Welcome to The Former Baker and thank you for taking the time to read about my life! In this blog you will stumble across a few trends: My unhealthy and obnoxious zeal for food, hair braiding and other tidbits about fashion, the latest food trends, and most importantly, my incredible family, Andrew, our son Knox and our dogs Boone and Cash.

 My love for writing, editing and photography first surfaced in high school while working on the yearbook team; first as a photographer and then as an editor.  As a co-editor, the daunting responsibility of choosing a theme was on my back, along with the other three co-editors. If you were ever a yearbooker, you know that feeling!  Anyway, we decided on a play of LIFE magazine.  It was beautiful, unique, witty and inspiring.  From that point on, I caught the bug and found my first love.  Magazines.

As I worked my way through Clemson University, my passion for writing only grew.  I was a communications major with a minor in journalsim, consuming me in 15 page literature reviews and public speaking.  During my junior year, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy where I worked as a journalism intern for a local magazine.  It was in Florence where my first piece was published, and I've been working for magazines ever since.

Once I came home from Italy, I started writing freelance whereever I could.  I was desperate to write, and offered to do so for free, just so I could get my work out there.  Once I graduated I worked for a local magazine in Charlotte as a marketing intern, giving me a well-rounded knowledge of the enigmatic magazine world.

After moving to Memphis for love, I landed a coveted spot at Edible Memphis.  Edible Communities is a publishing company that I have sought after and admired for a number of years, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity!  While in Memphis I also worked at Muddy's Bake Shop, the number one bakery in Memphis.  Although I have always been obsessed with food, it was there that I actually learned a thing or two about real baking.  And that my friends, leads me to the present.

I started this blog because most of my close family and friends didn't live in Memphis.  This blog was a way to stay connected to loved ones, and give everyone a little view into the life of my family.  After living in Memphis for a few years we just moved back to North Carolina, our home state.  Now we finally see family more than we have in the past, allowing me to focus this blog on more food related and lifestyle topics. Thanks again for reading!



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