In 2012, Southern Sweets Bakery celebrated 20 years of bringing fresh baked pies, cakes and wonderful southern edibles to its patrons. What is the secret to their success? It is not hard to find the answer if you spend any time with the bakery's owner Nancy Cole as her exuberant passion for baking permeates every conversation. It all started when she was just three-years old, a little Nancy Cole would pull herself up to stand on a stool alongside her grandmother "Nana” while she prepared luscious desserts for their large family. As Nana worked her magic sifting ingredients, stirring liquids and preparing pans, Nancy stood there quietly taking it all in. A young, wide eyed Nancy watched her grandmother's labor of love and listened to her Nana sing and hum beautiful melodies. These memories and lessons are now key ingredients to Nancy's success. Young and eager three year old Nancy paid close attention to her grandma as she shared her cooking secrets and love of baking. When Nancy was given her first Easy Bake oven, it ignited her passion for baking. At age twelve she cooked her first Thanksgiving dinner complete with stuffing, vegetables, and real cranberry sauce. Her passion only grew from there and as a young mother of three, Nancy would wake her children up early every Friday morning and they would bake twenty loaves of bread for family, friends, and neighbors.
Nancy's passion turned into profession when a friend who delivered fruits and vegetables to a pro
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