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Marys Cakes
Northport, Alabama
Bakery and Bakeware Consignment
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The Nicene Creed is, by far, the longest and most complicated thing I have ever printed. It is finally finished, and my workspace is (mostly) cleaned up. Printing on a vintage press requires a lot of stuff, and it all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Cake Talk
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We're 11 days into our winter break and I'm making blueberry muffins. You may have noticed I'm on a creating healthy food kick. That continues with this recipe. This recipe came from a printer friend. With a few tweaks, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Cake Talk
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It's the 10th day of our annual winter break at the bakery and I'm baking. Cause, you know, that's what I do. Time off gives me a great opportunity to experiment with new ingredients, without the pressure of having to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Cake Talk
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Day 9 was another day at the print shop. Today I learned the Nicene Creed will indeed fit on the page, even though there is still one paragraph, plus Amen, plus the title left to print. The type for these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at Cake Talk
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Another few paragraphs were printed today. Things are looking good, but at this point I will be glad when I can move on to a new project. There are three more paragraphs (two short, one long), plus two more large... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Cake Talk
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Another day printing, but today went better than yesterday. This version will go a bit slower, as I'm having to reset all the type, one paragraph at a time. After each paragraph, I clean the type, change the ink color,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Cake Talk
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I spent the day in the print shop, and accomplished nothing except learning one way NOT to print my project. I'm not a planner, and thought I'd be able to just print the Nicene Creed on the fly. Before you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Cake Talk
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I made paste paper today, which is basically finger painting for adults. It totally qualifies as a creative project. If you are not familiar with paste paper, it is a technique of decorating (painting) paper with a combination of pigment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Cake Talk
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Happy New Year! Today's creative project is lemon protein balls, recipe included. Citrus is in season, and I'm about to be in possession of fresh lemons from my dad's tree. We usually make gooey and delicious lemon bars (and we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Cake Talk
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Today's creativity happened at the print shop. The studio in Gordo, called, simply, 150 (for its address on 2nd Street), is a magical place. I've been fascinated by it ever since I first stepped foot inside, one cold Christmas evening.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Cake Talk
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It's Day two of my winter holiday challenge to do one creative thing each day the bakery is closed. Today it's Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp (recipe included). If you plan to start continue eating healthy in the new year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Cake Talk
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Day one of my winter vacation... The bakery takes an annual winter break every year around January 1. Many people make a New Year's resolution to eat healthy and embark on a diet - it's not a particularly prosperous time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Cake Talk
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We get a little sweet in February. Who can resist beautifully decorated heart shaped cookies that say "Be Mine" and "Love?" Or delicious double chocolate heart shaped cakes covered in ganache with an edible fondant rose on top? Or red... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Cake Talk
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The conversation went something like this. Caller: "I'm getting married next month, and the person who was going to make my cake backed out. I need a cake." Me: "When is the wedding? Can you tell me where the reception... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Cake Talk
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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. You've probably heard this traditional rhyme many times, especially if you've ever been involved in a wedding or you are about to get married. Known... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Cake Talk
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We're adding some cake interviews to our website next week. Here's a preview... Jane-Bailey C. Bride Q: Tell me a little bit about your wedding planning. I always knew that I wanted my wedding to be 20s-30s, old Hollywood style... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Cake Talk
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We are a bakery. We make cakes, decorate them, and send them out the door. We are rarely there for the aftermath and (hopefully) enjoyment of our edible works of art. This PARTICULAR cake (the cake was still intact when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Cake Talk
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Shortly after I first opened the bakery, I was invited by one of my customers to join a local business networking group called BNI. BNI is the world's largest business networking organization, responsible for generating over eight billion dollars worth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Cake Talk
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"If you always do what you've always done. Then you'll always get what you've always got." unknown Words to live by. This has been attributed to many but I always remember it because a former boss used it constantly. Along... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Cake Talk
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We've started our Thanksgiving baking marathon. Here's what we've made (and are making) so you don't have to... Pies... All our pies are 9-inch deep dish pies, and will easily serve 10-12 people. Maybe more after a big turkey dinner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Cake Talk
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It's tough being the little guy. Everyone has their hands out, especially the big guys. A couple of years ago it was the University of Alabama. Now it's BMI. What's BMI? Yeah, I asked that, too. Never heard of it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Cake Talk
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A nationally known writer was interviewed in our city's newspaper recently. It was a simple Q&A -- a sort of "get to know you" piece, as the writer lives here. The paper does this every Friday, posing questions ranging from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Cake Talk
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We've seen almost a hundred Art Nights come and go at Mary's Cakes & Pastries since we opened in 2006, so it's second nature to us. But, for the average person reading this post, maybe not so much. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Beware this email from Anthony Spanner or Adrian Thomas. We haven't gotten one of these in a while, but it's either still going around or going around again. For those of you who are new to these scams, the sender... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Cake Talk
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There are lots of things you can do with fresh figs. At Mary's Cakes & Pastries, we make fig blondies. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Cake Talk