Monday, November 24, 2014

8 Great Etiquette Tips for a Better Thanksgiving Experience

8 Great Etiquette Tips for a Better Thanksgiving ExperienceAs Thanks giving quickly approaches, we want to leave you with some important etiquette tips for this time of family gathering. Far too often, people think of these times as ones to dread; for fear of the controversy and awkward moments that have in the past, reared their ugly heads.  Don't put yourself in this situation. Thanksgiving and other holidays can be enjoyed in wonderful ways when we use our manners and empathetic conversational skills.  

You're about to spend Thanksgiving with many personality types, so you deserve to be prepared to make the best out of it.  We found Dianne Gottsman's post on Thanksgiving etiquette to be quite helpful and wanted to pass on the pearls of wisdom. 

1. Know the guest list. If you aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, get an idea of who will be attending this year’s festivities. Is Uncle Sam coming? How about your sister-in-law? Knowing who will be a part of the celebration this year will help you mentally prepare some thoughtful questions and conversation starters. Don’t forget to ask about the kids – that will keep the conversation rolling for far longer than you care to imagine.
2. Allow plenty of travel time. If you’ll be driving, give yourself and your family plenty of time in case you encounter traffic congestion or road closures. Arriving calm is a better option than racing in frazzled and late.
3. Bring a hostess gift. A bottle of wine, a scented holiday candle, or festive package of stationery is always a thoughtful gesture. If you plan to give flowers, send them ahead of time so they will arrive before the holiday meal.
4. Offer to bring a dish. If Aunt Susan is preparing the meal, call ahead and ask if there is anything you can bring, such as a side of vegetables or your famous peppermint chocolate cake. If the answer is no, at least you offered. Don’t be shy about offering your help once you arrive. Filling water glasses or serving dessert may be a small gesture but greatly appreciated by your host.
5. Avoid political or religious discussions. Just because it’s family doesn’t mean this is the right time to go down the road of debating religion or politics. Try to keep the conversation on neutral topics, like the sports, hobbies, and exciting travel plans.
6. Be a good listener. Since we are all so used to being hyper-connected, this can be a bit of a challenge. This also means not interrupting. One of the most polite things we can do is give someone our full attention. Following up with thoughtful questions is another way we can show that we are fully engaged in what that person has to say.
7. Bring an activity. A deck of cards is compact enough that you can easily stow it in your purse or pocket. If you notice things are getting a little slow after the meal, ask the host if she would mind if you started up a game of cards.
8. Follow-up with a heartfelt thank-you. Remember to drop a thank-you note in the mail for the hostess within a few days of returning home. We all know the preparation that goes into hosting a large family gathering and an appreciative note is a nice touch after the holiday event has come to an end.
Ontario Bakery has been celebrating family for a long time. Specializing in custom baked goods, we hope you choose us for your next celebration! From us to you, have a happy and well-mannered Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!Did you know that pumpkin holds a ton of nutritional value?  It's true!  And while we don't suggest using that as your ticket to binge this thanksgiving, you can rest assured knowing that there actually is some nutritional value involved... and done right, can actually be quite healthy!

Here's some helpful nutritional information about pumpkins and some ways to get the most out of their abundance! 

Pumpkin, for starters, is actually a fruit. It's a widely grown vegetable that's incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins.  While this humble backyard plant is less in calories, it contains high amounts of vitamin A and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in pure abundance!

Benefits: 

*They leave you feeling fuller. Low in calories but high in fiber keeps you eating less and feeling full!

*High in vitamin A, they boost your vision!

*The phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil lower your blood pressure!

*High tryptophan content in the pumpkin seeds improve your sleep!

Of course you know that pumpkin pie and other desserts aren't going to deliver these benefits.  It doesn't mean you can't enjoy them!  We'd love to make your Thanksgiving pumpkin treats! While you indulge, you'll have a greater respect for the incredible fruit and think of new ways to incorporate it into your meals.

For a healthier way to add pumpkin into your diet, adding pumpkin chunks to a roasted vegetable medley, or sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. Feeling even more creative? Try pumpkin puree or homemade pumpkin butter in place of nut butters as a spread on toast. 

Whatever your choice, Ontario Bakery is here to add the sweetness.  Call us for all your pumpkin needs!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Think Outside the Pie Box with These 5 Delicious Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!

If you've had enough pumpkin pie for a few years, you might be ready for something a little more exciting. For sure, we love pumpkin! But let's be adventurous and explore some additional spiced Thanksgiving dessert ideas this year!

Enjoy this gallery of delicious ideas!


Apple Cranberry Tart





 Carrot Cake





Ginger Cheesecake





Cranberry Pear Crisp





Ginger Snap Whoopie Pies 





We hope you're sweet palette has been inspired toward delicious goodness this Thanksgiving!  Remember, at Ontario Bakery we pride ourselves on high quality baked goods with the authentic taste of your grandmother's kitchen in every box! For this Thanksgiving, be sure to give us a call and place your holiday order now!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Need Ideas? Best Holiday Gift For Chocolate Lovers Everywhere!

Need Ideas? Best Holiday Gift For Chocolate Lovers Everywhere!If you're looking for the perfect holiday gift, look no further than delicious chocolate goodness. Aside from the fact that chocolate is a crowd pleaser, when you add a hand made or personalized feature, they only get more special! Gifts that get personal, reflect the sentiments of the season!

There's usually a type of chocolate for everyone! For every budget there's a chocolate gift that's just right! Being able to find the perfect gift of chocolate is as easy as noticing what kind they eat normally during the year. Check out what they love eating - the stuff they don't share might well be their favorite!
Some people like dark rich chocolate that is bitter yet very sensual to eat. Some love the smooth soft taste of the white chocolate, and some love milk chocolate!
One chocolate that most agree on is fudge.  The buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicate nature of fudge will melt most hearts.  They can be beautifully wrapped individually or as a whole platter or box. You will find this sort of gift goes down well with members of your family who you might otherwise struggle for ideas for.
In any case, Ontario Bakery is ready to make the perfect holiday fudge for both your gifting and celebrating!
Please, for those in southern California with a sweet tooth, we hope you call us today to place your delicious holiday order. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!Healthy doesn't mean you have to just hand out carrots! But to save costs on unnecessary sugar highs and dental bills, let's stay away from the caramel and taffy this year and opt for more healthy options! 
Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the treats, here are some easy tips we wanted to pass on to you, for a more healthy halloween!
  • Balance. Portion candy with other healthy alternatives such as: fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, low-fat milk, granola bars.
  • Eat Dinner. Remember to feed your child a well-balanced dinner prior to trick-or-treating. This will prevent candy from substituting dinner as well as prevent overeating of treats.
Sensible Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
    Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!
  • Granola Bars
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Kudos Fruit & Nut Bar
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Sugarless Gum Packs
  • Frito-Lay Munchies Kid Mix
  • Packs of cheese & crackers
  • Chex Mix
  • Chocolate-covered dried fruit
  • Honey Maid Cinnamon Sticks
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Animal Crackers
  • Nutrition bars such as NutriPals or Luna
Don’t forget.... If you do decide to hand out candy on Halloween night, be sure to make more sensible choices:
  • Opt for low-fat. Choose candy such as Peppermint Patties, Three Musketeers, and Twizzlers. These all have less fat and calories than their counterparts and still taste great.
  • Size matters. Always offer fun-size or snack-size versions of candy to decrease the calories, fat and sugar content. Kids get a sugar fix without over-doing it.
  • More isn’t always better. When handing out candy, don’t give out multiple pieces or handfuls. Give out one fun-size candy bar or treat and then hand out a healthier option, such as a mini box of raisins or a pack of sugarless gum or candy. (nationwidechildrens.org)

Even at Ontario Bakery, we understand that people want healthy sweets, so call and ask how we can customize your baked goods just for you! Happy Healthy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Halloween is at the end of the week and people are having so much fun carving pumpkins and we just thought it would be fun to celebrate everyone's creativity! From whimsical to works of art, these designs are worth admiring and possibly even doing yourself!  Remember, Ontario Bakery wants to be the go-to bakery for all your Halloween needs!  From custom cakes to cake pops and cookies - let us bring the sweet to your trick-or-treat! 

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

From all of us at Ontario Bakery, happy Halloween carving!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~Halloween is fun celebration for the whole family, but in the mix of all the trick or treat fun,  let's make sure every child is safe in the process with these important tips to remember: 

Costume safety: Help kids choose costumes that can be seen at night. If your child must have a dark costume like a witch or Darth Vader, we recommend adding reflective tape or strips to the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag. Some stores carry glowing aerosol spray paint for fabric that can be washed out. Kids and accompanying adults should also carry flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
Face paint is preferable to a mask that might restrict a child's vision. If children do wear masks -- paging Darth Vader again -- make sure they do not interfere with breathing or hearing and that eye holes are wide enough to not interfere with eyesight.

Trick-or-treating safety: It's definitely the safest for kids to go out in groups and be escorted by adults to each door. For more safety, consider trick-or-treating with the littlest kids at an organized afternoon event rather than on neighborhood streets after dark. 
Remind kids about the Safety Store's tips for pedestrian safety: 
  • Cross streets at corners or on crosswalks, never from between parked vehicles
  • Before crossing, look left, then right, then left again
  • Make eye contact with drivers and make sure a driver sees you before crossing.
If you're staying home to hand out candy,  clearing leaves and other obstacles from your sidewalk, steps and porch; turning on outdoor lights; and using glow sticks instead of candles inside jack-o'-lanterns.

It's also very important to teach children their home phone number and street address in case they are separated from adults, as well as teaching them to resist and shout "No!" or "This is not my mother/father" if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept something other than a treat or leave with them. 

At Ontario Bakery, we want you to have the best and safest Halloween possible. Please review these tips with the whole family. And remember, for halloween, birthdays, weddings and more, Ontario Bakery is your one stop shop for custom baked goods and treats! Place your order today!