The Viewfinder: Local baking camp is more than S’mores

Published 11:36 pm Monday, June 18, 2018


NATCHEZ — Theresa Mullins hosted a closing reception Thursday for her Kids Baking Camp where desserts and baked goods filled her table.

This was the third year Mullins opened her kitchen to local children for the four-day cooking camp.

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“What I enjoy the most is just sharing my gift,” Mullins said. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I’ve been decorating cakes and cookies and pies and all that. Since I had small children I’ve just been baking with them and decorating their birthday cakes over the years. It just kind of turned into a little business.”

While the reception offered parents and students cakes and cookies, Mullins said while the emphasis is on baking, children also are taught other types of cooking and preparing other types of snacks.

“We do things like quesadillas with peanut butter and fruit,” Mullins said. “We try to do things that are healthy, too, so they’re not just all sugared up every day.”

Students are taught basic techniques and how to read a recipe along with learning the importance of kitchen safety. With younger students, her classes are limited to four students, and up to six students for her older students.

The Kids Baking Camp on June 25-28 will start at its usual time from 9 a.m. until noon.

The week of July 9-12, Mullins will offer two sessions, one in the morning the other from 1 until 4 p.m.

Then classes through July will go back to the usual time only in the mornings. Older students and students who have been with her since she started will be cooking more elaborate dishes.

“The best part for me is just the excitement, you can feel the excitement in the room right now, that’s my favorite part,” Mullins said.

Classes are held at 392 Ashburn St., Natchez.

For more information and additional class times through the month of July call Mullins at 601-807-1960.