chocolate chip cookie. Mine is a graham cracker base cookie. So, if you take the toppings away mine is not just a chocolate chip cookie like everyone else’s.

All of my products I make are cookie-centric. Edible cookie dough is not a cookie, but has the idea of a cookie. The same goes for my Cookie Puddin’ line that comes out sporadically. There are a few other lines of products I am thinking of that will follow this same philosophy.

4. Where do you presently sell your cookies/ do you have your own store?

TH: A large majority of my sales take place at my weekend markets. I have sold in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. ***I’m always looking for more markets to tap into so hit ya boi up*** A close second is through my website (www.FatTsCookies.com). I have shipped to over 35 states and 4 countries; basically, wherever there is a hungry stomach. Retail wise, I am in a retail incubator in Akron called the Northside Marketplace. I am presently in two coffee shops: Compass Coffee in the Middlebury district in Akron and Corner Cup Coffee House in Stow. As for having my own store…. I guess the #FatFam will just have to wait and see

5. Do you do custom orders?

TH: Custom orders are a little tricky. I am just a solo operation near max capacity, so custom cookies, no. I’m also pretty strict on not going under a quarter pound since that is kind of my thing. I am always open to hearing new ideas and flavors. I have a giant list of about 60 different types that have struck my curiosity.

6. Do you have a background in baking/culinary?

TH: My background in baking/culinary comes from being a fat child and watching a lot of Food Network….so no, no background.

7. What are some of the seasonal cookies people can look forward to?

TH: Since my company is almost a year old, I’m getting close to releasing some seasonal/monthly cookies from last year again. Punk’n Patch is my Fall seasonal and I’m about a month away from that rerelease. As for NEW cookies, I tend to keep those on the down low until they are available for sale.

8. Describe Fat T’s cookies in 3 words.

TH: Jaw-dropping. Unique. Thicc.

9. Can any cookie be made into a Poundtown size?

TH: I haven’t formally announced it yet so this is BREAKING NEWS. Starting on September 9th (Actual Fat T’s birthday, not the company) any of the Regular Rotation cookies will be able to be made in the #Poundtown size. This will be the Fat T’s Cookies’ version of a cookie cake.

10. Do you partner with any other local businesses?

TH: I have in the past for ingredients. For my Christmas cookies last year, I partnered with Akron Honey Company and HiHo Brewing Co. I used the spent grains from the brewing process to make a whole grain flour, reduced the beer into my own version of a simple syrup, and I used the honey to make a honey butter glaze. There are one or two other companies I can see myself partnering with for ingredients in the future for some ideas I have, but for now they are just ideas.

11. What else does the world need to know about Fat T’s?

TH: I have a partnership with Akron Creamery (a Thai-rolled ice cream shop in the Northside Marketplace) and I supply them with edible cookie dough. I am in the works with a few other ice cream shops in the Cleveland area for ice cream sandwiches. There is one other very well-known Cleveland food company I have talked to about a collaboration, but saying what type of food they make would give it away pretty quick haha.

Half of the net proceeds from the sale of my S’mummer Camp cookie go to the Akron Rotary Camp. The Akron Rotary Camp is a camp for children and adults with special needs on the Portage Lakes down here in Akron.

I am on Facebook and Instagram (@Fat_Ts_Cookies). Once you follow you are an official member of the #FatFam

Make sure you stop everything and follow Fat T’s!
IG: https://www.instagram.com/fat_ts_cookies/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/FatTsCookies/
Website: https://www.fattscookies.com/

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A whole bunch of happiness in a box

 

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You’ve seen me share about them on my Instagram stories….you’ve read about them on my blog…..now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY to hook one of you up with some Fat T’s cookies!

I love these cookies so much…so much that it’s difficult to choose my favorite one. The winner of this giveaway won’t have to worry about choosing one though …..you are winning a SEVEN cookie sampler pack that features one each of the regular rotation cookies AND the seasonal S’mummer Camp cookie!

CONTEST DETAILS:

  1. Go to my Instagram and like the Giveaway post with Fat T’s Cookie. 
  2. Must be following @Fat_Ts_Cookies and @sparklefitnessbabe
  3. Tag one cookie loving friend
  4. Unlimited entries, but each tag must be a separate comment!
  5. US only please!

Winners will be selected on Sunday, 8/26 at 9pm EST! Good luck!

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Life is Short…Eat Dessert First.

Pinterest has it out for me.

Honestly…..If I cooked five meals a day for the rest of my life I STILL would have recipes left over to try! Please tell me I’m not the only one!

This week I made dinner for Kyle and my mother in law and thought it was finally time to try out one of the recipes I had pinned way back when…..lemon soufflés. These weren’t just any soufflés though….they were made in an actual lemon.

You know me, I am all about presentation with food, so off to the store I went for some lemons and ingredients! I was surprised how easy these little guys were to make!

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Look at these cute little beauties!

Katie’s Little Lemon Soufflés 

Ingredients:

-8 lemons ( go for the larger ones, trust me. Size matter here!)
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup sugar
-Confectioner’s sugar
-2 Tablespoons Flour (I used Cake Flour)

Instructions:

1. Line a pan with parchment paper and preheat over to 350 degrees.

2. Slice just enough off of the bottom of the lemon (stem end) so that it can sit level. Don’t slice it to where you can see the inside of the lemon!

3. Cut off the tip (that’s NOT what she said….sorry, I had to) approximately 1/3 of the way down from the top. You can choose to keep the lemon tops if you want….they can be your soufflé hats!

4. Using a knife, spoon, or some form of wizardry scoop the pulpy inside of the lemon out and place in a bowl. You will need the juice for later, so don’t get rid of that! For me, this was the hardest part, so if someone comes up with a really easy way, please let me know. Next time I may try a melon baller.

5. You will need 1/4 cup of the lemon juice, so extract it at this time.

6. Mix egg yolks (save the egg whites for later) in a heat proof bowl with the lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and the flour. I used a simple whisk for this task.

7. Place a large pot on the stove with water and bring to a bowl, then place the heatproof bowl inside of it, whisking for about 7-8 minutes.

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I used a Pampered Chef mixing bowl. It worked great!

8. Once thick, remove and beat with an electric mixer for about 8 more minutes, then move to a different bowl and set to the side.

9. In a bowl combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the egg whites and beat until frothy. I used my KitchenAid mixer and started on the lowest speed for about 2 minutes, then slowly increased the speed until the meringue had soft peaks.

10. Mix about 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture. Once combined, fold in the rest of the meringue, then fill each lemon, stopping just a bit shy of the top so it doesn’t overflow.

11. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. The mixture should have risen about an inch above the lemon.

12. Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and top with a lemon hat if you want. Serve immediately!

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Lessons learned while making these:

-They were tasty, but very, very light.
-I should’ve cooked them a smidge longer.
-I need to buy mutant sized lemons next time.

Everyone seemed to enjoy them, so I was a happy camper.

And so was my kitchen help for the night, Murphy.

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The Last Straw

I knew this blog post would have to happen. I just knew it!

Yesterday I shared with my followers over at The Sparkle Fitness Babe that I had found a three pack of stainless steel straws during my Starbucks stop and was beyond excited! I had been looking for some this week and was very happy to randomly find them while I was getting my caffeination on. Since stainless steel straws aren’t super popular yet, I knew I would have a bunch of people asking me why I wanted them and what the deal is with them.
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This blog is for you, questioners of the straws.

As we know, I pay a lot of attention to my health and the quality of things I put in my body. Something that is just HUGE to me that I have been working hard to eliminate: chemicals. Something that is also pretty huge to me: lipstick. Yes, I love wearing it, and I don’t always want to mess up cups with my “Katie was here” lipstick marks, especially when I am drinking my frothy daily Shakeology….milkshake mustaches and bright pink lipstick shades can be messy! Because of that, I have always been a straw gal. Prior to this purchase I was using biodegradable  paper straws.

Reasons why I opt for stainless steel straws (say that five times fast):

-They are reusable so you are eliminating waste. I really try my best to do little things daily that can help impact the environment in a positive way. By eliminating the use of plastic straws I am eliminating the daily tossing of plastic, so they are better for the environment. They are also extremely durable and unbreakable, meaning they will live a long and happy life in my kitchen cupboard.

-They are cost effective. A three pack of stainless straws from Starbucks runs you $5.95. A twelve pack of plastic straws from Target costs about $3. Those, obviously, are for a one time use. I can use my stainless straws over and over and over and over, saving me money. When I was using the biodegradable straws, six straws would cost me $2.

-They are chemical free. Many plastics have traces of BPA and Phthalates, toxic chemicals that can harm your body. Stainless steel: none. They are BPA free and non toxic.

-I love how they look. There are other kinds of great reusable straws on the market, such as glass straws or bamboo straws, but I just love the look of stainless and prefer those over the others.

You may not be a straw person, and that’s ok, but if you are I recommend going a more eco friendly route and trying stainless!

Off for my daily straw and shake date! Have a happy Friday, friends!

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What to Expect When You are Expecting…

Ahhhh, yes.

What to expect when you are expecting.

No, I’m not talking about that movie with Cameron Diaz. Or any new additions to the Kramer household.

I’m talking about what to expect when you are expecting……to buy a house.

Kyle and I recently purchased our first home after a year long search, and boy, was it an exhausting experience. I learned a few things I wanted to share with all of you who are expecting to purchase a new home in the near future….a few things that I hope can help you!

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So what should you expect on your house hunting search????

1. It’s pretty much the same as giving online dating a try. I can’t begin to tell you how many people fooled us with the pics they listed of their home. It’s like on an online dating profile where someone claims to be 6’4 but ends up being 5’6. Seriously people….using the panoramic picture option on you iPhone camera won’t work once someone steps into your kitchen and realizes it is the size of a shoebox. Also, much like photoshop, I can tell when a doorframe has a weird curve because of your editing. Not everyone is a moron. Just show the house like it is.

2. Ok, it’s a lot like dating in general. Dating can be an emotional roller coaster. House hunting…..I actually think it can be worse. You find something you love…..you get your heart set on it…..you start visualizing how you will decorate rooms….you might even start putting things into your Amazon Prime cart…then you find out that you lost the house to someone who was faster with an offer. Then you get bummed out. Then you begin the process again. I felt like my heart got tap danced on by football cleats over and over and over again.

3. Have a list of non-negotiables when you start the search. Kyle and I had many long talks about what was important to have in our home before we started looking. We knew things we absolutely HAD to have and things we just wanted to have. This helped us when we were searching by eliminating houses right away. You should never settle with a house, so make that list of non-negotiables so you don’t regret it later.

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One of my non negotiables…..an awesome kitchen. Got it!

4. You no longer spend hours on Pinterest…..you spend DAYS! The best part about the house hunting/purchase process was no longer having to explain to Kyle why I was on Pinterest so much. I think he actually realized what a great site it is during the whole process! Honestly though….I logged some serious Pinterest hours and show no signs of stopping soon, but that is ok! Finding DIY solutions for some of the projects I want to do will save us money and be fun……score!

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Part of my beautiful makeup room, thanks Pinterest! All I have left to do is have the Hollywood lights installed!

5. Always do a drive by. I fell in love with two different houses based on the pictures. When we drove by the first one, I realized it was in a shady neighbor where I am positive that I saw a prostitute walking down the street. The other we skipped the drive by and realized when we showed up that the beautiful house pretty much was located on a car dealership lot. After that we made a deal: no drive by, no appointment set to view.

6. Hire the kind of realtor that will get the job done. We started the process using one realtor who was nice but not a good match for us. I am very much a no nonsense kind of person and a shark when I want something, and we wanted a realtor who was the same. After all, if this person had to negotiate for us and go to bat for us, I didn’t want some timid mouse. Fortunately, a friend of mine who knows my style recommended Mark Young, who got the job done. If you are in the Cleveland/Akron area and looking for someone awesome, this guy is the one to call.

7. Cross reference like it’s your job. Don’t just look on one site or one app. Look on THEM ALL! In the beginning I focused on just one app…what a mistake. I found so many different listings on other sites that I would’ve missed if I didn’t check out everything. In fact, the house we ended up buying was listed on a random website when I first noticed it. Thank heavens I did!

8. Strike while the iron is hot. I understand you shouldn’t make any rash decisions, but you don’t want to miss out on your dream house either.Don’t take days or weeks to determine what to do. Go with your gut and make moves. We lost out on multiple homes we loved because we didn’t move fast enough.

9. Be prepared for unexpected expenses. The joys of home ownership means unexpected random expenses. People always say that buying a house can be a money pit, and that sure is the truth! The house we bought had brand new EVERYTHING and we still had random things come up, like the unexpected visit from a fat raccoon and her babies who decided to live in our chimney for a week. Prepare for the unexpected. Pay for inspections. Cover your butts!

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This raccoon weighed more than our dog!

10. It’s not over until it’s over………So true! The house we bought was put on the market Easter weekend. Since we were out of town we couldn’t see it until Tuesday morning. The minute we saw it we knew we wanted it, so we put the offer in that minute. Seriously, we didn’t want to lose it. Our realtor contacted the listing agent to tell him the news…..and then found out the seller had accepted an offer literally about an hour before. I was so upset. After crying and cussing like a madwoman, I contacted Mark and told him that if ANYTHING fell through on that deal to let us know. The next night he let us know that the initial deal had fallen through. YESSSSSSS! Of course we submitted everything and had an accepted offer late that day.

Kyle and I are still working at getting settled in, but I love how the house is coming together. It’s been a crazy and emotional process for me, but at the end of the day I love that I have closed the nomadic chapter of my life….the one that included 24 documented moves in about 12 years (yes, that’s a lot) and started a new one with my husband. There have been moments of frustration and sadness, as I am finding things of my dad’s as I unpack all of my things and being forced to accept that all of the big milestones in my life will take place without him physically being here. At the same time, there have been so many wonderful happy moments that I know will only continue.

Here’s to FINALLY getting rid of my storage unit and adulting!

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