i want to have something interesting to say about that, but a sinus infection has reduced the capacity of my thinking brain to just "chop the dough into 6 oz. portions, roll in ball, and well, whatever happens after that to create pizza crust."
i really wanted to post an update today though, so i am (with author's permission) totally stealing from a blog post my dear old (as in the friendship, not the man) friend Dennis Smalley wrote a few days ago, and an idea from another dear newer friend, Neil Shadle.
as we move toward the close of the second week of the campaign (no, i will never be a politician), it's important to remember why anyone should care about this project. it's not just about a brick oven for a girl to work...it's about a community, a gathering spot, economic development one job at a time, preserving an ancient craft, it's about YOU! this is the time when pledges level off, people in the know have already dived in, and now it's time to get the word out to new eyes, to people who may never see Washington Island, but believe in these things. i wonder if you all would try to pass this on to two friends or colleagues each, that they may either pledge or pass the word on to someone in their network.
Dennis did the hard work in creating a Top Ten List of Reasons to donate to this project :
"PS Top 10 Reasons to donate
10 Gives you a reason to visit Washington Island, to see the oven you helped to build.
9 You would personally be helping to create jobs in Wisconsin, because she will be hiring another person.
8 You would be responsible for taking her bread over the top, maybe the best bread on the planet.
7 You would be helping to pick up Washington Island, due to the fact that the wood to fire the oven will be coming from trees knocked down in a storm.
6 Some of us are dreamers, some of us are living our dream, and some of us try to make other’s dreams come true…. either way, if you donate, any amount, you will be helping this dreamer, live her dream, by helping her build the oven.
5 When you are on Washington Island, a visit with Heidi will make you feel good inside that you made the decision to contribute.
4 If you have been to Door County, a bunch of times, and out of cool things to do and visit… by donating, it will give you reason to ride the ferry across Devil’s Door. How cool is that!?
3 Her new oven will increase her output capacity, and just think of all the wheat, oat, and other grain farmers you will be helping by donating to her oven. Plow on and plant, Heidi’s oven is going to happen, thanks to all the people donating.
2 I’m sure that she will name a loaf of bread after you, if you donate the most money…. Just think… sourdennis or dennisnickel or dennis & asiago
1 The number one reason is that she is a good person, and good things happen to good people. Be a part of this good thing and donate any amount to make her dream come true."
Dennis' list is a good start, and I blush at his kind words, but modify it as you see fit and please pass it on!
Thank you so much for all of your support!
pledged of $18,000 goal
seconds to go
Apr 22, 2012 - May 22, 2012 (30 days)
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A great big thank you and shout-out on Facebook and Twitter! There's a freshly baked cookie waiting for you if you come to our bakery!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A freshly baked bagel with schmeer!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A freshly baked loaf of bread of your choice, delivered by the USPS if necessary!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Pastries for two plus one loaf of bread of your choice!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Pizza night for two - one 12" pizza and a salad.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Private baking lesson for you.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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5 loaves of bread of your choice, either fresh from the shop or shipped to your door.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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10 loaves of bread of your choice, either fresh from the shop or shipped to you!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Dinner for 4, everything cooked in the brick oven.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Private baking class for you and 3 of your friends, complete with samples!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Four-course meal for 6 people, utilizing the brick oven for preparation, or one loaf of bread a week for a year, either fresh from the bakery or shipped to you.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Two loaves of bread a week for a year, either fresh from the bakery or shipped to you, plus a private baking class for two.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Two loaves of bread a week for a year, either fresh from the bakery or shipped to you, plus a four-course meal for four people.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012