Updated: Feb 17, 2020
Greetings beautiful people! Welcome to my first ever blog post! Firstly my name is Treney, you pronounce it “tree-knee” but you can also call me Tree. I thought it would be best to start my blogging journey with a get to know me/how I got started entry.
Instead of just rambling on about myself, I thought the best approach would be a Q/A type of layout. I asked you guys on Instagram what questions you may have for me so here are the most asked (ALSO! Make sure you’re following me so you never miss out on a blog post or my other socially awkward posts :))
How did I get started?
I’ll give you guys the short story, I’ve always had a love for baking. Ya girl had 3 Ez bake ovens growing up! I actually started out as a cake decorator, I made cakes for friends and family while I was in high school, but I never thought doing that could be a realistic career so I just baked a cake here and there on the side for funsies.
Fast forward a few years, my husband tells me he thinks I should pursue baking because I’d regret it if I didn’t, and it obviously has been a passion of mine for so long. So, I enrolled in a culinary school that had a program that specializes in baking and pastry. I had full intentions of doing cakes full time UNTIL I made macarons for the first time. One of my chefs called out so we kind of had a just bake whatever day while other chefs came in every now and then to check on us. One of the chefs checking in on us asked me to help him prepare for a macaron class he was having later that day so he walked me through the process for the first time. I immediately loved the process of baking these little monsters, so I started making them at home.
I’ve always been a little bit of a boundary pushier, I really enjoyed making flavors that one I love but that two were different from what you could find at other bakeries. I started having monthly flavors that I sold to other classmates and friends while I was finishing up school. During my marketing class my teacher suggested I try selling my macs at farmers markets, so I literally went to every market I could find in Houston. I picked the one I liked the best and applied. A few months later I get in and that’s how my macaron journey started :)
(young me in culinary school, a bad photo of the first macs I ever made, one of my favorite cakes I've made, and my first ever market)
What do you do besides baking? And do you bake anything else?
Yes! I do bake other things! Macarons are my full time job but I still really love baking and decorating cakes. My niece definitely has some epic birthday dessert tables. I bake bread and tarts from time to time as well, but macs definitely take up a bulk of my time.
I’m a big nerd so when I’m not baking I’m watching anime or netflix, I also like doodling on my ipad while my husband plays his video games. We’re homebodies for sure.
What inspires you? How do you come up with flavors?
I literally get inspired by EVERYTHING! I get inspired you guys, by things I like to eat, even by whatever show I’m currently watching. I’m always thinking about flavor combos and character ideas.
What would you be doing if you weren’t baking?
Before I enrolled in culinary school I was actually going to school to be a teacher. I’ve always loved teaching and working with kids so this blog kinda combines teaching and baking for me. When I was a kid I wanted to be a weatherman, I'm low key obsessed with all things weather related. My mom is probably happy I’m not a storm chaser.
Do you ever offer classes or lessons?
I don’t see myself doing any classes or lessons in person just because there's so many variables that go into macs, and I’m terrified of someone getting burned or hurt on my watch. I am however debating on doing some video type classes/tutorials and taking on some “coaching” sessions. We shall see where this journey takes me!
Do you share your recipes?
As of right now no. BUT I will soon! This has been weighing heavy on my heart for a while now. So many people DM me for recipes and i’ve never shared just because my recipes are like my babies. I worked so hard on them and I spend my own money to buy all these different ingredients. So just giving away my recipes just didn’t seem fair to me. My career now has kind of taken me down a different path, I’ve kind of been turning down a teacher/mentor path, and I’m okay with that. I’ve actually kind of been loving it. So from this blog expect some recipes and also some tips on how to be a better baker :)
If you made it this far, thank you so much! I hoped you enjoyed getting to me, let me know if you guys have any questions and what other topics or recipes you’d like to see!
Peace, love & macs