Growing up in Bridgeview, Illinois, I learned to make cookies, brownies, cakes, breads and other baked goods, all from scratch and all my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes. My fondest childhood memories, in fact, are of being in the kitchen baking with my Mom. I loved seeing my baking being enjoyed by my brothers and sisters, and friends. It brought me happiness and joy to share my love of baking, so much that I eventually became “the baker” in our family when the time came to fill out our mother’s shoes.
Of everything I baked, my Peanut Butter Pie Cookie rose to everyone’s top of the “most requested” list. I created this cookie in 1992, handcrafting each with its own peanut butter truffle center. It rapidly became my signature cookie and the primary reason I began my baking career. I always had a dream of sharing this unique peanut butter cookie with all the “peanut butter lovers” in the world.
After moving to Sedona, Arizona, in November 2013, the opportunity to sell these cookies presented itself. My teacher’s salary in Sedona was not enough and had to be supplemented. With literally millions of tourists flowing through Sedona every year, I had the perfect setting to try it out and so I did.
So, exactly one year from moving to this beautiful town, I had a label designed, came up with packaging and a name before setting off to the stores to promote my Peanut Butter Pie Cookies. As each owner tried and fell in love with them, orders were pouring in and I was in business! Although I began by only selling my signature cookie, I have since added other family favorites. This allowed me to offer a broad assortment of varieties including chocolate chip cookies, brownies, lemon squares, pecan tea cookies, peanut butter dog treats, as well as Gluten Free options. All of my goods are baked with the same high quality ingredients, the same homemade goodness, all in small batches just as if I were baking them for my own family. Combining two of my passions in life, teaching and baking, may mean a lot of work at times, but I feel so very blessed that my dream is being realized.
As I approach four years in business, people from over forty states and over thirty countries have now enjoyed my baked goods. My Peanut Butter Pie Cookie ranks the favorite with many of them. Today my baked goods can be found in various stores throughout Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and in various farmers’ markets throughout the Verde Valley where both locals and tourists alike enjoy them.
- Bags – Biodegradable compostable made from wood cellulose fibers sourced with sustainable forestry principles.
- Labels – Raffia degradable and recyclable made from natural fibers with Cardstock made from recycled wood fiber
- Printing – Soy Ink vegetable oil-based that emit very low traces of volatile organic compounds, which are fumes that evaporate into the air from inks, solvents, and cleaners as they are used or as they dry. Also, the waste produced by Soy based inks poses a much reduced threat to the environment compared to petroleum-based inks.
Licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services
I am licensed and regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Environmental Health, Home Baked and Confectionery Goods Program. I also hold a Yavapai County Health Services Food Worker Certificate.