Hello! I’m Ashley; the baker, cook, photographer, and all around do-er behind this blog. I live and work in upstate New York and couldn’t be happier with the location. On a good day… it looks something like this. Not bad, eh?
I founded Baker by Nature in 2010 with nothing more than a point-and-shoot camera, an idea, and a ton of ambition. My passion for cookies, cake, and chocolate everything has been burning inside me for as long as I can remember, so writing a blog hopelessly devoted to the aft and craft of baking just seemed like the right rabbit hole to fall into. It’s been a wild ride – this blogging thing – and I cannot wait to see what’s next!
Quick Facts: I am not a professionally trained chef. I am just a girl who strives for excellence in the kitchen, and when that is found, shares it with you. I work very hard on the recipes found on this site, and truly only share the best of the best. There are many (many many way-too-many) recipe fails in my kitchen each week. I promise I will never share those with you.
Baker by Nature accepts a limited amount of sponsorships and works with companies/brands/and bloggers who fit with the beliefs of this space and its content. I am also available for freelance recipe development, photography, and private events in the NYC area. Feel free to contact me @ AshleyManila@gmail.com for more info.
I believe we create our own happiness and try to start everyday with a positive perspective.
I love yoga almost as much as I love red wine.
I grew up in Philly but have spent most of my adult life living in New York City and Upstate New York. #willalwayslovephillycheesesteaks
Growing up I always knew I wanted to entertain, I just never thought it would be from the comfort of my living room. To say I landed my dream job would be a complete and utter understatement.
When I’m not making a mess in my kitchen, I can be found scouring deals for airline tickets! I LOVE to travel and jump at the opportunity anytime I can!
Anything dipped in chocolate, wrapped in bacon, brushed with butter, topped with an egg, or made with love is a friend of mine.
I hope we can be friends, too!
If you want to contact me, there are a few ways:
You can also follow me on Twitter, or leave me a comment below any post; I read them all.
I’m also OBSESSED with Pinterest! Do you follow me? I pin daily so there’s never a dull moment on that front.
I’m not vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free (although I faithfully respect each practice), so unless I’ve specified that a recipe is one of those things, it’s probably not.
If you’re going to use one of my recipes, please give credit to the original source. And if you’d like to post any of my images, run it by me first.