Hey everybody! My name is Sara and I love to cook and bake. I started keeping a food blog while I was studying at Oberlin Conservatory. I started my first food blog with my friend, Summer, who was also a Conservatory major. Our blog was called “Music is the Food of Love,” and it was all about writing down recipes that were somehow related to music. It was a fun idea, but I wanted to branch out on my own, so in 2011 I came up with the name Brahms and Cupcakes and started my own blog.
Brahms and Cupcakes started as a way to find my way after graduating from Oberlin, through the meals I would cook. I called it “A food blog about life after college.” A year later, with a serious boyfriend, and a beautiful home…yeah, I’d say life’s pretty good, and the wonderful things I’ve made in the kitchen have definitely gotten me through a lot.
I’m a violinist, first and foremost. I’ve been playing for about 15 years, give or take, and I mainly play classical violin. I went to Oberlin Conservatory for my undergraduate degree, and while there I experimented with bluegrass music. I played in a band called The Black River Belles, and we went on tour along with playing shows around the Oberlin-Cleveland area. It was a lot of fun!! Lots of whisky.
Four days before graduation, I sprained my ankle horribly and tore three ligaments. This changed ALL of my plans after graduating. I didn’t want to go straight on to grad school, so I thought I was going to move to Nashville, TN, to try and make it as a studio player or join a big-time band up there. Because my ankle took almost 4 months to completely heal, I decided to work in Champaign, IL and live in my parents’ condo up there.
The plan was to live there for 5-7 months, earn some money, and move to Nashville. I was set to do all that….and then I met Charlie. He changed my life forever.
This is Charlie! He asked me on our first date on October 19, 2011, the day after my birthday. We knew each other a long time ago, because our families were friends back when I used to live in Champaign-Urbana. It was such an instant connection that I knew we’d be together for a long time. He is the love of my life, and every day, I am so thankful that I get to spend all of my days at home with the world’s most amazing man.
So now, I have a beautiful home, wonderful boyfriend, and a cute little kitty (Kikkoman) to make delicious things for! I’m hoping that next year I will get into the grad school of my choice, but for now all I can do is practice and await the auditions next year.
Hope you guys enjoy all the recipes, and look forward to getting to know all of you!