We are a Mother-Daughter, home-based country kitchen located in beautiful, Vail, Arizona. Not quite between the tracks, but close enough to hear the whistles.
Four years ago, A Simple Cookie was quietly born when I, Laurie or otherwise known as Mother, started selling homemade cookies alongside my Dad at the Tanque Verde Antique Fair, a once-a-month event. Dad restores and sells antique clocks ( Bob’s Clocks) all the while encouraging me relentlessly; not only to start the little sideline but to continue this little cookie venture. The first offerings included just oatmeal raisin and a few chocolate chip cookies. I soon started selling out, amazing to me! and developed a following of wonderfully loyal customers that came back for more each month.
Haley joined me in the summer of 2016, in between her masters' studies and work. Not sure willingly, but so nice to have her along for the ride (her pun, intended). It thus truly became a family venture, and A Simple Cookie was official. (Her brothers have roles as well, although, I’m not entirely sure they realize the fact.)
Ultimately, besides needing to create some additional income, Haley and I both also wanted a way to share our experience with this foray into the world of farmers’ markets. We wanted to have a platform for an ongoing discussion about how this ever-changing world impacts both of us; both of us from two very different generations. That’s where our Stop and Chat With Us blog begins.
We have big plans, and yes, hopes and dreams that will include, a food truck/trailer !! and even philanthropic avenues for our desire to spread some good in this complicated, sometimes, mixed up world. We believe we’ll get there, eventually. We hope too, that perhaps you’ll join us in some of that discussion and those coming adventures, or at least allow yourself a little time to enjoy a beverage and a simple cookie, or two.
A Simple Cookie Mom
I grew up the daughter of a career US Air Force officer and had the privilege of living all over this country. Even after getting married, and still moving around fairly regularly, we all finally settled down in Southlake, Texas. Of course, the kids all graduated and then took off for college - and life happens! I packed up and came to Tucson.
I've always loved to bake, but definitely never thought of it as a profession. It has been something that I love to do for other people; my family, friends, and now sometimes total strangers! It is a passion, and something that helps me sort through life's little challenges.