Welcome to The Pretend Baker!
I’m Amanda Reynolds. Follower of Christ, wife, cook, baker, pretend picture taker and lover of all things fall.
I’m 24 and I’ve been engaged twice, married once, owned one dog and I’ve moved at least 10 times but probably more. I’ve worked in fast food, in various retail settings, a bank, a start up company and at a grocery store. I’ve been a bank teller, business teller, bookkeeper and I’ve owned and operated a bakery/cafe. I’ve traveled to the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Caribbean, throughout North America and the United Kingdom where half of my family lives. I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve fallen and gotten back up, I’ve nearly died more than once and I’ve had my torso cut open to have my stomach sewn back together. I’ve experienced the most intense emotional pain I thought I could ever experience and I’ve also been happier than I ever thought was humanly possible.
I used to think I knew who I was and what I wanted but instead I’ve been learning new things about myself every single day. I’ve learned what I don’t want, what makes me happy, what doesn’t, I’ve learned to love in ways I didn’t know I could and I’ve overcome obstacle after obstacle in a fervent determination to live my life in a way that brings me peace, joy and happiness. I appreciate the shitty, miserable and difficult things in life because they make me a stronger, kinder, more present person and because they make the beautiful moments in life that much more amazing. I push myself in to the uncomfortable because growth never happens when you’re comfortable and I genuinely enjoy getting to know myself and what I’m actually capable of.
I started teaching myself how to cook a few years ago when I got tired of eating the same meals over and over which basically consisted of pasta + jarred sauce, salad, frozen lasagna, grilled cheese sandwiches and chili. I learned to love different cuisines and flavor combinations I had never even heard of before and began to fall in love with cooking and creating.
I practice intuitive eating/living which I think most of us know what that is now? Eating what you feel like eating, what your body is telling you (or maybe eating a certain way because of how you WANT to feel) without judgement, guilt, shame, and removing ‘good’ and ‘bad’. I also only move my body in ways that feels good when it feels good. I treat my body with respect and I no longer try to manipulate it in to something it never should have been and naturally does not want to be.
Sometimes this means breakfast cheesecake + fruit and coffee loaded with cream, sometimes it’s a smoothie (and coffee). Sometimes I want ALL THE SALAD and sometimes I want ALL THE CARBS. My recipes pretty much always reflect what I’m currently craving/ enjoying and so for that reason, the content on the blog changes a lot. I like it this way- it keeps our diets interesting and varied.
My family is the most important thing in the world to me. I would be completely lost without all of them.
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