Thursday, February 26, 2015

Get Ready for St. Patrick's Day at Home or in the Classroom with These Fun Ideas!


Need some easy and fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the kids? Whether celebrating at home or at school, Ontario Bakery wants to make sure you have an exciting and fun day! So get out your green and be ready! This year is bound to be loads of fun!

Get Ready for St. Patrick's Day at Home or in the Classroom with These Fun Ideas!A little look back at the history... St. Patrick's Day has been a long celebrated day in Ireland (and in other parts of the world) in honor of St. Patrick, a man who spent his adult years as a priest, using the three leafed clover to teach of the trinity to his poly-theistic community. In the U.S., the special day is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. From prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades, people have always found a way to enjoy the day. 


Get Ready for St. Patrick's Day at Home or in the Classroom with These Fun Ideas!
Holiday Sweets!
Get Ready for St. Patrick's Day at Home or in the Classroom with These Fun Ideas!Stop on by or give us a call!  At Ontario Bakery, we pride ourselves in making the most delicious treats for your special day.  Whether cake pops or cookies, we want to make the most of your celebration!  Give us a call and we'll be happy to personalize your day for you!

Are You Lucky?You will be after this fun craft! Get out the scissors and construction paper! It's time to decorate the classroom, your windows or even their bedrooms! Draw out stencils of shamrocks and horseshoes.  Have them paint or color rainbows! Then get them a pair of scissors to cut these glorious shapes out and let them decorate. Tape their shapes to the windows or hang them on a string! After all, the luck of the Irish should be shared!

Play the Rainbow!
Gather up some rainbow colored treats or candies and create a rainbow colored scavenger hunter hunt! Grab some treasure or chocolate gold coins and put them in a large bowl or pot.  At end of the hunt, your seekers will find a pot of gold!  

Eat Green!
Green food doesn't always have to be made with artificial colors!  Make St. Patrick's day healthy eating a fun activity by visiting your local farmer's market  and trying all the green foods! Make a list and write what you most liked, what you enjoyed raw and what you think would taste better cooked!  Then buy your favorites and enjoy them at a picnic in the park!

I Hope we left you with a few fun ideas to enjoy together. We, at Ontario Bakery just want you to let us know how we can make it a fun and memorable (even delicious) experience for you!  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Is Chocolate Nature's Prescription for Better Health, Beautiful Skin and Gorgeous Hair?

Is Chocolate Nature's Prescription for Better Health, Beautiful Skin and Gorgeous Hair?You read that right! Chocolate is 'chock' full of antioxidant rich nutrients that are necessary  for healthy skin, hair, vitality and stress levels!  Aren't you glad to know that?

This doesn't mean reaching for your favorite candy bar every time a craving comes 'a knockin'! It does mean however, that when you do have that craving, that there are some beneficial choices out there. Here's how to find them. 

Natural groceries tend to have the best options for you. But regardless, you want to 
find a bar with the highest cocoa/cacao content.  The higher the percentage/content, the less room there will be for unhealthy fillers and fats. (The things that make other candy bars so cheap and damaging to your beautiful health.. and skin!) Try to get one with less sugar, of course and drink a lot of water! The caffeine content in high percentages of cacao can be dehydrating. So, make sure to get the full benefits by staying hydrated! 

Antioxidant Rich: Chocolate is loaded with winning antioxidants.  And what are antioxidants good for? They rid the body of free radicals; those menacing little molecules creating the havoc in your body responsible for aging, disease and even cancer! The antioxidants bond themselves to the free radicals and pretty much walk the plank with them to make sure they are disposed of properly.

Can you think of some other foods that contain antioxidants?   Pomegranates, blueberries, green tea, red wine, gogi berries?  ...  Would you believe that chocolate beats all their numbers??

The USDA published a chart of antioxidant foods measured by ORAC's (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity Units).  For each 100 grams, the cacao in dark chocolate has 13,120 ORACs while blueberries only have 2,400! That's absolutely incredible! So, consuming a balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants has the ability to lower the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, cancer, asthma, Alzheimer's and more.

While I could dedicate a whole page to just the antioxidant benefits, I'm going to move on the the exterior perks you are free to enjoy! 

Skin Protection: 
The cacao bean also contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthny and beautiful. With great sun protection properties, it has the power to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sensitive conditions like sunburns and skin cancer. Regular dark chocolate consumption also helps you achieve that sought after smooth, problem free glow, as it keeps your skin moist and well nourished.

Exfoliation: Not just for eating, this magical bean can be used in combination with coffee beans for efficient exfoliating! It detoxifies and sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.
Less Stress: Stress can really mess with your work, home and general quality of life. Dark chocolate boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and works wonders in getting you a glowing skin (more skin benefits!) by reducing elevated stress hormones. .....ah...  dopamine! 
Hair: Cacao is a great aid in promoting blood circulation in the scalp which leads to increased growth of healthy, lustrous locks, reducing hair loss. In addition to that, it's anti-inflammatory nature helps minimize the odds of getting scalp infections.  Infused with the goodness of several hair-benefiting ingredients, dark chocolate improves the overall health of your tresses, making them shiny, sleek and voluminous.
I hope you found this article helpful and inspirational toward better care of your overall health. To be honest, there are even more benefits that I encourage you to explore on your own and please, share them in the comments below! 
In the meantime, if you so find yourself wanting to indulge a little bit more into your sweet tooth and have a celebration to prepare for, please let us know!  At Ontario Bakery we are always ready to make your life a little sweeter. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Want to Throw the Best Harry Potter BIrthday Party Ever? Read These Tips!

Want to Throw the Best Harry Potter BIrthday Party Ever? Read These Tips!Throwing a birthday party for a child can be both fun and overwhelming, but don't let that stop you! Skip the overspending and simply get creative. We've chosen to use Harry Potter as the inspiration for this party post, because the series is widely loved and celebrated, complete with all the magic a child enjoys. So why not bring it to the party? 

At Ontario Bakery, we know birthday parties well and are excited to share with you, how to throw the best Harry Potter Kid's birthday party around. (on budget of course!) 

Invitations. Start the fun off by mailing or handing out invitations such as a Hogwart's invitation might be, complete with a wax stamp on the outside? Or go even further and create little scrolls to be handed out to your guests to be!

Want to Throw the Best Harry Potter BIrthday Party Ever? Read These Tips!Wands.  What Harry Potter party would be complete without magic wands?  You can buy them cheap and hand them out as party favors, or have small sticks collected and sanded. Then allow each child to decorate their own wand with feathers, leather and jewels! 

Games. Whatever games you play, be sure to involve the sorting hat.  Place the children's names in the hat and use your best 'sorting hat' voice to announce the winner, turns, or teams! For younger children, get creative with different liquid mixing and let them make magic potions. Edible or non-edible, these will be fun for everyone. 


Treats. Set up some fancy drinks based on all the magic ones that would be served at Hogwarts, on a travel trunk! Make chocolate balls and cover them in gold paper to resemble a roche with velum wings (or even feathers) to make perfect and delicious snitches! 

Want to Throw the Best Harry Potter BIrthday Party Ever? Read These Tips!As you can see, the party can easily unfold with a little imagination and creativity!  We want to let you rest easy on the fun part and leave the cake making to us! How about snitch cake pops or broomstick? The options go on and on! Call one of the Ontario Bakery cake stylists today to see which one will be the best for your party!  

Have a magical day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Want to Keep Wedding Planning More Simple? Get a Wedding Cake Stylist!

Want to Keep Wedding Planning More Simple? Get a Wedding Cake Stylist!
You have enough to plan with dresses, locations and who's on the invite list. Why spend extra time trying to figure out your cake, when a talented and experienced wedding cake stylist can create just the cake to fit your unique flair and wedding's look? 

Everyone in the wedding party deserves to have a stress free experience, from the mother of the bride, the bridal party to the bride herself, right? 

Ontario bakery understands that, which is why we are known for bringing so much elegance and delight to each wedding we are apart of. 

Want to Keep Wedding Planning More Simple? Get a Wedding Cake Stylist!Not quite sure? No problem. Come sit down with one of our Wedding Cake Stylists. She will take you through some wedding cake pictures that we have specially assembled to help you design your wedding cake. In fact, even before you come, you can review the wedding cake pictures we have on this website in the gallery or even view the most recent creations we have throughout the blog. 

We all know a wedding cake picture can only get you so far, so when you visit us you will also get a chance to taste various wedding cake flavors and fillings. We are well known as having one of the biggest selections of delicious options anywhere near Ontario.

As you and our stylist enjoy the pictures and the tasting, your perfect wedding cake will emerge. Then it will be up to us to produce your wedding cake to exactly your design, and add it to our picture gallery of incredible and scrumptious wedding cakes.

So call us. Make wedding planning even more simple. Let your cake be handled by a stylist. Ontario Bakery is excited to help your wedding be the best it can be!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Ideas on How to Have the Perfect Spring Baby Shower!

5 Ideas on How to Have the Perfect Spring Baby Shower!It's so fun to plan a baby shower and planning them for the Spring is especially fun, with the Springtime blossoms, new life and excitement! These ideas are great for incorporating the beauty of spring into your baby shower! There are so many inspirational ideas online, but don't get intimidated!  You don't have to have a pinterest-perfect event.  We have gathered some of our favorite spring baby showers ideas from our friends and hope to provide some inspiration for a baby bash that the mama-to-be is sure to smile about long after the baby's arrival.
Birds and the Bees
Though the birds and the bees may have been the cause of this current celebration, we have a little different meaning in mind!  Fill the room with sweet treats and floral delicacies.  Come to us for some custom cupcake toppers and cute bumble bee cake pops for just a few ways to enhance your party day!
Showers of Blessings
It only seems appropriate to have a shower-themed baby shower in this party roundup! Simply cut out and string little gray raindrops and hang them from above the gift table! Custom cloud cupcake toppers and Umbrella cake pops would be a great added bonus your guests will be sure to love.
Secret Garden
Paper flowers are incredibly easy to make and can be a fun shower activity as well!  They can be hung on a string to create the perfect backdrop for a dessert table in bloom! Mix in a few polka dots and lady bugs and you’ll have yourself one sweet baby shower theme.  This is an especially sweet idea if your lovely mama-to-be has a green thumb!  She grows babies too! 
Sunshine and Flowers

Make it a more sophisticated gathering with some outdoor details to celebrate the mama-to-be! A bright or antique lace tablecloth can set the tone for a modern, upscale event that everyone in attendance will enjoy. Leave lavender sprigs can be tastefully placed around the desert and gift table that will leave a relaxing scent for all to enjoy as the spring winds carry their fragrance around the party!  
Down the Rabbit Hole 
Let's take a twist on spring and combine it with Alice in Wonderland!  Bunnies are an old symbol of fertility which is definitely helpful to remind us of a little arrival on a 'very important date!' Another little idea to go with this them is to get little bottles at a crafting store and have your guests write messages of blessings on little pieces of paper that can then be slipped into the bottles for mom to read at a later time!

You have plenty of reasons to celebrate and we want to do what we can to make it as magical as possible.  Please contact us at Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can add that special ingredient to your special day! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

5 Things Every Bridesmaid Should Know Before the Wedding!

Being a bridesmaid is no small chore. Sure you get to be elegantly dressed for a day and fed fine foods, but are you aware of the role you play? It's a seriously honorable position! The bride chose you because you stand out in her heart and her wedding is a time she'll need you most. 

Wedding planning in and of itself can be really hard work. What starts out as exciting can easily turn into a time consuming burden. What you don't want is for the bride to burn out. There are several distinct symptoms a bride will experience if she is starting to burnout. Keep in mind that the bride herself may not be the one to recognize these symptoms, so we are calling on you, the maid of honor, bridesmaids, friends, families and fianc├ęs, to be on the look for these signs. If you are concerned your precious bride might be on the edge, then the info below is of you. 

Here are 5 Things Every Bridesmaid Should Beware of During the Wedding Process:

  • Loss of excitement about her own wedding. People generally start the planning right after the engagement, so it is only natural to think that the excitement would wear off (especially if it is a longer engagement) over time. While this is true to a certain extent, there should still be an enthusiasm throughout the entire planning process. This doesn’t mean that your bride will be glowing, smiling from ear to ear or ecstatic for months on end, but she will be happy most of the time (who wouldn’t be?!). If she just looks 'done', it's time to call in the reserves!
  • Her words may give it away. If she's saying comments like, “I am ready for this all to be over, I just want to be married”. Some of that's natural, but a classic sign of an overstressed bride is the neglect factor. She doesn’t want anything to do with her own wedding. The last few months leading up to her wedding are not fun for her and she is not looking forward to her wedding in the way that she should be because she is now associating it with headaches, stresses and work instead of the special and intimate event that it should be. If your bride is dropping comments that seem out of character and out of wedding planning energy, it may be time to approach her.
  • Passive decision making. Along with a loss of excitement and possible offbeat comments about her wedding, burnout is recognizable by this symptom above all. Write this down if you need to because she may exhibit no other symptom than this and that is passive decision making. At the beginning, you'll remember she was excited and maybe she even spent an hour at the hardware store staring at paint swatches to get an idea for the exact shade of the perfect colors she wanted. Now, if she is overwhelmed beyond her imagination, she likely doesn't care at all as to the difference between lily white and cotton white. Decisions, small or large, no longer seem to hold the importance they once did. If your brides’ decision making has become uncharacteristically passive, she may need your help to get the excitement back.
  • She's frighteningly stressed.  But really, the last sign of an overworked bride whose fiery excitement is dwindling fast is opposite of the three preceding symptoms and that is the high strung, bridezilla type, stressed beyond the point of snapping bride. This is a unique and volatile type of burnout that some brides experience and these brides above all others need your sensitivity in approaching them about their new found (and temporary!) neurosis. This is a symptom that will build over time and may get so intense that the bride will actually drive away the very help she desires and at this point, needs. If your bride has developed a bridezilla complex, remember her as she used to be, pre-engagement, when you gently approach to offer your help (and maybe lend her some of your sanity!). 
  • She starts stressing about the idea of divorce, children, old age...  It sounds crazy but these things do happen.... Usually it's because she's got too much on her plate. This is a neon sign that more things need to be delegated out and she needs a pause on planning! Call in a reservation for 2 for her and hubby-to-be to enjoy, to get her nerves calmed. Watch a love story where the stars are older and happy. Whatever it takes!
Don't be afraid to call in the reserves. The maid of honor is likely the best to come in with words of, "Let's delegate this, this and that to someone else. Today is mani/pedi or massage day!" Take her to the beach.  Encourage her to go to a yoga class or drink some tea. Remind her about the honeymoon.  Above all, never undermine her stress.  Agree that it's a lot and offer the solution of delegation.  It's supposed to be special.  Let's keep it that way.

Ontario Bakery knows the importance of a beautiful day and we are here to customize your wedding cake to exactly your needs. Allow our bakers to take some of the stress of wedding planning away and you will feel loads lighter!  Give us a call, and happy wedding planning!



Monday, February 2, 2015

Make Her 40th Birthday the Best One Yet, With These Unique Party Plan Ideas!

Make Her 40th Birthday the Best One Yet, With These Unique Party Plan Ideas!Dread seems to be a common response from women turning 40; as if they're doom is impending and it's all down hill from there. But it's far better than most imagine. It's a time for second chances at life, for a new sense of adventure and renewal... without the embarrassing mistakes!  So, make her 40th birthday the best one she's had so far, with these unique party plan ideas.  You're going to make her year!

Theme.

You need a theme. Make getting old a good thing. Go with crazy or classy but go in style. This is a big year. Fill the night with your favorite movies and music.  Stay in and dance or go out and strut your evening look! But remember to take pictures because it's sure to be memorable.

Take it back to when....

It's time to revisit the best of old times with your friends and family together. Tell stories about your first kiss, crush or even your first big trip! If you're really feeling daring, talk about that first time you got in trouble and really learned from in. Who knows, the memories that hurt you once would bring a smile on your face today.

Now what?

Make a list of 10 things you want to do in the next year and then 10 major things you want to accomplish in the next TEN years. From simple things like calling an old friend to travel or adventure!  These should all be things that you've either forgotten to take the time to do or just never found the time or the courage to take that big leap. 

Get fresh.

Knowledge is gained through indulging in something new. Find out that one thing that you have been pining to learn for a long time. Enroll in a class or finally take the test to get certified in your passion.  Many people have long since been dying to learn dancing. But, for some reason they could not indulge into dancing ever. This is your big year. There’s no better time than your 25th birthday to get started with your new range of hobbies. 

Indulge

Who doesn't enjoy a nice, relaxing bath or a long massage? Days can be long and work demanding; it's time to let it all go and relax with some time for you. Do it alone or with some friends, just make sure you do it! 

I hope you enjoyed our sweet ideas for a 25th birthday party.  As always, we are happy to add to your experience as we love to make your custom birthday sweets!  Call us at Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make your 25th birthday a delicious event!