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Would you believe…. that one of My Kids is turning 17? 

Would you believe… for Christmas we adopted Max, a 9 year tabby from our local shelter?

Would you believe… my daughter suggested that instead of our normal My Kids’ Cookies sale for her birthday, we donate a portion of sales to PAWS of Bainbridge Island so that other pets like Max can continue to be cared for until they find their new home?

Would you believe… for all online orders placed from now through Friday, January 14th, we’ll be donating 17% of sales to PAWS?

Would you believe…you can get a free cookie for your dog? For local pet lovers, drop off canned or bagged pet food at our cookie shop during January. We’ll drop it off at PAWS for you and your donation will earn you a free dog cookie for your favorite pooch.  We’re located at 400 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA.

Would you believe… I love my kids, cookies and pets?

Barbara Reininger
My Kids’ Cookies

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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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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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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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At some point last year, my 14 year old son began to really read the labels on the food we have in our home. He says if it’s something unpronounceable (say: butylated hydroxyanisolean antioxidant found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, vegetable oil) maybe it shouldn’t be put into your body.  According to some studies, this particular additive indicate it is safe, other studies demonstrate that it causes cancer in rats, mice, and hamsters.

According to Specialty Food Magazine, 2010 will be the year people begin to focus on having fewer additives in the food they eat.

Per Wikipedia, Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavor or improve its taste and appearance. Some additives have been used for centuries; for example, preserving food by pickling with vinegar, salting, as with bacon, preserving sweets or using sulfur dioxide as in some wines. With the advent of processed foods in the second half of the 20th century, many more additives have been introduced, of both natural and artificial origin.

The bottom line is it’s a personal choice of what you do, or don’t, put into your bodies.  Being aware of what ingredients are in processed foods isn’t a bad idea.  I’m happy to say that the cookies I bake have no preservatives, just butter, sugar, flour, spices, etc.  And those things, in moderation, are fine for you.

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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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