Welcome to Texanerin Baking! My name is Erin and I’m from Texas. Mr. Texanerin and I currently live in Germany where I work as an English teacher. When I’m not at school, baking is on my mind. All the time. So I bake a lot. I used to bake oodles of really unhealthy goodies but then I realized that I couldn’t continue baking once or twice a week and remain healthy at the same time.

My Food Philosophy

After two years of healthifying recipes, I thought I’d gotten the hang of it and wanted to share what I’d learned with others who want delicious, yet nutritious baked goods. And so I started this blog in September 2011!

You know how a lot of healthy recipes taste healthy? Just kind of… bla? I don’t like that. At all! My aim is to create simple, healthier recipes that – most importantly – taste just as yummy as the original not-so-healthy versions! No cardboard-y or grain-y taste here. I have posted a few recipes that taste a little whole grain (try hiding whole wheat flour in a roll recipe!) but I always note this in the recipe to make it clear.

Me in Spring 2012
Me in Spring 2012

I also do quite a bit of gluten-free and grain-free baking. I don’t have any sensitivities but I think it’s fun to try out new things and be more inclusive of those who can’t eat gluten (and it seems more and more people are learning they’re gluten intolerant!) Plus… sometimes, grain-/gluten-free recipes can taste really, really good and even better than a whole grain version! You won’t find a lot of unusual gluten-free flours in my recipes. Only nut flours and coconut flour. Check out the ingredients page for more information.

Cute baby animals

When I’m not baking or teaching, I’m daydreaming about getting a golden retriever puppy. Someone like him:

Cutest puppy
Photo by Jixar

Look at him! How could anyone not want a golden retriever? Aww.

I may also have a baby elephant obsession. Nothing lifts your mood like a nature show with baby elephants running around playing soccer, trumpeting and twirling their tails for joy, or having lots of fun taking a bath.

Baby elephant
Running baby elephant!

Random Stuff About Me

When I was 16, I was an exchange student in Sweden and I fell in love with it so much that I went back for another exchange year in college. This is where I met Mr. Texanerin, who was also doing his exchange year there.

I love to travel. I’ve visited 19 European countries and my favorites are Italy and Iceland. The only places left that I really have to visit are Santorini in Greece, a few places in Italy, and the Provence area of France. And also New England in the fall with Mr. Texanerin. And Kenya to visit the baby elephant orphanage. :)

Tuscany, Italy
Picture I took outside of Pienza in Tuscany

Every now and then I am asked how my blog’s name came into being. I have been living in Germany for a couple of years now and Texanerin is German for female Texan. And my name is Erin. And I’m from Texas. Texan Erin. Get it?!

Oh and by the way, a lot of people assume that we’re a military family. We’re not. I’m not German either, but Irish! And proud of it. ;) I am hoping to move back to the US or Canada as soon as possible though. Or even sooner. ;)

Thanks for reading!

I hope you enjoy my recipes! If you make one, I’d love it if you could leave a comment on the post to tell me and your fellow readers how it went. There’s nothing better than getting feedback and it helps the other readers, too. I would appreciate it so much. Thank you!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll get right back to you!