The Engineer Who Wound Up Churning Her Own Butter!
I have always been the curious sort, trying to figure out how things work and why. Ever since I can remember (before I even started school) I was experimenting. I would dismantle anything that could be dismantled. I took the leather lazy boy apart, the clock and even the car door. I would also mix all kinds of concoctions together, some were sealed and some were not. I would place them throughout the house just to see what would happen. I drove my mother and father crazy with my constant need to figure how it all worked.
This and the love of math lead me to the field of engineering. For the most part, engineering satisfied my curiosity for the last 20 years but something was missing. My creativity was bounded by limits.
The shift in my career happened as everything in my life converged at the same time in the same direction. The decrease demand for my engineering skills, the need for me to be more creative and not governed continuously by the same set of standards and the need to keep my family healthy.
My children have ignited my creativity in many ways. One way is through food. It is amazing what kids will eat if you cut it into fun shapes. I have always loved to cook and try to create alternative, fun and healthy suppers. I was also looking for an alternative to sweets or “healthier” sweets. I have never liked all the extra additives, preservatives, flavorings, saturated fats and other items I that can not pronounce in store bought foods.
I have always canned the fruits and vegetables that are grown in my backyard because they are the healthiest option for my family. Not to mention their taste is far superior to that of a supermarket. I cook with little to no trans fats because it is healthier for my family. The more I can make from scratch (I even churn my own butter!) the more I know my family is getting the best they possibly can.
Engineering has helped me learn to be more resourceful. Cooking is the medium in which I apply those skills. A medium that also satisfies my creativity and gives me the control to what is and is not added to the foods we eat.
About Business – The Sugar Garden
The Sugar Garden Designer Sweets
Our Promise: Home grown sweetness!
The Sugar Garden is a designer sweet and catering company located just outside of Barrie, Ontario.
We design unique cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candies (caramel, chocolates etc) and catering any occasion. The Sugar Garden’s creations are made in a nut free environment, excluding coconut We also can create gluten, dairy, egg – free options, (Vegan options).
All of our products all made from scratch with only the finest ingredients.
Throughout the summer through to the fall we harvest all of our own fruits and vegetables grown right here on our property. Other sources of our fresh fruits and vegetables are grown on the family farm which are all controlled organically.
Harvest is the best time of the year. It smells wonderful, the scenery is beautiful and the garden is bountiful. Our whole family gets together for harvest, preparing them, not only for Norfolk County fair exhibits but for storage as well.
We can our own pumpkins, squashes, apples, peaches, tomatoes, pickles, beets, peppers, sauces, jams and jellys used in our baked products. A tradition, that has been passed on through the generations of our family.
Even though canning is a dying art that takes an enormous amount of time it is well worth the effort! The proof is not only in the taste but in the quality. It’s a garden in a can. We are committed to having whole natural ingredients in our recipes with no preservatives to provide the healthiest solutions to our customers.
In addition to our organic produce we used high end cocoa, courverture chocolate (highest cocoa mass), Madagascar vanilla and natural flavouring. Ie lemon juice and rind instead of lemon extract.
If you don’t see what you are looking for on our list – just ask. Everything is custom made for you.