Welcome to Baking with Soul, my name is Katrina and I’m grateful for your visit! I primarily reside in the wonderful, active and food-paradise city of Chicago with my husband Aaron, our super sweet 9 year old Lab/Rottie mix Zoey, and our newly adopted 2 year old goofball Lab, Kiwi. Before we met, my husband bought his childhood home in Frankfort, MI which is a beautiful little beach town near Traverse City. We love to head up there as much as we can to enjoy all of it’s lovely, peaceful and quaint offerings. It’s our shared dream to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast someday.
I recently left behind my corporate career to begin exploring my dream list. First on that list was to become a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. I’m super excited to say that this dream became a reality in September of 2017 and I can’t wait to see what it brings in the near future!
I have many passions that are necessities in my life, and many of these are a part of my “dream list” to keep exploring to see what they can turn into long term. Family, animals and exploring spirituality are very important to me. I’m passionate about spending my time practicing yoga, learning about wellness, volunteering for our Mother Earth, wheel throwing my own pottery, and of course – baking! Not a single day goes by where I’m not investing my time in one of these things.
I have been a self-taught / family-taught home-baker since I was a very little girl. As a young child, I recall sneaking downstairs to the kitchen while my family was asleep to pretend that had my own baking show. I would gather bowls, baking utensils and ingredients then share the details of the confections I was conjuring up with my “guest audience”. Homemade cookies, brownies, cheese-cakes and pies were a regular occurrence in our home. Each time Mom stepped into the kitchen to whip something up, I was always by her side to help – and by help I mean eat the raw cookie dough hehe (but yes, I really did help). My mother and her side of the family is from former Yugoslavia, now known as Croatia. My all time favorite family baking tradition is when our four generations (great grandma Elizabeth, grandma Kathy, my mother Mirjana and myself) gather for our annual Croatian Christmas cookie baking! It’s a tradition that I’m grateful for each year and I truly cherish it.
While growing up, baking had become such a lovely de-stressor for me. I had found that baking had become such a powerful, impactful and creative way for me to work through stress – more importantly, it made me super happy! Family & friends began regularly asking me to bake for birthday parties which furthered my explorations and opportunities to try new things. Once I became an “adult” with a full-time career, responsibilities, etc. I realized that baking had become secondary in my life. This blog is here to change that and put more creative emphasis within my life again through baking!
If you allow it, baking can teach you so much about yourself – your strengths, your areas of opportunity, your passions & more. Baking has taught me to slow down, be patient, live in the moment and be conscious of what you’re doing and putting out into the universe. Everything that I bake is for a thoughtful reason with a supporting intention of sharing love, light and a piece of my soul within my creations.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me!