Baking delight

Jill's life in the bakery.

Jill looks forward to attending the Suncare outings, and sometimes she brings some of the delicious treats she is so good at making! She loves the social aspect of attending these outings and is happy to share her love of baking. “I love to bake, and I so enjoy meeting up at the Social Support outings. It’s a win-win.”

She grew up in a home filled with a love of cooking. Her Dad in particular taught Jill to create delicious goodies. Everything that the family used to prepare the food was grown in their own backyard. From chooks to a veggie patch, ingredients at home were always fresh and wholesome.

So, it came naturally to open a bakery in Wynnum Plaza with her husband Gary – and the Pink Pantry was born. Jill and Gary managed to juggle work-filled days of activity, starting at the crack of dawn and then well into the night while raising their two children.

“We cooked everything at home and the children loved to help ice the cakes and sweet treats. It really was a family affair.”

From biscuits and pastries to veggie sticks and quiche, the popular bakery went from strength to strength. Christmas time was the busiest for the business. Jill would work tirelessly through the day and through the night working on and taking new orders for glazed fruit cakes, plum puddings and cheese balls. “And despite it never stopping, I loved every minute,” says Jill.

Today life is quieter, and Jill has time to enjoy an Art Class at Boronia Cottage on Bribie Island.

“The Suncare staff are so caring and helpful. And we have a lot of fun.”

Jill attends Suncare’s Bribie/Caboolture Social Support Group.

The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a local outing and social connection. From lunch overlooking the ocean to a visit to the Caboolture Historical Village, friendships are formed, and memories are created. These adventures are supported and run by the beautiful staff down at the cottage, who help to make the cottage a home away from home.

For more information on you can be part of the Social Support outings or how Suncare can assist you by providing the support you need to stay in your home, connected with your local community and in control of your life, please contact 1800 786 227 or visit suncare.org.au.

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