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Cookies made by Madisynne Shoon

Madisynne Shoon was once asked what was her favourite subject and without hesitation, she replied—cooking. A short period of disappointment overcame her when she was told cooking was not a subject, rather it was a hobby. But her mother’s words—”your gifts will get you where you are going,” made her fall even in deeper love with her skill.

Now, the standard two, homeschooled Shoon just hosted her first bake sale last Saturday titled: ‘Madisynne’s Sweet Treat Sale,’ in which her brownies were such a hit, she now has an influx of orders from customers.

In a telephone interview with Shoon’s mother, Michelle Joseph, she said her daughter fell in love with baking from the age of four.

“For snacks, I would always make something instead of buying something, be it fudge or cinnamon roles and that is how she started to learn,” Joseph explained.

She said since then, Shoon was always in the kitchen creating some sweet dish—cakes and cupcakes are among her specialities, all of which she would share with neighbours, family and friends.

But over the COVID-19 period, Joseph said her daughter really began to ‘feed’ her skill—practising more than ever on perfecting her baking skills.

While cartoons might interest the average nine-year-old, Shoon is hooked on cable television’s Food Network, while her phone is filled with downloads about baking and ingredients.

It was her consistent practising during this time, that Joseph who is also a seasonal caterer, said her daughter told her she was ready to take her goodies beyond her home kitchen.

“She came to me and she told me, “mommy, I think I am ready to sell.”’

Always willing and ready to support her children, Joseph a mother of three, said, they went right to work on it.

The outcome were doughnuts on a stick, cinnamon rolls, salted caramel infused muffins, brownies, and yogurt parfait. She would soon be on another baking adventure when she rolls out her upcoming Christmas cookies.

Shoon’s passion for baking does not take precedence over her education though.

Joseph said she found a way to incorporate her daughter’s skill with her academic learning.

“I have found her skill to be useful in math, reading, and science. She has to know how to use the right measurements in ingredients for baking. She must be able to understand, interpret, and apply instructions to the baking process, and everything is about getting the right combination for that desired outcome and taste,” Joseph explained.

Shoon hopes to become a pastry chef when she grows up, however, Joseph said while she supports her, she was still young, but if she proved that she was truly serious about it, she would find the right avenues for her daughter’s dream to become a reality.

In the meantime, Shoon was invited to learn cake decorating at a bakery store owned and operated by a close family friend.

Joseph said she was happy her daughter found from an early age, what could be her calling and stated it was her duty as a parent to nurture and cultivate her daughter’s gift.

She encouraged every parent to do the same, especially with the ever-changing economy.

The mother noted, COVID-19 taught us all a lesson: “We now have to fall back on what we just viewed as a hobby before because no traditional job is stable anymore. So we need to encourage our children from young, the value of entrepreneurship and honing their natural skills.”