Behind the Blog

“Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!” ~Sandra J. Dykes

My whole life, I’ve loved expressing my creativity while giving back to others. This first appeared early in my childhood through my art; even in pre-school, I would insist on drawing pictures instead of running around on the playground. This past year, as a serious high school student, I was so busy with academics and extracurriculars, that I had very little time to do activities that I truly enjoyed. I suddenly realized how much I enjoyed baking in what little time I did have to spare, a hobby that I had been practicing often for family dinners and advisory snacks for school. So then came my idea: why not combine my love of baking and expression through writing to share with the world!? This idea came to me during Spring Break, my time to start getting serious about studying for AP courses, so I forced myself to complete the year before starting my blog in order to avoid procrastination. Eventually, summer finally drew near and it was time to kick off my blog! I created the name of my blog “at 350 degrees” as a subtle play with words; a true baker knows that the standard degrees for baking is 350 (F), but from a grueling year of AP Chem, my inner scientist appreciated the chemical reactions at work at that key temperature. And so at350degrees was born, and the blogging began….

**Fun fact: Because I have always been interested in health and nutrition, I initially intended my blog to feature healthy, “guilt-free” desserts. I played with different recipes for about a month to create “skinny” versions of my favorite desserts, but I must admit that nothing compares to the real thing! So for now, expect sugar, butter, and gooey chocolate galore!

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28 thoughts on “Behind the Blog

  1. Love your concept of mixing your love of baking with writing! LOVE that you’re doing this while still in high school!! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Thanks for the follow:) mind if I ask how you found me?

  2. I absolutely love your blog – the design, the writing, the photographs, and the recipes. I am so glad you stopped by mine so that I became aware of yours. We share a love for desserts. I look forward to trying some of yours.

      • Hi Katie,The complications you meoitnn (mumps causing sterility and rubelle causing blindness) CAN occur. I address those in the post on the MMR I did a few weeks ago. However, they are VERY RARE. Mumps cannot cause sterility unless it occurs in a pubescent male, and it usually occurs in younger children. Even supposing it does occur in an older male, the actual chances of testicular swelling and permanent sterility are very, very low. In children the illness comes with extremely few complications. As for rubella, a woman would have to be not immune and have to be infected in her first trimester for congenital rubella syndrome (and the resulting blindness) to be possible. This, too, is possible, but very rare. We need to consider these things, but we need to put the risk in the proper perspective. So many people say these things and it sounds like ANYONE who gets these diseases will have these complications and that’s not true. Most complications affect between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 100,000 people (some even fewer than that) so while the risk remains, the chances are so exceedingly rare. Just keep that rare part in mind. Some might feel safer vaccinating with the MMR in the teen or young adult years to avoid these complications, rather than doing so in infancy. Let’s just keep some balance here.

  3. I’m grateful that you visited our site, or we would not have discovered yours! It is simply awesome to connect with a fellow foodie! Looking forward to staying connected via our mutual sweet tooth/love for baking syndrome:)

  4. Thank you for the follow. Love your site and will definitely be following. I often have the health and nutrition vs baking dilemma. But a little of what you fancy now and then is good, and I do love to bake. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes :0)

  5. Oh my god! Your recipes look so amazing! I hesitated to follow you or not as I might lose it and bake all weekend! (trying to significantly reduce my sugar intake) And then I remembered that as long as I keep it occasional, I can have sweet treats. So I might as well make them good ones! Thanks for sharing :)
    Alix

  6. Thanks for visiting my site and liking my Multi-Grain Blueberry Muffins. Everything on your site looks amazing, and amazingly decadent! I look forward to browsing your recipes.

  7. Hi, thanks for the follow, and what an amazing blog you have! I have shared it on my Facebook and Twitter and will be visiting for chocolate recipes.

  8. Hey thanks for following my blog! All of your pictures look divine! I will have to make some of these recipes some time soon! By the way, I see you’re interested in the science side of baking… well I just graduated from Kansas State University in Bakery Science! No joke. It’s an AMAZING program. If you’re applying for colleges you should check it out :)

  9. good work, dude. love your blog, i might have to try my clumsy hand at a few of your recipes.

    keep it up, you’ll have an insane amount of friends if you can bake up a storm in college. in the world of greasy, overpriced pizza and cafeteria food, your cookies will reign supreme.

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