“I started Vee’s Vintage Sweets in 2012. When I was 20 years old and pregnant, my great-grandmother, Nettie Coleman, said I hear you are in the family way. She said it was a blessing from above and it’s not about you anymore, it’s time for you to learn how to cook. She brought out a Delchamps paper bag of all of her recipes. I still remember the screen door shutting when she brought out that bag. The bag of recipes sat in the washhouse for several years. I married, moved to California, got divorced and came back to Mobile. I found the bag where I had left it. The first recipe I made was an Italian Creme Cake. It was so good that my family was in shock. I started cooking her recipes. She was known for her pralines. All of my recipes are based on what she wrote down. She has gone to glory and has no idea I started cooking her recipes.
I thought I was going to marry rich. God had other plans. I work full-time at Mobile Water and cook and sell at markets on the weekends. I love being a part of Mobile and making people smile. You never know what they are going through. The butterfly on my wrist is because of my son. He wanted a tattoo, so we got one together. I love the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. I feel like that is my life too.
We had a house fire and I lost those recipes. My aunts told me I needed to laminate the pages and I never got to it. I still have the pineapple upside-down cake. I kick myself each time I think about losing those recipes. My grandmother was an amazing woman and lives on through what I cook. Especially the pound cake. Love is the extra ingredient and it shows. The day making these sweets feels like a job is the day I stop. I would love to have a dessert truck.”