Nichole Kelley has dreamed about opening her own bakery ever since her grandmother gave a blackberry pie recipe.
Kelley found her passion for baking last summer.
She was picking blackberries with a family friend but had no idea what do to with the berries. So she called her grandma to ask for a pie recipe.
“I was shocked after I made the pie. Everything was good about it, even the crust,” Kelley said.
Baking wasn’t always Kelley’s top choice for a future profession. If she had to pick her top three possible areas of study she said it would have to be business, law and culinary.
She works part time at Aeropostale, a clothing store in the South Hill Mall. She could use the skills she’s learned while working to pursue a business career.
Kelley also is taking a Psychology 100 class and says that it’s a topic she could be interested in.
“It’s relatable to everyday life,” Kelley said.
But she doesn’t know if she could work in a job connected to psychology for the rest of her life.
“I’m still super undecided about what I want to do when I’m older, but nothing is more fun than baking, and I’d love to be able to do that for a living. I have a major sweet tooth and it’s just fun to do, especially when it tastes good,” Kelley said.
Kelley wasn’t serious about baking until last summer.
After the day she baked the blackberry pie, she just fell in love.
Kelley has only baked that pie but loves to bake whatever kind of cookie anyone wants.
“I’ve only baked that one pie because I’m waiting for whatever is in season until I bake my next one,” said Kelley.”
Kelley says that whenever she gets too stressed, she just starts baking.
“I could bake all day but even more so when I’m stressed. It just instantly puts me in a better mood,” Kelley said.
When Kelley was little she usually was in the kitchen helping her mom.
“Our family has always been big on baking so there was no way we couldn’t love it growing up,” Kelley said.
If her plans work out, she would like to own a bakery when she’s older.
“I don’t really care if it’s big or small. I don’t even care if I only have one my whole life, I just want a bakery,” Kelley said.
Kelley, a senior at Rogers High School in Puyallup, is a Running Start student, so she can earn college credit early.
“I want to spend one more year at Pierce after high school and then transfer to a university,” Kelley said.
Even though Kelley loves baking, she wants to make sure that she has back-up plans.
“Just in case baking doesn’t work out for me I want to be able to have a college degree so I can have more options,” Kelley said.
Kelley said she would consider business, law and even become a wedding planner if culinary doesn’t work.
“I just don’t want a job where I’m miserable all the time. I want to be excited to go to work,” Kelley said.
Kelley recently made red velvet cheesecake cookies for a family who visited.
“Everyone loved the cookies, and I felt really proud because I want my family to know that I have potential,” Kelley said.
Other than the pie and all the cookies Kelley has baked, she said she would like to bake cakes and cupcakes but just haven’t had any need to.
Kelley will never forget the moment that changed her life.
“It all began with that pie last summer. Without my grandma’s recipe, I don’t know if I’d have this kind of passion for baking,” Kelley said.
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