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Hello and Welcome to Mom Loves Baking! 🙂

Thank you for visiting my site!

My name is Lise. It’s pronounced Leeza. That’s the first conversation I usually have with anyone I meet. My parents loved The Sound of Music and so do I. The oldest child was Liesl and the inspiration for my name.

I am the baker, photographer and writer behind Mom Loves Baking. I live in the Atlanta area.

I am a child of God and passionate about my faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am a wife to a kind, funny, charming and all around wonderful guy, Jay, who is also an awesome dad.

I am a mom to two sweet and creative children that are very good at keeping us on our toes. Savannah is 15 and Luke is 11.


Here are my kids in the kitchen a few years ago. Aren’t they cute! I miss those days…

Kids in the Kitchen

I am a dessert blogger, a “job” that combines some of my favorite things all into one. Baking, photography and graphic art.

I love to bake. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing as long as I can remember. I’m also a graphic artist. It was my official job for a long time. And photography. I’ve always loved taking photos. Documenting life as I go. I’m a big fan of scrapbooking.


(Photo above: That’s me (age 6?) decorating a cake at my grandparents’ house in Alabama using some sort of accordion squeeze bottle for piping Cool Whip onto the cake. I thought it was the coolest thing I had EVER seen! And I remember frosting that cake like it was yesterday!)

I was a two time finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 2013 and 2014. Being in those contests made me realize how much I love to create original recipes.

Favorite TV shows: New Girl, The Goldbergs, Dancing with the Stars, That 70s Show, The Chew, Dessert Games

Favorite Movies: Mr. Mom, The Sound of Music, It’s a Wonderful Life, Catch Me If You Can, Yes Man, too many to list. I love, love, love movies! Mostly comedies.

Favorite Books: The Bible, anything by Beth Moore, The Glass Castle, biographies and lots of cookbooks, of course. (I’m also a member of CBS – Community Bible Study.)

What I’m currently reading: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Favorite Blogs: Bakerella, Something Swanky, Crazy for Crust, Sally’s Baking Addiction, Inside BruCrew Life, I Am Baker, Pinch of Yum, A Mind Full Mom, This Silly Girl’s Life, Averie Cooks, Bakers Royale, Amy’s Healthy Baking, Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats, Add a Pinch, I Wash You Dry and many more

What you’ll find at Mom Loves Baking: All kinds of desserts which include some healthy choices. Some gluten-free recipes, some vegan recipes, some skinny recipes and a savory recipe here and there. I love to bake using the recipes of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Easy recipes such as 3-Ingredient recipes or 4-Ingredient recipes. Celebrating with sweets is so much fun. You’ll find some nifty cake decorating projects as well. And as you will see after taking a look around my blog, I almost always include step-by-step photo instructions of all my recipes to make it easier for you to follow along at home. I’m very visual and have always enjoyed cookbooks with lots of pictures. It’s so helpful when you decide to make a new recipe if you have pictures to go by, don’t you think?

You will also find a bible verse of the week (on the right side of my blog page, under the About Me section). Why? Because I’m an avid reader of the Holy Bible and the New American Standard Version is my favorite. Reading God’s word is an important part of my faith and I hope you will find encouraging words in the verses that I post. Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path.” – is one of my favorite verses. I’m a member at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.

Some random facts about me:

I was a flight attendant when I was 23. I also worked as a yacht stewardess one year when I was 31.

I love chamomile mint tea.

I was born in Alabama and love my Southern roots. I love my big Southern family with lots and lots of aunts, uncles and cousins!

I love bible study.

I’m a new mommy to a dog, Spencer. He’s a Maltese Poodle we rescued.


I’m a big fan of Michael Buble and his is my favorite Pandora station which I listen to all day. Bruno Mars and Keith Urban are favorites as well.

I used to work at The National Enquirer.

I’ve been to Istanbul, Turkey.

I’m an only child with 2 half sisters, 2 half brothers, a stepsister and a stepbrother.

I have a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from FSU. Go Noles!

I love Jazzercise.

I make a lot of green smoothies.

I save take-out containers to use for giving away desserts.

I might have left the Christmas tree up until February one year. Then had a Valentine’s party and decorated the tree with hearts.

Sometimes I’m too tired to make dinner after baking all day.

I went to London for a semester in college.

The other day, my son asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said a mom and he laughed uncontrollably.

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you will stay a bit. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. You can reach me at Lise (at) Mom Loves Baking (dot) com.

Happy Baking!

Lise Ode

p.s. A few years ago, I had a little cake business where I made wedding cakes and party cakes from my home. Click here to see some photos of my cakes.