Hi, I’m Maria, tinker of sugar and spices. I’ve loved baking since I was in high school but have only have expanded my cooking skills since I got married five years ago. Prior to that, spaghetti and hot dogs were about all I could make for dinner! Pretty pathetic for a woman in her 30′s, huh? But marriage and my 40′s has brought a man who loves to eat and appreciates all the cooking I do (and luckily he does his fair share, too), so I have grown to thoroughly enjoy the creative process of experimenting with recipes. However, I often get buried in grading papers for my high school English classes, so cooking and baking aren’t always front and center. I’m hoping this challenge to maintain a blog about food will motivate me to find more time for the creative endeavor of not only cooking and baking but writing as well.