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Our little Lenny was nominated for an award!

I’m a horrible PR person. No, I am horrible at promoting myself. I take great pleasure in promoting others, but it makes me feel like a braggard to speak about myself and I believe actions speak decibels louder than words anyway. So, when I was recently notified that Lenny had been nominated for an award to be presented at the New York Pet Fashion Show this Friday, February 8, 2013, I was beside myself. What had the little pug been up to when I wasn’t around? Obviously, someone out there had deemed it award-worthy.

Lenny has been my north star pointing me in the direction of all that’s good and decent in the world for nearly eight years. He reminds me daily of what is truly important and keeps me honest to the nth degree. And while he won’t understand what he’s done to warrant an award, I will be the proudest mom around knowing that he has touched and inspired others as he has me.

Event organizers wouldn’t divulge what award Lenny will be receiving, so if you happen to be in NYC this weekend and think spending the evening with a room full of animal enthusiasts is an AWESOME way to spend a Friday night, we’d love you to join us! Surprises are good, right?


PRLog (Press Release)Jan. 24, 2013 – We invite you to the Event of the Season and A Celebration Of Love for Animal Rescue, which features a Roaring 20’s theme and a superb evening. Bring your dog and don your Roaring 20’s outfit and enjoy three amazing runway fashion shows by renowned fashion designer & our Creative Director Ada Nieves, plus many other Top National Pet designers from across the country.

Come see the world’s most famous dog “Lassie” on the runway in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Lassie in TV,books & film.

–  (2) Animal Haven Shelter dogs walk the runway looking for “Forever Homes” after they’ve been made over by celebrity groomer Jorge Bendersky
– Also walking the runway are Shanna Olson – Ms California  2013
– Richard Pryor Jr.
– Justin Silver from the CBS “Dogs In The City”
– Nency Escamilla Ms. New York 2011 – Harrison Forbes celebrity pet expert and many more to come
This is an Animal Rescue Benefit for Animal Haven Shelter of NYC, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit this fine organization. www.AnimalHavenShelter.org

Some say that New York City is the Capital of the world. Whether it’s Media, Fashion, or Finance, one thing is certain — New York City is the Dog Capital of the world.

Cover the event, spread the word and “Help Save Animals Lives” Come see some adoptable Animal Haven Shelter dogs on the runway.

This event is being filmed for TV, and features three special runway shows:
* Roaring 20’s Best in Show Costume Contest”,
* 50 Shades Of Love Romantic Runway Show”, and our Special
* Gold Paw Sponsor Runway Show”.
Cocktails, Food, Music, and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today, and many more surprises.

Media:To cover the event please provide your complete contact information and we will place you on our VIP Media guest list
When: February 8th, 6PM-11PM www.nypetfashionshow.com
Where:The Hotel Pennsylvania-

Penn Top Ballroom (18th Floor)
Address: 401 Seventh Ave, 33rd St, New York, NY. 10001
Tickets:$35 In advance ($45 at the door)Come and Enjoy this Fabulous Event Featuring:* Roaring 20’s Best in Show Costume Contest- a few spots remain
* 50 Shades Of Love Romantic Runway Show
* Gold Paw Sponsor Runway Show
* Bring cash, Credit Cards, Checks to support Animal Haven Shelter and Vendors
* Human & Canine Celebrities! A real Prince on the Runway
* The legendary Lassie walking the runway
* Complimentary Food & Cash bar, Complimentary VIP Gift Bags 



“Cookies so good I could cry!”

It’s always nice to receive unsolicited positive feedback from customers. And thankfully, we have a loyal and steadily growing fan base who truly appreciates the love and time we put into our products. While every note of encouragement, thanks and praise, is not only appreciated, but helps to fuel our passion, occasionally we receive a note that move us to tears.

Chestnut Cookies (special order only)

[My wife’s] father called her AGAIN about the cookies. He was almost in tears. I’ll tell you why…

As I’d mentioned to you, [my wife’s] mom used to make the same type of cookie for Xmas using walnuts. They were VERY similar in taste and texture — so light they melted in your mouth. I’d await my holiday deliveries from her every year, and she’d always make an extra batch for me. I’d never before or since found that type of cookie made as well until I tasted yours. They’re so identical it’s uncanny. Anyway, her father said the same thing to [my wife]. He said it feels as if he has her mother’s Xmas cookies again. He’d been trying out different bakeries, but nothing cut it. You did a mitzvah!!”

And that, friends, sums up what we hope you all feel when you take a bite of our treats. We aspire to remind you of happy, possibly simpler, times when a bowl of cookie dough could create fun, laughter and the most wonderful memories.

Holiday hugs from my heart to yours…

For weeks I’ve been mentally and verbally penning a holiday message to send out to all my family, friends and fans. But just now a dear friend posted a picture of her beloved (human) partner on my Facebook page. There he is, Mr. “Banshee Mandolin,” this insanely talented musician and author, grinning puckishly as he snacks on his 18 year old rescue pug, Louis Migitsu Cannonball Dupree’s Alecia Bakery NYC “Canine Cookie Jar” Pumpkin Biscotti! Suddenly, I knew exactly what to say.

It is a simple message full of genuine thanks, honest appreciation and true love from every corner of my heart.

Conventional or unconventional. Raucous or serene. People wall-to-wall or with one adoring friend or furkid. It does not matter how or what you celebrate. What is most important is that you are loved and appreciated by someone today and every day of the year — even if that someone is a crazy little baker in NYC and her adorable tripod pug.

It is with a full heart that I thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship this year. I am a better person for it and continue to grow because of it.

Now go hug someone and share a cookie!

With holiday hugs,

Lin & Lenny the Pug

From a fan…beyond the butter, sugar and flour.

The following unsolicited comment about me and my company have my heart bursting at the seams with joy and pride this morning. THIS is what I hope everyone sees through the butter and sugar:

“Anyone who likes sweets who isn’t trying my friend Lin’s prodigious menu is missing out on something special. Besides baking delicious, artisan cakes, cookies and other delicious stuff, she’s one of the most diligent, hardworking and downright decent people I’ve ever met. She puts a huge amount of care into every aspect of her product AND puts her money where her mouth is with regard to donating a portion of her earnings to pug rescue. Talented, independent artists and small business owners should be lauded and supported in this day and age, and Lin is one of them. I’m proud to count her among my small circle of friends.”

Much love to all of our family, friends and fans, who make our (sometimes round-the-clock) baking marathons worth so much more than words can express. YOU put the smiles on our faces! THANK YOU!

November 3…celebrating adoption!

“November 3 has always been my Christmas. 39 years ago the cutest baby girl to ever arrive from Korea was placed in my arms and my heart. It seems like yesterday. Now she is 800 miles away from my arms, but will never be away from my heart. ‘Happy Anniversary’, Lin.”

That was my mum’s Facebook status update yesterday. Yes, I admit it. It made me cry. I cannot imagine any daughter loving her mum any more than I do, but then again I have always felt supremely special. My parents trudged through all of the required adoption paperwork and beaurocracy, not to mention the cost, just to have me as their only child. And for 39 years, we have celebrated that incredible day when they were handed a 6 month old infant (complete with chicken pox) at O’Hare International Airport. We haven’t marked the day with family dinners and trips to Toys ‘R Us in decades (Did I just say that? DECADES?!); but not a year has gone by that we don’t remind one another how wonderfully life-altering that moment was.

People have occasionally asked if I wonder about my birth parents. Quite frankly, no, I never have. My adoptive family gave me everything a child needed — food, shelter, clothing and love. A lot of love.

For many years, I have volunteered time, organized events and donated funds, to NYC animal shelters and rescue organizations. While many look at the animals’ faces and see sadness asking why or how could someone give them up, I see hope instead — hope that someone will want to love them for the rest of their lives. Filling out paperwork and having references checked will be viewed as a simple technicality as they will want only to provide a safe and loving home to a furry friend. The past will not matter. The future will be full of love.

Of course, my rosy outlook is surely attributed to my own experience. Nonetheless, I believe there is a loving family for every homeless child and animal.

Are you that family? Here are a few places to begin your search…




It’s all about the giving.

I believe in charitable giving. Life can be a challenge and I am no stranger to the roller coaster. However, no matter how difficult things become, I remind myself that there is always someone facing a steeper climb than I. Whether it be a single dollar, a jar of peanut butter or an hour of volunteering, I can afford to help another in some way and you can too!

As you all know, this past Sunday I was honored to be a judge in the 3rd Annual NYC Bake-off. It was a wonderful afternoon that not only gathered together nearly 70 attendees, but raised $716.65 for Share Our Strength (nearly double from last year’s event). It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so many philanthropic folks. If you were unable to attend, please click on this link and pledge to end childhood hunger!


In other “one-hand-helps-another” news, I can’t say enough about the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. The following is the press release from the JBJ Soul Foundation:

October 19, 2011 – Red Bank, NJ) – Jon Bon Jovi today announced the opening of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to a crowd that overflowed the gardens and parking lot at the “community kitchen,” which redefines how the issue of hunger can be addressed. With no prices on the menu, the Soul Kitchen serves meals to customers who have earned them through volunteer hours. The Soul Kitchen operates as a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and is sustained by cash payment from customers who are able to pay the suggested donation (or even a little more).

Joined by local dignitaries, individuals and partnering local non-profit organizations, Jon thanked the Kitchen’s “friends and neighbors” who have assisted in the two-year endeavor to open the permanent location – among them Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, former Mayor Ed McKenna and the President of the Parker Family Health Center, Dr. Eugene Cheslock.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen began serving meals in 2009, utilizing two different pilot locations and assessing the patrons’ needs and response to the model, before renovating an old 1,100 square foot auto-body shop as the Kitchen’s new, permanent location.

“At a time when 1 in 5 households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when 1 out of 6 Americans are food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come. This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community,” said Jon Bon Jovi today.

Inspired by the old adage, “teach a man to fish,” diners in need who come to the Soul Kitchen are empowered – they have earned a seat at the table for themselves and their families through volunteer hours at the Kitchen or other local organizations. They are served nutritious culinary dishes by the wait-staff in a lovely restaurant atmosphere with the dignity of having earned their meal. On the other hand, patrons who can afford to dine anywhere are rewarded with not only a delicious meal but with the knowledge that by dining out and leaving the suggested donation, they’ve contributed to their community.

In addition to the Soul Kitchen’s own organic gardens, natural food is being provided by Whole Foods Market Middletown, in partnership with their vendors, many of whom are from New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

By adopting the community kitchen concept, the JBJ Soul Foundation has expanded its efforts – from affordable housing to hunger – as it celebrates its fifth anniversary as a non-profit organization.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen is currently open from 5-7 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

207 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Reservation line: (732) 842-0900
Learn more: www.jbjsoulkitchen.org


And for those of you who would prefer to mix a bit of Rock & Roll with your charitable contribution, check out this concert at the Gramercy Theater on 12/9!


I salute you — everyone who is willing to be selfless for a moment. For volunteer opportunities in NYC and across the nation, please click on the following links