Not the person, the blog. Oh what a year...
Food has been a part of my life since day 1. If your an ardent follower of Cookteen, then you already know that the majority of the time I was able to spend with my mom was on the set of various food television shows. I would sit there, crayon in my right hand coloring my Disney Princess coloring book and a sugar cookie in my left. Oh boy did I love Paula Deen's sugar cookies. To this day I will never forget when my mom came home from a week long shoot in upstate New York with a bag of the delicious cookies made just for me.
Last summer was the first year I didn't return to camp. Instead I took a cake decorating class with my mom (as seen here, here and here). Baking became what I loved. The time I spent in the kitchen was my favorite. I would think about how what I was making will taste after all the chemical stuff happened in the oven, about what I would do with 24 cupcakes and only a family of 4, and about how I was going to survive junior year.
I have survived one of the most challenging yet exciting years of my life so far and I have learned that this is only the beginning. Whether in the kitchen, in the classroom or on the sports field...you are never too old to stop learning.
1 year ago: I sat in the car while my mom drove me to work as we bounced around names for a blog. Cookteen was born.
Today: Not only do I drive myself to work, but also I can drive to the supermarket to pick up “forgotten” ingredients.
12 months ago: I thought that blog followers would just magically appear.
Today: I have done my share of social media research and have built a following of readers, bakers and fellow foodies.