Growing up, birthday parties and celebrations were an important part of our family life. We didn’t spend a lot of money or do extravagant things, but my sisters and I were made to feel incredibly special. Every time I put together a party or gathering I hope to invoke that same feeling that expresses to the people around me how much I care about them and how important they are to me.
I developed a love of baking as a young girl. No one in my family baked much from scratch so I would pour over cookbooks late into the night to learn everything I could from print. I could often be found making banana bread or cakes in the wee hours of the morning (I am totally a night owl!).
In school I was a math and science girl and I went on to study biochemistry in college and graduate school. I have always been fascinated with food science and my culinary curiousity eventually lead me to a writing position at CakeCentral magazine where I frequently write about baking science. This work allows me to explore all things in baking that intrigue me or frustrate my baking efforts and affords the opportunity to explore extremes in recipes and methods. Pushing the limits on ingredients and challenging well established protocols helps me to understand why and how things work. I hope to share my insights and rule-breaking methods with you!
In addition to my love of baking, I have a heart for arts and crafts as well. For the past several years paper has been my primary artistic muse and I enjoy creating two and three-dimensional crafty pieces. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for twelve years and you will often see their products show up in my displays. Three times I won their Artisan Award for creative works I submitted.
When you marry my love of baking and paper and people together parties are the natural result. This blog is a place for me to share the things that inspire me and discoveries that unfold as I continue to learn every day. I hope that it will provide inspiration for you as you celebrate the loved ones in your life!
I make my home in Newberg, Oregon where I have a couple of acres that adjoin a beautiful hazelnut orchard. I have two children that amaze and humble me every day. Maddie is nine and Asher is seven. I love Jesus and though I frequently fail, I strive to love others as he loves me. Thank you for stopping by!