Well here we go once again heading into the holiday season. All aboard everyone, our first stop will be Halloween. This colorful, festive and ghoulish day is celebrated by children and adults alike making it one of the biggest holidays for gatherings and parties.
And to make your parties extra special, we have just what you need to share with your little princess or pirate’s classmates, the monster’s and zombies at your office, and the rest of your frightening friends.
Cookies, cakes, cake pops, cupcakes and more! Pumpkin is one of our favorite fall flavors as well as Pumpkin with Maple Cream Cheese, Pumpkin Smores, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Latte cupcakes!
So get creative with not only your costume, but with the refreshments too. We are accepting Halloween orders. Call us at (513) 984-1100
1. What is the name of the Celtic harvest festival that many people believe Halloween is based on?
Samhain (Pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in)
There is some debate as to how many Samhain traditions made their way into the Christian holiday of Halloween. This is because the Celtic people had an oral rather than written tradition and so much about the life of druids and the traditions of the Celtic people has been lost.
Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day and we do know that All Saints Day was moved from May 13th to coincide with Samhain, which was held around October 31st to November 1st. By moving the Christian holiday to the date of a pagan festival converted pagans could keep celebrating their traditional holidays while still being Christians. So it wouldn’t be surprising if newly converted pagans incorporated their old traditions into the Christian holiday.
2. What is a hallow?
A saint or a holy person
Hallow when used as an adjective means holy and as a noun it means someone who is holy. You can see why All Saint’s Eve is also known as All Hallow’s Eve.
3. In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?
The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after 2020 won’t occur until 2039.
4. What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?
5. What popular fall festival activity did the Romans bring to Britain when they invaded?
Bobbing for apples (a.k.a apple ducking, duck apple, dooking)
Another variation was also played where apples were hung from strings and contestants would have to try and bite into them.
6. The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?
All Hallow’s Evening (All Hallows’ Even), a.k.a All Hallows’ Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Allhalloween
In Scots “eve” is “even”. The “v” was eventually dropped, as well as the “all” and the “s” in Hallow’s.
So All Hallow’s Even became Halloween. Halloween is the day before All Hallow’s Day (also known as All Saints Day) and is the first day of Allhallowtide which is a three-day celebration for Christian Saints.
7. In the correct spelling of the Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?
Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)
The apostrophe shows where the “v” was dropped from (All) Hallow(‘s) E(v)en = Hallowe’en. “Even” in Scots means “Evening”.
8. In what two countries was “guising”, the tradition of dressing up in costumes, and going door for food or coins for Halloween most popular?
Scotland and Ireland
Guising during Hallowmas, the Christian holiday that Halloween kicks off, has been going at least since the 16th century in Scotland. Guising along with souling are thought by many to be the origins of modern day trick-or-treating.
9. When people go house to house while “souling”, what do they ask for?
Souling goes back at least to the 15th century and involves people going from house to house singing for soul-cakes during Halloween. Soul-cakes are small round cakes that are baked to commemorate the dead. Even though souling didn’t involve dressing up in costumes (like guising) you can see why many people think it had a strong influence on the trick-or-treating that we do today.
10. In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?
Here is the line from the newspaper:
The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.
“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.
11. In what decade did trick-or-treating as we know it today start gaining popularity in America?
While there were mentions of souling and guising in the USA earlier than the 1930s it wasn’t until the mid to late 1930s that we started to see the phrase trick-or-treat being used in print in the USA.
12. How many children have been seriously injured or killed from poisoned candy given to them by strangers during Halloween?
There have been a few cases of family members tampering with candy and blaming it on strangers. There have also been numerous false alarms where an illness was thought to be caused from Halloween candy but later was discovered to be something else entirely. Also there have been a tiny number of instances of sharp objects put into candy by strangers. But luckily no one has ever been seriously hurt by one of those objects.
For years, Lisa Ebbert’s family and friends told her she was “on to something.” Having cultivated her daughters, Kristen and Lauren, in the kitchen from a young age, they naturally accompanied her in launching their family-owned bakery business, 3 Sweet Girls Cakery.
Today, their two Cincinnati-area locations provide cupcakes, cookies and other treats for brides, birthdays, and other sweet occasions. But there’s more to this bakery business than cute cupcakes and sprinkles. Creativity, passion and family are the main ingredients to their success.
My Experience: Bringing Family to the Table
Lisa Ebbert and her daughters, Kristen and Lauren, are featured in our video series, “My Experience…. Bringing My Story to the Table.” The series explores the journeys, passions and experiences of food service professionals working in different environments. Following their story below, Lisa answered some of our questions about her experience having a family-owned bakery.
Q&A With Lisa Ebbert from 3 Sweet Girls Cakery
You and your daughters share a passion for baking. What is it about baking that you love?
Lisa Ebbert: “We enjoy baking because we have so many fond memories of times we have spent baking together as a family and with friends over the years. We also love the opportunity to share our creativity with others. It is always fun to see the joy it brings to people when we hand them their baked goods. We love that there are unlimited options for things we can create.”
Tell us about how your business, 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, started.
LE: “We started our business out of our home in 2010. We always loved baking and it got to the point that we were baking too much to eat ourselves and did not know what to do with everything. We started baking for friends and then their friends. We quickly outgrew doing this out of our home and decided to open the bakery on Montgomery Road in 2012.”
What are your most popular products and how do you keep up with demand?
LE: “Our most popular products are cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and cookies. Customers love that they can customize any of our products! We have gradually hired more and more staff to keep up with the demand. We have a great group of people who work well together and help each other out to get the job done!”
What are some new things you have planned for 2017?
LE: “We plan to expand into doing more wedding cakes in 2017 and customized specialty cakes. Our cookie sales are really growing and we plan to continue to expand in this area as well. As always we will be developing more new cupcake flavors.”
What does an owner need to know before they opened a second location?
LE: “Opening a second location is exciting and opens up your business to a whole new group of people who may not have been exposed to your product before! For us, our second location does not have a kitchen and acts only as a store front. This has required a lot of planning because we cannot bake at the second location and instead we transport more product as needed. Planning is key! There are a lot of things that need to remain consistent and accounted for from one location to the other(s). Having trustworthy employees cake make all the difference since you can’t be in two places at once!”
Who taught you baking and what is your favorite memory in the kitchen?
LE: “A lot of what I learned about baking was from my mother and grandmother. When I was young that was something we did for fun a lot. Some of my favorite memories are baking and decorating holiday cookies. This has been a tradition every year! We have been so busy decorating cookies at the store since we opened that we haven’t decorated them at home, so this year we decided to start a new tradition of experimenting with new cookie recipes together at home instead. There are so many fun recipes to try and create. We are all going to come up with a recipe we want to make.”
What are two baking tools you can’t live without?
LE: “Disposable pastry bags are so awesome. Not sure what we would do without them! Cake pop racks are something we could not live without and they are very hard to find.”
The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon is a 42.195 km (26.2 mi) race run the first Sunday of every May in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its first run was in 1999. It is the 3rd largest first-time marathon in the United States, and had nearly 5000 finishers in 2008. An official time from the Flying Pig Marathon can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. In recent years, the Flying Pig has included a 5K race, a 10K race, and a half-marathon in addition to the traditional marathon race. Added in 2014, there is a 2-mile “Flying Fur,” event for dogs and humans to participate in. The 5K and 10K run on the day before the marathon. The half-marathon starts and finishes at the same locations as the full marathon, and runs on the same day as the full marathon. Total participation for all weekend events exceeded 30,408 in 2011.
The race course starts in Downtown Cincinnati and crosses the Taylor-Southgate Bridge over the Ohio river into Northern Kentucky where it travels through Newport and crosses westward over the Licking River via the Fourth Street Bridge into Covington. From Covington the route takes the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge back over the Ohio River into Cincinnati. After looping westward the first leg ends east of downtown in Eden Park, a distance of 6.84 miles (11.01 km). The race course then makes its way east through East Walnut Hills, O’Bryonville, and Hyde Park and ends after 5.16 miles (8.30 km) at Richards Industries on Wasson Road. The third leg goes east to the village of Mariemont before looping back to head towards the river; it ends in Linwood, having traversed 7.67 miles (12.34 km). The final leg is 6.55 miles (10.54 km) to the finish line downtown. The last 7 km (4.3 mi) of the fourth leg follow the Ohio River Scenic Byway (US 52) along the Ohio River, heading downtown toward the finish line.
The 2006 overall male winner was Cecil Franke with a course record time of 2:20:25. The 2002 overall female winner was Tatyana Pozdnyakova with a course record time 2:34:35.
The 2011 race was notable for a blind runner winning the women’s division.
In order to run in the Flying Pig Full Marathon, one must be eighteen years or older on the date of the marathon. However, individuals under eighteen years of age with a permission slip signed by their parents, as well as a signed waiver, may run in the full marathon. (Wikipedia)
This is truly an event we look forward to all year and we are honored to be the Official Bakery Sponsor for it. We look forward to serving up thousands of flying pig cake pops we created exclusively for the event and as a tribute to Cincinnati or Porkopolis as it was referred to over a century ago.
Did you know that we delivery cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, cakes and all of our sweet treats? We deliver all of these to surrounding businesses, hospitals, schools, colleges and homes!
We frequently make deliveries to the University of Cincinnati and do have the license to incorporate the Bearcat Logo into any of our products! If your would like to send a birthday surprise or some treats for your favorite student to share with friends in the dorm we have a large selection.
We deliver to most area hospitals and our cupcakes and other sweets are sure to cheer up anyone. We have really unique treats to celebrate the birth of a baby. Sending our treats is a great way to say Thank You to the the nurses and doctors. We frequently go to Children’s Hospital as well!
Office party orders are very popular. We offer a large variety of corporate logo items as well as sweet treats for birthday celebrations!
Whatever the occasion give us a call us at 513-984-1100 or email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help you set up a cupcake delivery or delivery of another sweet treat to many areas in Cincinnati! If you need ideas please look around our website in our many galleries for ideas for just about any occasion!
Well here we are once again, wrapping up another eventful year. And, oh my, what an exciting year it’s been. We witnessed Brexit, enjoyed the Summer Olympics, tolerated another nasty Presidential campaign, were blown away by the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, and a host of other national, world and personal events.
So whether or not you made it through this year happy and unscathed, it’s time to enjoy the holidays and reflect on those we are thankful for in our lives. Those special folks who not only bring us joy, but often challenges into our worlds, helping us to grow.
How can we say ‘thank you’ to our co-workers, teachers, babysitters, dog walkers, and other special people? It might break the budget to buy everyone a nice bottle of wine or even a gift certificate to Starbucks. You may find yourself picking and choosing because the expense to recognize everyone may just be too great. How can you make a beautiful and festive statement of gratitude telling everyone how much you’ve appreciated the camaraderie and support over the past year and it still be affordable?
You could very well stay up many nights after work baking for your co-workers, your children’s teachers, your book club buddies, etc. Everyone loves freshly baked goods especially when they’re colorful and creatively decorated. That would be a great idea! But an even better idea would be to let us help you with it.
We have one of the most creative teams in Cincinnati when it comes to cake, cupcake, cookie, and cake pop decorating. Our designs for Christmas are eye popping and will surely bring a smile to every one’s face. Even your gluten free friends will be happy as we offer many of our products gluten free.
You can order a fanciful tin of cake pops or beautifully boxed Christmas cookies and leave them in the break room for your co-workers or in the teacher’s lounge of your children’s school along with a little note of appreciation. We also have other treats like cake in a jar, which is a gift itself, along with chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos, all beautifully packaged.
So these are just a few ideas of some of our products that make creative and tasty gifts. We take special orders and offer delivery with a minimum order. Let us help you say “Thank you”.
And while we’re on the topic, we’d like to thank you for visiting our site and we wish you a joyful holiday season and Happy New Year!!
3 Sweet Girls Cakery is the Official Bakery of the Queen Bee Half Marathon. We we be at the Queen Bee Expo selling Queen Bee Cake Pops and Cookies! Be sure and stop by our booth and check our our sweet treats!
What is the Queen Bee?
Bee-lieve it, girlfriend. There’s a women’s half marathon in Cincinnati.
The Queen Bee Half Marathon is on a mission: to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. Race weekend will include plenty of pampering, swag, and fun—the perfect ingredients for a great girls’ weekend.
The course starts and ends at JACK Casino, where you’ll enjoy free parking and the convenience of having your car within yards of the finish line! The course goes through some of Cincinnati’s historic and scenic neighborhoods and along the way you’ll be entertained by dozens of bands and DJs and refreshment zones that will ‘bee’ unique to the event.
When you cross the finish line you’ll enjoy special swag, chocolates, massages, the one of a kind Queen Bee medal and an incredible after party!
Not quite feeling up to the whole 13.1 miles? No problem. Buzz through Saturday’s 4-mile event through Downtown Cincinnati instead. You’ll be done in time to meet your half marathoners at the finish.