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Having grown up in NYC, one of the sweetest memories I have is being treated to an egg cream at the soda fountain/luncheonette/corner candy store in my neighborhood.  We’d head there after mass to pick up the newspaper and get egg creams.

When I moved to California in the mid 1990s, I tried to find a soda fountain/luncheonette/corner candy store that could make an egg cream.   Since the soda fountain/luncheonette/corner candy store is, for the most part, from a bygone era, I’d ask for them at Baskin Robbins.  What I got were blank stares.  I think the word ‘egg’ in a drink was confusing.  Finally, I figured out if you described it as an ice cream soda without the ice cream they could make it for you, but they’d charge for the ice cream that didn’t get added to the soda.

I’ve just added egg creams to the drinks menu at my cookie and coffee shop on Bainbridge Island.   The sign on our front counter is generating a lot of questions about what an egg cream is.  I’m happily explaining and introducing the egg cream to the people of Bainbridge Island unfamiliar with this liquid dessert.  Everyone that has tried one has loved it with the most common feedback being how ‘refreshing’ it tastes.

Long live the egg cream.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One way My Kids’ Cookies helps towards finding the cure is through baking.

During the month of October, My Kids’ Cookies will donate 10% of all website baked goods sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Send someone a Red Gift Box and support the Pink Ribbon and The Cure.

Everyone benefits.

Treat yourself, families and friends to a gift of baked treats this month. Not only will they enjoy the treat, but we’ll be one step closer to finding the cure.

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There’s a nice piece in a local paper about our new retail location right in downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island.    My Kids’ Cookies Takes the Retail Plunge.

We also are smiling over the fun art work on our walls.  Nationally known local artist Sally Prangley has bedecked our walls with her whimsical mirrors and clocks.  You can visit our shop and head home with treats for your belly and your walls.

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We’re thrilled to be among the 2010 Best of Bainbridge winners. Bainbridge Islanders voted My Kids’ Cookies in the Best Desserts and the Best Places to Host a Kid’s Birthday categories. Thanks to everyone that enjoys our treats and our birthday parties.

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It took some time, but we finally launched our new website.  With the help, knowledge, advice and guidance of KTWebDesigns, we’ve created an even better shopping site.  With wonderful photos showcasing all our delicious freshly baked goodies, My Kids’ Cookies is a great site to shop for all your baked treats, and fun gifts ideas like caps, aprons and more.

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Yes, the Fonz kissed little old me – cookie baker.

Henry Winkler came to Bainbridge Island last Sunday to read from his children book series (Hank Zipzer) about a boy with dyslexia.  And I was there handing out My Kids’ Cookies at the event and listening to him speak.

Words to describe him: intelligent, eloquent, funny, entertaining, adorable and engaging.

After speaking about himself, his childhood as a NYC kid in the public school system, his career, his family, Happy Days, and more, he read from his latest (and last) book in the series. Then he sat down to sign autographs.

Over 400 people of all ages showed up to hear him speak and at least half that number got in line for an autograph.  He took time with each person, posed for photos, chatted with the kids and was so very gracious.

Now to explain how I got my kiss.

I gave the Fonz a cookie.  I sent a double rich white chocolate cookie in a gift box back to Mr. Winkler before he was introduced.  While he was busy signing books, I stepped up to take his picture.  He turned to me.  This was our conversation:

Henry: “Hi there, Did you make the cookie?”

Me: “Yes.”

Henry: “Thank you, it was delicious.”

Me: (smiling like a loon.)

At the end of the book signing, I hopped on the line to get my book autographed and get a picture with him.  He pulled me towards him and planted a wonderful kiss on my left cheek.  Then he posed and I got my treasured photo.

Thank you Fonzie!!!

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There’s a new website in town – BainbridgeBusinessWomen.com.

Bainbridge Island, WA, located in Puget Sound west of Seattle, is a short ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Although our island is small (just over 23,000 people and approximately 9400 families) that’ s still alot of buying power.  (Most recent demographics on Bainbridge.)

The brainchild of me – Barbara Reininger (My Kids’ Cookies) – Bainbridge Island has an abundance of women owned businesses.

It began as a small idea.  After purchasing a listing in an annual publication in the Bainbridge Review called Women in Business, I decided to hold a get together inviting all the other women that were in the publication.  I soon realized that there were many, many more Bainbridge business women that either didn’t know about the annual list or choose to use their marketing dollars in other ways.   The next networking meeting was open to any B.I. business woman.  Word spread and soon there were lots of female entrepreneurs who wanted to be part of this growing group.

In a past life (pre-cookie baker), I worked in the domain industry.  So, I purchased yet another domain (50+ domains and growing), with the idea of creating an inclusive comprehensive resource for finding whatever you need on Bainbridge Island, while also creating a way to advertise and support other island women owned businesses.

While I’m pretty darn great at baking, creating an attractive and functional website was beyond my range of skills.  Along came Debbie Hulbert, Executive Insight, Inc. Another B.I. business women, she graciously offered to join technology forces with me and create the website.  The result is Bainbridge Island’s resource for women-owned products and services.  From cookies to CPAs, we hope you find what you’re looking for.

Wander our site and see the variety of products and services you can get on the island.  We’d love to get every business listed on the site.  Pretty simple membership requirements: be a woman and own a B.I. business.  If you know of someone that should be listed, point them our way.  If you find a local business through the site, let the owner know how you found them.  And thanks for taking your time to read about our new resource site.

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