Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Simple Tips for the Dreamy Spring Wedding You’ve Always Wanted

Simple Tips for the Dreamy Spring Wedding You’ve Always WantedAs you shiver in the cold of winter, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about the beautiful wedding day you’re so eagerly planning. And if it’s a spring or summer wedding, you’ll likely go there more often. You think of all the flowers, the smell of the grass, the sunshine and all the happy faces you’ll be surrounded by. But then a thought creeps in and reminds you of all the little details that are still left to figure out and a sense of panic settles in. You don’t want to mess up a single thing; you want this day to be perfect. But how can you know it will be? How can you make sure you’ll have the wedding you’ve dreamed of without the stress and with all the happily ever after details? 
You think about what could go wrong, what could go right and you plan accordingly. That’s right. It’s not as stressful as you might think! However, one very important planning tip that I want to leave you with today is to let it go. Don’t let go of the planning and the details, but remember that even if things don’t go exactly according to plan, the day will still be beautiful if you focus on the point of the day. Think of a wet bar of soap. If you’re so afraid of dropping it that you squeeze it hard to keep it in your grip, it will fly out of your hands. So hold it palm up, strong and steady. Do that with your wedding and you won’t lose sight of the beauty of the day or of all the things that are going right. 
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about the most important details for making sure your spring wedding is as dreamy as you imagined it.

Be Weather Wise.
We all know you’re hoping for a bright sunshiney day, but the truth is, you never can know for sure if that will happen, even if you live in California. Spring has a way of being unpredictable. Plan ahead and play it safe by choosing a venue with indoor and outdoor options. Make sure to alert your guests to this possibility as well so that they can come prepared. Speak to your venue director about lined paths, tents and awnings as well. You don’t want your reception or walk ways to have any mud on them and you definitely don’t want people or things to get wet!

Provide Umbrellas
It's spring, and as mentioned above, rain can happen. Why not stock the wedding party up with transparent umbrellas? You can assign ushers to walk people from their cars to the venue and to the reception as needed and it will all be very charming! If it rains, you'll be covered. If not, use them in the photos to remember your beautiful day! 

Elegantly Layer. 
Still along with the weather, we need to remember that Spring, with its traditionally warm, sunny days and cooler nights, is the best time of year to plan to include a warmer accessory or two in your bridal getup. Better yet, try on one of this year’s prettiest fashion trends: wedding gowns with sleeves. Keep the same ideas in mind when you’re picking out bridesmaid dresses and consider skipping the lightweight chiffon gowns in favor of fabric with a little more weight and warmth.

Color Pops. 
While pastels are almost always the first colors on our minds this time of year, spring weddings are great for punchier palettes, too. Bold, bright fuchsia is a particularly lovely way to set the tone, and the perfect complement to all of that fresh green grass — as are yellow, coral, and blue. Be sure to use complimentary colors to your wedding party and bring them into the flow of the ceremony and reception decor through simple seat and table ribbons!  

Light & Fluffy. 
Spring is a time of lightness and excitement. So let the food match. Stay away from heavy entrees and desserts and go with more fresh themes that feel light and easy on the belly. Your guests will be delighted that they still fit in their gorgeous gowns at the end of the day or evening!

Reserve Ahead of time! 
Spring may be before the real wedding rush begins, but it’s still a popular time of year to tie the knot. Make sure you book early, especially if you live in a place where hot summers push the wedding season forward. Don’t forget to take advantage of the season’s several holidays and look into booking a Sunday evening celebration to spread out the fun and potentially cut costs. Remember, even we at Ontario Bakery get booked for custom wedding cakes early, so call ahead and double check dates and orders so there's no confusion or details lost in the shuffle. 

Enjoy every moment.
Seasonal food, seasonal flowers, even seasonal favors — this is the best time of year to do it all. Everything is fresh and lovely, and it will certainly be a better fit for your budget than ordering summer blooms or fall vegetables. Plus, personalized packets of flower seeds make for a unique gift your guests can enjoy long after the last slice of cake is gone.

It’s time to sit back and be excited that your special day is coming so soon. Keep a checklist and check it twice, then let it go with grace; you're prepared! And Ontario Bakery is happy to meet your custom wedding day needs; so contact us today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Simple Storage Tips To Help Your Saved Sweets Stay Fresher, Longer!

Simple Storage Tips To Help Your Saved Sweets Stay Fresher, Longer! We all love those baking marathons and celebrations with a dessert spread that goes the length of your home. There’s so much to choose from! But what do you do when you’ve had enough but don’t want to lose the good stuff? All you can do. You need to become a pro at saving the leftovers.  And that’s exactly what we want to teach you today. There are just a few things you need know to be the master of sweet saving.

For the unfrosted goods: These are the easiest, really, because you don't have to deal so much with the cake drying out or messing up the frosting. You're going to want to wrap these tightly in plastic wrap.  Make sure to wrap the top, sides, and bottoms well, so that the plastic is touching all sides of the cake. (Basically, don't simply drape the plastic over the top). Another option you could do, is to go for a plastic bag with a zipper type seal. Once your cake is wrapped, store them on a counter at room temperature, and they'll keep fresh for about a week before starting to stale on you. Oil-based cakes tend to keep a day or two longer than butter-based ones. (If you are looking to store cakes for longer than a week you could try freezing them.)
For frosted but uncut: The benefit of having a frosted, uncut cake, is that the frosting serves as a protective plastic wrap layer, keeping it protected from the air and moisture present in the environment. A frosted cake can be kept at room temperature for about 4-5 days. To keep it moist but also preserve frosting, cover it with a cake keeper or an overturned bowl. (don't use plastic wrap at all. It isn't necessary and would only smash the lovely frosting).
If the cake has already been frosted: You really need to think of a sliced cake as a living organism. As soon as you make that first cut, your cake will begin to loose moisture, causing the cake to go stale more quickly. If you are able to, try to cover the sliced edges with more frosting to protect the cake from moisture loss. The frosting will work as a seal. If you can't do that, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the sliced side and make sure it sticks. Then proceed with covering and storing the cake as for the un-cut version. Cut cake keeps for a little less time, about 3-4 days.
You don’t usually need to refrigerate your cake, whether your cake is frosted or unfrosted, cut or un-cut. They are perfectly fine at room temperature for several days. Refrigeration is really only necessary during really hot weather and your home gets very hot during the day. High temps and sugar creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Another reason to refrigerate is  if you're making a cake that won't be served for more than three days, like when baking cake ahead for a party or special occasion. If you do decide to refrigerate your cakes, make sure to wrap (unfrosted) cakes in plastic first to protect it from absorbing the odors in the fridge and to protect it from drying out. ( When you are ready to ice and serve it, make sure you unwrap it first and let it warm up on the counter. For cakes that are already frosted, chill the cake uncovered for fifteen minutes to harden the icing, then wrap it in plastic wrap.)
We at Ontario Bakery, know cakes more than just about anyone. We’ve been baking and serving cakes and other treats as a family for over 30 years. So not only are we passionate about what we do, but we’re the experts too!  So call us, let us know how we can custom create a cake for you, and we will get it made just for you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sweet Natural Tips for Ageless Beauty With Very Little Effort!

Sweet Natural Tips for Ageless Beauty With Very Little Effort!There are so many anti-aging tips out there, that you feel like you’ve read them all, right? Well these tips are mostly new - and require less effort than you might realize. At Ontario Bakery, we love our home style baked goods, but we also like to feel and look good, so here are some tips we know you’ll love too!
Eat more chocolate.  
What? I know it seems crazy, but it’s true. Chocolate really does keep you gorgeous and youthful but there’s more you need to know for it to fully do it’s job. The truth is (that’s spreading fast) that Chocolate is loaded with a high amount of antioxidant rich nutrients necessary for healthy skin and hair and reduced stress levels. However, these power nutrients are not found in cheap candy bars and the everyday mocha latte. They are found in the cacao content of the chocolate. You can find this on the bar of chocolate with benefits kicking in at 60% and higher. Some people prefer dark and others prefer milk. But as far as the benefits go, it depends on your digestion and taste preference.

Drink water.

But really - drink a lot of water. If you go for 2 liters a day, you should be good. Stay away from additional dehydrating foods like breads, crackers and coffee. Dehydration will make youthful skin look older than it is, so if you’re already fighting time and gravity, you’ll want to make sure you’ve had enough water in your system.

Let it go.

Can you? Can you let go of the petty things that irritate you so much? Not saying you should let people walk all over you - but definitely choose your battles and practice not taking everything so personally. This will cause you to be more at peace. You’ll smile more and that alone makes you more youthful.

Sleep now.

You may have heard it said, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” but the truth is, that the less we sleep, the sooner death comes. Did you know you can literally die from lack of sleep? If your whole body can die, think of what can happen to your skin, your eyes and hair? Not good. Plus, the more sleep you get, the more clearly you can think and handle stress.

This green healing clay has been used for many centuries both internally and externally. On the outside, you can use it to exfoliate, cleanse and even as a mask to draw impurities out of your skin. Internally, it helps to detox you and clean out what might be stuck inside you. Read more about it and see how it might help you in your life.

In the end, it’s vital (literally) to live your life! Choose to be light and enjoy the goodness around you. It’s all about balance. Find that, and then the benefits will come through for you!

At Ontario Bakery we are always ready to make your life a little sweeter. Call us for your custom baked cake and other desserts today!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

How to Actually Enjoy Your Family This Holiday Season!

How to Actually Enjoy Your Family This Holiday Season!
When you think about the holidays, do you think about being trapped around your family? t doesn’t matter who your family is, there always seems to be that one person or whole household that seems to cause tension or conflict. Well, we at Ontario Bakery are a family run business, and we face all the same difficulties as other families. So we want to share some helpful tips with you about enjoying the holidays even with your family around.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Yes, you’ve heard it before, but there’s so much truth in it. You don’t need to prove your point or change anyone. You’re there to enjoy people and celebrate the beauty of another year. If conversations come up that get under your skin, remember that it’s just each person’s hurt, issues and opinions. You aren’t defined by all of it. So let it go.
See person inside. We’re usually frustrated because we focus only on what we see. But the truth is, nobody is the person we see on the outside. A person can be look happy and put together on the outside and be miserable and angry. A person can look wild and rebellious on the outside be a very loving and happy human. People with strong and angry feelings may be really hurting inside and dealing with a lot. So don’t take it personally. See who they are for real and love that person.
You’re not the solution.  As much as you’d like to see your family push through a challenge or grow, you can’t do it for them. You also can’t lecture them enough to see it your way. Be honest, give advice when asked, but more importantly, be loving.
No one said you need to spend the whole time with one person. Spend a little time, ask a few questions, show love and move on. You aren’t asked stay and just suffer through it.

So as you prepare for the coming holiday gatherings, remember that it’s your job to decide how you will enjoy it or not. Also remember that Ontario Bakery is here to make your holidays even sweeter. If you’re looking for a delicious way to end your holiday meal or party, please call Ontario Bakery. We specialize in custom baked cakes and goods for all celebrations.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Birthday Party Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Winter Birthday Party Ideas for Kids of All AgesWinter is a tricky time for birthday party planning not just because December is already a packed and planned month, but because it’s cold and you feel like your options are limited. But we at Ontario Bakery know parties and also what kid's love. There are many ways to have a fun birthday party in the winter...you just need some new ideas and perspectives!  
Change the date.
No matter what you do for the party, we highly recommend moving the party from December to January, if the birthday is in December. So many people will be gone for the holidays and you run the risk of having a low turnout and disappointed kids. So celebrate the birthday kids on their special day, but plan the party for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th week of January. It will be more fun, less stress and have more people available to show up.

Go with water.
Having kids sleep over at the house is fun, but even better is having a sleepover in a hotel where you don't have to clean up afterward. Reserve a suite or two at a suite-style hotel, where you can find rooms for under $100. Make it a swimming party while you're at it. It may be cold outside, but most suite-style hotels have indoor pools and meeting facilities, perfect for a winter pool party bash. Need a theme to go with it? Take our experts' suggestions and combine them to make it a luau-swim-slumber party.

Busy bodies
Consider a lego party! Many craft stores offer Lego building parties, but you can do the same theme at home for a fraction of the cost. Purchase small inexpensive Lego and Bionicle kits, or set up plastic buckets of assorted Legos for kids who like to create their own masterpieces. Create a Lego party theme with Lego cut-outs, a Lego cake and play hide-the-Lego games. Another idea would be to book a couple hours at a science and discovery museum! They’ll build, create, explore and love it!

Rock climbing
Let kids climb the walls all they want at a rock climbing gym. You can usually find one in most large cities and it's a perfect party place for energetic kids. They offer a variety of climbing structures to choose from, so they're great for children of all ages. If everyone's new to the sport, then go for the party package, which typically includes instructions and all the gear to keep them vertical for hours.

Ice skating and ice cream
Why freeze outdoors when you can have fun on the ice indoors? Take the party to an indoor rink for an ice-skating lesson. Hire one of the teachers at the rink or from a skating club to teach beginners the basics and pros some new tricks. To keep costs down, go out for ice cream after the skating and -- save the celebrating with the cake for home.

As you plan your birthday party, remember to call Ontario Bakery for all your birthday cake, cupcake and cake pop needs! We love creating custom baked goods for your unique celebration. Call us today for a quote!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Simple Ways to Add More Sweetness to Your Holiday Gathering (and it’s not dessert!)

Simple Ways to Add More Sweetness to Your Holiday Gathering (and it’s not dessert!)The holidays can be a challenge for many people because family is not always easy to deal with. But what if the connection and table conversation could be sweeter?

We at Ontario Bakery  know “sweet” very well and we’ve learned from experience that it doesn’t just stay with desserts. Conversations and attitudes are key to keeping the peace during holiday dinners and we’ve come to learn the “sweet” is the secret ingredient. When you meet with your family and everyone is gathered around, it’s easy to get side-tracked and distracted by our hurts, memories and strong opinions. But what if you were to remember the word “sweet”? How would that change the atmosphere and direction of the conversation?

We want to share a few ways to keep things sweet and keep the peace this holiday season.

Play Sweet Music. They say that music soothes the savage beast and it’s true. Make sure there’s music playing in the background but keep it calm and neutral. Choose music that makes people feel good inside.

Talk About Books: Talk about the books you’re reading and stick to fiction if you can. Talking about fiction and fantasy is a perfect topic because it isn’t real and it also brings out the child inside.

Share Memories: Have everyone share a totally embarrassing story. Maybe focus on embarrassing things that happened at school or at work.  After the end of the story, have a show of hands of who can relate or has gone through something similar!

Care For the Children: Often times, these celebrations start a little early and children are hungry and restless. Give them snacks here and there leading up to the meal so they don’t have a blood sugar crash. And remember, large meals make a person tired or restless. So have an activity available after the meal for the kids to make sure they’re needs are met; like moving their bodies or relaxing with a movie.

Real Gratitude: Instead of the usual “sharing what you’re thankful for”, really be in gratitude. Before or after the meal, take turns sharing their gratitude for both the person on their left and one other person at the table or in the room. We as a society are great at sharing that we are thankful for food, shelter, clothing and such - but we fall short in sincerely sharing our gratitude for other people. When people feel they are appreciated, they do more of whatever has been noticed and appreciated. Appreciation creates a desire in our hearts to do and love well.

Sweet Talk: The biggest way to add sweetness is to find it and share it. Look for ways to compliment your family and friends. Let them know that you see them. Listen carefully when they speak. Smile. Say kind words, even if you disagree. No one is likely to change someone else’s opinion during these gatherings, so stick to loving each other.

These tips will help you to get deeper and closer to your friends and family members while avoiding unnecessary conflict during a time of togetherness.
And if it’s a different kind of sweetness you seek, be sure to contact us at Ontario Bakery to have the best desserts possible during your holiday parties and gatherings.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Feeling in Your Home.

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Feeling in Your Home.Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we want you to feel ready for it. You’ve got your food planned out (have you planned for dessert yet?), you know who’s coming and you’re totally ready. But what about the table and your home? Have you thought about the look of it all? Ambiance plays a big role in any holiday gathering and you want your guests to feel like they’ve literally stepped into a holiday. So here are some tips to get you there.
Clean beforehand.
Don’t rush to get the house clean on the day of. Get the job done the day before or hire someone to do it for you. But be sure the house is clean and ready before the cooking starts, so that you can focus on the kitchen. And be sure that whoever isn’t doing the cooking, is doing the cleaning, so that everyone participates but that nobody feels overworked.
Set the mood.
Mood music isn’t just for the lovers and movies, it’s for every occasion of life. It’s not quite Christmas yet, so steer away from that. But classical and jazz are perfect options, because they’re relaxing while also beautiful and inspiring. They awaken a feeling of togetherness when people hear them. So be sure to good mood music playing in the background while your guests arrive and even while you cook.

Add candle light.
Candles of various height can be a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You most likely already have them in your home scattered in various rooms. Gather them all and add plain white candles or festive fall colors such as oranges, reds and browns.  You can also line your mantel and
Shelves with candles and tea lights!

Autumn flair.

Decorate your home and table with the feeling of fall. If you’re more of a minimalist and you don’t want to clutter your table with too much decoration, make use of a solid and bold autumn colored table cloth and then add a contrasting color of cloth napkins to create an inviting accent. Run a gold ribbon along the middle with the dishes set on top of them. Stand back and smile. It will look beautiful!  

Bring sweetness in.

What holiday isn’t sweet? On a decor level, place cinnamon and cloves - either fresh or as candles, around your home and table, so that the spice and warm surround the senses. For foods, make sure that the deserts you choose follow suit with coffee cakes, pecans, and pumpkin pies. Of course, if you want this task of your shoulders or are looking for better ideas, reach out and talk to us, your family bakers at Ontario Bakery. 

We love to celebrate with you, so reach out and let may your holiday be beautiful and delicious.