About Me

It doesn’t take much to make me happy – a great book, a stimulating film, laughing with friends, chocolate, great music, listening to a MOTH or StoryCorp session on NPR while driving on a beautiful day with my husband and my babies. Simple things. And baking. But I guess what makes baking even more therapeutic is sharing it with all of you – whether it be bringing the baked goods to a friend’s house and letting them enjoy it, or trying to build a story or a feeling for those of you reading about them. Stories make up so much of who we are as individuals and communities. Welcome to my small home on the web. I hope that this blog allows you to curl up on your favorite couch with your favorite beverage,  and that something that I write allows you to connect with a forgotten feeling, or reflect for a little while.

The Nitty Gritty – Below are a few tidbits about me. If there’s anything you specifically want to know, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email, comments, or Instagram.

So obviously you bake. Do you do this for a living?
Hah, no. I’m actually a SQL Server Database Administrator. To oversimplify that, it means that I write computer code, and work on server maintenance. In other words, I’m a tech geek 🙂

Wow you make a lot of sweet treats! You must weigh close to 400 pounds!
I’ve always struggled with weight, and this blog doesn’t exactly help matters 🙂 But in an effort to continuing baking things I love and trying to remain healthy, I give away a lot of what I bake. I’ve also started taking yoga classes which have made a huge difference. I find that I have so much more energy and that my mind is clearer. The biggest push came when we adopted our first daughter. I want to be healthier so I can keep up with her and her sister, and actually take part in her childhood. I fall off the wagon A LOT but am trying to build a healthy support system around me so I can be held accountable.

What camera do you use?
I mainly work with a Canon 50D and either a 50mm 1.8 lens or the kit lens. I recently bought an Olympus mirrorless OMD EM5 and am looking forward to using it on the blog. The colors are FANTASTIC but I want to make sure I have a handle on the other features but I full switch over. The creme brulee post is actually the first post where I’ve used the EM5.

 

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Salam, found you on instagram. Do you sell what you bake? I am looking for someone to bake cookies and a cake for my nikkah ceremony. Let me know please! Thank you 🙂

  2. Salaam and Shalom,

    World peace through computer geek foodies! SQL frightens me but I’ll happily connect two networks across town or around the world. Protocol layers, routing tables, and switches, Oh My!

    Normally I don’t bake sweets too much. I’m more of a savory food type. Well it’s Thanksgiving time again and once again I offered to cook the turkey (not altruism, it’s self preservation). Yes, I stuff.

    Somehow this year is a little different. For some reason the phrase “Boston Cream Pie” flashed into my mind one morning while I was nibbling some Corn Flakes. (Truth be told, I was also thinking about crushing the corn flakes to make a deep fried ice cream treat.) So, Boston Cream Pie, baking the cakes is pretty straightforward, but horror of horrors, I didn’t know what smushy deliciousness I should put in the middle.

    Your post on Cream Puffs caught me. You saved me! Now I can sleep easier knowing that my creamy filling will be awesome. The CIA/Alicia method is really, really interesting, and really delicious. Yep, everything is great now… Oh, wait, now I need a genache. Such a happy problem to have.

    In addition to being a network geek extraordinaire, I’ve also been a commercial photographer. Your compositions are very nice, clean and not distracting. I love the story you told in images of the delicious cookies. A hand from nowhere reaching for another. Awesome. If you give the brightness curves a gentle tweak in Photoshop (or whatever) they will absolutely fly off the web page. Keep up the good work.

    Kurt

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