My name is Annie and this is my little baking website. I started the site in 2008 because I needed a hobby and decided that baking was going to be the winner. I don’t update the site much anymore because adulthood only gives you so much time in the day — but I hope you enjoy your stay here.
How’d you get into baking? I come from a long line of people who love to cook. I guess it was only a matter of time before the bug bit me, too. I like to bake because it’s very creative, nostalgic, and sugary treats make people happy.
Favorite desserts/recipes: Cheesecake is a huge weakness of mine – as is any baked good involving peanut butter or Oreo cookies. My favorite recipes are Paula Deen’s chocolate butter cookies and my grandmother’s cut-out cookies. My least favorite treats include carrot cake (though the cream cheese frosting is delicious) and banana bread.
Kitchen must-haves: A Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. Trust me, it will change your baking life (and they come in pretty colors! Mine is turquoise). Disposable decorating/piping bags. And rainbow sprinkles.
What intimidates you? Bread. The thought of making bread from scratch makes me feel a little tight in the chest. I’ll get there someday.
Any advice for the readers of this blog? Bake with love. It’s cliched, but it’s true. Put your heart into it and enjoy it. But don’t be afraid to royally, completely, and totally screw up. It happens.
A little bit more about you: I’m terrified of the ocean. I’ve lived in Oshkosh, Madison, Chicago, Milwaukee, and now back to Oshkosh. Pineapple is my favorite fruit. Morning is my favorite time of day. And I do not like coconut, milk, or humid weather.
MEGHAN: I met Meghan in the fall of 2009 at our Master of Public Health orientation. Little did we know that we’d become good friends and baking buddies! Meghan is originally from Cranbury, New Jersey and has moved back to her home state (despite my pleas to stay in Madison and go into a cake making biz with me!). She is a Notre Dame alum, fan of all Philadelphia sports teams (though she always kindly cheered for the Packers when living in Wisconsin!), Michael Jackson aficionado, and lover of all things Criminal Minds, Stephen Colbert, and Harry Potter. Meghan contributed many gluten-free foods and ideas to this blog, as well as being an unwavering source of cake decorating help.
VAL: Like Annie, the true founder of this bloggy goodness, I too am a twentysomething living in Chicago, though I am originally from the great state of Maryland. I’ve always been interested in baking since my mom used to decorate awesome cakes for us as kids, but have only really recently been consumed by it. I suspect it is a combination of needing a release hobby and finally having a semblance of a disposable income. In any case, I am teaming up with Annie to bring you the posts you find here. In many ways, baking is a science and, like science, you never know for sure how your experiments will turn out. However, unlike most science experiments, if you put enough sugar in it, someone is bound to like it! THAT my friends is what makes baking great!
We have tried our best to give credit (and a link to any corresponding websites) to the original authors/bakers/creative geniuses from which we borrow ideas and inspiration. If we have missed anything or if we are stepping on any toes, please let us know. We don’t make any money off of this site, we are not affiliated with any companies, and we just want to share what we bake and create. The only thing we claim to own are our photos – they were all taken and edited by one of us. If you’d like to use one in some capacity, please let us know.