My inspiration for starting Sweetly in St. Louis was to bring people joy and happiness. I have always loved food. It is fuel, tastes good, brings people together, bridges cultures, opens minds, nurtures culinary artists, provides pleasure and teaches a child how to read directions and measure! And nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see people light up or to watch their eyes close when something sweet melts in their mouths. Pure joy! To be able to give that experience to someone else is a gift.
I have three girls and a wonderful husband who love what I do because they are the official tasters of all things sweet in our house. When they come home they always want to know, "Which ones can we have?," referring to the sheet trays full of cookies from a day’s work. And I love baking because it’s something I can do when everyone is gone at school or at work. I cherish and relish the quiet of my home when I’m alone and can bake, creating warmth, aromas and love.