The Baker

 
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          “What are you doing?”
           I continued to pour water into a measuring cup               before dumping it into a saucepan as I                                   asked, “What do you mean?” 
         “That.  What you just did.”
          “I’m measuring the water so I can cook the
          spaghetti.”

 

 

It took me a long time to want to learn to cook, but I have always loved to bake.  I love how just a little effort can turn a few ingredients into the perfect way to brighten a day.

A current Charlottean, I write by day and bake/blog by night.  I am a Buckeye turned Gator who has very slowly learned those two affiliations (afflictions?) are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

I am grateful to my mother for preparing delicious homemade meals nearly every day and instilling in me the maddening-to-others habit of leaving each and every cabinet door open whenever I’m working in the kitchen. I am equally grateful to my grandmothers for being great cooks and bakers in their own right, and most likely teaching Mom some of what she knows. Last but not least, thanks go to Dad for those nights when frozen pot pies graced the table and made us all appreciate Mom just a bit more.

When I am not baking or writing or taking pictures or doing the dishes, I can most likely be found jogging or reading or yogaing. My hope for the future is that I one day love to eat lettuce as much as I love to eat chocolate chips.  If I had more time in each day, there are few things I would do differently with the exception of figuring out how to get the kitchen to clean itself.

Good, bad or ugly, all photos and words on this site are the work of yours truly unless noted otherwise. Please do not use any photos or text from Love & Flour without running it by me first. Feel free  to reach out to me via email at leandra @ loveandflour.com, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Susan

    Thanks for the compliment- – not sure you would call all our suppers delicious!

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    • Love & Flour

      I’ve been thinking about this. The only thing I would classify as un-delicious is the Orange Roughy.

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  2. Melina

    I remember that day so long ago – I had never seen anyone measure the water to boil the spaghetti! But your skills have certainly skyrocketed since our old college days – so proud of you! Keep up the great work!

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  3. Kristen @ notsodomesticated

    Oh my goodness, I think we need to be BFF! ;)

    We have a mutual friend (Corrie D.), and she encouraged me to check out your page. I’m actually a Gator who now lives in Ohio, and therefore has been forced by my husband to become a Buckeye fan!! ;) And I LOVE baking.

    Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

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    • Love & Flour

      Kristen,

      You are funny. I can tell Corrie’s been busy lately because her sister and mom just liked the FB page (thanks Teresa and Christie). I’m glad your husband is helping you experience the finer things in life, like being a Buckeye fan! I’m looking forward to reading your blog too. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Bert

    My dad’s birthday is this weekend, and so I logged on to find something special to bake for him. SO many goodies to choose from…can’t wait to try some out, especially the pumpkin ones! I’m with you thinking pumpkin desserts automatically mean the start of Fall in my mind! Great blog, sweetie! LOVE it!

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    • Love & Flour

      Thanks, Bert, your compliments really mean a lot to me. I hope you find something good to bake. I’m assuming you’ll be driving up to visit him, so have a safe trip. I have lots more pumpkin recipes planned for the month too!

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  5. David Baucom

    Hey, we met yesterday while you were taking pictures of the chocolate mouse. It was great meeting you and I think you have some very creative ideas. Best regards and happy baking!

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    • Love & Flour

      Thank you! Glad you were able to check out the site.

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  6. Jenn Russo

    Leandra, I LOVE your blog!! I’ve got the cooking down, but as much as I’ve tried, I’m just not sure I can ever master the baking. Looking forward to reading your blog to help change that…also, to inspire me to keep up with my blog. I’m such a slacker. Hope you’re well :)

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    • Love & Flour

      Hi Jenn, I’m so glad you like it! Reading your comment really meant a lot. Don’t worry about not having the baking down. I still screw up recipes on a fairly regular basis, but it’s such a good feeling when something I really want to bake turns out great! You should also know I consider quitting blogging on a near-weekly basis – so stick with your blog!

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  7. Emily Ward

    Hi LeAndra,
    Your Blog is Awesome! I hope all is well, we miss u around here! However, I am sure you don’t miss us as much or the job at least!! I will be a follower and I can’t wait to see what you post next!!!

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    • Love & Flour

      Emily, I am so glad you visited! I am happy to hear you like what’s going on in this little corner of the Internet.

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  8. Liz @ YUM at first bite

    LeAndra,
    Thank you for the amazingly delicious cookies. The little tang of salt makes them completely addictive! Looking forward to your posting the recipe. You have a lovely blog and I definitely see a Twinkie Bundt in my future. YUM!
    Happy Holidays!
    Liz

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    • Love & Flour

      I am so glad to hear you like them! I was not sure about the salt at all. Since I knew it was there, it didn’t bother me too much. But I thought, “If someone mistakes this for sanding sugar, they are in for a shock!” Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  9. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Just found your blog. I was searching for Charlotte bloggers. I am new to this and was wondering if there were many food bloggers in the area. Great site, can’t wait to return!

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    • Love & Flour

      There are quite a few Charlotte food bloggers, but unfortunately, I’m not all that connected. I think your best bet is to get in touch with Mary at http://www.ferventfoodie.com. Other Charlotte blogs I read on a regular basis are Life Undeveloped, Taylor Takes a Taste, Foodie Fresh and Willow Bird Baking. I know there are more, but that’s what comes to mind right away. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any more questions, and good luck with the blog! (I used the same template you are using when I first started!).

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