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MN Cycling Center Track Day

We had a great day yesterday teaching math and science to local youth using bicycle skills and mechanics, while having fun!!  #fueledbykakookies

This was at the Blaine NSC Velodrome as part of MN Cycling Center Track Day.

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TBT: Host Mom of 11 women competing Amgen Tour of California 2017

So proud to have been Host Mom to 11 of the women competing in the Amgen Tour of California!  Let's take a look back at some of the photos:

2012  NVGP Pro Chase Women's Team

Cat Johnson, Trina Jacobson, Lindsay Bayer, Bri Clark, Joy McCulloch, Erin Burton, Brie Walle.  Ask Michael Engelmann - director,  about this vibrant and prankster combo!

The following two cyclists will be competing at Amgen Tour of California:

Lindsay Bayer is now a professional cyclist and co-owner of Hagens Berman/Supermint

Brie Walle is currently racing with Team Tibco

 

2012 Collegiate All Stars

Sue Kakuk and Heather Fischer; USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Champion 

Heather is currently racing with Team Tibco and will be at Amgen Tour of California

 

2013 Collegiate All Stars

Katie Hall, Justine Boddy, Abby Mickey

Caroline Moakley, Erica Zaveta, Sue Kakuk, Abby Mickey

Katie Hall is racing with United Health Care at Amgen Tour of California

Abby Mickey is racing with Colavita at Amgen Tour of California

Erica Zaveta is racing with Cyclance at Amgen Tour of California

 

2014 Kakookies Collegiate All Stars

Adelaide Tillinghast, Allison Arensman, Sue, Doug, Arianne Horbach, Cynthia Lehner, Cecilia Davis Hayes, Michelle Khare, Kelly Catlin, Sara Bird

Allison Arensman is racing with USA National Team at Amgen Tour of California

Kelly Catlin is racing with Rally Cycling at Amgen Tour of California

2016 Collegiate All Stars

 Janelle Cole, Kate Buss, Amy Benner, Katherine Shields, Jennifer Caicedo

Janelle Cole is racing with United Health Care at Amgen Tour of California

Kate Buss is racing with Team Tibco at Amgen Tour of California

Amy Benner is racing with Rally Cycling at Amgen Tour of California

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Team Rio Grande, Nature Valley Grand Prix 2011

What were we thinking?   We just said good-bye to the Pro Chase and Collegiate All Star teams, and headed home to prepare for a whole new team traveling from Colorado. Our neighbor graciously also opened her home so we could accommodate everyone more comfortably. They were a hungry bunch and our garage quickly became a mini bike shop. As usual, we enjoyed conversations getting to know everyone.  I remember simple or silly things like Chad's favorite foods were ice cream and Thai Peanut Sauce, Trevor was following a Paleo Diet and preferred sleeping on the floor, John was allergic to dogs & cats, etc.   We attended all the races but this proved to be a difficult cheering year for us; we now had 15 racers from Training Camp plus 7 Team Rio Grande names to shout out!

We shared some wonderful meals together and we’ve stayed in touch with most of the team.  Jay and I feel blessed to have been their host family for the week!

John Phillips, Scott Glasscock, Scott Tietzel, Trevor Connor, Drew Christopher, Annie, Christin, Ian Holt, Chris Hillier, Chad Haga

The friendship and lasting relationships is why we open our home to be a host family. Thank you’s like this keep us smiling for a long time!  Thanks guys and hope to see you soon!

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2011 NVGP Pro Chase and Collegiate All Stars Training Camp

 2011 training camp

John Barron, Robin Bauer, Laura Ralston, Holly Mathews, Missy Erickson, Jade Wilcoxson, Marion Clignet, Stephen Mull, Brendon Freehery, Katy Giles, Laurel Larsen, Amy Miner, Louise Smyth, Michael Engelman

TBT to June 2011, our first shot at hosting Training Camp for Nature Valley Pro Chase Men’s, Women’s & Kowalski’s Collegiate All Stars.

As the NVGP Pro Chase composite teams were announced, it was recognized that a Training Camp might be beneficial to bring these talented racers together a few days before race week.

Jay and I had never met any of the racers, nor had we met any of the team directors, but we knew we could handle it and that by the end of race week, we would be exhausted, but we also knew we wouldn’t regret it. I had no clue what was expected of us other than to provide beds, showers /laundry, and of course, food. I love meal planning and was excited for Jay and I to prepare meals for this hungry group of athletes. My goal was to provide lots of healthy calories, and I never wanted to run out of food!! This was also my introduction to gluten free meal planning. One of our cyclists had celiac disease and it was very critical that I read labels for hidden gluten containing ingredients. I also needed to understand cross contamination within my kitchen, even to the extent of labeling serving spoons so that someone wouldn’t mistakenly put the pasta salad serving spoon into the GF rice bowl and cross contaminate it.

It was here that I opened my eyes to gluten free baking and adopted my “breakfast cookie” by using a gluten free bisquick mix donated by General Mills.  The cookies tasted quite good by simply replacing the whole wheat flour for the GF mix. As I continued to bake and purchase more ingredients, I began to pay attention to the higher cost of this specialty ingredient, as well as, what exactly was in this mix?   I researched other ingredients and GF flour mixes, and developed a personal dislike to baking with ‘powdery, starchy, white stuff”.   Other than being labeled Gluten Free I wasn’t sure there was much dietary value.  My original goal in developing Kakookies for my family, was to make a healthier cookie that had more nutritional value. I wasn’t convinced these GF mixes were providing that, so, this was the year I started baking Kakookies with nuts and oats, rather than fine ground flour of any kind.

It was a wonderful weekend, watching the cyclists learn new skills and get to know one another. Lots of good meals, good conversations, and sharing. Training Camp weekend was a success! We attended the races throughout the week, watching them rise, and sometimes fall.   And as always, I am so grateful to be a part of their success.  

Robin Bauer Pomeroy is now a professional Triathlete; Missy Erickson found success with Track as US Team Sprint National Record Holder 2016 Olympic Long Team, UCI Track World Cup Medalist, US National Champ, National Record Holder, Track Record Holder, Jade Wilcoxson was signed on to Optum for the next couple seasons and became USA Track and Road National Champion; Katy Giles, 2015 USA Cycling Masters Road and National Champion.

We and the teams are grateful for leadership and guidance from Michael Engelman, Marion Clignet and John Barron. Thank you!

 

 

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The Beginning: Hosting our first professional team, Team Globalbike

In the year 2010, we hosted our first professional cycling team, Team Globalbike from North & South Carolina. We weren’t sure what to expect, and as it turned out, the team wasn’t sure either as the Nature Valley Grand Prix was the first big national race the team would travel and compete together as a team.

I offered the use of our two spare bedrooms to our Host Housing coordinator but just days before the race, I was asked if we had room for the entire team. I remembered that when our daughter was traveling with her collegiate team, they often sprawled sleeping bags on family room floors, so I offered two couches and plenty of floor space in our lower level. My offer was taken.  

As a MN Nice gesture (and because I simply like to cook!), I offered to have a hot evening meal ready for their late night arrival as well as breakfast snacks for the following day. The team was most appreciative and dialed up their Southern Charm to a point where this midwestern gal was quickly wooed into preparing meals for the entire race week. And of course I baked plenty of Kakookies, sending them off in ziploc bags and boxes for pre-post race snacks.   I later learned they rarely survived more than 30 minutes en-route to a race!

We attended all the races, cheered them on by name, and quickly became proud Host Mom and Dad. Jay and I are grateful to Team Globalbike because they were such good ambassadors and introduced us to the rewards of Host Housing, giving back, and paying it forward. Over the past 7 years, we have hosted teams and training camps to over 100 athletes. Stay tuned for the rest of the story….

Bobby Sweeting, Josh Whitmore, Noah Metzler, Ben Renkema, Steve Sperry, Alder Martz, David Forkner, Graham Foster (Boyd Johnson missing - returned home early to attend to his business Boyd Cycling)

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FedEx Small Business Grant - Vote for Kakookies!

The FedEx Small Business Grant is offering $25,000 in a Grand Prize award.  Help us be a finalist by VOTING HERE.  

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

We would use the grant money to Pay it Forward with Kakookies. We currently sponsor several events, (bike races, trail runs, health & wellness, etc) as well as partner with youth development and women’s athletic teams. The grant would allow us to give away “better for you” Kakookies at more events and expand our donations and relationships with programs & non-profits that support health, wellness, and active lifestyles or are in need of healthy snacks for children battling cancer or disease.

 

 

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2016 Kakookies Holiday Gift Guide

As we wrap up our Thanksgiving weekend, there is no better way to honor this holiday season, than by being Thankful. Here at Kakookies, we are so Thankful for our friends, families, and loyal customers that give us support and inspiration. You are ALL a Big part of our Small business!  

In the weeks ahead, we’d be delighted to help you embrace being Thankful with these gift giving ideas. Maybe it’s a timely Thank You gift sent directly to your Holiday Host, a single Kakookie and Thank you note for anyone, anytime (Dentist, postal worker, secretary, etc) or a more personalized basket, including Kakookies of course! 

Here are some ideas for just about everyone on your gift list! 

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Whether you or the person on your gift list is a kayaker, canoeist, backpacker, camper, or national park traveler, we’ve all experienced rainy mornings (or several days confined to a tent), get up and go mornings, or just basic moments when we needed a hand held, mini meal to help get us through the moment. Conveniently packaged for portablility, Kakookies fit into any size pocket or pack!

Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

For the Traveler

Flight delayed or unsure of what your food options are at that specific time that you are hungry? Maybe you’re just tired of eating the same old, same old continental breakfast? Help the traveler on your list be in control of what and where to eat with Kakookies. Good anytime, anywhere!

Gift Ideas for Travelers

For the New Mom and Baby

"Mom’s to Be" appreciate the all natural, clean ingredients that satisfy cravings, and suppress morning sickness while new parents need convenient snack options that are nourishing and satisfying for both adults and children. It is a cookie you can feel good about eating and sharing!

Gift Ideas for New Moms and Babies

For the Coffee Lover

Breakfast = Coffee + Kakookies. What more can we say? Support your local coffee roaster, pair it up with a Kakookie assortment and a fun coffee mug. Have a Tea or Wine lover on your gift list? You’re in luck. Kakookies pair just as nicely with an afternoon tea or an evening glass of wine!

Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

For the Cyclist

Originally created as a breakfast cookie for cyclists, Kakookies are a perfect pre or post ride snack. Make sure the cyclist on your list is well nourished for their next ride and know that Kakookies is a proud supporter of women’s cycling, youth programs and many other local cycling events.

Gift Ideas for Cyclists

For the Golfer

Have a Golfer in the family? Want to make sure the next time their gut is rumbling on the course they aren’t snacking on that over processed hot dog or orange crackers with pretend peanut butter filling? Be sure they pack Kakookies next time! Grab n go convenience, on or off the course, Kakookies are made with natural sources of protein and healthy fats to satisfy hunger, boost energy and focus to play great hole-after-hole without the crashes from starchy and over processed snacks. Kakookies were also a popular snack item at the Ryder Cup Team USA, Team Europe and PGA official hospitality suites!

Gift Ideas for Golfers

For the Minnesota or Blueberry Lover

Love blueberries or our beautiful state of Minnesota? Our Boundary Waters Blueberry flavor showcases some of our regional flavors. Think blueberries, apples, sunflower seeds, trail mix. Personalize this Thank you gift to anyone that has ever offered you hospitality!

Gifts Ideas for Minnesotans

    For Friends, Co-workers, and everyday Kindness

    A picture says a thousand words and a gift sends a thousands messages of being Thankful! There’s nobody more special than the people we interact with on a daily or weekly basis. If you’re not committed to giving a personalized“ gift basket”, express your appreciation with a simple note of gratitude and a Kakookie secretly placed on a desk, in a mailbox, with your next restaurant tip, or sincerely share with the stranger standing next to you in a check out line. The moments and opportunities are endless!

    Gift Ideas for Friends and Co-Workers   Gift Ideas for Friends, Teachers, and Co-Workers

    For Online Gifting

    Simple. Easy. Just add a Note at check out to your online order, and we'll make sure your gift has the proper message.   

    Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Far Away

    And don’t forget, Kakookies make great Stocking Stuffers!

    Stocking Stuffer Ideas

     

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    November is Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month & World Vegan Month

    Yes, Kakookies are vegan and gluten friendly.  It is hard to find a tasty cookie that is both vegan and gluten friendly, while still offering healthier calories, not empty ones.

    How are Kakookies different from other Gluten Free or Vegan cookies?

    • No rice flour or GF flour substitutes
    • No vegan egg or dairy replacements
    • No liquid sweeteners (Rice syrup, Tapioca syrup, etc.)

    To learn more about Kakookies and why we choose the ingredients we do, read About Our Cookies 

    Gluten Free and Vegan Cookies

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    Back to School: What's in Your Lunchbox?

    I don’t recall my mom ever writing special notes but I always felt her presence when I unfolded my tin box at the lunch table and found hand made sandwiches and treats.  Soft, squishy white bread was in; home baked bread was out.

    My sandwich was carefully wrapped in waxed paper (grated cheese and sliced green olives or MLP - mayonnaise, lettuce & peanut butter were my favorites), a small Tupperware cup containing cut up canned fruit, and usually a homemade cookie or bar.   Ziploc baggies, mini carrots, individual fruit cups or juice pouches didn’t exist then. My lunchroom beverage option consisted of a small glass bottle of room temperature milk (whole or 2%) with a foil top and a hole punched for a paper straw. On many occasions, I had the privilege of riding my bike home to enjoy a hot lunch with my Mom, at my own kitchen table.   My how things have changed!

    When my children were young, school hot lunches were prepared off site, and delivered several hours later. Let’s say, my kids preferred to bring their own homemade lunch. It was our routine to pack tomorrow’s lunch while we cleaned up our evening meal. I was the mom that enjoyed cutting pieces into cute shapes or rolling sandwiches inside out. I enjoyed the challenge of accommodating each child’s different requests and sometimes sneaking “better for you foods” into familiar favorites.

    I still continue to sneak good things into comfort foods, like cookies. So next time you’re packing a lunch, or looking for a portable wholesome snack to fuel your children on busy mornings, or after school activities, pack a Kakookie!

    What's in Your Lunch Box?

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