Hi Friends, and Welcome to My Cookie Journey.
My name is Barbara Hall, and I have always wanted to make great looking and tasty cookies. But jobs, kids, and life always seemed to make that an impossible dream. When you have a daughter standing in the kitchen crying because she forgot to tell you she needs a treat for the whole class the next day, you grab the cylinder-shaped Toll House cookie dough out of the refrigerator and start slicing and quartering it right on the pan. That is about all the time I had to learn how to make cookies. Wishing my cookies were the envy of my daughter’s grade school. Fast forward 35 years and now I have more time to get creative, learn, and share tidbits of knowledge for making the best cookies you’ve ever tasted.
I also enjoy taking pictures, even though I am quite the amateur. I love seeing how I can make the cookies look as delicious as they taste. My husband got me a good camera (Nikon D70) years ago, which still takes excellent pictures. I purchased a fantastic microlens not long after getting the camera, and it still works perfectly.
Well here is an update, my Nikon sadly bites the dust. About 7 months ago I started noticing a gradual darkening of my pictures. It got to the point that even Lightroom could not save them. I resorted to my iPhone while I researched my options. My fantastic husband gave me the most wonderful Christmas present, a check to buy a new camera. I purchased a Sony a7 III mirrorless and never looked back. Income tax return I purchased a Sony 90mm Macro lens and I am a happy camper. I took a class at our local art college so I could get to know my camera. I have found a new love.
Career and Retirement Career
I have worked in Information Technology for the last 20 years, and now I will soon have the time and the knowledge to start and maintain my blog, what better subject than making cookies and blogging about them.
With so many tips, tools, and techniques out there, thinking I could help eliminate some of the guesswork on making great cookies. Experimenting with all the choices and letting you know how they look and taste with pictures and comments. I am not a cookie decorator (I don’t like a layer of fondant on top of my cookies), but I love seeing how people decorate those fancy cookies, my hat is off to them.
Since I am still working a full-time job, I will try to get one different cookie recipe made and posted every week, so check back often but look out after I retire.