haley blonde baker holding cupcake

Hi there! I’m Haley and I’m happy you are visiting my blog! I am a 31-year-old native New Englander living in Denver, CO.  Note my recipes are written and tested at sea level. 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.

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, FacebookYoutube and Pinterest where you will also see what happens If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen.

Any questions or comments?  Feel free to send over a message.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

What you will find on If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

  • Lots and lots of baking recipes! I have desserts such as pies, cakes and cookies, but also breakfast pastries including scones, biscuits and pancakes. I’m working to expand my savory baking recipes too!
  • I send a weekly newsletter to my subscribers. It highlights seasonal recipes and features what’s new on the blog. I even include a “slice of life” for those of you who enjoy a personal connection.
  • Detailed instructions and helpful tips are in every blog post. I work hard to give you all the necessary information so you are successful while baking. Step-by-step photos are also included.
  • My favorite kitchen equipment is listed in the recipes so you know exactly what to use when baking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you name your blog “If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen”?

It was my sister’s idea! It is inspired by the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a favorite of mine from growing up. I like the cause and effect synopsis that goes hand in hand with experimenting when baking in the kitchen.

When did you start blogging?

In 2012 I started my “blog” as a Tumblr page and as a place to “store” my recipes. I did not pursue my website as a full-time job until 2017.

Did you go to culinary school?

Nope! I am a self-taught baker, however, I did work at a bakery in Nantucket after graduating college. I wanted experience working in a kitchen. I went to a small liberal arts school in New England where I studied Art History focusing in architecture and urban studies.

You live in Denver, CO. Are your recipes written for high altitude?

No. All my recipes are tested at sea level.

Do you have dessert recipes for speciality diets?

No, I do not specialize in creating recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc. I am happy to recommend baking bloggers that are experts in that field though!

I want to create a food blog. Where do I start?

There are plenty of resources on Google, but I do recommend reading Blogging for Passion & Profit, a nonprofit ebook sharing stories of successful bloggers. You can also start by investing in photography equipment and food styling props.

haley blonde and hudson golden retriever sitting on sofa

Fun facts about Haley

  • I own a golden retriever named Hudson. If you have a pup, trying making homemade dog treats.
  • When I’m not baking, I enjoy sailing, hiking, skiing and attending concerts. I also have my lazy days watching Netflix with my fiancé Ben and cuddling with Hudson!
  • I worked at an interior design publication for two years in NYC before pursuing my blog full-time. There I produced videos and met remarkably talented interior designers who gave me serious home design envy.
  • 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 certified barre instructor. If you’re ever in the Denver area, you should take a class at Bar Method!

All photos are the property of If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen. I ask that my photos are used only with my permission and are given proper credit and a link back to my page.