HAHIRA — Last October, Nancy Stalvey of Hahira transported a cake she made to Memphis, Tenn., for the wedding of her nephew, Brian Akins.
“Quite an adventure, not one I want to do anytime again too soon,” she admitted.
Stalvey was the first entry in the cake-decorating portion of The Valdosta Daily Times Cookbook Contest. The “Gone With the Wind” theme is in honor of the Crescent, headquarters of the city’s nine garden clubs, and Georgia author Margaret Mitchell.
“This is my first baking competition of any kind,” Stalvey said. “I am looking forward to it and am excitedly brainstorming ideas for the cake.”
The Hahira native grew up in a household of bakers.
“My mother (the late Margaret Miley) always baked from scratch. My sisters and I all grew up loving to bake.
“I love to make sculpted, carved cakes. I love the challenge of making a baked dessert look like an inanimate object (a tree, a Bible, an X-box game).”
Stalvey holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education from Valdosta State University. She has worked at South Georgia Medical Center for nine years and previously at Lowndes High School where she taught Health Occupations for 12 years.
Her husband, Freddy, is retired from Norfolk Southern Railway. She has two children, Jessica Miley of Valdosta and Gavin Stalvey of Hahira, and four grandchildren, Eve, Shawn, Rowan and Maggie.
Next to baking, music is her passion.
“I sing and play piano, guitar and autoharp. I’m learning the fiddle.”