Meet Jolene

Hi! I’m glad you’re here. My name is Jolene, the creator of Simple Baking with Pep. Here I share simple, homemade recipes, with a focus on bakery style treats and breads. I hope to inspire you to try something new, learn from your mistakes and have a few laughs along the way. Baking is not just about creating tasty treats. It’s about the journey and the lessons you learn to make the good food. It may not always turn out perfect the first time, but just know that just about everyone has burned a piece of toast in their life. Good things take time.

I worked as a food scientist and also have a professional background in pastry arts. While both of these experiences have given me a lot of knowledge, my most fun and memorable experience baking has been through my growing up years and baking treats for my family.

I grew up with a mom who actually hated to cook and bake. But, what she did love is spending time with her family. Although most of our meals and desserts came from a box (think hamburger helper and boxed cake mixes), she made sure that my brother and I got involved in helping her in the kitchen. I have fond memories of our time together as we would laugh, share stories, and “hone” our baking skills making boxed cakes.

Baking doesn’t have to be intimidating. I truly believe anyone can bake delicious treats from scratch and fresh, warm from the oven bread. I am here to help you do that and have fun while you do. I hope you enjoy the recipes I share and thanks for stopping by!