Using a Scrapbook In Your Cookie Business

If you own a cookie business, you should have scrapbooks both online and offline of your creations.

I was blown away when I attended my cousins wedding and saw all of the various things that were done with cookies. Oreo cookies were dipped in a chocolate and then in white icing, the names of the bride and the groom were on the cookies.

I’ve also seen very large cookies with designs on the front of the cookies. One store advertises a very large cookie with white icing and then in pink the words “will you marry me?” Seeing a photo of this is much more of a sales tool than just a verbal description.

I have seen cookies in the shapes of a suit jacket, in the shape of a person and even in the shape of a 3-D rose.

I have seen icings in every possible color and I’ve seen multiple shades of icing on one cookie. I’ve seen large cookies and small bite-size cookies, along with everything in between.

For a new baby, I’ve seen cookies in the shape of a bottle, and for a birthday, I’ve seen cookies in the shapes of a balloon and a heart. For a wedding, I’ve seen cookies monogrammed with the letters of the wedding couple, and I’ve seen cookies shaped as red roses and left by each place setting.

Cookies on a stick are a favorite of mine. We’ve all seen flowers in a vase, but cookies on a stick in a vase always make me smile. What could be more fun than a dozen chocolate chip cookies on a stick, in a vase?

If you sell these items, you know my words are not doing the products justice. Words alone just can not sell cookie decorations like photos in a scrapbook can. Add some journaling. Let potential customers know what the various designs pictured were used for. I believe a scrapbook of your designs will help create more sales by allowing the customer to see visually exactly what they are ordering.

Everyone Should Have A Small Business!

A small business is very important in today’s economy. Back in the 1960’s it took only one stream of income to survive. Today, if you are not working two are more jobs, your broke. The cost of living has sky rocketed and most of the world can not keep up.

This brings us to a common solution. Start you own personal service business A/K/A A Small Business.

Most people start a small business by default. Take Jakie for example. She is a mother of 3 kids who is a stay at home mom. She loves to bake cookies. One day she opened her window and there was a fair passing by her house. Someone looked in and asked her how much was for one of those cookies. Now Jakie did not have any intention to sell those cookies. She gave the kid it for free. The the kid went out and shared the cookie with someone else. The came back with five other kids who wanted to try the cookies. This gave Jakie an idea. I can Package these and sell them for $0.99 each. That lead her to start a cookie business from her home. Today she has a book, a infomercial and a website that makes her residual income.

Could you see yourself following in Jakies footsteps sometime in the future?

The time to start a personal service coorporation is now. Take the time to figure out what you like to do. Create a short term action plan and then take action today. Do not wait for a second, because we all have the same amount of hours to live each day. It’s what we do with those hours that matter.

Most people decide to sell there information and get paid for it. Others write a book and get residuals from it. The choice is yours. The most important thing is that you get started today and make the best of your new business. After operating your busines for six months, you might want to consider expanding. Get someone you can train to do what you do and double your efforts. Duplication will help you set your business on auto-pilot. Good Luck.

How To Find Healthy Dinner Recipes

When I’m looking for information about something I just type the word or phrase into Google and I can usually find what I’m looking for in the first couple of pages of results. When I typed in “Healthy Dinner Recipes” I was overwhelmed. There were lots of results of course, so I clicked on the first one and got a list of dishes:

Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast, Candies & Treats, EntrĂ©es, Healthy Cookies, Cakes & Bakes ….Wraps, Sandwiches & Burgers.

The word ‘dinner’ doesn’t even appear, and on checking out some of the meals, they didn’t even appear that healthy to me. The next site I tried was actually better, although I had to scan a lot of recipes to find something that appealed to me.

Criteria for a healthy recipe

If you’re like me, time is precious so I have to find what I need fairly quickly. Unfortunately when it comes to finding ideas for healthy dinner recipes you still have to do a lot of looking. I try to scan the recipe and screen out ones that don’t meet my basic criteria for a healthy dinner meal. Here are the things I look for when selecting a suitable dinner recipe:

– a generous portion of mixed vegetables

– a source of protein such as lean meat, fish or beans

– a source of carbohydrates like potatoes or brown rice.

Whole wheat bread, whole grain rice and whole-wheat pasta are healthier choices than the white varieties. A green salad always makes a healthy choice.

If you are a vegetarian it’s much easier to find a healthy recipe. The thing to look for though is an adequate source of protein. Soybeans are a good alternative to meat but should be consumed in moderation. The Harvard School of Public health has a good article on protein on their web page. (

Other Sources

So, where else can you find healthy food recipes? Another good online source is If you search on the keyword ‘healthy dinner recipes’ you will find a lot of books listed, (of course this isn’t going to help you get dinner ready this evening!). The only thing to be aware of is that a lot of these books are focused around weight loss diets, which are not necessarily good for you in the long run. Nevertheless Amazon is a good source of information.

If you have children it’s especially difficult to find recipes that are nutritious and appeal to them. This problem is worse if you are trying to change the eating habits of the family. The CDC website ( has some good information about preparing healthy dinners for children.


In conclusion, there is a ton of information out there but trying to zero in on the best healthy dinner recipes for you and your family is going to take time. You also have to be prepared to make a lot of changes until you find something that works for everyone. I used to joke about our kids’ reaction to some of my dishes (Lima bean soup comes to mind) – if they don’t like it, it must be good for you!

Seriously though, there are lots of good healthy dinner recipes available that everyone will love. You just need to be able to spend the time to find them, and experiment a little in the kitchen.