Welcome to The Pretend Baker!
I’m Amanda Reynolds. Follower of Christ, wife, cook, baker, pretend picture taker, anti diet and body freedom activist and lover of all things fall.
I’m 25 and I’ve been engaged twice, married once, owned one dog and I’ve moved at least 10 times but probably more.
I change a lot. My interests change, my habits change, my preferences change and it makes it really hard for my husband to ever know what to expect from me. At least every 6 months he (jokingly) says he doesn’t know who I am again, but luckily he always loves whoever I am. We’ve been together for 5 years and I don’t even remember what it was like to live without him.
I get bored with life easily, and because of that I’m constantly learning new things. One month it might be neurobiology, the next it might be quantum physics. I’m extremely open minded and love delving deep in to the woo-woo theories of the universe.
I reject diet culture because I see it as a form of abuse. I do my best to act from a place of love and peace and I see diet culture as the exact opposite of those. Having a food blog in our diet obsessed culture can be tricky because I find most fads dumb and I cringe at all of the diet bandwagons everyone gets on. I refuse to contribute to the Keto Diet, Paleo, Whole 30, insert dumbass diet here, just because everyone else is doing it and because it will give me page views.
I post whatever we’re currently eating and that changes a lot depending on my mood or our current budget. You’ll also find some random life things and travel posts thrown in because I follow no consistency and I post whatever I feel like posting in the spur of the moment… aka I don’t run by blog like a business. I run my blog like my life. Spontaneous, ever changing, sometimes chaotic, mostly relaxed, sometimes insightful and completely random.
Recently we’ve decided to work towards becoming an ‘adventure family,’ as my husband puts it. So we’re hiking, working up to the dream of hiking large mountains, skiing, traveling more than ever before and who knows what else will be.
Stick around and make some good food, read some random shit, fight the good fight against diet culture and body shaming, and follow along my unconventional life, or not. It’s up to you. Either way, I’ll be here… Sharing my life, rejecting trends and staying authentically myself, regardless of what so-and-so says I should do if I want to make a living online.