I first met Christine earlier this year at our local creatives meet up. Christine is the kind of person who instantly welcomes you with a warm smile and puts you are ease with her calming presence. I could tell that Christine and her small baking business, Baking Sweet Scents, would soon be a wonderful story to tell. All this from a quick hello before our meeting started.
Christine has spent the last 19 years as a math teacher and she started her baking business almost on a whim. As we stood in her kitchen, she told me about how one of her friend’s favorite dessert is the French macaroon so one day she decided she was going to learn how to make them. What a sweet friend!? She told me her first few batches were a mess but she stuck with it and now makes the most delightful little macaroons. Soon people were coming to her with orders and Baking Sweet Scents was born.
This year she took a major risk and quit teaching math to bake full time. What a scary but exciting adventure!
When I went over to her house, it was right before she made the official announcement that she was taking on her business full time. I sat with her in her kitchen as she whipped up some fresh lemon curd for a Father’s Day cake, baked sweet potatoes for cupcakes, prepared a German Chocolate cake, and let me eat the “oops!” red velvet cupcakes. I got to be her Official Taste Tester and I’m here to tell you, I want that job full time!
Christine and her husband live in a beautiful log cabin. As she danced around the kitchen balancing multiple orders, she told me how the log cabin was their dream home and how every morning she sits by the beautiful big windows at the dinette and does her devotions. “Every cake begins with love & a prayer” she tells me. I couldn’t help but sit there and be in awe of this incredible woman.
Being a leader for our local creatives group, The Rising Tide Society – Tuesdays Together, I get to meet all kinds of wonderful people. I get to watch their business grow and hear about their journey, the good & the not so good. Meeting Christine has been a highlight of my time as a leader and I am so excited to see her take Simpsonville’s baking scene by storm!
Since I took this photos back in June, Christine has made another awesome step and is now in a commercial kitchen. She really is kickin’ butt!
Oh, and if you are wondering, of all the wonderful treats I have gotten to sample (and the list has become quite long!), her chocolate chip cookies are by far my favorite. They are perfection.
For more on Christine’s beautiful baked goods, check out her work here: BakingSweetScents.com