“You could say I got started when I was 8 years old. My mom and dad were both Navy, so I wasn’t raised by a traditional mom. She didn’t cook much, and she hated it when she did. But my aunt loved to cook, and I loved being with her learning. After she taught me how to make pancakes, I fell in love with cooking everything. I especially love old timey recipes.
“Fast Forward to 20015, a friend of mine asked me to make mini pies for her wedding and I did – 300 mini pies of all sort for the grooms table. After that I researched what I could do from home and found out about the cottage food guidelines. To be honest I do not like having my hands tied by such restrictions.
“I sell baked goods and custom snacks. I have a very eclectic clientele. I have been blessed to be a small part in several weddings, birthday parties – the most recent was for a 99-year young gentleman in our community. I have participated in baby showers, snack foods for football parties. I even had the privilege of making cinnamon rolls for former First Lady Deborah Bryant.
“Because of this business, we’re able to prepare for retirement. I am 46 years old and I have worked in a hospital laboratory as a Med Tech my entire adult life. I was so excited to see the ability to advertise cottage food products online. And the increase income of $35,000 will also be a big help!”