I recently attended my first flea market and had a lot to say on the subject. I thought about posting about it for you today since it’s still so fresh, but after looking at this girl right here, I quickly changed my mind.
I think we are all guilty of being our own worse enemy and trust me, I know I’m mine. But then I look at someone like Kristen and think, what would I tell her if she had a bad day? I’d never tell her to give up. I’d tell her to keep on dreaming and taking the steps she needed to get there. We all have ups and downs but we keep going, moving toward that dream that’s in our hearts. I look at where she is and what an amazing start she’s had and heck, she inspires me! I could never tell you where I was at her age, nor what big dreams I had. I don’t remember having goals like she does and actually following through on them. I see her smiling face and it makes me proud that in some small way I’m actually a role model for her. She is truly an amazing, precious girl (and only 14!!) with big hopes and dreams and it’s important for me to introduce you to her today.
I remember having my first slice of pound cake that Kristen made for church friends. I couldn’t get over the fact that she made it. Her mom told us that she was saving for a mission trip and wanted to earn money to fund the trip. I thought it was sweet and tried her baked good and my goodness…she was on to something. Fast forward to our very first trunk show and I think Kristen was our top seller! She has sugar and spice and everything nice, and on top of all that, a heart of gold!
How did you get stated baking and what was it that made you want to start a business of your own?
Well about a year ago, my mom became obsessed with my grandma Puckett’s pound cake. Unfortunately, grandma only made it on special occasions, so I decided to ask for the recipe and take a shot at baking it myself. We were all impressed at how yummy it turned out! It started just for fun and never did I imagine it would grow this fast.
How old were you when you knew you had a niche for baking?
I started watching baking shows and baking videos when I was 10 years old. Then I started helping my mom bake. About a year ago I started baking on my own.
I think the hardest thing for me to comprehend is thinking about when I was your age and NEVER being this driven. Where do you see “Kristen’s Treats” going in the future?
I definitely see myself still baking and opening a café style bakery. A very modern, retro place where people can go to meet up or study while enjoying my pastries.
What’s your favorite thing to bake and what are your top sellers?
My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies, they’re quick and easy to bake especially when I get a last minute order. My top sellers are the chocolate chip cookies and the pound cake. I’m also working on expanding my menu and trying new things, so stay tuned!
Is there any lessoned you have learned that will help you in the future with Kristen’s Treats?
I’ve learned to be responsible and organized. For example, when I stayed up baking till 6 am for my first event and then having to be up in two hours.
Any last shout outs?
I would like to thank my parents, family and friends for encouraging me to continue on this journey. Also, to all who have purchased my treats. Above all thank you, God. -Kristen
You can follow Kristen on Instagram @kristens_treats