Marta's Cakes and Cookies by MartaIngros on Etsy

Privet, everybody! Thank you so much for taking some time to visit my shop and to learn more about me. I was born in Tblisi, Georgia, but when I was 6 years old my family moved to Mykolayiv, Ukraine for my father's military obligations. At that time Mykolayiv was a "closed city" due to its status as an important naval center and shipbuilder to the USSR's Black Sea Fleet. Though no visitors were ever permitted to enter my city, there was much wealth from military activities and my mother supplemented our family income by baking and selling beautiful pies, cakes, pastries, breads and miscellaneous baked goods to other military families. I remember sitting with her and watching in amazement as she combined flour, honey, ginger, butter and other natural ingredients into tasty foods. I also recall the hugs and congratulatory words she received from her customers. My mother was not blind to my interest in her work, and she would always share some extra dough, honey, crushed dates and figs, and so on. with myself and my younger brother so we could work with her. :) Our efforts were not always successful, and rarely nice to look at, but she was always patient, and generous with praise and words of encouragement.

In Soviet times a student's professors could make recommendations to the state that a student be enrolled in supplemental schooling if he or she feels the student demonstrates an aptitude in sports, mathematics, art, science, etc. During what I would call my junior high, one of my professors referred to me as supplemental art training. From then until I entered the university, I attended regular school with all other students and, at the end of each school day, I rode a bus to the special art school where I continued studying until the early evening hours. I loved that school so much - art theories, perspective, color palettes, painting, drawing, etc.

Within the first month of my arrival here, the teacher at school asked my youngest son if his mother would be "homeroom mom" for the class because no one else had volunteered to do it. I did not understand what this request meant, but I agreed to do it if my are needed it. I eventually learned this role as many parties, but one was to arrange class parties for Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter and other special celebrations. Halloween was the first class event, and my husband suggested I buy some cookies or cupcakes from the grocery store for the children. Since the first day I arrived in America I chat with my mother on Skype daily so I decided to tell her about our party plan. She was upset that I would consider feeding the children "all those chemicals Americans eat" (I can not convince her Americans do not survive on chemicals that only resemble food! Lol) So ... after my scolding I decided to bake cake pops for the children's party. The cake pops were a great success, and for each school party I made something different, each time pushing myself to outdo the treats served at the prior party. Soon there were parents and teachers asking me if I would like to bake some cupcakes, cookies or cakes for events outside school. Of course I agreed, and Marta's Cakes and Cookies became reality.

If I were to have a meal, a cake and cookie decorator I would say that person is crazy, but here I am. :) What began on my kitchen counter to a work of love to help my are now grown in my own commercial bakery, and I can not be happier. To date, my wedding and birthday cakes have been delivered as far as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington, and I've shipped cookies to nearly every US state and even some buyers in Ukraine and Russia.

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