Emilee fol­lows ‘dream’

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE -

The en­tic­ing smells of bak­ing float through the air and draw in­ter­est of vis­i­tors at the home of Emilee Atkins.

Emilee, daugh­ter of Dar­rell and Tami Atkins of Polk County, has launched a busi­ness based on her tal­ent for bak­ing.

The idea of a busi­ness be­gan dur­ing Novem­ber 2015 when this en­ter­pris­ing young woman baked choco­late chip cook­ies for her fam­ily’s Thanks­giv­ing meal.

Since all her bak­ing is com­pleted in her kitchen, Emilee felt it would be great to do more than pro­vide a few cook­ies for fam­ily meals.

There­fore, the de­ci­sion was made. In De­cem­ber 2015, she be­gan bak­ing cook­ies for sale.

Ev­ery­thing is made from scratch and she of­fers a wide va­ri­ety: choco­late chip, red vel­vet, Ger­man choco­late, An­des mint, ma­cadamia nut, lemon, peanut but­ter bars and brown­ies.

In­spi­ra­tion for th­ese fa­vorites came from her mother Tami and her ma­ter­nal grand­moth- er, the late Mar­garet Broad­way.

“She al­ways let me help her bake when I was a young­ster,” Emilee said. “I can re­mem­ber the taste and smell of her tea cakes, which were very good.”

She be­lieves her new busi­ness will pro­vide a step in her quest to get a busi­ness de­gree. She sees her new ven­ture as a way to get name recog­ni­tion.

“I hope – one day – to open my own bak­ery and con­tinue to of­fer cook­ies baked fresh for peo­ple who have a pas­sion for some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she said.

Most of the recipes she fol­lows are from fam­ily and friends. How­ever, many are uniquely her cre­ation.

The re­sponse to her busi­ness since it was launched has been won­der­ful, ac­cord­ing to Emilee.

“I have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from ev­ery­one who has placed an or­der,” she said.

The re­ward of be­ing a youth­ful en­tre­pre­neur is that you get to meet new peo­ple while do­ing some­thing you love, she said.

“Don’t let doubts keep you from try­ing to make your dreams come true,” she said. “You will never know if it is a good idea or not un­til you try. Be­lieve in your­self and your prod­uct.”

Emilee ad­mits she has a pas­sion for her bak­ing and puts love into ev­ery batch of cook­ies she bakes.

Emilee Atkins bakes batch of made from scratch cook­ies in her Polk County home.

Emilee Atkins shows off her cook­ing skills with newly baked cook­ies, which will be of­fered to fam­ily and friends.

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