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Hi I’m Paula. I live in the other L.A. (That’s lower Alabama, in case you were wondering) , with my husband and Maisy, our adorable Westie and only child. I grew up in a large family of 5 children, all girls, some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the counter and watching my mom cook or bake. While I was in college, my mom started a catering business. I would drive home on week-ends and help with events. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, I taught for several years but continued helping mom with catering jobs. I soon realized that my true passion was for food and cooking. Along with my sister, a culinary school grad, I opened a cafe and catering business. I ran the business for 5 years until getting married and moving all over the place from Europe to the mountains in Utah. Now that we’ve settled in one place for a while I’ve started a specialty baking (mostly cakes) business. I love to cook, eat, and entertain.. pretty much anything to do with food!

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Pasta Ciotti....Happy Fat Tuesday!

In the past, I've shared my family's Mardi Gras traditions here on Half Baked. My Pennsylvania Dutch side of the family always makes doughnut for Fastnacht Day. A couple of years ago I changed it up.. ....more

Happy Valentine's Day

Need some inspiration for a sweet treat for that special someone in your life?? Here are a few great treats that are sure to make your sweetheart swoon! 1.Chocolate Valentino Cake...more

Ruffle Heart Cake {tutorial}

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Game Day Pizza Dip

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?It's almost Game Day. If your having a Super Bowl party, you'll want to put this pizza dip on the menu. ...more

Pink Champagne Cake

Happy New Year!! Ok I know I'm really...more

Eggnog Rice Krispy Treats

I've been on kind of a rice krisy treat kick lately. I feel like plain RKT's (rice krispy treats) are a bit like a blank canvas. They are fine just as they are but open to lots and lots of.. ....more

Making Plans for the Future

Can you believe the New Year is just around the corner? As a younger person I never really thought much about the New Year beyond how/where to celebrate with friends and family. As I’ve gotten older,.. ....more

Eggnog Rice Krispy

Eggnog Rice Krispy Treats INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons butter 1 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows 1 teaspoon rum or rum extract 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 6 cups rice crispy cereal 1 cup white chocolate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Fudgy Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Chip Cookies

This is a rich chocolate cookie that has a wonderful fudge like texture inside....more