Taylor Ratcliffe: Over in Rindge – Rindge girl has tasty business idea

  • Cookies from 8-year-old Amelia Rosbach’s cookie-dough business, Abracadabra Cookies. PHOTO COURTESY MIRANDA ROSBACH

  • LuLu Swinehart, Dylan Knight and Julia Knight at Camp Carpenter in Manchester. PHOTO COURTESY ERIN JABLONSKI

  • Taylor Ratcliffe

Published: 9/20/2022 9:01:13 AM

I am glad to have had the chance recently to chat with Rindge resident Amelia Rosbach, putting the spotlight on a younger community member.

Eight-year-old Amelia is a budding entrepreneur with high aspirations and some pretty impressive culinary know-how. Incidentally, we talked on Sept. 13 – National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day.

Amelia is the founder and solo baker of Abracadabra Cookies -- a doorstep-delivery cookie-dough business she runs out of her home in Rindge.

“My mom told me ‘If you can read, you can cook,’ so I taught myself how to bake.” Amelia tells me.

As of her eighth birthday, Amelia is responsible for cooking for her family once a week, usually choosing a breakfast-for-dinner meal. She enjoys the time she spends in the kitchen and the independence to learn new skills, like separating eggs or making flour wells when she bakes. Her parents are always nearby to assist or offer support.

Earlier this summer, Amelia decided to put her culinary skills to use as a sort of project to raise money for a goal of hers – buying an airline ticket to visit a beloved aunt in Utah. Deciding to start a cookie business, Amelia began preparing a variety of dough recipes, freezing the balls of dough, then selling and delivering the product to Rindge and surrounding towns.

She chose the name “Abracadabra Cookies” because, like magic, the frozen dough balls can be easily baked and transformed into delicious treats. When I asked what types of cookie dough she prepares, my mouth watered like crazy.

“I make a jumbo chocolate chip cookie dough ball, snickerdoodle, cranberry white chocolate chip, and a ‘monster’ cookie dough ball, which is oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter and M&Ms – a perfect combination of sweet and savory.”

Yum!

With her parents’ guidance and assistance, Amelia is ready to fulfill and deliver your frozen cookie dough order. Contact abracadabracookies@gmail.com for orders or to see the full Abracadabra Cookies flyer.

Cub Scout Pack 308

Erin Jablonski of Rindge wants to spread the good word about the local Cub Scouts-Rindge Pack 308.

Erin is a parent of children who are involved with Scouts and believes strongly in the positive impact it can have on a youngster’s life.

“Outdoor education, safety, self-sufficiency, community involvement, loyalty, kindness and team-building are some of the important morals and skills that scouting has brought to many children – boys and girls,” she said.

Erin’s own daughter has taken a strong liking to the outdoors element of Scouting, loving the whittling and archery skills she learned. Involvement and support for veterans and for the Rindge Food Pantry are part of the community service education Scouting offers, as well.

Unfortunately, since the COVID-19 pandemic, Rindge Pack 308 suffered a reduction in membership. Events had to be canceled and gathering was more challenging. However, the Scouts are back to regular meetings and events.

Erin is hopeful that families will join and take advantage of all Scouting has to offer. She herself may even be returning to Pack 308 this fall as a Cub Scout leader.

“It is a very family involved activity,” Erin explains. She tells me that the Rindge Pack attends a yearly New Hampshire Fisher Cats game with their families and then gets to camp out on the field afterwards. Rindge Pack 308 also collaborates with other Monadnock-area Cub Scout packs for sleepouts, winter sled competitions and a racecar derby.

Parent involvement allows for the success of these great activities. A meet-and-greet with Rindge Pack 308 will be held soon. Please consider checking it out and getting your kindergarten-to-grade-five youngster involved. Contact David Graham at rindgecubs308@gmail.com to learn more.

Thank you to readers who have reached out to me at rindgecommcorr@yahoo.com to share Rindge happenings and feedback on this column. I not only enjoy connecting, but also count on you to help keep this column going. Send your stories to me so we can continue spotlight Rindge in our local newspaper.


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