In the midst of a full plate: a full cookie order schedule, full sink of dirty dishes, full hamper of dirty clothes, and living room FULL of toys for the 121,000th time in one day (how do 11 month-old’s even do that much damage?!), what should you do when you’re asked to make cookies for the Governor?
You say yes! And then do your cleaning later -maybe.
It was a privilege to be asked to attend a private event hosted by the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce where Florida Governor Rick Scott would be the guest of honor today. Since my husband serves as a Chamber Board Member, I was invited to come along…only with cookies of course! In addition to providing a couple of platters for guests to enjoy during the event, I was requested to make something special for the Governor and his staff to take with them.
I wanted to make something that said “welcome” and make an opportunity to brag about our community. What better way is there to show some of our Southern hospitality off with fresh home baked cookies?! You know, butter and sugar have never let me down nor has it allowed the numbers on my bathroom scale to go down either but I digress.
Along with the platter I included a note of thanks for his recent approval of House Bill No. 1233 that has raised the sales cap for cottage food businesses like mine going $15,000.00 per year to $50,000.00 per year! That’s huge for our family! It allows us to expand and continue growing our little cookie business so that we can afford the luxury of me working from home. The bill also will allow online marketing and payments that only continue to benefit my business efforts in the future.
More important than the opportunity to say thank you was the moment that I could spend bragging to him about our community. From my note that explained what these cookies represented, here is a small snippet of what I wrote:
“These cookies represent a small part of the heritage and happenings of our community. With agriculture at our roots, we proudly support our local ranchers and farmers along with the benefits they provide us. In March of 2017, we hosted the final Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo that will be held in our current arena, it was the 89th Annual Rodeo! We look forward to making new memories in our new arena being built. Last but not least, I wanted to celebrate the recent accomplishments of our Youth Baseball All-Star teams who are headed to State this summer! This is just a small portion of the great things happening for our youth in DeSoto County. We have our struggles and hardships like most rural areas do, but at the heart of our community passion and hope reside. We know how to come together and work together in times of need to make a difference…”
There’s so much more I would’ve like been able to brag about, but I wouldn’t want to ruin his dieting plan with all the cookies it would take me to adequately describe the values and good things about my hometown! In a world where it’s so easy to find and pick on the things that are going wrong, it’s nice to focus on what’s going right for a change.
So here he is, Governor Rick Scott holding his very first platter of Southern Meets Mennonite Cookies!
We appreciated your visit to Arcadia today Governor Scott and thank you for showing interest in our community. We hope this meeting you arranged to speak to our business leaders about local issues and future economic development will spark a positive action for the future of our county!
Enjoy your cookies!