Hello, and welcome to The Floral Apron! My name is Alyssa Adams, and baking, decorating, stirring, cooking, arranging, simmering, organizing—those are all my jam. I especially love stirring. (So much so that even if my husband is the one making dinner, he’ll let me know when the dish needs stirring so I can come “help.”)
That said, I really don’t like doing dishes.
I think dishes are the worst part of every recipe, but there’s just no getting around them.
That’s why each recipe I post includes a cleanup rating and photos of the cleanup (and sometimes cleanup tips or ways to reduce the number of dishes!). You’ll know exactly what you’re getting into before you start on a recipe, down to the last teaspoon.
I appreciate knowing how much of a mess my kitchen will be before I even start on a recipe, and I’m assuming you do, too!
Save the higher cleanup recipes for a weekend bake you’ve been dying to try, or browse my easy cleanup recipes for quick inspiration without spending hours at the sink later. No matter your preference, there’s a recipe here for you.
Starting this recipe blog was the natural fusion of my passions for writing, baking, and making things beautiful.
I have a degree in professional writing from William Jessup University, where I was the Editor in Chief of their literary journal Metonym. One semester, I was given homework to start a blog! I don’t even remember what it was about, but I like to think that that was a foretaste of what was to come.
I have been baking and cooking for much of my life, though I didn’t bake on a daily basis until 2020. That’s when I graduated from college, married my husband, moved across California, and found a new job in the span of about two months—all at the height of a worldwide pandemic! Baking then became a daily occurrence.
I worked part-time in public administration as a multimedia designer from 2020-2022, until budget cuts made my high-quality work unaffordable. This blog was a hobby, but I decided to pursue it full-time and see where it took me!
About The Floral Apron Recipes
My recipes cover every good thing I’ve made in the kitchen, from breakfasts and bakes to salads and snacks. I’m always open to new recipe ideas, so feel free to send me a message. You just might see your suggestion turn into a recipe!
All of the recipes on The Floral Apron are developed in my kitchen. I pack each recipe full of tips to help you succeed in your own kitchen. I personally test each recipe with multiple iterations to make sure I have the best recipe I can provide you with.
Each recipe comes with a cleanup rating and photos of the dishes I used while making it. This is rather novel, and it’s one of my favorite things about The Floral Apron.
I pride myself on providing my readers with accurate time estimations and close approximations of the dishes they’ll use when making a recipe. It goes a long way to make readers feel comfortable in the kitchen long before they start!
Written for Beginners
Most complex recipes that are still completely doable end up being passed over—or worse, attempted but end up as failures—because of the recipe, not the baker.
I write every single recipe for beginner bakers. If that’s you, welcome! I go through each recipe step-by-step in detail to point out areas of difficulty that beginners may not be aware of. If you’re new to baking cakes, muffins, or macarons, I recommend at least skimming the blog post to get a feel for what you’ll be creating.
That said, I include all of the most important information in the recipe itself. You shouldn’t have to read an entire blog post plus the recipe in order to know how to make it. Your time is valuable, and I want to respect it.
I include bite-sized baking science tips in most blog posts and recipe cards. I want to facilitate your baking science journey so you never wonder if a bake is going to turn out right.
If you know why something works in a recipe, you’re more likely to succeed in that recipe. And, you can incorporate that technique in other recipes! Baking science is also especially helpful when determining substitutions if you have a food allergy.
About The Floral Apron Blog
My blog covers the ins and outs of my kitchen, from counters and cabinets to small appliances and ingredients. I am more than happy to provide you with reviews of my favorite kitchen items (in fact, I even started a YouTube series on it), in addition to giving you ample ways to see my kitchen from every angle.
It’s a well-known fact that I love seeing other people’s kitchens. I do my best to let fellow snoops see inside of mine. 😉
About My Personal Life
My husband Austin and I live in California’s farm-fresh Central Valley. We built a beautiful home with the most gorgeous kitchen in the whole wide world (not that I’m biased at all). We’re also members of a local church that is home to many of my treasured taste testers and subsequently my biggest fans.
Fun fact: We were married for almost two years before we had our reception! We had a change-of-plans “minimony” on our original wedding date in May 2020 (outdoors and with just 12 people)! Then, we had our reception on our second anniversary, where I absolutely butchered the cake cutting. I’m still a bit ashamed.
Outside of my kitchen, I love friendly neighborhood cats, blankets, sweaters, flowers, tea, and sunlight.
Ways to Support
Above all else, I’m just so glad you’re here! It makes me even more happy to know you want to support The Floral Apron. I love creating content and recipes for you to try in your kitchen.
If you’d like to support me, some of the easiest ways include:
- Rating my recipes
- Leaving honest and kind reviews
- Following me on social media (if you’re there, I probably am, too—please take a look at all the links below and in my header)
- Tagging me and engaging with me on social media (I love hearing from you!)
- Watching my videos on YouTube
- Liking and commenting on my videos on YouTube
- Purchasing from affiliate links
Again, I am so glad you’re here! I wish you all the best in becoming the kitchen person you were always made to be.