…and I bake in the ‘Burgh. That would be my hometown, the fine city of Pittsburgh, Pa., a city of beautiful architecture, proud industrial history, three rivers, more than 400 bridges, very successful sports teams, hardworking, friendly folks, and a spirit of innovation that consistently ranks it among the most livable in the United States.
I live in Pittsburgh’s North Hills with my husband Mike and our dog Tucker and bake in our little kitchen using a 20-plus-year-old Kitchen Aid mixer, a single oven, and a range of skills I learned from my grandma Zella (may she rest in peace) and by trial and error.
I work in marketing, but I bake for fun, for creativity, and to find my Zen. I bake for Mike, for my family and friends, for coworkers, for holidays, and for Tuesdays. Baking brings balance to my life, gives me a creative outlet, and lets me bring joy to others. Nothing quite compares to watching someone take that first bite of the cookie you’ve brought to the office, or the cupcake you make for the party. I also love writing, so blogging lets me combine two great passions. In my wildest dreams, I’ll have a cookbook, but for now, this will do just fine.
I hope you enjoy what you read here! If you bake something from this blog, please let me know how it turned out. Thank you for spending some time here.
Here, Mike and I are on a dock in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, where our family has a getaway home. Mike and I met in 1996 (yes, we were just 19 at the time) at Frostburg State University in Maryland, not far from Deep Creek, and we’ve been together ever since. We are sports fans, museum and literary nerds, and people who work random movie quotes into everyday conversation.
This past summer we lost our beloved dog Millie at the astonishing age of 17, but she lives on forever in our hearts. We now share our home with Tucker, our rescued German shepherd/pit bull mutt. Tucker is about 20 months old and enjoys very frequent walks, hikes on our local park trail, and pretty much any kind of treat you’re willing to give him. He’s a great listener and pays very close attention when I bake, just in case what I’m making happens to be for him.