Hi! My name is Dana. So glad you’ve stopped by.
I’m a self-taught baker and avid geeky pie-designer. This blog used to be travel-based but I bake way more than I travel these days so I changed it to more of a food blog (with a wee side of travel). Baking is my passion and I’m the happiest when I’m in the kitchen whipping up something delicious.
While I don’t consider myself artistically-inclined at all, I do love creating fun toppers for my pies. I’m learning as I go and my pastry sketching has improved considerably. I also specialize in gluten-free baking and it’s my goal to re-make all the classics goodies– without the gluten. My taste-testers have been giving me rave reviews and don’t miss the gluten at all so I guess I must be doing something right 😀
Before I discovered my love for baking, I did a myriad of fun jobs including working in restaurants (for almost a decade) —mostly front-of-house work (serving/bartending) and I also helped a friend out with his dog business. I went to college to study Psychology/Neuroscience and Physical/Medical Geography. Since I originally wanted to teach, I started my post-graduate degree (in Geography) but I changed my mind halfway through so I never finished it. Because I’ve always loved to write, I started doing some freelance writing after college. I did a few fun gigs for local newspapers and newsletters, as well as some volunteer proofreading and editing. I wrote the business column for my community paper (The Glebe Report) for a few years and really enjoyed it. I still love to write, but it’s mostly about food or travel these days.
In 2004, I started my own dog bakery and made a lot of fun treats for our furry pals including pumpkin banana doggie biscotti, carob chip cookies and dog treats shaped like a Big Mac and fries. I had my cookies in local pet stores for awhile and I also did craft fairs, farmers markets and pet-related events. While I don’t have my dog treats in stores anymore, I still make fun cookies for my doggie friends regularly. My focus these days, though, is mostly on baking for humans. Especially pies!
When I’m not coming up with crazy themes for my pies, you can usually find me in the kitchen whipping up some yummy brownies, cupcakes and other fun creations to share with my family, friends and neighbours. Sometimes I sneak out of town for a little road trip so you might see a few non-recipe posts on here, too.
I live in Ontario, Canada with my guy and pup. They are my top taste-testers (aka guinea pigs) and they both seem to like their jobs. Even though the furry one occasionally takes a break and slacks off when she’s supposed to be helping me bake or sell treats at craft fairs. I’ll probably let her keep her job as she is pretty cute (although I may be somewhat biased). And she’s somewhat bossy so I may have no choice in the matter haha!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you find some yummy inspiration here. I’d love to hear from you! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and please follow my pie adventures on Instagram & facebook 😀