Mom Loves Baking CREATIVE TEAM!
Gretchen Howard – Iron Skillet Media
Gretchen Howard/Iron Skillet Media works with restaurants, cookbook authors, farms and eco-friendly lodging to create awareness and exposure for their businesses. Through public relations, web and logo design, and customer communications, Iron Skillet Media publicizes clients’ work and their stories, resulting in loyal customers and increased revenue.
Cooking a good meal and nourishing herself and others is one of Gretchen’s favorite things to do. She shares about her cooking adventures, wellness journey (before and after breast cancer) and awe of watching seeds transform into vegetables on Iron Skillet Media’s blog and social media, @IronSkilletMedia.
From Asheville, North Carolina to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to the Atlanta suburbs, Gretchen is a Southerner at heart with an adventuresome spirit. She revels in a long run or bike ride, digging in the garden, and reading a book.
Gretchen lives in Cumming, Georgia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and cat. She earned a BA in Communication from North Carolina State University.
Amy Lyle – AmyLyle.me
Jane Scott grew up in a small South Alabama town where she learned to cook from her Mom Dorothy and her Mom’s cook Lillian. Jane makes Lillian’s cornbread dressing every Thanksgiving and remembers her dried peach fried pies. She liked certain dishes in particular that her grandmothers made like ginger cookies at Christmas, chicken and dumplings and peas with cornbread. Jane will pass on ideas from the various family cooks who have influenced her.
Jane’s Mom Dorothy, who particularly liked to cook and entertain, was always experimenting in the kitchen passing on her thoughts and creative process to her children and grandchildren. Baking cakes for various family birthdays was always a treat. Thinking up a different theme and a different cake for all of her daughter Lise’s birthdays was an annual event anticipated with enjoyment and planned for carefully by Jane and her Mom Dorothy.
When Jane developed food allergies, cooking and baking in particular became a totally different daily process. Gluten free and non-dairy products have made baking easier. Taking family passed on baking recipes and adjusting them to meet dietary needs has been a challenge but at the same time intriguing to bake something that’s healthy, tasty, and enjoyable. She joins the MomLovesBaking blog contributors as the “fiddling baker”. Her Instagram tag is @fiddlingjane. Jane bakes regularly for her friends and plays and co-hosts local Irish traditional sessions monthly specializing in fiddling. She teaches private music lessons at her husband Gordon’s music store.
Kelly Sullivan – Kelly Sullivan Art
Kelly Sullivan is a sculptor from Alabama. Like many artists, her love for art spans different media. Baking, though, was her very first creative endeavor. Over a several year span Kelly explored creativity through baking, specializing in desserts that echoed dishes served at upper echelon restaurants. Before long, her artistic expression found outlets beyond baking. She was encouraged to try painting by her 12-year-old neighbor, who was taking lessons from a local artist.
At 35, Kelly began to experiment with painting and she became hooked. At first, with very young children at home, Kelly found it challenging to find the time to experience more than a tincture of the art that called her. On a whim, trying to develop some depth in her paintings, she tried a sculpture thinking if it worked she could learn how to make 3 dimensional paintings. Immediately, she discovered where her true artistic passion lied and she soon developed a clay composite medium that does not require a kiln to bake her sculptures.
Her sculptures began to express an obsession with movement and all things feminine, balancing her life in a house full of testosterone with 3 young boys, their friends and her wonderful husband. Her sculptures reflect this aspiration for things graceful, flowing and lithe. Her sculptures incorporate hand dyed silks and as much recycled materials as she can find.