Hello and welcome to my kitchen! I am Maria and I LOVE to bake. I am the recipe developer, photographer and writer behind this blog. For years I talked about starting a blog as a way to document my recipes and inspire others to bake, but I could never quite find the “perfect” time to start. In 2018, I decided to make my blog a reality and created The Sweet Occasion.
Born and raised in Michigan, I am a Midwest gal at heart. I can remember spending summers at our family’s cottage just steps from a beach on Lake Michigan. From lazy days at the beach with sandwiches packed in tow to afternoons spent picking Michigan blueberries, cherries and peaches (often eating as much as we were picking) perfect for homemade pies. Those were the days!
From a very young age I began baking. I can still remember my 4th grade book report of having to teach the class a topic of choice. Naturally, I chose to teach the class how to make apple pie with a step-by-step demonstration, and of course a baked pie to sample.
It wasn’t until after earning a business degree, completing my masters in hospitality management and working as a restaurant manager that I decided to pursue a degree in baking and pastry. I knew in my heart that this was my true passion and my next step towards following my dream of opening a quaint, from scratch bakery. My job as a cake decorator followed and just over a year later, I met my now husband, George, fell in love and moved to Philadelphia. In a matter of two short years, I was engaged, married and with a baby on the way!
My family plays an important role in my life, always on the sideline supporting me along the way. George is my biggest supporter. He is my official taste tester and loves helping me in the kitchen. Prior to meeting me, he thought pancakes came out of a box (now he only knows how to make them from scratch!). In August of 2017, we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Phillipos! He is our pride and joy and has showed us new levels of love beyond what we could ever imagine.
about the blog
Here at The Sweet Occasion you will find recipes that are a celebration of color, variety, balance and fresh seasonal ingredients perfect for any occasion. I love experimenting in the kitchen with fresh, quality ingredients (quality ingredients are the basis of quality desserts). Through trial and error I develop all of the recipes found on this blog. As the name suggests “sweet” baking recipes are at the heart of the blog, but you will also find a mixture of savory baked recipes. In addition, you will find tips and tricks to learn the ins and outs of baking. Precision is key to the science of baking and here at The Sweet Occasion I will guide you through the process.
I believe food is best when served in good company! For that reason, you will find entertaining ideas from time to time to complement the recipes whether it is for a holiday or any other occasion. The Sweet Occasion is meant to inspire you in your kitchen to discover new recipes and share your creations with friends and family!
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard
Step into my kitchen and let’s bake!