Hello, my name is Carissa. I’m a high school student with an unhealthy obsession with baking. Baking is my one-stop cure-all; despite a hectic life, I always find comfort in frosting a cake or making brownies to bring to school. Having a bad day? Bake. Want to make some friends? Bake. Need a new (and delicious!) hobby? Bake. For me, baking has always been both an art and a science, so let’s put on our lab coats and enter the kitchen!
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Hi carissa! Everything on your blog is so beautiful and delicious. Wonderful, yummy sweet things! Loved them all.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)
My favorite way to have actirhokes is in a cheesy dip with spinach. But of course that ruins pretty much any nutritional value. ;P How do you eat yours? Please do me a favor and post a pic of your new haircut. :) I’ve been eying that look for months now, and I still can’t decide if I want it or not. Silly me.xoxo,Bree
Hi Carissa, wow I never realised you were a high schooler too :D :D
Your blog is so awesome!
Here’s from one teen to another! :)
Thank you so much–I love your blog! Awesome, I’ve never met a fellow teen blogger!
Lots of beautiful pictures on your blog. Can’t wait to explore it further!
I love how you explain your baking, love your blog!
Happy eating from Eastern Europe!
There are a few teen bloggers but definitely not many! I don’t think I knew what a blog was when I was in high school :) Great job!
I’ve only newly started baking because I only recently discovered stevia, a natural sugar replacement. The artificial sugar replacements are all bad for people, so my stevia discovery (healthy for kids and diabetics too) has been an epiphany for me. Most desserts have way too much fat and sugar for my lazy body so these adapted recipes are proving fun and, for me, edible! Other people usually never know the difference…
Wow that’s fantastic! I would love to try making them
I served a plate of my xmas cookies this afternoon and they were a hit. So pleased! Try http://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/skinny-brownies-tricks-and-treats/ for starters. The beet cake is an amazing treat and Isla’s xmas shapes were judged excellent too :). There’s a fab cookie recipe in Vinny’s book, as well, but will likely alter that recipe for further calorie savings now that I know more. Read my post about stevia for more info
Fantastic! Thanks, I’ll be sure to try them!
Hi Carissa! Thanks for stopping by to “like” my lowfat cinnamon chip muffins! You’ve done amazing things at your blog — will be following!
Thanks so much!
Yes cooking and baking does relieve stress. Just when I think that is it no more..I go cook or bake something and I feel better.
Thanks for sharing these things about the writer of a great food blog.
your blog is just simply mouth watering! 0.0 everything looks brilliant, I virtually applaud you. didn’t realise that highschooler too :D Hi5!
keep up the good work gurl :) n thanks for the like
Hi Carissa. Today, I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Check my post http://florastable.com/2013/01/22/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/ if you are interested. Have a nice evening.
Thank you! You made my day so much happier!
Hi Carissa! I just nominated you for the “I’m A Baking Enthusiast” Award. Congratulations! If you want to participate further, you can access the badge icon and rules here: http://brahmsandcupcakes.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/im-a-baking-enthusiast-award/
Thanks so much! I haven’t heard of that award before, but it sounds amazing
Thanks for the follow! Your blog is too cute!
Hey Carissa – your recipe catalog is quite impressive for a high school student! I am sure your friends and family love all the treats you bake for them! Be sure to keep it up – college kids who are away from home love baked goods even more. All the best with your kitchen adventures and looking forward to see what else you share with all of us in blogosphere (:
Thanks so much! :)
Wow, your blog is great. I can’t believe you’re in high school, I definitely see a successful professional baking career in your future! Thanks for liking and following my blog. That chocolate flan thing looks crazy! Yum!
Love your blog! Keep up the sweet treat work. Thanks too for liking my flourless choc muffins and following my blog (https://eatsmeatsandleaves.wordpress.com/) :)
Hai Carissa…I like your blog and I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.. the details are at my post http://jenyjohn.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/the-wonderful-team-member-readership-award/……. participation is optional…:).
Thank you for stopping by and following my blog! I truly appreciate it. Hoping to share more baked goods, virtually, with you :P
Carissa, I’ve been drooling over your blog photos and need to run out to buy some cherry tomatoes to stave off the sugar craving now! Thanks for visiting my blog so I could discover yours ;)
Hi, Carissa. I really enjoyed your blog and wondered if you were interested in submitting a post to a new event called Our Growing Edge. The event aims to compile a monthly snapshot as to what bloggers are doing in terms of new challenges with food. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things.
A growing edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort.
I hope you can make it.
More info can be found here:
or the direct link to the link party is here:
Wow, that sounds great!
Thanks for your submission!
Your recipes look AMAZING! Go you!
Thanks for liking my pancake post and following by blog.
Your food blog looks great! All your baking creations look really lovely.
I’m doing a sweet & savoury challenge – using vegetables or fruit in a sweet dish and then in a savoury dish.
You’re doing an amazing job – well done.
Thanks! That sounds great..and certainly challenging!
I loved the suggestion of wine or bread. I aedlary practice the other restaurant rules, but I have one other suggestion. Restaurant dinners are nearly always large enough for at least 2 meals. I will often ask for a take-home box WITH my meal and put at least half of my meal in the box BEFORE I eat. This works on the road, too, if you have a cooler and hotel room with a microwave.
Baking is a beautiful gift that manifests creativity, is relaxing and allows one to slow down. More importantly it acts as a bridge of love that connects people through the sharing of food. I enjoyed reading through your biography. Take great care.
Thanks so much!
Thanks for the follow. I love your recipes :)
Thanks so much for “liking” my blog. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!!
Hi Carissa, thanks for coming by my blog & liking the Gooey Chocolate Fudhe Bites. Been having a look around your blog, you have some lovely recipe’s here xx
Thanks for the follow. I really like your blog too. Can’t wait to try out the cookie dough fudge recipe!
Hey Charissa, just stopped by to see who liked my post and nearly died of hunger. All those pictures of yummy stuff. I WANTS IT ALL!! Your blog looks amazing, will be looking around. BTW, cudos on being a teen blogger, I think it’s great.
Hey my email isn’t working for some reason…the post looks great! And the part about my physics teacher is true haha do you have a blurb I can put at the top of my post for you?
Check out “Meet the Chef” under “About”!
Thanks for stopping by http://www.domesticingenuity.com and subscribing to my blog! I hope you enjoy what I have to share! What a cool name for your blog!!
Hey Carissa! thanks for stopping by ritaLOVEStoWRITE and a big thank you for following. I hope you find some more recipes on Mondays that you like… and maybe some bioBLOGS on the other days that tickle your fancy. I’m really impressed with your blog. Everything looks delicious. Keep baking and blogging! cheers, Rita
Thanks for passing by my blog, I’ve just created a facebook page, so be sure to check it out and more importantly, keep an eye there where you will find more wonderful recipes,
So don’t forget to share the FB page among your family and friends and get everyone excited about cooking simple, delicious, healthy meals at home
Sharing is caring, Cheers and god bless you
Hi Carissa! Stopping by to tell you that a nominated you for the Liebster Award. No obligation to respond or follow the “rules” of the nomination; I just wanted to let you (and my readers) know that I enjoy your delicious sounding and looking creations!
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Thant’s really cool that you’re also a teen baker! Your baked goods look devine :)
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Hi Carissa, thanks for visiting my blog http://www.feedsfromveronica.wordpress.com. Your posts are awesome. Love them all :D
Hi Carissa… I love love love baking. It’s so nice to have you. I’m gonna follow you. I have reserved some of your recipes to try for my birthday. Thanks Carissa. God bless you.
Hope you enjoy them!
Hey Carissa:) Wow, can you bake (and take great photos too!). Thank you for liking my post but somehow I think my pancakes are a bit inferior to your baking skills;) Jade
i agree – baking is such good therapy! you’ve got so many great recipes here, i’ll definitely be back!
Thanks so much for stopping by and liking our House of Bedlam. There are so many delicious recipes here I am not sure which one to try first but I know my boys would love them all!
Best to you!
I loved the suggestion of wine or bread. I aeadrly practice the other restaurant rules, but I have one other suggestion. Restaurant dinners are nearly always large enough for at least 2 meals. I will often ask for a take-home box WITH my meal and put at least half of my meal in the box BEFORE I eat. This works on the road, too, if you have a cooler and hotel room with a microwave.
Whoa!!!! You’re a high school student???!!! These look amazing!!! I’m in seventh grade, and mine look like poo. Hopefully I’ll be as good as you later on! When did you start baking on your own?
Haha! I started during middle school..practice makes perfect!
Beautiful blog Carissa… incredible creations and gorgeous recipes! Found you via The After School Chef, who found my blog! Fantastic to see teen bloggers who are so talented! I am sure you’re going to go far!
Thank you so much!!
My 8am is your 10am. I’ll run with you, my sweet friend. I know I can’t last an hour, but I’ll be thninikg of you when I’m pouring sweat after a mile (hopefully I can make it 2). Love you! Fly like the wind!
Hello I have nominated you for Liebster Award http://kitchenaliajournal.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/the-little-food-blogs-that-could-liebster-award/
You are welcome
Love the recipe selection — definitely going to try some soon!
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the awesome blog content award, and if you’re interested please check out this post which has the rules, etc, for accepting the nomination.
These are great! A lot of nice pictures to go with the recipes.
Hello Carissa, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Try out Coconut Cookies when you find some time and give me the feedback. Nice to c u. Keep visiting . TC
As another teen blogger just starting out, you’re inspiring! How did you become so successful?
Thanks! It helps to get the design and pictures on your blog looking as best as possible and then try to connect with other bloggers on WordPress to get more publicity. Good luck starting out and welcome!
Thanks for stopping by at Sugarfree Sweetheart! :) I love your story and your baking since birth picture is adorable!
Hello Carissa. Thanks heaps for the follow, really appreciate it :)
hello, lovely cakes/cookies, thankls for sharing your creations and for following me – I’m not a huge chocolate fan myself but still love trawling all recipes for my family and special occasions so keep it up and I’ll pop by often.
Yay! I’m so glad you followed me and gave me the chance to stumble across your treasure of DELIGHTS! Can’t wait to cook up some of your goodies. I like the images you include with your posts, I need to start doing this but I my pictures are so-so. I’ll start soon after seeing yours!