Hello! I’m Stephanie Gonzalez.
I’m so glad you stopped by because it probably means that you like delicious sweets, too, which means I like you already. I took over the Pretty. Simple. Sweet. blog in 2023 to continue bringing you quality, delicious content and to selfishly stay home with my baby full time. This blog was originally started in Israel and has amazing authentic Jewish recipes in addition to all the classic sweet treats.
As you might guess I have a slight obsession with food, especially if it has sugar and butter in it. Carrot cake counts as breakfast, right?! I could live on chocolate chip cookies or anything with cream cheese, which is kind of what I do already.
I’ve always had a passion for cooking, baking, and being creative. It is my goal for you to get in the kitchen more often, enjoy making homemade goodies, and maybe try something new! There’s something so rewarding about creating delicious food for those we love.
When did my love of food begin?
I started working at a coffee shop & restaurant that specialized in fine dining when I was in high school and continued with that company doing catering while going to college. Many of my tips, tricks, and favorite recipes were born out of this experience. It was invigorating being around people that were just as passionate about food and food presentation as I am!
Fast forward more than ten years later and here I am! I do all of my own recipe development, baking, writing, and photography for the blog. In my remaining time I hang out with my sweet little baby boy at home and make my husband do all of the self-employment tasks like bookkeeping, technical stuff, and a million other boring things. Don’t worry, he still gets to enjoy all the great perks of the food blog (taste testing!) and creates recipes with me too!
How do I decide what to make?
The recipes you’ll find in this blog are the result of my cravings. I bake what I feel like eating, which is usually something that has to do with chocolate, caramel, cream cheese, or cinnamon. It is also highly dependent on the weather. Living in Minnesota, it is cold here for more than half the year. I’m also pretty lazy sometimes, so most of my recipes are simple. I enjoy putting a new spin on classic desserts by messing around with the ingredients, so hopefully you love trying new things with me!
Now let me get mushy for just a second here.
This blog wouldn’t mean much to me if you weren’t a part of it. Thank you for your continued love, support, kindness, and sweet words that I’m lucky to be reading from my desk every morning. It’s such a nice start to the day!
Now let’s bake some cakes together, ok?