SOURCE: Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau

May 05, 2011 11:38 ET

Dashboard Cookies Are Recipe for Enjoying Summer in Lake Havasu City/London Bridge

Who Needs Air Fresheners When You Have Toll House® and Pillsbury®?

LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - No doubt about it: Lake Havasu City, the desert oasis two hours south of Las Vegas, gets mighty toasty in the summer months. Visitors are amazed when their car thermometers hit 118 degrees, and warnings are issued about leaving behind kids and pets, even cell phones, DVDs and computers, lest they fry. But for one long-time resident of this city of 55,000, summer is the perfect time to bake dashboard cookies.

Each year during a visit by 35 cyclists riding 4,100 miles across the U.S. for the Push America Journey of Hope, Brigid Stevens, a 28-year veteran in the field of developmental disabilities, digs out her aluminum foil, cookie sheet and pre-made cookie dough to bake cookies on the dashboard of her Ford Probe GT.

While the cyclists, all fraternity brothers from Pi Kappa Phi, are raising funds and awareness for disabilities, Stevens is carefully lining up cookie dough with military precision on the top of the dashboard of what, come to think of it, is a pretty hot car for the 40-something single mother of a 26-year-old son.

She then parks in the hot sun for four to five hours and lets solar energy -- measured by a meat thermometer as high as 200 degrees F. -- cook her dough to a golden brown. Stevens' cookies are so popular, she's been nicknamed "Mrs. Dash" by a local radio DJ.

Each year Journey of Hope teams raise over a half million dollars and reach over seven million people with their message of disability awareness.

When temperatures rise to the triple digits in the Arizona desert, the best place to be is on Lake Havasu which is centrally located along 60 continuous miles of lake and river waterways. Last year during a boat tour with the London Bridge Yacht Club, eight Journey of Hope vans were back in the boat launch parking lot baking treats for the cyclists upon their return.

"Making dashboard cookies is the least I could do to provide a fond memory of the hot sizzling temperatures of Lake Havasu City," she said. "Who wants to eat a gritty egg fried on the sidewalk when you can eat a delicious cookie baked on a dashboard?"

A Dashboard Cookie Bake-off competition is being planned when the cyclists return to Lake Havasu City June 26-27, 2011.

If dashboard cookies are so successful, it makes one wonder: could a dashboard baked potato be far behind?

For more information about Lake Havasu City: www.golakehavasu.com

To learn about Push America Journey of Hope: www.pushamerica.org

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Michelle Gardia
    Lake Havasu CVB
    928 453 3444
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    Jeff Blumenfeld
    Blumenfeld and Assoc. PR
    203 655 1600
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