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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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Everyone has their personal favorite cookie.  And that may change depending upon the season, your mood, your waistline, your lifestyle.  Take our poll and let us know what your favorite flavor (at least as of today) is.  See sidebar for poll.  Happy and sweet cookie polling to you.

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Some basic info about these fascinating flavors:

Chocolate – made from cocoa beans that grow in pods on the cacao tree. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form.  Because this cocoa mass is usually liquefied, then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Unsweetened baking chocolate (bitter chocolate) contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids (and thus does not qualify to be considered true chocolate).

Vanilla – an edible seed pod harvested from orchids of the genus Vanilla.  The beans develop their flavor after months of drying and curing.  Vanilla extract is made by soaking chopped vanilla beans in water and alcohol.  Different beans produce different flavors.  Bourbon (aka Madagascar) is the most common variety giving the classic vanilla flavor.  Mexican vanilla is smooth and spicy with hints of run and caramel.  Tahitian vanilla is a sweeter, almost cherry licorice flavor.

Vanilla flavoring is a combination of real vanilla and synthetic flavorings.  Imitation vanilla is just that, an imitation made from synthetic flavorings.  Vanilla paste, made from ground vanilla beans in a and vanilla extract, is a concentrated flavor.

Both chocolate and vanilla provide the basis for many sweet treats.

source: Wikipedia

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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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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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This minor (not so minor in my life) holiday celebrates the glory of the cookie.  Get at least one cookie consumption on your schedule and partake of this celebration of the cookie.  Imagine life without them.  Not very yummy.

Your Taste Buds Schedule
8:00 AM Breakfast – The oatmeal raisin cookie has fruit and grain.  The healthy way to indulge yourself and still feel good about what you’re eating.

oatmeal raisin

 

10:25 AM Mid-morning snack – Shortbread and a cup of tea. shortbread stick
12:00 PM Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookie for dessert after a sandwich or salad for lunch.
cookie bite
2:28 PM Mid-afternoon slump – Enjoy a Brownie (it’s a close relative of the cookie and should be a part of the holiday) and cup of decaf.

brownie

 

7:10 PM Dessert – It’s finally time to indulge in a cookie.  After all, it’s National Cookie Day.

cookie monster
9:55 PM Before going to bed, send someone you love a treat from My Kids’ Cookies.
Enjoy National Cookie Day in all it’s sweetness and splendor!

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