Welcome to The Pretend Baker!
I’m Amanda Reynolds. A wife, cook, baker, pretend picture taker and lover of all things fall. Up until now, I was also the owner of a small bakery/cafe in Southern Ontario. I just sold my little dream for a less stressful life with more time for family and friends.
There is something magical about taking simple ingredients and creating a comforting, cozy meal or delicious, homey baked good. There is little else that can ease my stress or lift my spirits more than the act of creating something with my own, small hands. It’s my version of therapy.
I cook on a very tight budget mostly out of necessity but also because I am determined to be able to eat well without spending hundreds of dollars a month doing so. Right now I’m managing to spend less than $5 a day per person (there’s only 2 of us!) on food and there’s somehow usually money left at the end of the month from that budget. I try to live a fairly minimalistic lifestyle which usually means more time with my family, reading, writing and spending hours outside in between working. It also means less computer time (oddly), less phone time, buying less things and being more compassionate.
My diet is ever changing based on how I’m currently feeling, the season and what my body requires at the time. It’s never the same but it’s usually healthy. More recently I’ve been experimenting with cutting out sugar, white flour, coffee and alcohol (like 95% of the time) to help tame my migraines and help me sleep better (it’s working). I eat meat two or three times a week, milk is not my friend most of the time but for some reason butter and cheese are aaaalways fine. The rest is usually a combination of different grains, beans and some lentils, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables, local if possible, imported if necessary.
I’ve spent about 8 years of my life overcoming body image issues, disordered eating, severe anxiety and depression and really just fumbling my way through life trying to figure everything out. I’m not 100% there yet but I get closer and closer each day. My only true goal right now is to figure out how to live an absurdly happy, joy and love filled life, to heal my body and feel incredible again. A bit of a lofty goal, admittedly, but a determined one nonetheless.
I hope you’ll follow along as I figure it all out, cook delicious, healthy food, try to live a more compassionate life and hopefully start each day a little better than we were yesterday.
Contact me if you have any questions or inquiries!