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School Aged Children

Sweet Sisters Bakery started as a way to teach my three girls to bake from scratch. A dear family friend, “Ms. Gayle” to my girls, was a retired elementary school teacher who had sworn off all contact with children the day she retired from the public school system. Somehow my eldest endeared herself to Gayle to the point of convincing her to teach Alex to read as a preschooler.

From there, Gayle was hooked. She “adopted” my kids as her very own “catalog grandchildren.” Gayle had a family bread recipe that she had revised, tested and adapted to make heart-healthy, low sugar muffins. Gayle decided my girls needed to know how to bake her muffins.

The girls learned to bake, and as demand for the muffins grew beyond family, friends, and church events, we saw the need to establish a business and accept orders in a formal manner. My girls were included in all aspects of Sweet Sisters Bakery including calculating how much each muffin cost to make and how to determine the price to charge for each muffin. They helped strategize how to increase business and when orders began to outgrow us, we included them in the discussion of leasing a commercial kitchen to fill our orders. We used old-school methods running numbers on the dry-erase board as we gathered in the kitchen. We kept big accounts and at our most profitable, we shipped more than 18 dozen muffins nationwide each month.

Ultimately my kids outgrew the desire to bake muffins every weekend. As the cost of groceries increased, we determined the profit margin was too narrow for us to continue our little business, and we dissolved our accounts. Nevertheless, Sweet Sisters Bakery brought us great memories and life-long lessons. As a result of running the business, my girls learned the importance of hard work, marketing and customer service. They are more responsible with money and realize what it takes to make a dollar.

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