About Me

For those of you that don’t know my background, I changed my career later in life, finally realizing what I have been doing all these years, didn’t spark the passion in me like baking does! My passion for baking started when I was very young, baking in my mom’s kitchen and my late aunt’s farmhouse in Blanchardville. I loved to watch my aunt bake bread on the farm. Her bread was wonderful; the texture and how beautiful it looked when she cut that first slice. In fact, her bread knifes were handed down to me, which I use everyday. I love the way dough feels and the wonderful aroma coming from the ovens. I also learned through the years the importance for patience and nurturing that goes into making a great bread. For me, there’s nothing better than a really great loaf of bread, pairing it with a really good cheese and a bottle of wine. But my real decision to finally take the next journey in my life occurred in December 2010, when I had decided that the Human Resources field was no longer bringing me the satisfaction it once did. I have my husband, Dale, to thank for giving me that one extra push of encouragement to leave the corporate world behind me and follow my life long passion in baking. I have had so many people come up to me after they have heard what I was doing, “Wow, I always hear these stories on Oprah about following their passion, but it’s so neat to actually talk to someone who is actually following through on it!” It’s certainly not a decision to take lightly. It’s been a lot of hard work, but then again, anything you truly want takes hard work and dedication, and you can’t give up! How do you know what you can and can’t do if you don’t try and take the risk? It’s been almost been two years now since I left the corporate world and I have not regretted my decision for one minute!

I recently graduated from the Baking & Pastry Arts Program, MATC-Madison on May 20, 2012. I enjoyed all of my classes at MATC, especially those focusing on Artisan breads. It’s the simplicity and complexity that really intrigues me. I also enjoyed my cake decorating and chocolates classes. It was such an accomplishment to decorate the cakes using buttercream, fondant and gumpaste. My mom decorated cakes for almost 20 years and I don’t know how she did it working a full-time job, decorating cakes, canning and managing a household.

As for my summer internship, I was lucky enough to find a room to rent that is only 2 miles from my work site! It just so happens the couple I’m renting from, the husband is also completing a summer internship . . . I guess it was meant to be!  No matter where I am working and developing my professional baking skills, I will bring each day my enthusiasm, dedication and determination to the baking profession!

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Dale, and our grown children, Jenny and Zach. I have one sister, Kathy, who inherited the crafting and sewing side of my mom’s genes and me, the baking side! I also enjoy collecting really unique cookbooks, especially about breads, going to movies, and of course, I’m a ‘foodie’, so visiting bakeries and co-ops is a must! In fact, that was part of our vacation in August 2011, on our trip up to the Apostle Islands. We stopped in small towns along the way to check out bakeries, cafes and co-ops! Keeping traditions going in our family is very important to me too! My mom has been teaching me the art of making lefse. We usually make 120 rounds of lefse during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, as well as Easter. My Dad has the tough job of being the taste tester! I truly consider myself to be vastly rich in family traditions and finally being able to continue my love and passion for baking and sharing that passion with others!

Thank you for visiting my blog!

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