About Lydia

I am a fisherman's wife and a stay at home mom to three young children.  I live on a small island off the coast of Maine.  I am a coffee lover, seafood hater, occasional quilter, food preserver, carb enthusiast, movie buff, animal lover and moderate green-thumb gardener.  The kitchen is my favorite place to be.  Nothing makes me happier than the smell of fresh bread baking.

I timidly started cooking my freshman year in college, and I am mostly self-taught, with a few tips from the wonderful Kyra Alex (my mentor and friend).  The photography on the blog has been quite the learning curve for me.  I started out with a Canon Powershot, and have progressed to a Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

About Island Bakes

I started the blog in 2013, mainly wanting to share my love of food with the world.  You'll find lots of chocolate, imperfect cakes, cookies, a sporadic salad, easy weeknight meals, homemade bread, and the occasional healthy dish.  All the food on the blog is made from scratch.  No boxed cake mixes here! 

The blog follows my journey of food and photography.  Something of which I have become more confident and willing to take more risks in, over time.  On Island Bakes, you'll find an assortment of recipes that range from very easy, to moderately difficult, depending on your skill level.  My hope is, to inspire you to branch out, try something different, and maybe take a few risks.  Overall, I hope what you will take away from Island Bakes is, happiness, excitement, courage and enthusiasm for creating food for you or your loved ones.  

If you want to see where I do all my cooking- check out my kitchen here!


Some of my favorite blogs

Everyday Annie                      Half Baked Harvest                   Love and Lemons

Smells Like Home                   Smitten Kitchen                        Pinch Of Yum

Cook like a Champion             A Couple Cooks                        The Elliott Homestead