McKinney's Sweet Spot baker, Elizabeth Farmer (l) and owner, Kathy White (r) prepare for Tuesday's Tea-Time, Treats and Tunes
Beth Howard's Pie Cookbook, now available at Kitchenwares On The Square

Beth Howard’s Pie Cookbook, now available at Kitchenwares On The Square

Publisher’s note: May in McKinney, Texas is a sweet time indeed. Maybe its the fragrant wafts of honeysuckle in bloom, or perhaps the pastel pops of pink and yellow dotting the neighborhoods. Or maybe, it was the arrival of this lady in her super-precious RV.

Recently, Kitchenwares On The Square, located at 213 N. Kentucky St. welcomed Ms. American Pie, Beth Howard to downtown McKinney. With her RV as the backdrop, she regaled the crowd with heart-warming stories during her pie-making demo/book-signing. Before she said goodbye, even the most cynical believers, were in agreement, that yes Beth, the world DOES need more pie.

Check out Howard’s Ted Talk here, but first, check out the following story from one of McKinney’s sweetest Foodies, Toni Andrukaitis.

Stay sweet McKinney Foodies! Michele

How Sweet It Is

By Toni Andrukaitis, McKinney Foodie Contributor

When former executive administrator, Kathy White, decided to fulfill a lifetime dream of

McKinney's Sweet Spot baker, Elizabeth Farmer (l) and owner, Kathy White (r) prepare for Tuesday's Tea-Time, Treats and Tunes

McKinney’s Sweet Spot baker, Elizabeth Farmer (l) and owner, Kathy White (r) prepare for Tuesday’s Tea-Time, Treats and Tunes

starting her own business, she fell in love with the quaint atmosphere of the McKinney Square. With absolutely no baking experience, she thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fun place to get off your feet and get something sweet?” So, Kathy turned to long-time friend and neighbor, Elizabeth Farmer. Farmer learned her superior baking skills at an early age from her grandmother, a professional baker.

Together, the women dreamed of opening a little bakery.

One year ago, they made their dream come true.

On Saturday, May 3, McKinney’s Sweet Spot located at 120 W. Louisiana St. on the historic downtown square, celebrated it’s one-year anniversary. Festivities were held from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.

Known as one of the sweetest spots in town, McKinney’s Sweet Spot isn’t just a bakery, coffee shop, and ice cream parlor. It’s also a little oasis where friends, families, neighbors and visitors gather to share stories and make memories. Small children press their noses up against the glass at the ice cream counter, while writers, church groups, or local business owners stop in for a quick bite or a long visit.

Every Second Saturday evening, the place is packed with local musicians, singers, friends,

Second Saturday jam session at McKinney's Sweet Spot

Second Saturday jam session at McKinney’s Sweet Spot

and neighbors who gather for impromptu jam sessions. Everyone, young and old, join together to sing along to their favorite songs. All are welcome to stop by with their instruments and join in on the musical merriment that starts at 7 pm and often lingers into the wee hours of the night.

Tuesday’s Tea Time, Treats and Tunes is another fun activity hosted by McKinney’s Sweet Spot. Each Tuesday, from from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. folks can find a sampling of delicious treats, gather with friends to sing a little karaoke, or try their hand at a painting, drawing or craft project. Kay Griffith, who has

Author, Toni Andrukaitis, with musician, Kay Griffith

Author, Toni Andrukaitis, with musician, Kay Griffith

been playing her ukelele for over seventy years, frequently leads the group in a rousing sing-a-long of classic oldies. It’s all word of mouth, no experience or expectations, just crazy ol’ fun.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery, come on down, swing open the bright pink screen door, and find a fun happy place to, “get off your feet and get something sweet.”

Photos of Ms. American Pie, by Beth M. Howard as found at TheWorldNeedsMorePie.com

Photos of McKinney’s Sweet Spot by Toni Andrukaitis