KatesShortandSweets

My name is Kate and I'm living in the San Francisco Bay Area area with Mr Official Taster. We share our small apartment with two puppies who take up more of our my time (and space) than they should. I work as a baker (really! I am still blown away by having this as my official title) and Mr OT spends his days as an artist at a large tech company. And yes, for a blogger, I'm a bit shy, so you won't see his name in print. And no, I won't tell you where my bakery is. You'll just have to make something from my recipe collection! In addition to recipes, you'll find DIY projects, printables, and pretty flowers.

I started my blog in January 2010 as an extension of my Etsy store of the same name, but it has since become it's own entity. Many of the recipes here are desserts of one kind or another, but I've got some grown up savory food, too. All of my recipes are vegetarian and/or dairy free, most are vegan, and there are some gluten free goodies as well. I've tried to tag recipes as such, as well as corn freesoy free, and egg free. I'm not a vegan, but if you are, more power to you (seriously). I have a dairy sensitivity, and most people who are related to me are allergic to one thing or another (or like 10 things). Ever since I can remember, my parents, aunts & uncles were making substitutions to feed their allergic offspring until we were old enough to take on the task ourselves, so it's never felt odd to me to look at a recipe and automatically figure out how to "fix" it. Mr Official Taster is a vegetarian, and since I mostly am too, many dinners here are vegan by default. When we do eat out, and I decide on a non-vegetarian meal, I choose "happy" ones; for me, real Happy Meals include meat raised ethically and sustainably (think: cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, etc).

I'm always on the prowl for post ideas, so if there's ever a recipe you'd like me to tackle, please let me know! I'd love for you to stop by and say hello!

Vegetarian Walnut ‘Bolognese’ Spaghetti Sauce – Vegan & Gluten Free

There comes a time in every cook's life when sparks of inspiration are very few and far between. When all you want to make is pizza. Or cereal ....more

Comparison is the Thief of Joy - free printable

It seems to be a particularly female affliction, this comparing of ourselves to our friends, to ideals, to impossible standards. Lost Bumblebee and Teddy Roosevelt have it right, though. Comparison really can be a thief of joy....more

5 Ingredient Pumpkin Ice Cream - vegan & gluten free

Less than two weeks till Halloween! Do you have your costume figured out? I think I'll go crazy and wear a fancy shirt ....more

Anne's October - free printable

Happy Friday, all! The days are getting shorter (boy is it dark in the morning these days!), and after the last heat wave here, I think the weather has officially turned the corner. It's fall ....more

Lunchbox Multigrain Apple Crisps - vegan & gluten free

There's been a revolution in lunches here at Chez Sweets....more

Weekend Reading

Happy weekend, friends! I'm in the final days of vacation (back to work on Monday), as is Mr Official Taster. It's also a certain husband's birthday on Sunday! ...more

Thankful Cards - free printable

Are you a person or a family that has their act together enough to have thankful cards each November? It sounds like a good idea, but I usually remember it about halfway through the month, at which point it seems silly, or, more likely, I have 50,000 other things to worry about, what with Thanksgiving being right around the corner. I sound like a terribly ungrateful person in that very long sentence ....more

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze – vegan

hello, friends! Today I give you yummy nummy (now a word, btw) pumpkin cinnamon rolls with...drumroll please....maple glaze. I've been teasing you since last week, so it seems only fair to share the love ....more

Weekend Reading

When this post gets published, I will be high above the country, hopefully sleeping. Scheduled posts can be a great thing! I'm looking forward to spending some time on the east coast, and I'm happy my trip coincides with this heat wave we have going on over here ....more

DIY Vanilla Extract and Printable Labels

Happy Friday! If you're a careful Instagram follower, you know that I am officially on vacation. If you're not, that's ok, because, guys, guess what? ...more