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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

It's just not Thanksgiving unless... It almost feels like Thanksgiving has become a forgotten holiday, doesn’t it? Or is it just me? Halloween costumes and candy quickly give way to Christmas carols and decorations and turkey day seems to be pushed aside, lost in the shuffle as the seasons...

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

We are grateful for your service and your sacrifice We are all so very lucky to live in the land of the free, thanks to the brave men and women that put on a military uniform and protect our country every single day. Unfortunately, we can often take our servicemen and women for granted, not...

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Simple ways to give thanks this season Everyone has so much going on these days. School commitments. Work obligations. Extracurriculars. Doctors appointments. Family stuff. The list goes on and on. In the busy hustle and bustle of daily life, we can be in such “go mode” that we don’t...

Trick . . . or Treats from Ashley’s?

How do we know Halloween is right around the corner? There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are crunching under your feet, and there’s a pumpkin on almost every stoop! We couldn’t be more excited about this fun holiday. If you'd like something more than just candy this Halloween, we’ve...

Our Favorite Fall Treats

Isn’t fall one of the best times of year? Here at Ashley’s Pastries, we love when the seasons change. It means yummy new recipes and new treats in the display cases. It’s also one of our favorite times of the year for decorated cookies -- we have such fun shapes and colors. We have...

Crazy About Pumpkin

We can’t wait for fall and all the pumpkin treats that come with it! They might be the universal sign of the season. Thankfully, pumpkins are quite healthy for us! They contain potassium and Vitamin A, and are quite delicious when used to make yummy treats. Did you know that the largest...

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

Being a grandparent is the best. Yes, it was awesome being a mom, but there’s something even more incredible about watching my daughters as mothers and experiencing the joy my grandchildren bring to my life. Today we celebrate grandparents everywhere with National Grandparents Day. Did...

Goodbye Summer

The time has come to bid farewell to the beautiful season of summer. We can’t believe it’s here! We know we say it often, but time is flying and it’s hard to believe September is here. It’s been a good summer for us - we hope you’ve had a good one, too, and we know we’ll miss the...

Just Because Day

Just Because Day

By now you may have realized there’s pretty much a national day for (fill in the blank) almost every day of the week. You’ve probably heard of “National Ice Cream Day” or “National Wear Flip-Flops Day,” but what about National “Just Because Day”? We hadn’t heard of it either, but...

Kickoff to Football Season

Football season kicks off this Friday (yes, you read that right!), and we’re wishing all of our local athletes a great first game and great season on the gridiron. If you’ve got a player on the team or you’re just a football fan, take something sweet to your tailgate this week....

Back to School Made Easy

The start of a new school year is here. Wow, summer went fast, didn’t it? You may be excited to get back into the routine of a new year or perhaps you’re sad to say goodbye to the relaxed days of summer. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, we’ve got a few tips to help make the...

It’s Cookout Time

It’s Cookout Time

Come on over When the sun is out, we like to be outside, too. Summertime is the perfect time for hosting friends, family and neighbors for a cookout. One of the best things about dining outdoors is the relaxed vibe. There’s no need for much planning. You don’t have to serve fancy food or...

Summer Birthdays

Summer Birthdays

Celebrate in the Sun Summer can be a busy season with vacations, holidays, baseball games and just a lot of fun, in general. Add in a summer birthday and there’s even more on the to-do list. While it may be hard to find a free day to celebrate, summer is a great time for a birthday. With a...

Star-Spangled Celebration

Star-Spangled Celebration

Time to break out the red, white and blue! Summer is in full swing, and this week we celebrate the 4th of July. Can you believe it’s here already? Seems like we were just talking about the never-ending winter. If you’re like us, you’ll be spending this week relaxing and enjoying some time...

Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

  We enjoy being your go-to for bakery items for all of your special events, but we also know you might want to try your hand at it, too. There’s nothing quite like the smell of cookies baking in your own oven. We know it's been awhile since we've written - the busy summer season has...

Pantry Staples and Baking Essentials

Pantry Staples and Baking Essentials

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself flipping through magazines and landing on pages with perfectly photographed food, complete with recipes that I always want to try, especially when it comes to baked goods. I dog-ear the pages, but when I go back to make them and quickly scan the...

Celebrate Mom

Celebrate Mom

Celebrate Mom It’s hard to imagine a world without moms. From the moment we’re born, moms play a significant role in our lives, making sure we’re fed, clothed, cared for and loved. As we grow, moms go from attending to our every physical need to helping us navigate emotional...

Gearing Up for Graduation

Gearing Up for Graduation

A quick look at the calendar reveals we aren’t far from the end of the school year. While it may seem hard to believe summer is right around the corner, if you’re a parent with a child about to graduate, you know it’s coming and it’s coming fast. Graduation is an exciting time,...

Eggscellent Easter

Eggscellent Easter

It may not look like it outside, but Spring has officially sprung and we are just days away from Easter. If you need a pick-me-up on these dreary days, stop by our shop. Our cases are full of happy, tasty treats: bunnies, chicks and ducks. If you’re worried about what to serve for the...

March Madness

March Madness

It’s here! Now that Selection Sunday has come and gone, March Madness has officially begun. It’s time to fill out those brackets and make your game plan for following all the tournament action. Are you rooting for the local Wright State Raiders? Or are you following another Ohio team? With...

Shipping to the Stars

It’s a big weekend for Hollywood. Sunday night are the 2018 Academy Awards, which means stars are gearing up for a night to remember...and so is Ashley’s Pastries. One of our signature cookies - the sand tart - takes center stage...or perhaps we should say backstage. That’s because this...

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

                Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and there is no denying love is in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re married or single, young or old, involved in a romantic relationship or not. Valentine’s Day is a day...

Happy Cherry Month

Happy Cherry Month

Happy February! There may be white snow lingering on the ground, but this month is dominated by red and pink. And the red isn’t just tied to Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner, if you can believe it. This month is all about cherries. Yes, you read that right - February is...

Together We Can Make a Difference

The world today could use more kindness. On a grand scale would be great, but there are a lot of small gestures that can make things a little brighter in our neighborhoods, communities and small piece of this world. We can all impact someone else’s day, and it doesn’t have to be a difficult...

Warm Up with a Hot Chocolate Bar

Brrr! There’s no doubt we are in the middle of a frigid month. We’ve had snow and ice and cold, cold days, which makes it a perfect time to warm with up a cup of hot chocolate. This warm, tasty drink is perfect to enjoy after any amount of time spent outdoors. It’s a great way to warm up...

Let the Holiday Season Continue

Santa may have come and gone, but that certainly doesn’t mean the holiday season is over. Yes, all of the Christmas items have been demoted to the clearance aisles at the store, and a lot of the pretty decor is coming down, but we believe the holiday season extends beyond Christmas day and...

Making it Merry

There’s something so magical about the Christmas season, but there’s also something quite stressful about this most wonderful time of the year, right? With all of the decorating, shopping, wrapping, events -- it’s easy to lose track of time and sometimes, unfortunately, the reason behind...

Get Your Gingerbread Here

One week until Christmas - wow! Does anyone else find this month has flown by? It usually goes fast, but for some reason, this year it seems like it was just the first and now here it is December 17. And if you’re anything like me, you’re making your list, checking it twice and realizing...

Happy Hanukkah

  December is quite the season for celebrations. On Tuesday, December 12, Hanukkah begins at sundown. This is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights”, which is celebrated nightly with a menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. But what is this “festival of lights”?...

Happy Holiday Birthday

 This is a busy time of year: special events, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, fun events, parties...the list goes on during the holidays.Oh, and all of these things are in addition to the normal life activities (cooking, cleaning, laundry) that must continue. So imagine how busy...

Gluten-Free Goodies Sold Here

For many of us, we don’t have to think twice about ordering off a menu or choosing a treat from behind the bakery counter. We’re able to eat what we want, when we want, without giving it too much thought. But not everyone is so lucky. A lot of people have food allergies or sensitivities...

Thanksgiving Day Treats

If your house is like mine, there’s a bowl full of Halloween candy sitting on your counter. While it’s dwindling, it’ll most likely still be around in two weeks…which is Thanksgiving! Crazy, right, that turkey day is right around the corner? Now is the time to start planning your...

30 Days of Thankful

Today we flipped the calendar to November. It doesn’t seem possible to be this far along into the year, but here we are. November. Sometimes it seems that Thanksgiving is a forgotten holiday, lost in the shuffle between Halloween and the mad dash before Christmas. This November, we want to be...

Forget the Tricks, We’re all about the Treats

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are crunching under your feet and there’s a pumpkin on almost every stoop. Halloween is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited about this fun holiday. Although we may not be into the tricks this time of year, we’ve certainly got you...

Fall Favorites

Isn’t this one of the best times of year? I love how colorful the earth is right now, especially in Ohio. When you look around, there’s this beautiful mix of reds, oranges, golds and browns against the backdrop of a perfectly blue sky. Add in cold air, cozy sweaters, favorite boots and warm...

We Love Pumpkin

Can it really be fall without pumpkins? They might be the universal sign of the season. For us here at Ashley’s Pastries, and for a lot of you, we can’t wait for fall and all the pumpkin treats that come with it. Thankfully, pumpkins are quite healthy for us - they contain potassium and...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: College Care Packages

Although it may have been a while ago, think back to when you were a freshman college student away from home for the first time. You probably experienced a lot of emotions as you adjusted to life on a college campus - excitement, anticipation, inspiration, and perhaps, maybe, some homesickness...

Fall is Apple Time

Happy Fall y’all! Today officially starts the season (though with these hot temperatures it feels more like summer). For many of you, fall may mean crisp air, changing leaves and warm sweaters. For us here at Ashley’s Pastries, it means apple time! Fall is the prime season for apples and...

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Let Ashley’s Pastry Shop help with your birthday. Whether you’re turning 1 or 16 or 60, we believe birthdays are meant to be celebrated. And here at Ashley’s Pastries, we want to help make your day special. Whether you’re planning a party for a loved one or treating yourself on your day,...

Let’s Celebrate Labor Day!

Let's celebrate For many of us the Labor Day weekend is a chance to bid farewell to summer, to celebrate the season with family and friends at picnics and barbecues. While it may be hard to say goodbye to the relaxed vibe of the summer season, Labor Day usually signals the start of fall - crisp,...

School Lunch Inspiration

Now that school is back in session, you may be in need for inspiration for packing those lunches! For some parents, coming up with healthy meals five days a week can be tough. For most of us, time is precious so we want things that are healthy, but easy, too. Hopefully this quick list can help...

Back to School Tips and Tricks

I’m not sure how it happened, but the calendar says it’s time so it must be true. For many of us, the start of a new school year begins today. Crazy to think how fast the summer has gone! Although I will miss the lazy mornings, the long, sunny days, and the relaxed vibe of summertime, I know...

Share a Chocolate Chip Cookie, Share a Smile

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day at Ashley's!  I have fond memories of a child baking chocolate chip cookies with my mom in the kitchen. We’d mix butter, sugar, a little vanilla  and an egg, then add in flour, baking soda and a tiny bit of salt  in the large glass mixing bowl....

Happy Cousins Day!

Celebrate your cousins on Monday, July 24.  For those of us lucky enough to have cousins, we know these special people often become our first childhood friends. We celebrate birthdays and holidays and weddings and other special occasions with them. Cousins are often our first teachers, too,...

Road Trip Tips and Tricks

Road Trip Tips and Tricks

Summer is in full swing and for most of us, there’s probably a good chance we’ll be taking a road trip at some point. Whether it’s an hour down the road or a 12 hour trip down the coast, when it comes to traveling with young kids, anything over 20 minutes can feel like an eternity (or at...

Pack a Picnic

Pack a Picnic

Perhaps it’s the relaxed state of mind that comes with the season, but life just seems a bit sweeter in the summer. Hopefully for most of us, our schedules become less demanding, we can enjoy the longer days with more hours of sunlight, and we can spend more time with those we love, doing things...

Happy Anniversary: Baking Memories for 35 Years

Happy Anniversary: Baking Memories for 35 Years

We have a big milestone to celebrate and we want you to join us. After all, you’re an important part of this because we couldn’t have done it without you. We wouldn’t be here without you and your loyalty and support. This June (the 15th, to be exact), Ashley’s Pastries celebrates our...

Bridal Bliss

Bridal Bliss

You’ve got the ring. You’ve set your date. You’ve picked your colors. You’re in the midst of planning one of the greatest days of your life. Congratulations! Although it’s been a few years since I was planning my own wedding, there are certain aspects of the planning I...

Oh Baby! : Planning a Baby Shower

Oh Baby! : Planning a Baby Shower

You’ve just heard the amazing news that your sister or friend or cousin or daughter is going to have a baby. So exciting! As you imagine the joy of holding a new bundle, your mind also races to things to do to help shower the mom-to-be with love.There’s the fun of building a baby registry,...

Time to Appreciate Your Teacher

Time to Appreciate Your Teacher

We all know how important teachers are. They encourage, teach, nurture, lead, love, challenge, support, and inspire our children day in and day out for nine months of the year. While we appreciate everything they do for our children, do we really take the time to say thank you? The National...

Graduation Party Planning Tips

Graduation Party Planning Tips

The calendar has flipped to May (can you believe it?!), which means flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and warmer, and summer is just around the corner. And if you have a student, it could mean that graduation is coming up...and coming up fast! Let us help! This is a big day...

Earth Day 2017: Dig In!

Earth Day 2017: Dig In!

You may know that Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. You may know that it’s a day to help celebrate the Earth’s environment and raise awareness about pollution. But do you know when the first Earth Day was? Why the day was created? We thought we’d share a few fun facts with you about this...

Easy Halloween Treats Kids Can Make

Easy Halloween Treats Kids Can Make

These festive Halloween treats will get your whole family in the holiday spirit! Whether you're throwing the perfect party or looking for fun treats your little goblins will love assembling - and eating – these spooky Halloween sweets. The Friendly Frankensteins, Spider Bites and Halloween Candy...

An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

Fall weather is a great invitation to start baking. There’s something about the cool autumn air that makes us want to get in the kitchen and just bake, bake, bake. From fall breads to baked apples and pumpkin pies, there are countless recipes for baking with our favorite autumn ingredients –...

Five Tips For Easy Summer Baking When The Kitchen Heats Up

Five Tips For Easy Summer Baking When The Kitchen Heats Up

Do you love to bake but get frustrated by the rising temperature during summer? These five tips from the pros at Ashley’s will help you beat the heat of summer baking while adjusting recipes for some hot treats to best fit the summer months. Put ice in doughs! When mixing, use 25 percent ice...

Celebrate Fourth of July with a bang!

Celebrate Fourth of July with a bang!

The founding fathers may not have celebrated Independence Day with BBQ and sugar cookies, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a fantastic feast with your family! Red, white and blue screams our country’s independence. Star spangled cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate pretzels...

Not So Plain Vanilla

Not So Plain Vanilla

NOT SO PLAIN VANILLA Vanilla is an incredibly powerful ingredient that most of us use all the time. If you’re anything like us, your vanilla is one of the most used ingredients in your kitchen. Vanilla extract goes into your chocolate chip cookies, and perhaps you scrape a vanilla bean for...

Cupid Shops at Ashley’s

Cupid Shops at Ashley’s

Cupid Shops at Ashley’s! Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’re filling our shop with festive cookies, cakes, cupcakes and pops. With an extra dose of love…the most important ingredient of course…in all of our Valentine’s treats, you can’t go wrong!...

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas

5 Touchdown Dessert Ideas With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your game day menu. Since most of your guests will want to eat while watching the game (and commercials, of course), make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand. You may even want to set up a...

2015 Wedding Cake Tips (Updated for 2018)

2015 Wedding Cake Tips (Updated for 2018)

2018 Wedding Cake Tips If you got engaged over the holidays, you’re likely wasting no time getting down to business with planning your big day. First of all, congratulations on your engagement! You probably already have visions of save-the-dates, designer dresses, floral arrangements, color...

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker

8 Resolutions for the Novice Baker There’s no doubt the explosion of baking shows over the last decade has inspired many of us to dust off our aprons and try our hand at baking. There’s just one problem: it always looks so much easier on TV where cupcakes never burn, cookies are always the...

Our Top 5 Holiday Favorites

Our Top 5 Holiday Favorites

Our Top 5 Favorite Holiday Desserts The holidays are a time filled with family, friends, and of course, food. For most of us, this is one of our most favorite times of year to indulge our sweet tooth. We don’t know about you, but we look forward to the holiday season all year long. There’s...

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Baking We’ve all been there with powdered sugar up to our eyeballs, oven timers going off, sprinkles spilling on the floor and the company knocking at the door. You started out with the best intentions to bless your family and friends with all their favorite...

7 Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

7 Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

7 Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie Fall is one of our favorite times of year. With the colorful leaves, the crisp refreshing air, and the sights and sounds of the holidays popping up, there’s a lot to love. If you are anything like us, as soon as we turn the calendar over to November 1, we...

Connect with a Veteran

Connect with a Veteran

Connect with a Veteran With Veterans Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can honor a veteran in your life. It’s the service of veterans throughout our history that has ensured the freedoms we enjoy today. Veteran’s Day is a great opportunity to slow down...

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats

5 Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Treats With Halloween quickly approaching, you’re sure to notice the grocery store aisles lined with candy and costumes. As you begin to get busy with all the festivities, don’t forget to schedule in time to make some homemade Halloween treats with your...

The Perfect Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Perfect Rolled Sugar Cookies

THE PERFECT ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to fire up your oven for homemade Halloween treats.  Decorated cookies are always a favorite this time of year and cute new ideas are popping up on Pinterest every day.  There's only one problem,...

Welcome

Welcome

WELCOME to our bakery where we have been serving up fresh-baked goodness since 1982. Nothing warms our hearts like putting a smile on your face with delicious baked goods. Here we hope to share tips, tricks and trends straight from our bakery to your kitchen. We welcome your comments, feedback...