My name is Holly. I am an English teacher by day, a baker by night, and a mom and wife all the time. I have a weakness for buying dessert cookbooks and finding dessert recipes on-line, and then making them for my family, friends, and co-workers. Oh, if only there were more hours in the day and calories didn’t count!
I have always been an avid baker. Well, I should back up. I have always been an avid eater, especially of desserts. When I was young, I would bake cookies for my family, and as I was baking, I would pretend that I was on a cooking show, teaching viewers how to make my cookies. My inspiration (and hero) came from my grandmother, who made the most wonderful desserts, and I always looked forward to visiting her and helping her in the kitchen.
In college, I baked a lot for my friends, and would call my grandmother at least once a week to get advice on whatever sweet dessert or meal I was making. (When she found out I didn’t have a rolling pin and was making my pie dough with a vase, she promptly went out and purchased one for me.) I kept baking on the back burner and graduated from college with a degree in English, pursuing a career of teaching literature to high school students. As time went by, I gravitated back to my old love of baking. After all, who doesn’t love a special dessert? And that’s where this blog comes in. My husband believes that this blog is a great creative outlet. Plus, he told me, I don’t have to talk to him about food all the time (which he certainly doesn’t mind eating, by the way). My desire with this blog is to share my love of food with you as well as teach you a few tricks I’ve learned along the way. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing and making it for you.
I make all the desserts, crafts, and what-not on the blog as well as take all the pictures. And unless otherwise noted, all the recipes are created by me or come from my family cookbook. By no means am I a professional when it comes to pictures and cameras, but if you love a picture enough that you want to copy it, please let me know before doing so. It takes me a while to take the pictures (because I take about 40 per post–you never know which ones are going to turn out) and then decide which ones to put in the blog. I spend almost as much time with the picture-taking/uploading/writing on my blog as I do the baking. Which basically amounts to less sleep. But sleep is over-rated anyway.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m glad you’re here.
(P.S. Just in case you were curious, the blog title comes from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin. It is one of my favorite books, and Pemberley is where Darcy lives. A bake shoppe just feels like a quaint, small bakery nestled on a cobblestone road. It’s a place where you feel like you’re home when you open the door and everyone knows who you are.)
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