Sunday, September 7, 2014

Join us as we celebrate all the best of Fair Trade
in San Diego County! 
Lots of vendors!  Lots of samples! 
Learn about Fair Trade and the difference it is making in our world.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Fair Trade Gift for a Friend

Recently a dear friend of mine lost a loved one quite suddenly.  I knew that she and her family had received many frozen meals from friends in the wake of the death.  Still I wanted to bring something to the family at the memorial service, which would be at their home.  My friend's family owns a winery so wine seemed inappropriate and I never really want to bring cut flowers, which die quickly or a potted plant that they then need to tend to.  

A wonderful fair trade gift for a friend during a time of need.

Unsure what to do I consulted Pinterest since one can find anything on there.  Sure enough I found a great fair trade gift idea!  Frozen homemade cookies with directions for preparation.  This way my friend and her family could pop one or a dozen in the oven whenever they were in need of a cookie.  I know that when I am sad sometimes I just need a cookie and homemade cookies are the best.

The fair trade ingredients I used for my fair trade gift.

Here's the recipe that I used:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) organic butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated Fair Trade sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed Fair Trade brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I need to pick up more Fair Trade vanilla for future baking projects)
  • 2 large organic cage free eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Fair Trade semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto plate and place in freezer.
  • For my friend's note I wrote: preheat the oven and place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bak for 9 to 11 minute (possibly longer if they put them in frozen).
I put the cookies on a plate and froze them and then put the frozen cookies in the package with some ribbon.

I did save two for my son! 

From you friends at Fair Trade San Diego!