I got my bachelors degree in psychology and worked in the mental health field for nonprofit organizations for about 6 years. I worked with people with severe mental illnesses and complex medical issues. I used cooking and baking as a coping skill, a way to relax, if you will. Then I got some health issues and had to leave the field and take care of myself.
During my time off, I ended up catering my moms wedding (which had literally no stove, no refrigerator, no microwave and only a sink in the bathroom, and a teeny space). The creativity and problem solving to feed a large group of people with elegance was such a fun challenge! I realized at that time that perhaps there’s something to this life change that I’m missing. Perhaps using my love of cooking and baking was my new career path. I was also still working on my health at the time when I found Veganism. My fiancé, Greg, excitedly jumped into the change, as well.
We started by going vegetarian about once a week because, well, we’re only human. However, knowing where our food comes from is a big part of our lifestyle change. We are lucky to have local markets near us so that we can purchase local, organic dairy products. We tried to use that when we went vegetarian. But like I said earlier, we’re only human and sometimes life gets in the way. We’re all about harm reduction in our house, not perfection.
Over time, we learned more and more about the food industry and health hazards with dairy. Luckily, during that time, more and more companies were selling their vegan dairy replacements in stores! We started trying the vegan dairy replacements again and oh man! The convenience of this made the transition to full vegan ridiculously easy!
Veganism has a negative stigma. Through my recipes and baked goods, I hope to change that. It doesn’t have to be ‘rabbit food’ or ‘gross’. It’s not all made from soy. You can be healthy and get your taste bud needs satisfied. That’s where my online vegan bake shop came from. Slowly, I have been perfecting and adding my baked goods to my store and ship to your door anywhere!
Then, I got contacted by ABC’s The Chew and they made one of my recipes!
That was the coolest experience EVER! I knew it was time to start a YouTube channel for my recipes! These are real recipes that I make and eat. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, nothing weird. Just delicious home cookin’! If you make my recipes, take pictures! I want to see your hard work!!
Side note: I’m a cat enthusiast.