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March 14, 2011



I would love to send some cookies to my SIL Noelle - she was 22 weeks pregnant and lost her little boy on Friday - her and her kids and family would love some sweet love! :)

Amy Salinger

I would love to send this to a dear friend of ours who has recently lost her husband to a sudden stroke. She lives in the USA but i dont, so i cant be there with her personally... so that makes me realise even more how precious this could be if i were to win this and you could send these directly to her on our behalf! it would delight her heart. We miss her dearly. Thank you for such a kind offer as this! and even if we do not personally win thank you for cheering the hearts of those who will win and those who will recieve these cookies. You are a blessing.


I recently transferred to a new, very small college. I have had a hard time adjusting and dealing with the fact that girls here are honestly not very accepting of new people. One girl, Lilly, has been more than welcoming and a great friend to me since day one. We also both really enjoy baking and I know she would LOVE cookies. She has truly been an inspiration and I can honestly say that God's love shines through Lilly. I don't feel that she is ever recognized for her unconditional love for everyone around her. I can never thank her enough for everything she has done for me just by simply being a friend!

cara @ the boys made me do it

What an awesome act of kindness!


My husband could really use a pick-me-up from sugar cookies. Frosted sugar cookies are one of his favorites! :)
He has been pretty stressed out since last Fall because we are selling our house and are very interested in another house. We are trusting in God through this but it is still stressful. I hope I win. :)

Leslie Jackson

At my church, we have Secret Sisters. I chose the name of a lady whose son is in the Navy. Just recently, he was told that in two weeks he will be deployed to Libya for at least the rest of 2011. I would love to win the cookies to send to her. I know it's going to be a really tough time for her without him.

Angela Groves

I would love my sister in TX to get these cookies. She guided me to your blogs and is such a joy. She's prego and always talks about how much she would love to have a cake or cookies from you. We live in NC so we don't get to see each other too often, but I know cookies from you would be a sweet connection for us.


My dear friends Dan & Cindy could use a pick me up. On April 10th, it will be the 1 yr date of their son's death. He had cancer twice, even had a bone marrow transplant, but with all the cancer stuff he developed other complications and after years of fighting he couldn't do it anymore. Cindy's birthday is this week, it was on her birthday that it was her sons last day at home, he went to the hospital the next day and never returned. These weeks are going to be very hard for her. Her birthdays the last several years have always been associated with bad things, Elliotts cancer returning, him having to be at the hospital, stuff like that...


I nominate my Mom. She does so much for everyone without expecting anything in return and recieving a gift such as this could really brighten her day.


I know a young lady from my church that moved several hours away from home for college this fall. She's really been battling homesickness and misses her friends and family a bunch. I'd love to have you send her some cookies to cheer her up. :)


I have a disabled little girl that was born early and many friends that could use this gift BUT I would like to see your post from Janis Win!!!

Melissa Brown

I would love to send cookies to my best friend Lynn who is currently receiving Che Kherson for stage 3 breast cancer. She remains a happy, faithful and strong woman even when facing cancer. Right now she can only taste certain things.....really, really salty and very I thought some sweet cookies might really hit the spot!! Thanks for considering Lynn. :). Such a great idea!!!


I would LOVE to give special cookies to my mom and dad. They have been going through so much in our family lately between starting a business, dealing with illness, car troubles,you name it.Things have not always been easy,but they've always been such wonderful,Godly examples for our family.I love them so much.

I know these would cheer them right up. Thank you so much for being so generous! ♥

Tricia Flester

I would like to send some sugary smiles to my friend and co-worker Jen. She has been taking one hit after another recently. It started with her car being broken into and her purse being stolen. The thief went on several shopping trips with her credit card. Her father-in-law was then diagnosed with colon cancer and died a mere 2 weeks later. While spending nights holding her FIL's hand and days taking care of her two young children, she and her husband had to replace the heater in their house, and the windshield of her car. It just seemed like she couldn't catch a break, and there was so little I could do to help her. I know a few yummy cookies would make her smile. Thanks!!!!

Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise

What a SWEET idea!!

There has been a 7 year old little boy we have been praying for every day, for so long. We only know him through extended family, but his story has touched us, that he has become a part of our hearts and daily prayers. He has been fighting Leukemia, for 2 years now, and it just keeps coming back. Such a roller coaster, of hope, and devastating disappointment, over and over. His family is most always separated, with his mom at St. Jude's with him, and his Dad working in their home state, and his sister in school. They have leaned on God through it all. We have healthy triplets, about this boy's age, and so it has resonated with us. We and the kids send him gifts on holidays, cards, and other surprises, and pray all we can. But it just never feels enough, when all we want is to give them a miracle. The little boy gets SO EXCITED with anything that comes in the mail. Even a stack of cards! So -- I think your beautiful custom cookies would be such a fun surprise for him.

No matter who receives your cookies, will be blessed. Please don't feel that it's 'just cookies'. It's the smallest acts of thoughtfulness, that mean the WORLD to people, who are struggling. Just to know they are thought of, and cared for, is all they need, to keep fighting the good fight. So may God Bless You, for doing His work, by using your gifts He gave you, to touch the lives of others.

The Sugar Tree

I would like to nominate my friend Kathryn. She is the mother of 4, but lost her youngest son, Seth, when he was 9 months old to a rare heart condition. He spent more of his short life in the hospital than at home. He endured several heart surgeries, but they weren't able to heal his little heart. He went home to be with Jesus a little over a year ago. His birthday is coming up, March 27th. He would have been 2. She is still struggling greatly with this loss and can use all the encouragement she can get.

Melissa Brown

I'm so sorry. My post should read that Lynn is receiving chemotherapy....not sure what my spell check did there! :)


I vote for Janis too.

Theresa Sea

I vote for my friend Lisa B. She's getting married this May, and has been super stressed out wedding planning. To add to her stress, she just got her first place with her husband, and her parents are adding stress because they don't think Lisa should move in with her fiancee before the wedding-even though it's only 2 months away. She also just got a new job that she is already burned-out at. She's an addictions counselor, and I think she could REALLY use some awesome sugar cookies! Keeping my fingers crossed for these-and thank you for the giveaway!


My wonderful friend and colleague just got word that her citizenship is coming through! It would be amazing to celebrate this day with some cookies!


I would love to send cookies to my dearest friend Rach. She's working on healing her marriage and it's possibly the hardest thing she's done in her life. Mistakes have been made, trust has been broken, but there she and her husband are, working through it all. I think it's brave, it's smart (whatever the outcome is), and it's something a lot of people would give up on because in no way is it fun. She needs a little sunshine, and to know that she is an amazing person and worthy of love.

Mary Dunbar

I think this is such a wonderful idea. I am having a hard time narrowing it down to just one "deserving" person, as I know so many wonderful people. I think, however,I would choose my dear friend Paula. I met Paula right after I had my triplets. I lived in Upstate NY at them time and didnt have any immediate family available to help with the babies. Paula volunteered her time. In getting to know her, I have not only found a friend but someone I look up to and respect. We moved from upstate NY about 1.5 years ago. Just after we moved, her son-in-law was in a terrible accident. The family was asked to give blood (I am uncertain of the details) but in doing this they discovered that his daughter, Paula's granddaughter, had Leukemia. It has been a long road for them, but both are recovering. Through all this she has never lost her faith and remains positive. She really is an amazing woman whom I miss dearly.


My grams has been sick w/ pneumonia for a bit and seems to do better on sunny days. I would love to give her something sunny to help her pull through this difficult time.


I would love to send cookies to my friend Rachel - she's at university in the States and I am in Canada, but we have been friends for ten years (and never met!) She's going through a rough time, feeling very stressed out, but she still manages to have time to help me when I need help. She is a total sweetheart and all kinds of amazing, and I think cookies would be a perfect gift for such a great friend!


I would love to send some uplifting treats to my mom who was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and is fixing to have surgery and start chemo treatment. It was unexpected and she is in a whirl wind of emotion. These would make her smile. She is the most loving and giving person I know!!!


I would give them to my best friend's daughter, Megan, who is 27, and a new mommy(5 mo. old boy) and has stage 3 ovarian cancer. She is amazingly positive, a cheerful boost to everyone around her. Her faith in God buoys her up. She recently donated her beautiful long hair(before chemo took it)to "Locks of Love", and is always thinking of others.

Lauren K

I simply have the best roommate in the whole world! She's busy coreographing, teaching, and balancing the city's little ballerina's. She comes home so late at night and looks like a truck ran over her (in the most loving of ways of course). And - she loves cookies!

selina boullin

I know someone who i would like to get some cookies, My aunt has been an incredible help to me these last few weeks as i have lost my job and now face losing my apartment. she has helped me no questions asked and no judged me in anyway instead she has been kind loving and generous.


I would like to nominate my son, Evan. He is a 30 year old, single guy that lives in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I live in Richmond, VA. I miss him like crazy!!!! Evan is the kindest, gentlest, sweetest son in the whole, wide world. Have you ever heard the expression, "If it ain't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all."? Well, that describes Evan. We try to see the humor in his bad luck. Last week he was driving along the highway with the window halfway down. All of a sudden a woodpecker flew in and hit him in the temple. Fortunately, he and the bird are OK. Evan could really use an act of kindness from someone. He already knows about you because I've tried making most of the cakes you have posted. I just made the chocolate-covered cherry cordial cake. The best one, so far. Thanks for being wonderful, Amanda.


I would like to have them sent to Walter Brown on the morning show at a lite music station in Biloxi. He is a a good-hearted, Christian person. He is so kind and good natured every day. Even when people call in and say the stupidest things, he gives them a response that makes them feel like they are the best and brightest the world has to offer. When you listen to him each morning, you feel like being the best person you can be each day.

Sophie~Bug's Mom

What an awesome idea! I would have two people I would like to nominate...

one of my friends is a single mom of a 5 year old little girl. She just lost a baby and has not shared that with many people who are not sure why she is so sad all the time. I would love to cheer her up with an anonymous gesture like this!

another of my friends is an amazing mom to two little ones, one of which just completed chemotherapy for a cancerous brain tumor. She has completely put her life aside to be there and care for her sweet little girl (like all of us would, of course). But, she did it with a smile on her face and kept everybody's spirits up around her. It is nothing short of a miracle for this baby girl to have had such an amazingly difficult course of treatment with smiles on her face... of course, they were aimed directly at her mama!

Goldie Pierce

My Dad. I live about 2,000 miles away from him....he's in Iowa, I'm in Utah! However, he is the strongest and most uplifting man I know! He has raised me and my 10 brothers and sisters. Yes, there are 11 of us kids!!!! His wife (my mom) died of cancer almost 12 years ago. He is still completely loyal to her in every way. I know he struggles with being lonely, especially since he lost his mom and dad the last few years. He's only got one child left in the house (and she's 18 now, so she'll probably be out any time!). He has went out of his way so often to prove to us by example what it means to be a good, contributing member of society....what it means to have morals & standards in this world where things are falling apart....what it means to be an honest, open, loving human being....and that being a parent is the best gift you could ever have and know. He is the epitome of service. He is always out helping others, to take heavy loads off of their lives. It's what keeps him busy so that he is not lonely....but also, because he just knows it's the right thing to do. I would like to see him receive special cookies as a simple, cute, fantastic way of showing him that HE TOO can be thanked for being a wonderful human being, a wonderful father, a wonderful husband, a wonderful son....and a true inspiration. He is the kind of man that I would love to give a million dollars to, because he deserves it in every way. But cookies come in a close second!!!! :)


I've got two people to nominate. One is my mother in law, who is fighting breast cancer right now. She had to sell her sheep and chickens because she couldn't take care of them any longer. She could really use a pick-me-up. The other person is my cousin-in-law. She was pregnant with twins and went into early labor at I believe 22 weeks. One baby was born with a heartbeat but they were unable to save him. They managed to stop labor and keep their little girl in long enough to give her steroid shots for her lungs, but mom ended up with an infection and they had to take the baby early. She is doing well but will be in the NICU for several months. She is approximately 1lb. Her mom and her mother in law are throwing a shower for her in May, since the original shower was for two babies and had to be canceled because mom was in the hospital. I would love to be able to bring her some cookies for the shower.


I would like to nominate my friend Terrell. She is trying to work her way through grad school right now, and if that wasn't stressful enough, she sometimes has allergic type reactions to foods, but has been told she isn't a celiac. On top of that, Terrell just found out that her father, who stopped smoking 10 years ago has stage 4 lung cancer that is metastizing toward his brain. They can't give him a prognosis until after they start the chemo, but it doesn't look good. Terrell loves it when I bake for everyone, and she deserves something special to smile for a little while. She is so much fun to be around and usually organizes our game nights and makes everyone laugh. I want her to have something to be happy about for a minute before she has to go back to life.


I'm having a really difficult go in life lately. My husband left me nearly 3 months ago for another woman, who he moved in with just 2 weeks ago. A terrible blow to an allready fragile state. I've also got a 5 and 2 year old....and being a single mom is hard! I can't afford to pay my mortgage anymore, so we could very well be homeless!

However, my friend, Mendy ....she is amazing. She has been holding my hand every second of every day and, though she has her own family and life, she will drop everything in an instant to rush to me when I need her. Mendy took me in for a surgery a month back...her son had been up all night with the stomach flu and she was 9 months pregnant. She greeted me with a smile and though I was profusly horrified and scrambled to find someone else to take me and pick me up, she'd hear nothing of it. She's a true gift from God and a true friend... I love her so much and am so blessed and thankful.


Great thing you are doing here Amanda!


What a fabulous idea Amanda! I was watching Secret Millionaire last night TOO!!!! I cried and cried! Now I'm teary again. Touched by your lovely spirit...

I'd like to nominate my mom & dad. Two of the most beautiful giving humans I know. While they've got lots of health issues going on that involve pain & fatigue they still find time in their hearts and their day to counsel many people from church who need advice, a shoulder or someone to listen. It's truly amazing. I am so blessed. And I would love to brighten their day with some of your gorgeous cookies.

And you are truly blessed. I am so thankful that I've gotten to know you and your beautiful spirit.


I would love to send cookies to my beautiful friend and coworker, who is also a homeschooling mother of 4 and a missionary wife. She and her husband and kids are finishing their 4 year commitment as missionaries in Uganda at the end of this week, and I know moving home will be a big transition for their family. My husband and I also live in Uganda and have worked with them for the past 2 years, and will miss them like crazy when they leave! I'd love to bless their family with a treat when they get home.


I would like to send cookies to my friend from church, Stori, who made our visit to meet our soon to be adopted 4 little boys possible. She organized 2 separate fundraisers for us and we were able to raise all the funds we needed to get to the boys and back. Without her, the trip would have not been possible. She is also pregnant with her 5th baby a year after having adopted 2 precious children from the Congo, and I am sure would very much enjoy your cookies right now!!!


This is a PERFECT giveaway! PERFECT! I would like to nominate my little sister. Her husband finished school a year ago this April and still has not been able to find a job to help support his family. They are over $120,000 in financial debt from school and living as poor college students. My sister found out she was pregnant a few months ago and despite health issues with that has been going to work at a waitress to bring in a little money. They have a little four year old and this little one on the way. Things are so tough for them right now. They have had to move in with my parents into their basement. It is very cramped down there. Both my brother in law and sister have been so down and frustrated. I would LOVE to brightened their day with a extra special treat from you!

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, such an amazing way to share your talents for those who are in need! I don't know how you are going to narrow it down! Good luck :)


Fantastic idea Amanda. Good luck with picking one, sounds like everyone needs some cookies! :) Maybe I will make a batch this week and pass it on. Great idea ... thanks for sharing.

diane stanley

My "Uncle Johnny" just died. He's not my real uncle, but a good family friend. His wife, "Aunt Mary", will be very lonely. She has been his care taker and advocate for 10 years. He was 87 years old. Aunt Mary could use some love.
If you choose my nominee I will be on vacation until March. 30.
thank you for doing this. I might copy you when I get back.

Amanda Rettke

Now THAT is a great idea Stephanie!!!


Oh Amanda, this is such a great idea. I have been feeling so over whelmed lately with the pain and suffering of so many. I have 5 women in my life right now suffering with life threatening illness. It breaks my heart! Then this whole tsunami thing. UGH!

2 of the women have young children one has MS she has a baby and a young son, life is a battle daily for her. Then my other friend just learned that her breast cancer is back but this time it has spread to lungs and sad, three young kids, amazing family.

If I win I would like to split my 2 dozen up between these two families. Thanks for sharing your talents. You got me all misty eyed.xoxoxox

Jennifer Leech

I know of a few thousands/millions that could use some cookies (people of japan) but its US based so i was reading one of my favorite blogs today when something just made my eyes water.
The Creator of the Cake Wrecks blog and Epbot has hit a tough week and i think some cookies to her and her husband would just make them see a bright side.
Now i only know them from the blog but they are great people and nothing makes a rough time better than some home baked goodness.

on a side note, i think this is a great thing you are doing and i commend you for wanting to help brighten 5 families day.


I love, love, love this idea. What a fantastic way to "do something". I too have been feeling helpless about all the pain in the world, unable to figure out how I could do anything about it. I also have a list of people to nominate, but reading through many of your responses, I think you have plenty to choose from. Might I suggest that you ask readers to expand on your idea, just as many of us do with your yummy recipes, and "pay-it-forward"? I can nominate someone, but I can also continue your idea on my own blog, or take it upon myself to do something similiar for someone in my life. Thank you so much for this fantastic idea and all your efforts - I can imagine your hands are full but you still take time to "give"! Let there be more of that in this world! =-)


This is so sweet of you!

If I won these cookies I would send them to my Dad. My dad works in the flooring industry he is self taught in the trade and works very hard. He is now the head of a flooring company and his job is very stressful because simple mistakes cost lots of money to fix. He has had a lot of health problems due to the stress of working this job. He would like to quit his job but is waiting until after I get married in October so he can help pay for some of the wedding. After October he is planning on switching from his flooring job to making brick fire oven pizza. (Its amazingly good!) Right now my dad is having a hard time because a few people in our extended family do not support his idea of switching careers, and they tell him quite often. I would like to send him some "pizza" cookies just to let him know that I support him and to give him some encouragement.

Kristen B

I have a friend from college who, a little more than a week ago, woke up to find their almost two month old baby girl had died in the night. They struggled to get pregnant and were incredibly excited to have her. Then this past week, her husband went in to have a procedure done and doctors found a tumor in or near his bile duct. Through this all, she posted to her status that "God is in control". Love is raining on them from all around through friends and family and their prayers. I nominate them to be the recipients of this contest. I think some "happy food" is in order.


This is a fabulous idea! I think that instead of entering your contest I will use your amazing recipes and make some for a few of my friends that deserve some cookie love! I stay at home with the kids and it's our spring break so I have a lot of time on my hands!


I am not entering, but have to say what an inspirational gift this is, Amanda. I can't wait to go through and read each story!


I would love to nominate my dear friend Alexis for these cookies. At 28ish she has been battling multiple forms of cancer for as long as I've known her (over 3 years. Up until this past year she continued running - her passion - including completing more than one marathon! She is now unable to run as she once did, and I know this is so discouraging to her, nevermind the ongoing battle with such an ugly disease. Through it all though her love for Christ as her Savior has remained strong. He has been her rock on sinking sand. I always want to do something for her, because she deserves the world. Would love to bring some extra cheer to her through your cookies. I'd love to make 10 dozen myself but I know there's no way I'd get around to it!! Thanks for a wonderful idea!


I nominate my mom and dad. They have always been there for me and my family. I live downstairs from them and love that we have such a wonderful relationship. My children are so close with my parents. They light up when they hear the car pull up in the driveway. My husband who came from very broken home has an amazing relationship with my them. He always says how he is finally lucky to have a real family and to know he is loved. They have been married 40 years and deserve so cookies. :O) If I don't win I will make some myself, but they won't be as pretty.


I'd like to nominate my mom because she is one of the most giving people I know. She works hard at her job at the school district office and it is often a thankless job. She has been helping take care of Quads born in our church since they were newborn and really needed everyone's help. They are now 5 years old and everyone else has stopped going over to help but she still goes every Tuesday night to help and serve their family. She volunteers in the church nursery on Sundays and also with a the child abuse prevention phone line in our town. Ask anyone around, she does very little for herself and serves everyone around her.

That doesn't mention all she does for us being the best mom and Grammy around.


This is really great. I nominate my SIL's mother Jen. she is one of those people that always stife to leave you better than they found you. She always makes handmade and thoughtful gifts, she always encourages no matter what is going on in her own life and always just leaves you thinking, man, I should be more like that and make the world a better place.
P.S.: i'd like to link you to my blog with this post.


I have a blogger friend who lost her husband 5 days after Christmas in a tragic hunting accident. She and her 2 children have moved back home with her parents in TX and she is now studying to get her teacher's certificate. She has been a trooper through this all and has been an inspiration to others through this. Her name is Penny and this is her blog, Living Above Ministries.
I would like for you to also keep my family in your prayers. My kids are sick again. We have been sick with 2 different strains of flu and a stomach bug since the end of January. I ready for the sickness to go away!
You will truly be blessed for sharing your talent with others. I know you will bring smiles to those who truly need them!

Amanda Sikes

I am going to write a post and do the same thing! I'll let you know when it is up and what I am "paying forward". Great idea.


I would love to send some cookie love to my mom. My dad and her do countless things for me and my family, and they don't always get the thanks they deserve.

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

I would love to have some of your beautiful cookies sent to a fellow MN blogger who has been dealing with her mom's serious health issues. This is such a beautiful thing you're doing...


I'd give the cookies to my amazing mom for Mother's day. I miss her bunches and can't wait to see her when I get home for Spring Break!


i've been feeling ohsomuch the same way. and maybe it's time that i do a pay it forward ... and give away a photo session to be used over the summer ... and (unfortunately) it would have to be limited to the minneapolis/st. paul area ... but it's something that i CAN do ... and should. thanks for the idea. count me in.
and i have a good friend that is forever working through her husband's cancer and her son being incredibly premature ... (there are times when she has both of them in the hospitals) and does it with a smile. and faith. and i'm very inspired by her. it would make me so happy to surprise their family with a batch of your beautiful cookies.

Susan O.

My dear friend Jen has been caring for her daughter with an eating disorder since last May. She has faithfully researched and secured treatment, prepared her meals and sat with her during each meal and snack as she eats. It's going to be a very long battle. Jen does all this on her own and with no support from her family to speak of. So many times I have wished to be there simply to share the burden. She is in WI and I am in VA, and it's been a long, snowy winter in WI. Something cheerful and unexpected would be perfect!
One of the things she and her daughter always enjoyed was baking cookies together. I'd love to send super special cookies that someone else made, and maybe open a dialogue about making, eating and sharing food with your loved ones.
I think it's a wonderful and generous idea, and I thank God that you thought of it!


I nominate my Mom and younger sister. They are going through a separation from my dad. I hate that my mom has to deal with this, she has done so much and sacrificed so many things for her seven children. We are all here for her no matter what, but I think she could use a major pick me up.


This is such a sweet idea! I'm nominating my husband. He is such a wonderful caring man who helps me be the best person I can be. It's always the little things he does that adds up that make him so special and just perfect for me. I just might have to bake him some cookies myself to remind him!

Anna Espich

My sister is simply amazing! Here are a few things she has accomplished this year (2010/2011): hosted a wedding shower for me in March, had her first (BEAUTIFUL) baby in April, quickly got back in the gym teaching Yoga, ran a 5K race, earned her Master's degree, taught Kindergarten, hosted another wedding shower for her best friend...and so much more! She does so much for all the people in her life. She deserves a treat!


I would love to send these to a friend of mine who is going through a particularly difficult time. She has had a very difficult life thus far, and all of these awful past experiences are weighing very heavily on her right now. She is extremely discouraged and could definitely use a pick-me-up! I wish I could do more for her in this situation than I can, and I think that a treat like this might hopefully help to encourage her a little bit and put a smile on her face.

I think it's great that you're doing this! We definitely need to be reaching out to others in whatever way we are able!

Linda Picazzo

I would like to nominate my hubby. He's been working at a place where he receives absolutely no appreciation, yet keeps on doing his best in order to first honor the Lord with his testimony and also to support our family. These cookies would just make his day!!!!!!

Melanie Franks

I would love to send my grandparents some cookies. They are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. My family is planning a celebration for them, but my husband pastors a church and we live a few states away...needless to say I won't be able to join in the celebration, but if I could have them some cookies sent on my behalf that would make it a little better!

Wardah Arif

I want to nominate my mom. She's a diabetic dealing with depression from her mom's recent death and raising four kids; that includes driving, cooking, cleaning, laundry, blahblahblah. The list could go on. This would be such a sweet surprise for her and I'm sure she would love it.

Christine Wong

You are so sweet for doing this. My friend and I have both graduated from college last summer, and are both searching for the next step in our lives. She has been applying for dental school since we've left college, but it's near the end of the recruiting process, and she's only been receiving rejections. My friend tries to stay positive, and I'm doing my best help her stay positive too, but it's hard, and I know she's upset even if she doesn't like to admit it. Your gift would definitely help remind her that she is better than how she's thinking of herself now. Again, you are super sweet for doing this! I am now inspired to bake uplifting cookies for the rest of my friends :)

Misty Stuckwisch

I would nominate my mom, Sherry. This morning my grandma died -her mother-n-law- for the past three weeks she has been at her bedside, for two weeks at the hospital and a week in the nursing home. She has been her primary care giver for over a year. My mom is so selfless, she has loved and cared for her right till the end. Taking her everywhere, caring for her, helping her through. I feel so blessed to know my mom and know that she is always there.


My mother. I constantly and forever appreciate her, but am a bad daughter at expressing it.

Your post made me stop, and think. It makes me realize how out of touch I've been lately. And how bad I feel about being so self-absorbed. So thank you.


You are a good lady! I so love everything that you stand for - you have your heart in the right place. I just posted(on my other site) about giving back ( It is so important to share and it is so important, as parents, to teach by example. Your children are very, very lucky!

Jennifer Day

I would love to send some cookies to my mother in law. She is "retired" but volunteers at a small apartment complex where families from out of town stay when their loved ones are in the hospital. She makes meals for them at least once a week so the families are not always having to eat take out. She is a very selfless and giving person and deserves a treat! Thanks for your consideration!


I would LOVE to nominate one of my very best friends, Rachel. She is my baking cohort here in TN and she is absolutely a wonderful Godly woman. This month, however, has got to be the worst one for her in the last 5 years. She is out of her mind upset realizing that it has been 5 years since she lost her dad very suddenly. It was a week after she turned 18. I am attempting to do something for ehr, but with limited funds (I'm trying to pay for a conference I'm going to with my church next month) and time (I have 2 weddings, a shower and a visit from my parents in the next 4 weekends) I just didn't know what to do. I know she would love some cookies.....

Casey Sciorrotta

How timely...I was sitting here thinking about my cousin's wife and what I can do to help her and send her some smiles and hugs and then I read your blog post. My cousin passed away last week after a short battle with cancer, he was only 41. He leaves behind a loving wife and 6 children...the youngest being 3 years old. They were all so brave at the funeral this past weekend. I would love for you to be able to brighten their day with some cookies.


It's funny that you came up with this idea. I kind of do the same thing except I bake and decorate cakes. I kind of use it as a ministry. I don't have a lot of money, but I can bake a cake! It cheers people up and makes them smile and it is a small way to let people know you care.

Kristin Hansen

I vote for a tutorial on these if you feel so inclined - would love to pass them on too, and I think it means so much more when they're personalized!!


I nominate a good friend from college who just lost a precious baby. Mercy Joan was born with a very serious medical condition and unfortunately it was beyond anything surgery could correct. They got one wonderful week with precious Mercy before she went to join her Heavenly Father. The family is mourning her passing, but so thankful for the time they had with her and the fact that she is now whole. Anyway, I have been trying to think of something to do for my 2 friends and their 2 precious children who are all mourning in their own ways and this would be perfect, especially for the 4 and 2 year olds :)

Kristi Lenz

My cousin Andrew is 6 years old. He was born 7 weeks premature in 2004 with health problems. He had a hole in his heart and had kidney reflux. Luckily the hole closed up on its own but he had to have surgery to correct the kidney problem. The poor kid was on antibiotics daily for over 2 years. He continues to have health problems. He just recently recovered from pneumonia and was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis (at 6!) and acid reflux disease. Tomorrow (Wednesday) he is having his tonsils and adenoids out in an attempt to reduce the number of times he is sick and has to take antibiotics. Despite all of this he is a happy and active little boy. Slightly small and skinny for is age but loves to do all the things little boys love to do. He might had to repeat kindergarten due to all of the days he has missed due to illness this year. In addition his mom has been ill as well and lost her job. She has to have exploratory surgery next week for some female issue that are perplexing the doctors.
I think some cookies would defiantly liven up their lives.
Thanks for doing this, no matter who wins.

Valerie Salazar

I would love to send these to my mother. She has supported me through many rough times; and now an empty nester, while my father travels for work - she could use a bit of sunshine while home alone.


I vote for my friend Kendra. She and her husband are having a challenging time conceiving a baby. She is the most wonderful friend and despite her challenges to become a Mum, she always is supportive of my two boys and the challenges we go through as parents of a little boy with ADHD. Kendra is a sweetheart and I think she deserves some treats; like you said, it's just cookies, but I think the world is definitely a better place if you can put a smile on someones face and let them know people care.

Deanna D.

My sister and her husband are some pretty deserving candidates! My sister is a SAHM of 3, all of whom are sick right now :( She never ceases to amaze me with all she does with those kiddos. From letter of the day, to story time at the library, to swim classes. Yet she still finds time to clean the house and have dinner made. Her husband is also one of the hardest workers I know. He works 6 days a week to make sure his family is provided for.

So great of you to do this!

Amber wick

I think my mother-in-law would be a great candidate for your fabulous cookies! She is an accountant and is always working overtime (and will for another month) during this time of the year. The reason she needs the cookies is because her husband has been gone for 4 months so he can take care of his mother who was attacked by a dog and had to have major reconstructive surgery on her hand. My mother-in-law (Marianne) never complains and has a smile even though I know she is lonely. I think this small act would help her feel loved, appreciated and not quite so alone.


I would love to have you send some cookies to my boyfriends brothers fiance. She is not only my best friend, but practically family. She is 5 1/2 months pregnant with her first child and has had a cyst on her ovary for awhile now that they have been watching. On Friday she found out that her cyst actually isn't a cyst and that it's a tumor and they are pretty sure it's cancer. She is a wonderful person and only 23 years old. I don't know where it will go from here but I know she is getting it taken out on Friday and we'll go from there and see what happens to her & the baby. She certianly needs a pick me up.

Katie W.

I would love to send these cookies to my Mom and Dad. They have a lady who lives with them with her 3 kids and her husband. My Dad is 64 and works his butt off and my Mom is 60 and watches a 2 and 3 year old while their mother is off doing who knows what. My Dad had a heart attack last year while having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his Kidney. We didn't know if he was going to make it. He did and is doing GREAT! His spirits are lifted from going through all of this and coming out the other side. And through all of it my Mom has been there right by his side supporting him and me through some tough times that I am going through right now with infertility. So I would LOVE to do something very special for them and show them how much I appreciate the both of them.

Thanks for this opportunity!!


I would nominate my cousin. He is 48 years old, self employed, married with five children and was recently diagnosed with ALS. It is simply tragic. He has lost it all, first his speech, folks thought he was intoxicated, so his business crashes while waiting for a diagnosis. We ALL as family have contributed food and money while they struggle with the US gov for aid. I bet those five kids 4 boys 14,13,12,11 and two year daughter would love them.

whitney obrecht

There are so many people that come to mind when i think about it. I am going to do the same thing and bake some of my own to send to people who inspire me. although I would like to put in a request for my stepmother to receive yours. I for one am NOT a baker. last time I made cookies I burnt them, in the toaster oven, and they were the break and bake kind. So, I can promise my stepmother would love yours. She lost her brother to cancer a two weeks ago and her mother is going downhill quickly as well. She lives in MD and I live in SC so i haven't been able to hug her yet. She and my father married 17 years ago and have a 15 yr old. Chase (my brother) is an amazing kid and she has been a great mom to him and to me. she is also affectionately called Nana by my 4 yr old brayden.

Nancy Edwards

I'd like to nominate my mother...she is 90 years old. I live in a different city. She has macular degeneration so is almost totally blind, suffers from arthritis and is in pain most of the time. She lives in an assisted living facility. She feels badly and that is depressing. Cookies would make her day ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
And mine too ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Susan H

Oh mercy - the stories to read and the decisions to make. I have been where so many of the others have gone - kiddos so sick you pray that the good Lord will let them take turns being the sickest and not both being deathly ill at the same time. Needing a transplant - getting a transplant -living life to the fullest - losing my precious oldest daughter just as I thought I was seeing daylight with both girls getting better. Being graced with two beautiful grandsons that think cookies are "treasures" but born to a gluten free mom. Not that that means no cookies - just not THE best cookies as far as I am concerned. I would love to share some REAL cookie treasures with my special 2 and 4 year old boys.
I saw your cookies packed in pairs on one of your posts - so if each of my guys had a package then that would leave 20 cookies or 10 packs to giveaway. They live on a street with all elderly people - so they could brighten the day of their neighbors too. They love to share. Great idea and I do not envy you your job of chosing your recipients. God Bless you for bringing cheer to so many. You do beautiful work.


My sweet mother in law... yes, really! She's my best friend, and I'm her health advocate and care giver. It makes me sad that I watch her decline, but I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to be there for her. I just want a "Phyllis" in MY life when I'm "there". Your cookies and Patties would just be a delightful way to make the day special... what a wonderful idea.

Lauren Moore

Cookies for my mother-in-law and the four children to whom she was recently given custody. My mother-in-law has such strength of character that she didn't flinch when told she would be given custody of her 4 step-grand-children, ages 2 - 7, even though she is thisclose to retirement and at an age when she should finally be able to just relax. Retirement is no longer an option, nor is relaxing. She focuses on the powerful positive impact she can exert on these children who, sadly, have been neglected by their parents. For that, she deserves our respect...and a few cookies for the kiddos she loves.


I would give cookies to my husband to share with my two kids ages 2 & 3. I am a stay at home mom but over the past month I've been stuck in bed sick. My husband has been great at cooking three meals a day for the family and keeping up the house work of cleaning, while still going to work everyday working full time. While I am home alone during the day with the kids, they have been very patient with me. I've felt like such a bad mommy and wife so many times over this past month because my husband and children have sacrificed so much for me and I have not been able to give much back to them. They know I love them and they are all expecting me to get well soon. Since I haven't been able to bake in awhile some homemade cookies would be a special treat to my husband and two little ones.

Jenette Marie

Some very dear friends of ours have a son, Jordyn, who is 8 years old. Jordyn has suffered with Niemann-Pick disease his entire life and is coming to the end of his battle. Unfortunately there isn’t anything the doctors can do to prolong his life any longer, but there are plenty of things we, as friends, can do to make the very short time he has left as bright as possible. I think Jordyn and his parents would love to receive some delicious and beautifully decorated cookies! What 8 year old wouldn’t LOVE to have a big batch of cookies special just for themselves?!

Thank you so much for this opportunity! Let’s all continue to pay it forward!

Nieves Pérez

I live in Spain, so I can't take part of the contest, but I had to say you such a lovely idea you had.
Doing this you demonstrate the wonderful kind of person that you are, trying to take a bit of happiness to the others.
I've just found out your blogs few days ago, but be sure I will follow your posts from now on.
I would propose you for the cookies, but I do believe that you cannot take part in the contest either.

Amy's blah, blah, blog

My mom is going to be watching my 5 and 2 year old girls while I'm in Hawaii next month. Now that certainly deserves a cookie, or two! :)

Sarah P.

I would like to nominate my husband. He has been going under a tremendous amount of stress due to changes at work. On top of that, I am 10 weeks pregnant (yay!) and have been dealing with unbearable morning sickness. He comes home from work, no matter how tough the day, with a smile on his face and goes straight to taking care of me, the house, and our precious 2 year old. He has been giving 110% to our marriage when I feel like I have nothing at all to give. Sweet treats are the way to his heart. I'd love to surprise him with these! What a great idea. Thank you for giving, Amanda.

Bridget Jesionowski

I love this idea! You are a very sweet person. I would love to send some cookies to my mom. She has had a tough few years in terms of her health - which a few recent surgeries have improved but not made entirely better. And she is working to support my older brother and father who are both out of work while helping my little brother get off to college. She also helps out illiterate people in her community through Project Learn because she doesn't believe in wasting her gifts. She doesn't always believe in herself and her strength like she should, but i know she can get through it.

Queen Mommy

This is such a wonderful idea! We are actually planning a cookie decorating party this weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday. Then we will be taking our decorated cookies to Children's Hospital for the nurses there. Our daughter, Lily, spent her first 6 months of life there, as well as numerous other visits...including 3 last winter. (So far, none this year, thank the good LORD....although I thought the streak might end a couple of weeks ago when she was sick.) Anyway, we just wanted to show them how much they are appreciated and how important their job is. We are also planning to make some fleece tie-blankets and hopefully pick up a few other things to donate for the kids. I've seen firsthand what a pick me up a new blankie or a special toy can give for a sick child.

Rhett Hoff

What a nice idea! I would like to nominate my mother. Just over a month ago, she lost her wonderful husband, my father, of nearly 40 years. Needless to say, she is heartbroken. The last several months have been so hard for her and, although she has many great friends looking out for her, my sister, brother, and I live far away. I worry for her so much and I call her everyday, always letting her know I'm thinking of her and love her. She always oohs and aahs over your cookies and cakes. I think she would love to receive some of her very own!


The first person that came to my mind was Chad. I can't think of anyone that needs a smile added to his day more than he does. I don't know him at all, but his blog is:
Just to warn you it is a heartbreaking story, but so awesome reading about Chads faith in God seeing him through this difficult time.

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