Hi there! I’m Haley and I’m happy you are visiting my blog! I am a 26-year-old native New Englander living in Charlotte, NC. As you might have gathered from a quick peek at my blog, I am a lover of all things food… and blonde.
For years, I have experimented in the kitchen, always keeping my eye out for new recipes to try, whipping up an endless array of creations, and often tweaking the recipes as I go, until I wind up with the desired result.
Julia Child, in a timeless pearl of wisdom, advised, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” In food, I have found that passion, and whether my recipe comes together perfectly, or ends in flour-covered disaster, I make the most of my adventurous nature in the kitchen. I offer the not so perfect dishes and baked goods to my brother, who gladly eats them without complaint, and I fearlessly carry on.
When it comes down to it, creating in the kitchen is, among other things, a labor of love—not merely about creating meals, but about creating connections with those who enjoy the fruits of my labor. After all, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.
So, take a look at the recipes I’ve compiled and photos I’ve taken (presentation is almost as important as taste!) and check back often. Be sure to say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where you will also see what happens If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen. Readers, you can use the Yum button (at the bottom of each post) to save your recipes to your personal recipe box! You can visit my Yummly publisher page so you can easily find and Yum my recipes.
All photos are taken by me unless otherwise noted. I ask that my photos are used only with my permission and are given proper credit and a link back to my page. Logo design is by the lovely Gabrielle Graves (her Instagram is on point @wakeandmakedesign). Website theme is Divine by Restored316.
Any questions or comments? Feel free to send over a message.
My favorite dessert to eat is ice cream. It’s even better between two cookies!
My favorite dessert to bake is cupcakes. It is so satisfying to frost cupcakes.
I worked at an interior design publication for two years before pursuing my blog full-time. There I produced videos and met remarkably talented interior designers who gave me serious apartment envy.
Champagne is my drink of choice. Always have a bottle on hand because you never know when you need a reason to celebrate (even if it’s just for making it through the day).
I graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Art History focusing in Architecture. I still miss those days ‘neath the elms.
Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. ‘Tis the season to bake so try not to act so surprised. I will play Christmas music from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.
I’m a (soon-to-be) certified barre instructor. If you’re ever near Darien, CT, you should take a class at Bar Method!
I lived in Nantucket the summer after I graduated college and I go back to visit every year. I worked at the Sconset Café and Market as the baker for three months.
Blue is my favorite color and not just because it brings out my eyes 😉
My spirit animal is a golden retriever. I took a quiz online, so it’s totally legit, right? It’s also the only breed of dog my parents ever owned when I was growing up.
I love the classic movies (especially musicals). My mom popped in Rodgers & Hammerstein VHS tapes for my sister and me to watch when we were kids. She also regularly watches Turner Classic Movie channel so I’ve watched quite a few of the oldies, but goodies aired on there too.
I didn’t start drinking coffee until a year ago. Now I make cold brew at home whenever I have the chance.
Music is a big part of my life. My mom instilled it in me and my siblings at a young age. I have a playlist for every occasion/mood.
M&M’s are my favorite candy. Regular, peanut, crispy, peanut butter, I love them all.