Posted By LocalShops1,
Thursday, August 16, 2012
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Lesa Marie found arts and crafts at age 5, and has been hooked ever since. These days her focus is on baking.
It all started with a cake she made for a friend in Carrollwood. That cake led to requests for more cakes. And then it was cookies and pies and every other imaginable sweet.
"For the past six years I have sustained in baking
and creating many many sweets," Lesa says. "It's a passion that helps me combine my
love for crafts and my love for baking!"
Her company, Tropical
Treats, is a cottage industry that offers custom designed cakes, cookies,
pies, candies, chocolates, and desserts. Tropical Treats also offers catering options with all types of menus.
Here Lesa shares some of her favorite cooking and baking tips:
- Spray your measuring cups and spoons with a
light coating of vegetable oil before measuring sticky foods such as
honey, peanut butter or syrup. That way they will just glide right out of the
containers. Plus it also make for a much faster and easier clean-up!
- When cutting onions to avoid eye burn or crying try putting 2 or 3 matches in your teeth. Hold them with the strike part towards the outside and chances are you won't cry a single tear.
- To get rid of garlic smell that seems to linger forever after you touch it, rub your hands against stainless steel
for a minute or two. "I usually rub my hands around my sink," she says, "and then the
smell is gone."
baking DO NOT pack down your flour during measuring it. Aerate your
flour and lightly use a knife to level off your measurements. Packing
down the flour will most definitely affect your final product.
Tropical Treats can be reached on Facebook, or you can contact Lesa directly at TropicalTreats4U@aol.com or 813.963.3463.
Photo by Moorman Photographics. Cake baked by Lesa Marie for LocalShops1's fourth Birthday Bash celebration Aug. 8, 2012, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
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