I am Mary, the writer, baker and photographer behind Sifting Focus. I am currently living in Los Angeles but my roots began in Kentucky where a piece of my heart will always remain. I was lucky to have been raised in a family of great cooks and bakers – my Mom and my Dad and both of my grandmothers. One of eleven children, there was always something in the oven at our house. HA! Money was scarce but great food wasn’t. I learned a lot at the hands of my parents and grandparents and sharing that knowledge with others I view to be both a privilege and an obligation.
You might be wondering what brought me to L.A. from Kentucky. Well, that would be love – then marriage. Then came, yes you guessed it, a baby carriage and a beautiful baby girl. Alas, babies grow up and then they leave for college (darn her) which leaves an empty nest to be filled and the question of – what next?
Sifting Focus is about a space that has opened up in my life where I can pursue my passion for baking. It was my sister-in-law who first introduced me to the world of blogging. She insisted that it was the perfect place for me to share my baker self. I was hesitant at first – what did I have to contribute that wasn’t already being said and done? Then it occurred to me that a personal journal about baking didn’t need to be competitive or the “best”. It only needed to make me happy and offer a place where I could connect with others about something I love so much. So here I am – blogging away and loving it.
In support of the cause, my husband (Howie) and daughter (Jayz) gave me a beautiful Nikon D90 for my birthday. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. (Thank god for the auto setting.) I was completely camera illiterate, but I took a few classes, wore out the pages of the Nikon manual and then practiced, practiced, and I am still practicing. Who knew that one passion would lead to another.
Well, that’s my story. Glad you stopped by and please come again. We can share a virtual cup of tea along with some recipes, stories and the latest in food gossip.
Happy Baking – or doing whatever it is that makes YOU happy!