I love baking cookies. You know this about me. I have shared quite a few recipes with you here for them: sugar cookies infused with the essence of lemon, Justin’s special peanut butter cookies, and others. Baking cookies is therapeutic for me, in a way. When there’s something on my mind and I can’t shake it, I go to the kitchen and start mixing dry ingredients, softening butter, and inventing things to share with my family, friends, and customers. It’s sort of like when there is a song stuck in my head, and I have to listen to other songs to get it out. Don’t you hate that? Well, for me, the cure for nagging thoughts and things I can’t fix is to bake for someone.
This is why I love my little business. I can make your day happier if I make cookies for you. I have baked for wives who wanted a different way to celebrate a husband’s birthday. I have made cookies for children who had just lost their mom to cancer. I’ve made them for women mourning anniversaries of loss. I’ve made cookies for wives who don’t like to bake but who want to have something in their cookie jar for the family. And I’ve baked for single guys who were just hungry. A reminder of mom’s kitchen, perhaps? 🙂
That’s why you call me. However, the reason that I respond is that I love meeting you. I love seeing your face light up when you see the bag of sweet comfort in my basket with your name on it. I love seeing your grandchildren ask you “may I have just one more?” before sticking their little hand in the cookie bag. I love wrapping my arms around you when you have tears in your eyes, telling me why you needed a little comfort food. I love the look of ecstasy on your face when you take that first bite! This is my favorite part of having MamaSteph’s Cookies.
The past three days that I spent at HEAP, the most amazing antiques show I’ve ever been to, were overflowing with opportunities for me to meet you and share my cookies with you. The women who invited me to set up a table at the show, Terri, Jana, Stephanie, and Mo, were incredible, inspiring, and fun people to spend three days with. My friend Kaye, who helped me with the baking for and selling at the show, was a loving, strong, fun woman to have had beside me during the event, and Todd, her husband, was a blessing to us as he filled in for her when needed. The people who are already fans of MamaSteph’s cookies on Facebook, as well as readers of this blog, blessed me by introducing themselves to me and letting me get to know them a little bit better. The children, whose little faces brightened when they found cookies in the center of this place mommy made them come to and be quiet at, were a huge treat for me. I loved it.
I wish you had all been there!
The next time I am out with my cookies somewhere, I’ll let you know so maybe I’ll get to meet more of you! The next thing on my personal agenda is graduation dinner at Edom Bakery on Tuesday night. I’m so excited! Are you going to join me for dinner? Call 903-852-5552 for reservations. I’m going to feed you so well! 🙂
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(recipe for cherry-chocolate chip cookies pictured above: Cherry Chocolate Chip Comfort from MamaSteph)