My First Cookbook...Where It Began.

First cookbook

First cookbook

When my Mom passed away, I was truly in shock. We (me and my brothers) were all in shock. She managed to escape death for so many years and with so many unusual challenges that the average person never would have dealt with like she did and survived. However, the last time was too much for her heart to handle.

So when we went to close out her estate and clean out the house, we tried to do it in an organized fashion and yet enjoyed looking through our memories that filled our parent's home. My mom had a box filled with all kinds of scrap books, newspaper clipping pictures, etc. I basically took all the contents and added more and taped it up to go through another day. 

That box has remained taped up for almost 4 years and I finally took it aside and began going through the contents. I knew this would be a teary moment as your memories begin to grow as each picture, newspaper clipping or written card was touched with careful hands due to its age and opened.

I was really surprised at the memories my mom and dad kept from each of their children. I was amazed and yet so emotional when I found this item...and as the memories unlocked the cobwebs of my brain...I felt happiness and knew that what I am doing today is what I am meant to do. 

These were the products I saved proof of purchases

These were the products I saved proof of purchases

My mom kept "My Fist Cookbook". I was overcome with emotion. I remember hanging out in the kitchen with my mom. She didn't like to cook, however, she loved to bake and make sweets. AND what would we enjoy our sweet with???? Yes...a cup of coffee. That was our "mantra". We would bake up something sweet and one of us would always say..."You know what would be great with this? A cup of coffee." 

I digress...You see? The memories are flowing right now as I write. Anyway, my parents purchased a lot of the Imperial Sugar products and at the time (probably around 1972) you could save up proof of purchase and box tops to send in and receive a free cookbook (however you had to pay for shipping). 

I saved every box top and  proof of purchase from Imperial Sugar and really worked hard to bake a lot during that time so someone would have to head to the store to get more Imperial Sugar products. (wink wink smiley face)

FINALLY, I placed all the saved items in a manilla envelope plus a check for shipping and mailed off. Now I waited...and waited...and waited...and waited. It took forever to come, I believe it was at least six weeks. That is an eternity for a 7 year old. It finally arrived. 

My mom brought it in and we sat at the kitchen table turning the pages and seeing what I was going to create. She immediately wrote in the inside cover my name, address and phone number solidifying this was my cookbook...my very first cookbook and I was thrilled. 

Can you see the stains...it was a loved cookbook

Can you see the stains...it was a loved cookbook

They were simple recipes for a young baker/cook looking to begin their culinary skills in the kitchen. I went through this book and made every single item. I'm sure there were some that my parents weren't thrilled about, but they would never let me know. They were happy and proud to be served something I created. 

I truly don't like showing my emotions...I don't like "wearing' (my emotions) for all to see. However, I miss my mom every day. She made me who I am. She gave me her wonderful traits in creativity and spark of life. As I age, I hear words coming out of my mouth that my mom used to say that I thought I would never repeat...but I do. 

My love of baking and creating remains today, Many of my years were spent in corporate America and now I embrace what I was meant to do. I love roasting coffee and delivering fresh roasted coffee that tastes great and you can enjoy at home. AND...I love baking and making confections too. 

My mom addressed my book.  

My mom addressed my book.  

So tears have welled up and streamed down my cheeks with each paragraph I write...I am so proud to have had such a crazy and wonderful mom in Phyllis. I am so happy that she saved this little cookbook for over 40 years! It will be cherished and placed on my shelf with my other cookbooks and homemade recipes. 

Maybe Johnny would like to enjoy a recipe or two in my very first cookbook. 

L💋LITA ☕️🍩🍬

 

 

Weddings, Showers, Corporate Events And All Parties

Coffee bag sample & salted caramel bag sample

Coffee bag sample & salted caramel bag sample

I wanted to share (shameless plug) some of the fun things we are doing with our time. I L❤️VE roasting coffee and I L❤️VE making sweets and baked goods. Like I say all the time...Coffee goes great with something sweet!

It started back in El Paso assisting someone with a small gift giving event for a non-profit organization and now has grown to a big part of what we do. Which I'm thrilled...because I've always loved creating gifts of sweets and coffee and present them in unique ways depending on the event. 

Since then...we've done several weddings with coffee in small coffee bags or mini burlap sacks. We've done a bridal shower with decaf coffee favors along with the caffeinated option that was a big hit. 

Now, we've added some of our confections such as our handmade salted caramels, hot chocolate on a stick and mini jars of our new salted coffee caramel sauce...YUM!  

Homemade salted caramels

Homemade salted caramels

A fun and memorable gift for your guests for any special event you might have. If you have something special coming up and you are interested in offering some of our coffee and/or tasty sweets, feel free to contact me shawn@johnnylolitas.com. 

Lolita💋 

Stressed??? Well Stressed Spelled Backwards Is DESSERTS!

I love a little sweet with my coffee...is that so bad? (wink wink smiley face)

A "sea..(sea salt) of caramels  

A "sea..(sea salt) of caramels  

I've always had a sweet tooth and I've always loved to bake and make candy. While John and I have been eating a lot healthier and watching the calorie intake, we've been very successful in losing weight. I will say that I don't deprive myself of something a little sweet every now and then. For me, I have been able to lose weight and still enjoy some tasty treats along the way. Everything in moderation, right?  

One of my favorite sweets to make is salted caramels. It is quite a process...not that it's a difficult recipe...you just need time and patience. And...during the heat of the summer in Arizona, I am able to ship out unlike our chocolate confections,  

Example of our favors with salted caramels  

Example of our favors with salted caramels  

I've been doing more and more favors for weddings, showers and other corporate events utilizing our coffee beans and now we are creating amazing favors/gifts with our confections. It's a special way to offer a wonderful handmade memorable gift to give to your wedding guests, party goers, corporate employees or customers. 

If you're feeling a "sweet tooth" coming on and need something delivered locally or shipped.....or have a special event you would like to discuss....I'm happy to make something special for you. 

Lolita💋 

So Much More!

Hwy 28 La Union, NM.

Hwy 28 La Union, NM.

How time flies! Three years ago on March 1, 2013 we officially opened the doors of Johnny Lolita's. Our original plan was to create a local Coffee Shop. A place for folks to hang out, visit and have the Best cup of coffee ever.

Very quickly we discovered that our little Coffee Shop on Hwy 28 in La Union, NM was a conduit for our varied interests and passions. We created a thriving Artisan's Market as an outlet for our artistic side. Lolita began filling special orders for her hand-roasted coffee, confections and baked goods. Through it all she continued to hone and refine her coffee roasting skills.

Our little Coffee Shop was our home as well as the home for many of our friends. When we began Johnny Lolita's it was with one basic idea, to embrace life and pursue our passions. We had no idea where this would lead, much less that it would take on a life of its own! Consequently we quickly outgrew the confines of our little shop on Hwy 28 and moved to a bigger facility...the Internet. 

Having a "brick-less" store allows us to serve you when and where it's convenient for you. The path we are following presently is to help you explore different ways to entertain in and enjoy your home. Coffee is the cornerstone. What goes better with coffee than something sweet? Not only will you find all of Lolita's hand-roasted coffee and delicious confections, but you'll discover tutorials, recipes, hand-crafted items for your home, ideas and more. And, to help keep things interesting you'll be able to enjoy Johnny's latest musings.  

One thing we have discovered since March 1, 2013 is that "we don't know what we are doing, but we're having fun doing it!" Come and join us on the adventure and discover your passions!