Allison Reed BA, Human Development & Counseling Services Future Pastry Chef Mindfulness Enthusiast

Fun Facts

BA Human Development, Counseling Services

Current – Pastry Cook
Ironside Fish & Oyster, San Diego, CA

Former – Development Executive
United Way of San Diego County, San Diego, CA

Former – Youth & Family Peer Counselor
Mental Health Systems, San Diego, CA

Favorite Pastry:
Cream Pan Strawberry Croissants

Meaning of "Let it Bake":
A reminder to live both presently and patiently, the same way you do when you have baked goods in the oven.

Hi There.

Thanks for stopping in! I go by Allison, and my story goes like this:

Since childhood, I have had a passion for baking - a passion that I had unknowingly left behind amidst my educational and career pursuits. It wasn't until May of 2016 during a Bumble date that I became aware that something was missing...

After I ordered my black bean burger, the object of my right-swipe asked me what I like to do for fun. In the moment I thought, "Lame question, dude," and then proceeded with your standard answer. When I arrived home afterward, however, I asked myself the same thing and realized I didn't like the question because I didn't have a good answer. I thought about it for months and finally accepted that I had prioritized work over play for years and had become so caught in "the grind" that I had forgotten what I enjoyed most. I sulked in self-disappointment for a few days and then decided to take a more mindful approach... I vowed to set aside time each week to do what I have always loved most: Bake. Little did I know it would result in what you see here.

You can’t really think about anything else while baking, there’s no room for distractions – otherwise the caramel will burn. And sometimes the caramel burns anyway.
— Nina Dragicevic, "The Mindful Baker," Broadview Psychology

Baking each week brought me to a place of true mindfulness that I had not yet experienced. It gave me space to recognize, understand and accept my fears of following my dreams, and it gave me courage to release those fears and step into a new world of uncertainty - a place I have come to appreciate as both extremely uncomfortable and extraordinarily magical.

Here, you will find a slowly growing collection of my recipes and mindfulness techniques I have learned through life experience, years of therapy and my education in Human Development & Counseling Services. 

This blog represents a mindful decision to do more of what I love and enjoy each moment, to take in the good and let go of things that don’t serve me, to embrace fear and stay open to new opportunities, and to love every beautiful and wretched part of myself just the same.  In doing so, I hope that my thoughts might encourage, inspire and motivate souls and that many bellies would enjoy my sweet treats.  

Whether you found yourself here for the recipes or for the motivation to live more wholeheartedly (or for some other reason), I welcome you on my journey.  May we both find what we’re searching for.

Let it bake,