by Stephanie B on October 15th, 2015

​Who Are These People Anyway??
 
Have you met Joe? He is friendly, slightly politically charged, funny, and truly loves to be helpful. He’s quick with a joke and is well known in these parts for what I might call “holding court” at the Sweet Talkin’ Treats table at the Library Farmer’s Market Thursday afternoons and of course, at the bakery as well.
 
One of the things I admire about Joe is his ability to peruse the shelves at the plethora of thrift stores found here in Watertown and find real treasures. I love a good deal but Joe brings finding them to a whole new level that I cannot compete with, I don’t even try.
 
 “You can find the most amazing things at these places”. Joe touts, and I agree. One of my favorite things Joe has found was an automatic coffee maker that plugs into your car’s DC connector (a.k.a. cigarette lighter). This machine is genius. It has its own carrying case, which includes the brewer and four serving cups so everyone can enjoy a little caffeine jolt on those long drives back and forth to Minnesota to visit family. I am not sure if it has ever actually been used, I guess you’ll have to ask Joe about that. Tell him you saw a reference to it on the web site blog, he doesn’t believe anyone will read this.
 
Anyway, I generally look for cake serving plates and the like but I have found the occasional rare and interesting item. I am very proud of the Mrs. Tea I snagged at St. Vinny’s for the incredible price of $3. When it was introduced in 1995, it went for $49.95 (Google it, it’s true I swear) it had all its parts, no chips or physical bruises and yes, it works (I did have to scour the internet for the manual, but it was worth it).
 
This story is better though, it starts innocuously enough, Joe makes a stop at the Bethesda Thrift Store on a quest for a lamp, Important Back Story: Hannah and Joe have two small children Raymond is 3, Walter is 10 months, they also have a cat and… two broken lamps. No one is fessing up to the crime, not that it would matter really, it’s kinda the principle of the thing, but regardless of the cause, there needs to be light and thankfully they like “vintage décor” and given the current occupants of their home, that seems like a good idea.
 
So, Joe finds two suitable working lamps, steps to the counter to make his purchase and over hears a woman discussing a conundrum with regards to a desk she would like to purchase. The problem? She needs it delivered… “Do you live close?” he says, ”Yes!” the woman replies. “I have a little time and a van, I can help you out with that.” So he finishes his purchase, loads up the woman’s desk, which is heavier of course than it looks and well, the woman has medical issues that prohibit her from helping to carry said desk. Joe gets it in the van, and then follows the woman as she heads for home. Twenty long minutes later – which shows one persons “close” is another person’s “that’s a hike!” Joe is starting to wonder, “geeeze what have I gotten myself into this time… and I wish I had that mobile coffee maker with me…” when they finally reach the destination, Joe thinks his good deed is almost done. BUT, not so fast dough boy, (I say that cause he’s a baker) The woman goes into her house….about 10 minutes later she emerges to announce she needs Joe to remove the old desk, load that in his vehicle to bring it back to the Thrift store, then he can bring in the new one!
 
By this time as Joe is telling this story I am hysterical because if you knew Joe (and you really should stop by the bakery, get a “cup of joe” and get to know Joe) this stuff happens all the time…he has a million of these stories, find out how this story ends…it’s funny I promise…

by Stephanie on August 8th, 2013

Sleep and healthy eating are the most efficient ways to improve cognition and keep the brain functioning at peak potential. We can’t get you to bed earlier, but we can improve your diet! 

BLUEBERRIES!

Eat more Blueberries! Your brain will thank you. Blueberries, when eaten on a regular basis, improve memory and reverse age-related declines in motor function, balance and coordination. They’re high in antioxidants, which help prevent certain diseases. And best of all, blueberries are delicious. Especially in muffins & pastries!

CHOCOLATE!

Here’s another lucky break for all of us with a sweet tooth chocolate expands brain function! Dark chocolate is antioxidant-rich and improves focus and concentration. Milk chocolate boosts memory and reaction time. Eat a cupcake, brownie or tasty bars for dessert! 

Eggs!

The incredible edible egg… it truly is. Eggs, specifically the yolks, are rich in choline, an essential nutrient to improving memory function. Coincidence that eggs are a necessary ingredient for just about ANY bakery treat? 

Coffee!

And, since the beginning of pastry baking coffee has been the accompaniment for dessert! Coffee has caffeine, which is actually good for the brain if ingested in moderation. Regular coffee drinking has been shown to reduce the risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental disorders. Caffeine also contains antioxidants. A freshly brewed cup is also available! 
Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/31/food-for-thought-5-foods-to-enhance-brain-function/

Posted on May 30th, 2013

Graduation parties are your opportunity to take out all that embarrassing stuff you have been saving since your child’s pre-school days – it’s the reason you took the “First Day of School” pictures, saved their beautiful artwork, report cards and school projects. You are proud of their achievements, you remember the struggles, the laughs – sometimes at their expense mostly at yours, and this is where you cash in.
 
What makes the party a challenge is also what makes it the most fun! It is one of the most diverse parties you will ever host. Think about it, you invite your child’s friends, your friends, your work colleagues, extended families from BOTH sides; neighbors even come to this one!
 
You’ve been there, you know it’s true, people stay in their groups, eat the potato salad and ham sandwich, leave a card and go.  You spend your time re-filling said salad and telling your son or daughter to “Go say hello to…” and  “…is leaving, go say thank you for coming!”  Not as much fun as you thought, but it can be.
I would like to suggest some ways to engage people who don’t know each other, get your guests to go through all the embarrassing stuff that you have collected and carefully displayed, give your graduate an opportunity to feel the love, the pride and support from their personal community. And create special moments that will make you laugh for years to come.
 
Create the opportunity for your guests to create “captions” for photos! Provide sticky notes post by the collage, and instructions –
 
What happened just before this picture was taken?
What happened just after this picture was taken?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words pick three to describe this one!
What was (fill in Graduate’s name) thinking when this picture was taken? 
Have you seen the website www.ackwardfamilyphotos.com?  This will give you some ideas.
Themes for Graduation parties are generally chosen for you and make a nice “thread” to tie things together, school colors, profession, the college they plan to attend etc. But the fun starts when you take that theme and make it personal. 
Planning
  • Choose the Date  -Like any great party plan – start with the end in mind.
  • Make sure it doesn’t conflict with any other major events.
  • June is a big month for weddings
  • Is it okay if the party is on Father’s Day?
  • What about other graduates in the family have they scheduled parties yet?If possible, do not “bundle” your graduates party with other graduates (unless immediate family of course. If father & son graduate the same year it is completely appropriate to celebrate together!)
Most of all have fun, enjoy the opportunity to brag about your graduate, and let this be the opportunity for them to feel your pride.
 
Sweet Talkin’ Treats can help you with the centerpiece of the graduation celebration – dessert! Please call or stop by for a consultation! Bring pictures of cakes you like, and school mascots or other activities your graduate loves or what they plan to do after graduation and we can help you create a very special dessert – cake, cupcakes, cheese cakes or any combination that will match your theme and showcase your pride.

by Stephanie on March 26th, 2013

Your Watertown Towne Cinema Needs YOU!  

The Towne Cinema in Watertown will be forced to close it’s doors if the community, does not step up to help provide funding for new Digital Projectors. It is convert to digital or Die. BUT You can help! 
 
PLEASE Make a pledge Right Away through Kickstarter (see attached link) AND Make a Video! You could win a great prize, maybe be famous! Look what it did for Gangnum Style!! You could be the next big sensation! AND save YOUR Hometown theater!

Starting TODAY and running through April 5th, the Cinema will be hosting a contest to bring out the director in you. Create a video and you could win Fabulous PRIZES & Save YOUR Theater! For more information please go right away to our the Towne Cinema Facebook Page and find out how to enter and WIN! 

Movies Inspire, Educate,  Entertain. and Impact.  Be part of the force that saves this historical Landmark and community gathering place in Watertown. 

"Never doubt that a small group of dedicated citizen's can change the world. Indeed, It's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead. 

Total cost for conversion is $90 - $100,000.

When the conversion is done - the movie experience will be wonderful for the theater goers, but without funding, the theater itself is dead.
  • No more lines, marks, or scratches on the films we are showing. Have you watched a movie at our theater and saw a black or green line on the screen?  That won't happen anymore!  
  • Limited-release movies that are distributed to the BIG THEATERS that we end up having to wait 4-8 weeks will no longer be a problem for us.
  • There will be a new digital sound system in each theater.
  • The picture itself will be brighter, cleaner, more visually pleasing to your eyes.
Have we mentioned that barring any studio issues with our price, we're staying at $3 a ticket?  

Check Out the Town Cinema Facebook page for all of the up coming events! And GO RIGHT NOW TO KICKSTARTER AND MAKE YOUR PLEDE!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1199491163/save-the-towne-cinema?ref=live

Posted on July 4th, 2012

Today we walked down Main Street handing out chocolate chip cookies and milk to the wonderful people of Watertown, WI during the 4th of July parade. We had such a great time meeting everybody in our town and spreading the word about our bakery shop opening up on 3rd street in August!

Like us on Facebook (and keep checking back on our website!) for details about our grand opening!
We can't wait to see you all again in our new shop!!


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