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The following is a letter to the editor of the Bainbridge Review:

Cancer benefit proves to be a huge success – On March 19 at Grace Church, over 400 people gathered to share hope.  Bill and I were so thankful that such a large circle of friends and community gathered to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research and treatment.

At last count, our donations exceeded $100,000 and were still climbing! We were astounded and so proud of everyone’s efforts to raise this much money for Dr. Jim Olson’s lab.  The energy and the love present among all those heroes at Grace that night was palpable.

Special thanks go to our speakers who spoke of hope and heroes: mountaineer Ed Viesturs, brain cancer survivor Cheryl Broyles, and Dr. Olson, pediatric oncologist/researcher, whose lab in Seattle ws the benefactor of Hannah’s Hopefull Hearts. Bill Harper of Grace Church moderated the evening’s program while John Kaminski ran the successful paddle call for donations.

We were very grateful to these local businesses and individuals who sponsored HHH, enabling us to host such a wonderful evening: caterer Sharilyn Nodsle of Seasons of Thyme Catering, Grace Church, the Wilson family, the Helm-Pitinga family, Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Bakers, My Kids’ Cookies, Pegasus Coffee, BI Taxi, cycling instructor Kathi McMahon and Island Fitness, and Connie Mears of The Bainbridge Review.

For two and a half years, since our daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, we have been deeply touched by countless acts of kindess and love towards our family.  Hannah’s Hopeful Hearts provided an even bigger way for friends and community to give in a way which will go directly to the fight against childhood cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Olson Lab.

Even though brain cancer has been our family’s worst nightmare, we are blessed to live on an island where love and compassion are alive and well, giving an 11-year old girl and her family HOPE.

With deep gratitude, Hannah, Andrew, Ryan, Adam, Alexis, Reba and Bill Hunt

The kindness and generosity of people is amazing.

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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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Pets are are so fortunate to have a great organization like PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap. In this part of Puget Sound, they provide the love needed to lots of dogs and cats still waiting to be adopted into loving homes.  While these pets are waiting for the purr-fect home, they still need lots of doggie kibble and cat food to keep them strong and healthy.

My Kids’ Cookies wants to help these furry friends.  Drop off your pet food donations at our cookie shop during the month of March and we’ll give you a free (people) cookie and a free dog cookie for your four legged family member.  It’s our way of sweetening the incentive to continue your support of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Woof Woof, Meow!
(means “Thanks for helping out”)

My Kids’ Cookies Shop, 9723 Coppertop Loop, #202, Sportsman Park, Bainbridge Island, 206-780-3091.  We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


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Ingredients for a sweet new year:

  1. smiles (3+ a day)
  2. patience (unlimited)
  3. joy (several cups generously filled)
  4. pinch of humor
  5. good deeds, evenly distributed
  6. practice

Directions:  Mix the first four ingredients together.  Voilà!  You’ve made your own day – enjoy! 

Variations of the basic recipe:  Add ingredient #5 and you’ll spread the sweetness.

Volume: With a liberal amount of #6 included, you’ll enjoy your days for the entire year.

A happy and sweet new year to all!

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Every community has a social services agency.  Here on Bainbridge Island, we have Helpline House which provides for those in need all year long.  This time of year, they’re collecting food items for ‘Project Wishbone’ to ensure that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

My Kids’ Cookies is doing what we can to help.  Bring in some non-perishable food items to our cookie shop and we’ll give you a free cookie as our ‘thanks’.

Project Wishbone Shopping List (these items are sought after at all social service agencies):

frozen turkey, fresh potatoes or sweet potatoes, brown and white rice and rice mixes, chicken broth, yellow onions, gravy mix, fresh and canned vegetables, fresh and canned fruit, fresh or frozen pie, butter and whipped cream, sparkling cider and juices, condiments (olives and pickles, salad dressings), oils, spices and herbs, coffee and tea, special treats (crackers, nuts, dried fruits), traditional Items (candles or napkins).

And, these items are always needed at food banks:

hearty soups, chilis and stews, canned fish and meats, canned beans, cereal, fruit and vegetable juices, pasta, peanut butter and jelly.

The donation of a Grocery Store Gift Card is also greatly appreciated.  My local Safeway has a promotion going on where you can donate $5 and they’ll give a turkey breast to Helpline in time for Thanksgiving. They’ve made it very easy to help out.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and thanks for being generous in your community.

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My Kids’ Cookies promised 10% of cookie sales during October 2009 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  While the amount of the check we wrote today wasn’t huge, it was something for the worthy cause of finding a cure to this terrible disease.  Every penny helps when you’re donating to a cause that speaks to you.

Whether it’s for cancer research, the local social services group in your town, a pet adoption organization, or your church, everything you give helps.  The loose change and bills collected in a tip jar at the front counter of a cookie shop for Helpline House, the boxes of macaroni and cheese you toss into your shopping cart to donate, the monthly charge on your credit card for Save the Children – they all make a difference to someone somewhere.

Thank you to everyone that ordered cookies during October as a special treat for someone.  Your kindness is appreciated not only by the cookie gift recipient, but by many whom you’ll never know.

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This weekend, My Kids’ Cookies is participating in Bainbridge IslandIf You Give A Mouse A Cookie Public Library’s first annual Edible Book Festival.

We’re baking up our version of “If You Give A Mouse A My Kids’ Cookie“.  We had loads of fun trying out this cake and a friend’s 3 little boys were my taste testers.  Who got the ear, who got the foot, who got the head?  These were things they all had to negotiate.  Entrance fee donations will be given to Helpline House.

On the next rainy day weekend, pull out your children’s favorite story and bake up a version of it.  They can be creative and make dessert for the family at the same time.

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