Welcome! Unlike most Silicon Valley moms, I didn’t start a parenting blog when my son was born in 2005. In fact, I have yet to make a scrapbook. But what Carter and I do together is bake. When I realized that 99 percent of my Facebook posts were about us baking, the idea for a kids baking blog that chronicled our adventures in the kitchen (and life) was born. I wanted to create a place to share our favorite kids baking recipes and tips with other parents—and anyone else who’s interested. On a more indulgent note, I also wanted a record of this special time that I share with my son. As the parenting truism goes: the days are long, but the years are short. And I can personally attest that they fly by at supersonic speed.
If you ask my son what’s the first thing you do when you bake, his answer will be: “Wash your hands and put on your apron.” While Carter shares Mommy’s love of baking and knows how to scoop and level flour, that’s just really about spending time with Mommy during non-work hours. His true passion is the same as Daddy’s: airplanes, brought to life courtesy of our travels and YouTube movies. If Carter looks up in the sky and says it’s an MD-80, believe him. My husband’s aeronautics infatuation is lifelong, and he’s now a NASA engineer. Jeff and I met in 1992, but it wasn’t until a decade later, on Valentine’s Day, that we finally made the trip to the courthouse. Completing the cast of characters is our cat, Nike, named by her foster mom after the Greek goddess of victory, not the shoes.
My day job
I have my dream job: executive editor at a book company in San Francisco that makes beautiful books. (Think William Sonoma cookbooks.) I work on lifestyle and children’s books (not cookbooks) and specialize in parenting books. Biggest downside: three hours roundtrip to the office. Smartest thing I’ve ever done: negotiating to leave every day at 4:30 p.m. after I returned from maternity leave. We leave together at 8 a.m. We come home at 6 p.m. It makes a difference.
Life as I know it
When I’m not commuting, blogging, baking, working, or being a Mommy, I try squeeze in a text to my husband or a yoga class, having long given up on getting any sleep.
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