My love of baking started as a little girl helping my grandma and aunt bake chocolate chip cookies.... recipe courtesy of Mr. Tollhouse to be exact. From there, I moved up in the world... but unfortunately, I had a Domino's Pizza Oven and not an Easy Bake Oven :( Don't worry, it still made delicious itty bitty cakes :) Including, one for the birthday of my favorite 2nd grade teachers.
As I grew older, their were many kitchen successes such as the caramelized sugar cake I made in the 7th grade. I took a food & nutrition class in high school and was totally smitten. I remember making amazing pumpkin muffins and dabbling around with various ingredients. Oh those were the days - before I really knew how much oil was way too much.
When I moved into my dorm, the baking came to a standstill and stayed there for at least 3 years. My first 4 months of school were filled with studios, making new friends and expanding my independence. Also, it really didn't help that our dorm had a shared floor kitchen that wasn't exactly up to par for baking.
In 2009, I was getting ready to take my exam to become a Registered Dietitian. My life revolved around studying and job hunting. I stumbled upon healthy living blogs because I wanted a recipe for homemade Larabars and I fell in love. At the time, I remember thinking that I would never be able to start my own blog. Instead, I then managed to find and add other blogs to my list of must reads - you can check them out in the blogroll. After this, I became super interested in vegan baking - and back into the kitchen I went. I made vegan foods and raw foods and in graduate school even purchased this dehydrator.
Flash forward to early 2011, when I first became gluten-free me. Goodbye favorite foods? Not quite :) Although, it definitely felt like that at first. I learned to modify the foods I loved and being gluten-free has definitely expanded my horizons. It took me about 5 months to find a bread I liked though and I still need to figure out how to make a gluten-free version of Bruegger's bagels... which I used to be obsessed with - seriously. So maybe you'll be seeing that on the blog!
Aside from my love of gluten-free baking, I love my friends and family, pilates, soy milk lattes, meditation, optimism and polka dots :) I want this blog to focus on other things aside from gluten-free baking, so don't be surprised if you see posts on my favorite things, vision boards, my favorite way to cook tofu with a side of The Bachelor, wordless posts, incredible iced coffee, how to survive graduate school (my most popular post!), 26 lessons learned (my favorite post), following your heart, beauty resolutions and things I love.
Anyway, hopefully through the use of this blog you can learn a little bit more about what it's like to be a gluten-free 20 something trying to figure it all out :)