Pamela Smerker of Fronie Mae Bakes

My name is Pamela, I am a 40 something wife and mother of three, I have always loved baking. I grew up with the most amazing smells in our house, fresh bread, cakes, cookies... the list goes on. It was such an incredible feeling when my mom would bake things for my classroom parties and my friends would rave about how incredible those treats were. My mom taught me how to bake early on, not only for the family, but for others too. Baking in our house was special, a form of love. 

From 2005 until 2016 I had been blogging about crafting, entertaining and party decor as a creative outlet. While I loved these topics, my desire to talk about them started fading. I kept trying to reinvent my blog by rebranding and teaming up with others, but that didn't seem to help. I realized my creative spark for sharing these topics was simply gone. 

It was only when my paternal grandma passed away in October of 2016 that I took a break from work and realized it was ok to move on and close that particular chapter of my life. I was now ready to declutter my life, spend more quality time with family and friends and get back to the little things I really enjoyed...like baking.  


Wanda Mae of Fronie Mae Bakes

Wanda Mae, my paternal grandmother passed away at the age of 93. It was at this time that I was introduced to her cookbook, her "kitchen bible". She wrote down notes in this cookbook, what worked, what didn't and what she did to make these recipes her own. Wanda Mae was a magician, she could take the contents of a nearly empty refrigerator and feed a dozen people. I remember her incredible blueberry pancakes and our many walks through the woods and corn fields on the farm. She made me feel loved and wanted, always.  Wanda was known for her delicious pies, warm smile and willingness to help others. 

Fronie Catherine of Fronie Mae Bakes

My maternal grandmother, Veronica...lovingly known as Fronie passed away when I was three years old. I have always felt connected to her through stories, pictures of her and the baked goods that my mom made from her recipes. Fronie had an incredible work ethic, was seriously crafty, loved to be in the kitchen and celebrate with family.

About a month after the passing of Wanda Mae, my mom showed me several hand written notebooks full of recipes that Fronie had created. What I didn't know is that she had hoped to create a cookbook someday. I had always heard of her love of baking and being in the kitchen, but it became obvious after seeing these notebooks how much we truly had in common in wanting to share our love for creating with others. 

This is when I knew I had to not only share their recipes, but the generations of love in baking things from scratch through beautiful photos. Hence, Fronie Mae Bakes was born.