Just Another Day in Paradise

Do you ever have one of those mornings where you feel like you’re the bad news bear wherever you go?  I feel like I’ve delivered bad news with just about every email I’ve written, but it’s only because of good things.  What it really means is that Single Girl Cookies is growing faster than I know what to do with and we’re starting to experience growing pains over here.  It’s times like these when I wish I wasn’t a really fabulously trained and educated singer, but a trained business and finance guy.  Oh, who am I kidding, I NEVER wish that!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, btw, just that it’s not for me.  Although, it would be nice to have someone to spit ball ideas/figures/strategies to and have them tell me how (un)attainable they are and maybe help me achieve them.  Anybody want to volunteer?  I pay in cookies.

Or what I really want is for someone to come along and say, “I believe in this idea.  I believe it can be a movement and I want to be part of it.  Here, let me help get you started, fund everything, do the work of getting you set to sell if that opportunity comes up and get you primed for whatever comes your way.”  So I guess what I’m looking for is a fairy godmother 🙂  Know any of those?

And similar to a fairy godmother that watches out for us, I spent this week at Engine 262 on 21st Street, the third and last firehouse stop in Astoria.


They were all very nice guys and seemed to appreciate the cookies.  I think more than that, they appreciated my bike, you know the one.  One even asked to ride around on it.  I told him he could and that someone at Engine 263 did last week.  I’m not sure he believed me but I have picture proof.


Pictures, or it didn’t happen, right?

Well, I asked them if they would do me a favor and I explained the picture that I was after; the third and final shot of my series “Single Girl Cookies with Firemen”.  I don’t think they understood at first until I showed them the pictures I had taken previously.  They then decided it was best to call another guy down to help them out.  In other news, I’ve taken up running again 😉

I got them all assembled and got a shot of them before they had to hoist me up.


Here was the end result:


I thanked them for obliging me and told them I’d be back in a few weeks with some more goodies.  When I got home, I took a closer look at the picture and thought, “What is going on at the end by my feet there?  Why are my feet all weird and why is he gripping them that way?”  Upon closer inspection, I realized that the gentleman holding my feet is also holding a cigar.  Awesome.

Paul, the one by my head, told me the official selection for next week’s drop is Parisi Bakery at Broadway and 31st.  I’m really looking forward to that, because, embarrassingly, I have never been in there, but know of their great bread from Sorriso’s.  Paul told me that they put out a fire in the kitchen there in 2009 and are very good to the men of E262 when they go to get their bread every morning now.  I bet I’d be grateful too.

In unrelated things, I came across these pictures from SITE’s 6th Anniversary Party that I never posted!  Shame on me.  It was a great time, and I swear, twitter came to life!  I met so many of my followers and people I follow, had some great cocktail from Haber’s Tonic (http://www.haberstonic.com/) and Cocktail Crate (http://www.cocktailcrate.com/), snagged some coffee from Astoria Coffee(http://www.astoriacoffeeshop.com/), took some fun photos with the Drunken Photographer (http://www.thedrunkenphotographer.com/about.html) and generally had a blast.  Mackenzi (http://sitenyc.com/) had asked me to make some cookies for the party and I came up with some hand drawn crowns, a 6 and some smaller crowns and hearts cause Single Girl’s got love for Queens and for SITE!


Cute shot of Mackenzi




They were gone in 23 minutes


So, in addition to my usual drop at Parisi Bakery, I will be swinging by the Astoria Performing Arts Center (http://www.apacny.org/) to drop off some congratulatory cookies to the cast and crew of Blood Brothers, now playing, and doing an interview with Nancy Ruhling for her Huffington Post blog Astoria Characters!  Yes, life is good.


Copyright 2013, Renee Heitmann



  1. J-La · May 7, 2013

    busy girl. xo

    • astoriabaker · May 7, 2013

      I’m taking a page from your book 😉

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