I’m Lauren. I’m a teacher and parent who finds baking to be the calm in my chaos. I never baked growing up. When I started teaching myself to cook in earnest about ten years ago, I never really considered baking to be something I would or should attempt. Who had the time? Why not just pick something up at a store or, if we’re splurging, a bakery? But then I had a baby, and my husband took a new job across the country, and we started a series of cross-country moves, and I changed jobs accordingly, and I had another baby, and my mom passed away, and I needed something to steady myself. I found baking and the process of following a recipe, of turning a bunch of disparate ingredients into something delicious and unexpected, to be surprisingly, blissfully satisfying.
And so I started baking, mostly on the weekends, mostly breakfast goods like scones and muffins. And then I started making increasingly elaborate birthday cakes for my family. And then I started bringing baked goods to friends and to work. And finally, several years later, I started experimenting with my own recipes. And here we are, ready to bake.
We are now settled back in our home state of Michigan (specifically Ann Arbor, if you’re familiar with The Mitten) with no plans to leave any time soon, and my life feels much more settled. But the joy in baking remains, and so I decided to start this site to share some of those recipes with whoever else might find them inspiring.
I enjoy a baking challenge, but I also believe that baking should be something everyone can do. Many-layered cakes and pastries are delightful, but so are one-bowl muffin mixes that you can whip together in fifteen minutes. You’ll find a mix here on the blog, and I am still in my infancy as a recipe developer. I also do more than bake, and you’ll probably see quick and healthy-ish dinner recipes and home decor diy posts show up on the blog occasionally. I hope you’ll stick around and watch the blog and the recipes and me grow, and that you make something delicious along the way.