Sammies and Cookies was launched in 2016 with the intent of sharing good food, good dogs, and good times with a community of people who enjoy cooking, dogs, table-top games, or all three! We believe in ethical, sustainable food sources, sharing life with our best (furry) friends, and just generally trying to have fun without worrying about the big picture.
Meet The Blogger
Hi! I’m Deanna, the blogger behind Sammies and Cookies, and I’m so happy that you’ve stopped by my site! I started Sammies and Cookies in January of 2016 because I love food, dogs, and geekery. Speaking of dogs, meet Sammy (right) and Cookie (left), my dogs. I’ll try not to get too crazy-dog-lady on you, but suffice to say they bring me so much happiness and motivate me to take care of myself and be a better person every day.
I’m a home cook living in Lebanon, Oregon. This means I have the incredible privilege of living in an area where I can obtain farm-fresh produce and ethically raised animal products, participate in a community shared agriculture (CSA) program through a local farm, experience the natural beauty of Oregon (and do my best to help Sammy and Cookie do the same), and have the option of participating in a wider group of geeks than the one I have cultivated in my circle of friends. I raise my own hens for eggs, in addition to being a member of Pitchfork & Crow’s CSA program. During the summer, I try to garden. I’m still learning and I ended up killing a lot of innocent plants last year.
I should probably mention that I have poly-cystic ovary syndrome (pcos), diabetes, and a spattering of mental health issues that I constantly struggle with. I want to mention these because I believe that pretending otherwise would be disingenuous and that invisible, chronic illness (physical or mental) is something that we, as a culture, need to talk about more.
Finally, I would like to mention my fiance, Mason, who is incredibly supportive and loving, and my mother Johannah, who taught me to cook and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. My mother, sadly, passed away in 2013, but I do my best to keep her memory alive by living in a way that I hope she would be proud of.
Thank you very much for reading and I look forward to sharing my journey with you!