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Ana Fernandez
Upstate NY

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

The first recipe that I tried were pancakes!! Mom would get me up really really early and we would make them with boxed mix, they were literally THE BEST! Then I got into cooking lots of years later when I left home to go to college and well, I had to learn, since then with a LOT of trial and error (more like error and error) and a truckload of burnt cakes, baking became my passion and I wanted to be around sprinkles and frosting everyday so I opened up a bakery (best.decision.ever) Now I focus on share easy and quick recipes for first time bakers.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

Tiny! That's the first word that come to my mind but it also is very open and I can be cooking and chatting with the people on the "living room" (not quite ready yet, and when I say not quite ready I actually mean not ready at all) at the same time. I hate, like with all my heart, washing dishes (I even have nightmares with that!) so thankfully I married someone who loves me so much he washes every single thing (even the buttery pipping bags), that's one of the reasons I always share recipes that require the less possible utensils

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Let's make this our little secret ok? Always use sprinkles, they hide all the frosting mistakes, the weird shapes on cookies and every other thing you can think off, really sprinkles are like the modern fairy dust and I'm pretty sure they are made of unicorn dreams, yes they are THAT good

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

The creator of the sprinkles, the inventor of the cupcakes and the genius that came up with the idea of mixing sugar and butter to create frosting (like how on earth those 2 things can create something so awesome?) and obviously I would serve lots of cake and a sprinkle + frosting buffet

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

Eating. Those that count as a hobby? (please say yes)

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I love reading blogs that have nothing to do with baking, weird I know but after baking so much I end up with some kind of sugar overdose. I love reading decor blogs like design sponge and organizing blogs (because listers gonna list)

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Cupcakes totally count as a breakfast, don't let any one make you believe otherwise

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
The Middle
The corpse bride
Cook Book
All of them! I never have too many
Sprinkles all the way!
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A big bowl