My family sitting at a table while visiting my parents in Iowa

Welcome to That Skinny Chick Can Bake

I grew up with a fabulous cook for a mother, but she didn’t bake often. The two desserts that stand out in my memory are a dreamy lemon pavlova and incredible baklava soaked with orange flower water infused syrup. Living in Ames, Iowa, the sweet, flaky baklava was very exotic, well, so was a pavlova!

Our kitchen was chock full of cookbooks and recipe cards. I discovered the red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and set out making beginner desserts for our family. I was complimented and encouraged, and that’s where my love of baking blossomed. I’ll be sharing some of my family favorites and hope to inspire you to recreate them in your kitchen.

About Me

I have a passion for baking rich, irresistible desserts and garnishing them to perfection. Chocolate Desserts make my family swoon, and I have a thing for Cookies, too! I’ve offered up Skinny Tips as I have been able to keep my girlish (boyish?) figure despite having a kitchen full of tempting treats. I love to bake from scratch, but on rare occasions will use a little shortcut to make life easier. Head over to my Recipe Index to hunt for a recipe or use the Search Bar on the top of every page.

I now live in Indianapolis, Indiana with my husband and 3 grown children. The latter come by for dinner every Sunday night and critique my new recipes. I hope you’ll come back again and again!