The Baker

Renee 05

I used to own a bake shop and love sharing my idea’s with others.  I few years ago I realized that although I loved the business, especially my faithful customers, I really loved doing food photography and writing more.  I closed up shop to follow my dream!   My husband Shane, is the other half of this adventure, and he does most of the photography found on here.

If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love entertaining on a budget. You see that sexy parfait I just placed on the dinner table? Those are in dollar store disposable glasses and they look like a million bucks.   I really enjoy feeding people, but I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen.  On this site, you will find oodles of make ahead options, that allow you to spend time with your family and guests.   Where you should be! 

I strive to use the BEST quality ingredients I can find. I believe strongly in shopping local and supporting local farmers.  In-season produce and ingredients can always be found on my blog.  Food baked with locally sourced ingredients just taste better and are better for you and your community! 

I feel most relaxed in the kitchen and I get a lot of personal satisfaction watching people enjoy my treats. Feeling down? Under the weather? I’m apt to show up at your door with a cake. Thats just who I am. I have really enjoyed the blogging process, have found a new love for food writing and have learned so many new things about myself along the way.

I certainly love your feedback.  Comments, shares, pictures and emails make my day!  I am happy when you try my recipes or share what you have!  I’m always looking for new things, but love love old favs too.

Thanks so much for stopping by,



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45 responses to “The Baker

  1. RJ

    Tried your recipie last night, turned out amazing. How does a busy mother of 3 have time to post on the internet?

  2. Robin

    Well….well…..congrats Renee. What a great website. I will most definitely be visiting this site many times over.
    I never realized you had such a passion for baking.
    I look forward to trying your creations!! I love rhubarb too….and our patch is almost ready for picking….so will try this recipe!!

  3. gail

    Congrats Renee! Excellent site and recipes, can`t wail to try some.

  4. Anita

    Fantastic web site. User friendly and great photos. Love it!!!

  5. Kathryn

    Still waiting to see some UK recipes! Beautiful site!

  6. rj

    Renee, thanks for the blueberry pie, it was so tasty, both boys couldn’t get enough…

  7. Tanya

    I FINALLY checked out you site – top notch Renee! Very beautiful pictures and amazing tips and recipes – it makes me hungry! Keep up the awesome work!

  8. hey i just made a new blog tweenfoodiesofresno, if you have any tips on blogs please tell me thanks!

  9. magdalena

    your swiss meringue butter cream is so easy to make!! I love how your decorations make the cupcakes so elegant. I have been trying to perfect my piping skills. My goal is that my cupcakes look as great as yours

    • Thank you soooo much! What a great way to start my day! I’m sure yours look fantastic, we are our worst critics! :) I am a HUGE SMBC fan as you can tell from my site. It’s so yummy and versatile.

  10. Happened to see your blog right now. Amazing one. I will definitely love to and will want to try your recipes:D. And yes, the food photography is equally commendable. Will keep visiting again and again!

  11. Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks for your posts, everything always looks so delicious :) -Chrissy

  12. Your recipes and photographs are so tempting. If only I could reach into my screen! I will definitely be trying some of these out.

  13. alabamadecorator

    Happened upon your site and it is amazing! Love the pictures and recipes! So wish my cakes could turn out looking that good. Do you give tips on how to bake moist cakes? Would love to know. You do wonderful work with cakes and are so very talented. Thank you for posting these wonderful recipes.

    • Alabamadecorator- thanks for visiting! I think any of the cakes you try on my blog are pretty moist. Baking time is key though, overbaking even for a few minutes can make for a very dry cake! And, I tend to refrigerate as little as possible. Try one out and let me know what you think!

  14. Heyy!

    I think your blog is pretty AWESOME and have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! For rules/info, visit:
    It is not mandatory, so you can participate if you would like. Congrats!

  15. Lady Phoenix

    A beautiful blog you have here.

    I cannot stop looking at all your wonderful food photos, they certainly convey the deliciousness of the recipes that I have read so far.

    I will have to try one one day, will let you know when I do!

  16. Love this site and love the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  17. You have a beautiful blog, Renee! I love your posts, especially your photos!! You have a very good talent. ;)

  18. Prateeksha

    Such a beautiful photography……you have got very nice recipes with beautiful plating…..thanks for sharing…

  19. I put on a few pounds just by looking around your blog! :)

  20. You’re blog is fantastic Renee, I discovered you through stumbleupon about 5 years ago and you are part of the reason I’ve decided to start blogging. Thank you for the inspiration and you’re delicious recipes and beautiful photography!

  21. Hi there, I’ve nominated your lovely blog for the “I’m a Part of the WordPress Family” Award. You can see more at No action required unless you’d like to pass it on. -Laura at the Seasoned Traveler

  22. Hey Renee! I love your blog!! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award. Here’s the link if you are interesting in accepting it and passing it on:

  23. Hi Renee
    I love your blog, the pictures are fantastic and always make my mouth water ;)
    I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award ( ), it’s not much to do to accept, so I hope you do ;)


  24. I am amazed at the few posts I have seen on your home page. Beautiful. I have only been in to cake decorating for 2 years now, but have always loved to bake. I am so looking forward to learning from another mom! God bless you and your family, and your kitchen.

  25. I’m happy to have found your blog!

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  27. Wow Renee, your just like me and my sister! We both eat cookie dough out of bowls, and always want that extra scoop of ice-cream! We both have a huge sweet tooth and our parents are the complete opposite!🍩🍦🍰🍪🍫😍

  28. Aww, you sound like me! My first thought when a friend or family member is feeling down is “hm, what can I cook that will make it all better?” =D

  29. Your photos are amazing! can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  30. Very nice to meet you! I love the name of your blog and look forward to following and seeing your recipes!

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