All because of two little girls....and a pandemic!
Five years prior to the pandemic, I opened Sweet Encounter Bakery, an online and wholesale bakery, which is still in operation. The bakery specializes in gluten free and allergy friendly desserts because both my girls have food allergies.
Given the pandemic and the impact COVID 19 has had on all our lives, I decided to pivot and provide a service that allows families to connect with their kids through the love of food. I love cooking and baking with my two daughters. As young as three, I have videos of my girls cutting veggies and cracking eggs! SE Kids was a logically next step for my business.
As a little girl, I dreamt of owning a restaurant. My mom always said I loved playing with the pots and pans more than I did my toys. My two little girls, Melia and Madison, are no different. Like me, they love helping mommy in the kitchen. They enjoy creating great food as much as they enjoy eating it. However, not all foods like them as much as they like some foods.
After discovering both my girls had food allergies, I quickly fell to my knees and said, “Why me Lord? What am I going to feed these kids?” Even more, what will my sweet girls eat when invited to a birthday party. I didn't want them to be the kids who "couldn't enjoy a cupcake." After my little pity party, I dusted myself off and decided to figure out how to best feed my kids. It also helped that a few of my girlfriends reminded me that God gave me a gift – the ability to make delicious food.
I’ve always wanted to share my gift of cooking and baking with the world but it wasn’t until God gave me Melia and Madison that I had the courage and vision to open Sweet Encounter. Now, given the pandemic, I am pivoting and sharing my gift of cooking, baking and teaching through SE Kids Culinary Academy. Having taught online classes for 10 years at Indiana Wesleyan and also having taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, I'm putting my teaching skills to use in a new way.
My story is living proof that God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself! If you have faith, work hard and stay the course, God will bless the work of your hands. It may not turn out exactly as you planned, which is where the true blessings lie. But by the grace of God, it will be greater than your wildest dreams.
I invite you to try SE Kids Culinary Academy. Everyone deserves to encounter the best and I'm confident you will receive exactly that: the best!