Friday, June 30, 2017

Easy Ideas To Throw a Beautiful Engagement Party Without Breaking The Bank

Easy Ideas To Throw a Beautiful Engagement Party Without Breaking The BankYou want to celebrate this next phase in the relationship and you want it to be good. But you don’t feeling like draining your savings to do it. After all, the real fun is the wedding, right? At Ontario Bakery, we’ve had our fair share of planning around weddings and engagements and we want you to know - you really can have your cake and eat it too; you just need to follow a few simple ideas. 

First of all, go minimal. You don’t need to go all out. Think of the engagement as a preview of the wedding. Imagine the wedding and then pull back. Have the party at someone’s home. Or, if you want to book a venue, go with a smaller one. You also have the option of going to a restaurant where you can book a back room or private area. 

Next on the list, is to make sure you hire a professional photographer. As said before, imagine the wedding. You’ll have a photographer providing you great photos that you’ll store in an album and look through for years to come. What you don’t want is to have amature photos for the engagement and then pro photos later on. So hire a photographer for both events to keep it consistent and beautiful. You’ll be so glad you did. 

Last on the list is to make sure you’re getting the right photos. Have one day set aside for just the couple, gazing into each other’s eyes, holding hands and being together. Then you want the same photographer (consistency) to be present at the party to capture all the fun, the kisses and the general romance in the air. 

Ontario bakery  is committed to always delivering the best advice and desserts for your celebration. We’d be honored to provide you with a custom cake or other sweets of your choosing, to finish the night well! Remember, Ontario Bakery takes pride in your celebration and we do hope you come to us first  for your custom wedding cake needs when the time comes!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Keep Kids Busy Without The Screentime With These Creative Summer Activities

Keep Kids Busy Without The Screentime With These Creative Summer ActivitiesSummer is a time for adventure. But in this day and age of tablets and video games, kids are getting more easily bored. So we say it’s time to revive the spirit of adventure and creativity in and awaken childhood imagination again so that this summer can be exciting, memorable and include far less screen time!

At Ontario Bakery, we love families. We’ve been serving them for years as a family ourselves; so we know a thing or two about the challenges they face. That being said, we want to share some very helpful, tried and true, simple tips to activating imaginations and getting those creative outdoor juices flowing! 

First of all, if you live in a house, make sure your yard is child friendly and imagination inspiring. Have log stumps, shovels, stick piles and other open ended tools around for kids to play with and be creative.

Create an explorer shelf or box full of things like containers, nets, a magnifying glass and such to encourage them to explore even more. Have a basket, shelf or corner on the porch, deck or in the bedroom where the kids can display the nature treasures that they find and want to keep.  Encourage them to tell you all about it and be excited!

When you take children to parks and other natural areas, allow them the freedom to really explore. It's easy for adults to fall into forcing their children to act like adults.  But this is the time to really let them explore!

See what natural resources available in your area. Take children canoeing, kayaking, fishing or on a good hike. Have your children collect treasures they find and then create a photo or memory album to tell the story of what they experienced. 

Just be sure to encourage the fresh air activities and be adventurous to get out there yourselves!!  If you want to top off the day with a sumptuous sweet, give us a call at Ontario Bakery and we'll bake you up the perfect treat!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Make the Most of Strawberry Season With These Sweet Tooth Satisfying Treats!

Make the Most of Strawberry Season With These Sweet Tooth Satisfying Treats! Who doesn’t love strawberries? This is the time when they’re in their sweetest and freshest bloom and we’re loving it. From cakes and cupcakes to pies and jams, we’re getting creative at the bakery and think you should enjoy the delicious fun too! So head to the store, pick up a some strawberries and let’s get snacking! 
Start with slices. Want something super simple? These berries are great on their own. So simply slice those red beauties along with thin slices of cucumbers, drizzled with honey and garnished with chopped mint.  Place in the freezer for a gentle freeze and take out after about 30 min. You'll have a wonderfully refreshing desert that's healthy too!
Dip and spread! Spread nutella on the strawberries and pop them into your mouth. Or, go a little further and place both the berries and nutella on a slice of toast!  Great mid-day pick me up!
Sundae fun! Get out those delicious berries and dip them in some slightly softened chocolate ice cream!  If you'd like to avoid the mess, just scoop some into a bowl, add the strawberries and some chopped nuts to the mix.  That's an easy pleaser!
Rich and whipped. This is one of my favorites and a spin off of strawberry shortcake. Place some bananas in the freezer for about 20 minutes; just enough to chill them.  Chop some strawberry chunks and add to the bananas- wither whole or sliced.  Last, add whipped cream and indulge!!  
Start fresh! Why not start your day with strawberries too? Just make some quick oats, rice farina or whatever grain based porridge you prefer.  Chop cashews, hazelnuts and strawberries, drizzle some maple syrup and stir.  Enjoy a tasty start to your day! 
As you can see, strawberries are a fun and healthy way to start your summer. And of course, if you’re looking for an even more decadent or decorated experience, contact us for a custom baked strawberry dream come true! Ontario Bakery is the place to find exciting treats and delicious cakes for all occasions. We love to celebrate with you and look forward to making your special day even sweeter.