Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Terrel.
Jacqueline, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have spent my entire life baking for others. When I was in high school, my mother and I would stay up late into the night baking homemade brownies to give out as gifts to my classmates. As I grew up, I continued to bake in my spare time while teaching middle school. After having our first child, I decided to stay home. When his first birthday came around, I went Pinterest-crazy and did all the things, including making decorated sugar cookies. They took a very a long time, and I swore I would never do them again. A couple of years later I happened to come across some cookies online that made me say, “I want to do those again,” and now, I make sugar cookies ALL the time!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have definitely been some ups and downs. Around the same time that I decided to start trying my hand at cookies again, my second son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with congenital toxoplasmosis at ten weeks of age. We spent the next several months learning more about his condition and prognosis and adapting to our new normal. Once things began to settle several months later, I made my third attempt to begin cookies. After posting several sets on social media, my friends encouraged me to begin selling them. Of course Isaiah lights up our lives, and is thriving as a now almost five year old, but having a child with a disability can be draining. In addition to my two sons, Morgan and Isaiah, I have also had two daughters, Victoria and Lucy, for a grand total of four kids! Things can definitely be chaotic, but I feel very fortunate that my main stress relief is also what I get to do for a living.
I provide clients with custom sugar cookies as well as a few varieties of drop cookies. I specialize in decorated sugar cookies, and I pride myself on having some of the most delicious sugar cookies in Houston. Cookies are meant to be eaten! I want people to enjoy both seeing and tasting my treats. One of the things I am most proud of is the recipes I’ve developed. My signature recipe was voted best tasting by the Houston Food Bloggers Collective and written up in the Houston Press. I also have a brown butter snicker doodle roll out that will rock your world. It’s seriously one of the best things ever.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think loving what you do is most important. If you don’t love what you do it will always feel like work! I have always enjoyed baking, and now people pay me to do it! How great is that?
- Basic Sugar Cookies start at $42/dozen with a two dozen minimum
- Mini Sugar Cookies start at $14/dozen with a six dozen minimum unless ordered with regular size cookies
- Address: Houston, Tx 77023
- Website: http://tudorhousecookies.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/tudorhousecookies
- Facebook: facebook.com/tudorhousecookies
- Twitter: twitter.com/tudorhousecooki
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