Hi! My name is Coleen –  my husband likes to refer to me as Coco Mac.  I think its kinda fun and catchy! I live in Winchester, Virginia with my husband and two boys who are my official taste testers. I also am the mother of a few furry critters who, at times, are my official taste testers too. I work full-time, volunteer and any free time I can get I love to bake and entertain my family and friends.

My love for baking began at an early age when my mother bought me an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. I also had the privilege of watching my beloved grandmothers bake their delicious treats. My Italian grandmother made homemade almond biscotti and poppy-seed rolls for Christmas each year.  On hot summer days my Grammy Husband picked fresh strawberries from Grampy’s garden and made strawberry shortcake – with homemade cream! It was always a delight to watch both of them make delicious treats and the love and care they put into feeding their family.  They taught me so much and instilled in me the love of baking and how food is truly an important aspect of family gatherings.

Over the years, I have accumulated several cookbooks and have always enjoyed trying new recipes for my family and friends. I have often thought about how wonderful it would be to open my own bakery someday, but until then,  I needed a way to put my creative energies to good use.  So I then came up with the idea of just writing about baking and sharing recipes and ideas with others via a website/blog.  There are so many delicious recipes to share… and I am looking forward to sharing this new path and adventure with you.

If you have any questions / suggestions / comments you can contact me at sugarpiessweetshoppe@yahoo.com


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