Hi, welcome to Simply Sweet Justice.  By day, I am an attorney in Denver, Colorado.  By evening and week ends, I am likely cooking and baking for dinner parties with friends that end in throats sore from laughing, practicing yoga, running (I run for cupcakes!), and enjoying Colorado as my backyard with my two golden retrievers!  I love to dream up recipes for times when my family is together and to brainstorm Christmas cookies for my annual Christmas cookie exchange.  My recipe "bucket list" has no end, and I plan to keep it that way.

"Lawyer" and "cupcake" don't seem to belong in the same sentence, so here is the story of what led me to spread simply sweet justice.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
After I took my first law school midterm (Torts), I felt very stressed and needed something to take my mind off things to prevent self-combustion.  "Stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts."  On my way home that evening, I stopped at the grocery store and paid quite a visit to the baking aisle.  That evening--and into the early hours of the morning--I baked everything below.  (And, no, I was not having a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon during this; a "matey" had a birthday coming up, so that explains the pirate cake.)
What did I do with all of it?  Well, I sent out care packages to my sisters and out-of-state friends, and my Denver friends probably acquired an extra cavity or two.  The best part of all of this: people were happy.  It felt wonderful to share the cookies and other treats, and it made me feel less stressed about law school.  

I made these creations out of such simple ingredients, stuck them in the oven, handed it to someone, and they became happy.  They smiled and felt better than they did before eating the cookie.  Throughout life from childhood to adulthood, happiness always awaits with any type of dessert.  As law school continued, I continued to bake more.  I brought treats to class, birthday cakes to work, and cupcakes to happy (happier?) hours.  Baking and cooking became therapeutic, and it turned into a creative outlet that I craved.  I love the creativity that comes with cooking.  

My family and friends started to joke that I should forgo a career as an attorney and just open a bakery, or at least start a food blog.

One of the many lessons that I've learned from yoga is to follow your passion.  So, here I am.  
I am excited to share my culinary and baking adventures with you!


  1. You are certainly going to be popular with your friends!
    Everyone needs and good lawyer, being a good baker is a bonus!!

    Congrats CL. BTW... better talk to Jenna and Miss Linda before you open that bakeshop.........congrats all the way around to you.
    Darling website.

  2. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I subscribed to your feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be.

  3. Your blog is so cute!! I love the theme for it!

  4. So glad to meet you, we have a common friend, my son Eddie. I stopped to see your quinoa recipe, he noticed it, and told me a few things about you. Eddie's sister also loves to cook. I have never blogged before. He loves your cooking !

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying "Hello". It is always nice to meet another fellow CO passionate baker. Love your doggie! So tell me, where is your Germany family from? I will be back home in two weeks. This trip includes my first culinary trip that I am guiding together with another Denver food blogger. We are having ten guests with us. I am very excited. Let's stay in contact! Tschuessi Kirsten

  6. Thank you so much for the amazing pfeffernusen! Ginger cookies are one of my favorites; I was so excited to receive these. Sorry for leaving this in a comment; I'm not on facebook and didn't see an e-mail for you on your site.

    Happy holidays!

  7. Love your story and especially the photo! I am crazy about baking too and once made ten or so chocolate cake recipes side by side to find my favorite... Your photo reminded me of that day and your story behind it is awesome! Happy baking :)

  8. If you are half as good as a baker as you are as an attorney your recipes have got to be superb. Can't wait to try some of them. Merry Christmas!


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