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I grew up in Bridgeview, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago, in a big Irish Catholic family. It was there, in our tiny kitchen on 83rd street, all those years ago, that I learned to bake my mother’s and grandmother’s desserts. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being in the kitchen baking with my Mom. (Not Cooking) I loved baking so much, that I eventually became “the baker” in our family.
Of everything I baked, my Peanut Butter Pie Cookie quickly became everyone’s favorite. I created this ultimate peanut butter lover’s cookie in 1992, handcrafting each with its own peanut butter truffle center. Making the cookies into a pie with a creamy peanut butter mixture in the center was a success, and my family and friends went crazy for them!
It’s always been my dream to share this unique peanut butter cookie with all the “peanut butter lovers” in the world. I started my business shortly after moving to Sedona, AZ, while working as an elementary school teacher. My teacher’s salary was not enough to live on and desperately needed to be supplemented (What else is new for the teachers in America?) and with millions of tourists coming through Sedona every year, I had the perfect setting to try it out.
So, in October of 2013, under the Arizona’s Home Baked and Confectionary Goods Program, I began baking in my tiny apartment kitchen and started selling my peanut butter pie cookie to make ends meet. I had a label designed, came up with packaging, and set off to the local shops and coffee houses. As each owner tried and fell in love with them, orders were pouring in and I was in business!
For the next two years, I continued selling my cookies at local shops and teaching full time in Sedona. It was a lot of work and burning the candle at both ends caught up with me, and I was faced with another big decision. I took a leap of faith and decided to leave my teaching position (at the end of the school year) and sell my baked goods at the markets in Sedona during the busy tourist seasons. I loved being a teacher, but the load of being a teacher and trying to start a business was too much. Even though my heart led me to start my own business and leave teaching, I was still able to continue working with kids as a substitute in the Verde Valley. It was perfect for the off season.
It was a successful move (leap) and by the end of 2018, people from every state and over thirty countries have visited my booth in Sedona and enjoyed my baked goods. I had a following of regulars showing up to my booth on a weekly basis and I continued to sell my baked goods in various shops throughout Sedona to both locals and tourists. During this time I added other family favorites to my menu: chocolate chip cookies, brownies, lemon squares, oatmeal cranberry bars, chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, banana cake, butter cookies as well as gluten free options and one low glycemic option, too.
When I bake, I turn on the music and enjoy every minute of it. I can’t help but be in a good mood when I’m baking. The recipes are written in my mother’s familiar cursive writing, so it almost feels as if she is there with me. Working for myself may mean a lot of work at times, but I feel so very blessed that I am doing what I love for a living and that my dream has been realized.
I know there are lots of great bakers out there to choose from with great baked goods because I have a ginormous sweet tooth and have eaten a lot of it. LOL And like them, my baked goods have a sentimental history all their own. When I’m selling at the market, I tell people that the recipes were my mom’s and grandmother’s. It resonates with them, making them smile and reminding them of the times they’ve spent baking with their own mothers or grandmothers or even fathers. They share that time with me, buy some cookies and are on their way.
My baked goods come from the recipes of two of the littlest and kindest Irish women and best bakers I know. They have both since passed, and I can’t help but think that they’re getting a kick out of the fact that I’m selling the same baked goods that they themselves once made for our family.
Five years in the desert was long enough for me, so I moved back to the Chicagoland area in December of 2018. When I’m asked why I moved back, I simply tell the truth-I moved back because it’s where my heart is. My family and friends are here and so is the Lake.
Since returning, I set my sights on continuing my business here in the Chicagoland area. In the 2019 summer season, I did farmers markets in Homewood, Orland Park, Tinley Park, and Oak Lawn.
This past 2020 summer season, I did farmers markets in Oak Lawn, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Beverly, and Garfield Ridge. I also, had the pleasure of participating in Mother McAuley’s market. I had a great experience and developed a good customer base with loyal regulars.
Thank you Chicagoland for your warm welcome and your continuing support!