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What’s better than eating bread pudding? Eating bread pudding and helping others too..

That’s what the 5th Annual Bainbridge Island Pro-Am Bread Pudding Bake-Off is all about. After skipping last year, it’s once again time to enter this fun contest that benefits Helpline House.

Mark you calendars and get your entry form ready. You can pick up entry forms at My Kids’ Cookies & Coffee Shop or The Island Gallery (right next door) – both on the corner of Winslow & Ericksen in downtown Bainbridge Island.

You don’t have to enter a bread pudding to have fun. Just come with an empty stomach and an open heart and you can taste away the evening of the event.  And, since we do Chicago politics, you can stuff the ballot box for your favorite entry.  Remember, it’s all in fun and for a great cause.

Contest is Friday, February 4th from 6-8pm
All amateur entries must be prepped and baked in My Kids’ Cookies kitchen on 2/3 or 2/4.  Reserve your time slot soon by calling 206-780-3091

$20/entry fee
$1/per tasting fee at the event

All proceeds benefit Helpline House.  Any questions, feel free to call and ask – 206-780-3091.

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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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Sixteen years ago today I was 9 days past my due date and just waiting and waiting and…  Today, I’m planning a Sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter this Friday.  Co-ed which scares the heck out of me.  I have to reach back into my own long ago memories and remind myself what it was like to be a teen.

As the “Sunrise, Sunset” song plays in my head, I look at the moments firmly imprinted on my mind of those every day, ordinary things that somehow stood out.  And I revisit that day, that moment, that tear, that smile, and wonder how time could pass so quickly.

I’m blessed to have a smart, truly beautiful daughter who is a well balanced, confident, typical teenager.  As much as I sometimes wonder if I was/am a good mom, by all accounts when I look at her I have my answer.

So, go hug your children today, whatever age, because they make life wonderful, don’t they?

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If you’re on Bainbridge Island this Saturday, August 8th, between 12 and 4pm, stop by a fun and free community event.  Sportsman Business Park is hosting a Free Family Fun Fair for the community.  There will be bouncy houses, face painting, magician, juggler, DJ music, bubble machine, snow cones, fire truck, prizes and more – ALL FOR FREE.  For details, go to Family Fun Fair.

Of course, My Kids’ Cookies will be handing out cookie samples.  Come and enjoy a summer afternoon with your kids.

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P5170684Last Friday, a group of 10 women baked close to 300 corn muffins for the Soup Kitchen which was offered in downtown Winslow the following evening.  Within minutes, the assembly line was organized and on a roll as everyone picked a task then got to work.  With the local television station, BITV, recording our evening, we made quick work of our chore.

P5170682After a record time clean up of my commercial kitchen, the remaining volunteers got to sip champagne and enjoy some savory appetizers and sweet cookies while we told stories, got to know each other a bit better and enjoyed some new artwork hanging on my shops walls.  By opening my kitchen to this fundraiser (which was pulled together with donations from many locals and local businesses), I helped with an event that benefited hundreds in our community.  I was happy to be involved.

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The sun is shining and it looks like Bainbridge Island and the Puget Sound area are going to be enjoying a spectacularly lovely Memorial Day weekend.  I’m starting it off on a great note by hosting at my cookie shop a Corn Bread Baking Party for a dozen volunteers.  Our busy busy hands, mixing bowls and wooden spoons will be baking corn bread for 200 which will be thoroughly enjoyed tomorrow at Soup Kitchen http://bainbridgesoupkitchen.blogspot.com/.

While some may think that bringing a ‘Soup Kitchen’ to a community such as Bainbridge is odd, the community feedback has been great for the organizer of this event.  Offering a helping hand and creating a sense of community is a noble effort in any town.  Tonight we’ll fill the air with the wafting fragrance of corn bread and sounds of laughter.  And tomorrow, downtown Winslow is the place to be from 5 to 7pm for free soup, cornbread, lemonade, music and fun.

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Last week I had a gold party at my cookie shop.  About 2 dozen people showed up with their baggies of tangled gold chains, lonely earrings that didn’t have a partner, and out of style pieces.  A local jeweler, Blue Heron Jewelry, set up their tools of the trade and weighed and valued everyone’s gold and gems.  Everyone went home a bit richer and laughter permeated the air as we sipped delicious wine from Victor Alexander Winery and nibbled on cookies.  The best part of the evening, though, was that our local charitiable organization Helpline House walked away with $255 in donations of cash and gold sale proceeds.  That will buy a lot of food for their pantry and help those on Bainbridge Island that are having a hard time in this economy.  Thanks to everyone that participated and were so generous.  Paying it forward is a good thing.

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