About Sarah


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I’m Sarah. And I’m currently navigating life in my 20′s…with a whole heap of butter and sugar. And coffee.

Growing up, the kitchen was an integral room in my family. We gathered in the kitchen to eat, to visit, to laugh and especially, to enjoy life together. In the kitchens of my mother, grandmothers, great-grandmother and even aunts, recipes are passed down on bits of scrap paper that define the original baker. I began contributing to this tradition after getting married, sharing new recipes scrawled on the rough drafts of lesson plans my husband wrote as he was learning to fly and instruct in a helicopter. And now, I’ve taken this tradition to an entirely new dimension, publishing my recipes online to share with my family, friends and ultimately, the world. Thank you for visiting Baking Serendipity, my virtual kitchen. I hope you visit again and again, leaving each time with the inspiration to enter your own kitchens and create something for those that you love.

About Me

I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. It’s grey and wintery and cursed when it comes to sports…and I absolutely love it. I moved to Phoenix, Arizona in the fall of 2008 and lived there until June 2012 when my husband and (crazy) chocolate lab drove across the country (again) to settle (permanently) in Cleveland.

Fact: I didn’t understand dog love until this slobbery, sometimes growly guy entered my world. And now I’m obsessed.

Other things I love? (In no particular order…) Running. Yoga. Coffee. Polka dots. Flip flops. Chilly mornings. Rain. Dark chocolate. College football. Hammocks. Lazy days. Best friends. Flying. My amazing husband, official taste tester, number one fan and occasional dishwasher who is ridiculously patient with my addiction to this blog, Rob. :)

The Nitty Gritty

I have received no formal culinary instruction. My experience comes from good old trial and error, and the advice of family and friends. I like to use recipes as inspiration, and rarely follow them word for word. I used to laugh at, and now live by, my grandmother’s saying, “Sometimes you know more than the box.”

Aside from a photography class in high school (that focused more on developing film than taking pictures), I have received no formal photographic instruction, but shoot using a Canon EOS Rebel XS. It’s a fancy splurge that makes me ridiculously happy and (hopefully) helps in the food documentation process.

This blog is powered by WordPress, the Thesis theme, more maple syrup and sugar than I care to think about and you. I am sincerely grateful that you’re here, following this strange desire I have to take pictures of everything I eat.

I hope you stick around. I hope you find inspiration to bake and share and eat. And love.

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Joanna @ Midwestern Bite July 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

You are soooooo right about the cursed Cleveland sports comment. Still, my husband has remained loyal through it all.


Carla Owens April 8, 2013 at 9:41 am


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