Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Old Boys Club- a funny entrepreneur story

Once upon a time in a far off land… Ok, more like a in a little town nobody has ever heard of..

We (the ex) owned a little café.   We wound up with this place sight unseen on a handshake with a stranger. That in its self is a whole nother story. (A pretty dang funny one at that! )

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We won the BEST BUSINESS award for Washington County. I almost wasn’t ALLOWED to accept it.

This little café was smack in the center of town. A tiny town. 96 people. A town where time stood still. Literally.  The home of the ‘old boys club’. A staunch old school German community.  130 miles from Denver and another 60 or so to St. Francis, KS.                                                ~If you wanted food, you were getting it here. ~

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We worked our rumps off to make this place a success. We had regular customers that would drive 50 miles just for our fried chicken! We tons of truck traffic and catered far and wide. Tony had been a well known chef in Denver before we made the move.  I worked extra hours so we’d have the money to employ the teenagers an moms that came looking for work.  We had a wonderful friend, also an award-winning chef from California come join us, as well as the Mom-in-law.

In our neck of the woods, there were many organizations one could join. However… MEN were the end all-be all of the area. If a woman showed up for say, an economic development meeting, it was “Understood” that it was by Proxy as a stand in for her husbanOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAd. And that everything would be rehashed with HIM the following morning over coffee.


We were awarded Best Business of the Year by Washington County. This was  for our efforts to attract business and for being the main employer after the rural school. (The elevator had shut down)

Hubby couldn’t make it. He had to mind the café. So I asked my friend Shannon Lewellen to come with me to the dinncope3 001er to accept the award.  Shannon was also the photographer for the Akron Newspaper.

So, we dress up. And we go. Dinner was good. The company was interesting. I think many of them were a little uncomfortable. It was mostly men, all patting themselves on the back.

They announce the award. I stand up. Shannon is clapping wildly. And…… SILENCE. Utter and complete silence.  The very nice fellow looks around asks when is your Husband going to get here?  I said that he was unable to attend. And he said that if They Had Known , they would have waited until another date. newspaper cope 001

I popped a cork. And let the Old Boys Club know in no uncertain terms what I thought about that.

I got the award.

Just goes to show… sometimes you have to blaze new trails!

Katy

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img_0210             It’s that time of year…
Show your family how much you love them with these incredible Strawberry Brownies~
Yessssssss. This IS the very same recipe that I use….

Everybody loves brownies…these are a great twist to traditional chocolate brownies.
Very easy to make.
  Ingredients:
img_0211 1 1/2 Cups HERSHEY Strawberry syrup (Off brands are far too runny~ as it is you will notice this not as thick as regular chocolate syrup either)
4 eggs
1 Cup sugar
1  1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup Margarine -melted ( the margarine works better than butter in these… don’t ask me why. It just does)
     **optional:  strawberry flavoring, baking powder
Oven  to 350   Grease a small cookie sheet or cake 9×11 cake pan

In large bowl mix the sugar and melted margarine. Mix in eggs. Add strawberry syrup and mix well.  Add in the flour slowly , mixing well. Pour into cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes.
Stick in a toothpick to make sure it is done.
*Ovens vary.. you may need an extra couple minutes*

Frost with your favorite frosting. WE use a simple marshmallow frosting. But they are also good with a cream cheese frosting.
Frosting:
1 Cup sugar
1/4 Milk
1/4 Cup Margarine (that’s a half a stick)
1/2 Cup marshmallows
1/2 Cup White Chocolate chips
In a sauce pan bring sugar, milk and margarine to a boil. Continue to boil 1 full minute. Add in marshmallows and chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Pour over brownies. Letimg_0204 set up.
EAT!

**Tips.. *A couple teaspoons of baking powder in the flour will make these super ‘poofy’.
*If you think your frosting may be too thin, add a few drops of Karo while boiling.
(typically white chocolate is thinner than dark)
* For super tart strawberry brownies add in 2 teaspoons strawberry flavoring or about
1/2 cup diced fresh berries.
* add in chocolate chips or M&M’s for a twist
* Don’t be alarmed… Strawberry brownies seem to shrink some as they cool. This IS normal.
Enjoy!
~Katy~

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