What, you may be asking, gives me the authority to write a blog such as this? Well, I’m a baker, writer, runner, photographer, singer, and all around great gal, for starters. My love of confections and desire to spread that love is the driving force behind Small Indulgences. Dividing my time equally between eating sweets and burning them off, I was challenged with coming up with a way to enjoy both, thus “Small Indulgences” was born.
I studied Baking and Pastry at the The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. My confectionery creations have been featured in print in the book 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cakes, and Cookies by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown, and numerous times online in the popular blog Cupcakes Take the Cake.
I have a degree in both English and Art History from Rutgers University. I’ve contributed posts to the popular fashion blog, What the Frock?, and the inspirational site, Tiny Buddha, and some of my photography can be seen on the tourism site for the city of Framlingham, England (that’s my photo across the top!).
The concept for “Small Indulgences” came to me in the midst of preparing 24 mini-cheesecakes for a Christmas party. I’d spent the previous year churning ideas for the perfect bakeshop over and over in my head – something unique, yet mainstream at the same time. I tested a variety of approaches, products, sales techniques – all with varying degrees of success, but nothing felt quite right. Until it hit me! What I love doing most – making mini desserts in maximum variety. Mini cakes (i.e., cupcakes), mini cheesecakes, mini breads, danish, croissants, the list goes on and on… my love for all things mini and my passion for the confectionery arts finally crossed paths and “Small Indulgences” was born. This blog documents my journey through the world of mini treats and tiny sweets. It’s not the size that counts; it’s how you eat it.
I recently converted part of the blog into a book, also titled “Small Indulgences,” which features the best of blog (so far), including recipes, ideas, stories, and photos to inspire and delight. The book is available for purchase in printed form here, and in e-form for download on Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.