The Lula Belle Baking Co. story starts and ends with family, from the name to the support of local family farms to the desire to celebrate with your family.

Lula Belle is my great-great grandma. Although I never got to meet her, I grew up spending summers on her family farm in Holliday, Missouri, visiting my great-grandma Opal -- just like my dad had spent summers there with his great-grandma Lula Belle.

When it came to choosing a name, I wanted something that represented my passion for baking. At first, I tried to come up with something clever and witty, a nod to the journalist in me. But nothing felt right … until I thought of Lula Belle. It sums everything up perfectly. A celebration of family. Pastries made from scratch, like our grandmas used to make them. Family recipes. Simple, quality ingredients from the farm. A nod to the past while celebrating the present.

So whatever you are celebrating -- a wedding, a birthday or an A+ math test -- let me help you design a one-of-a-kind pastry to complement your celebration perfectly.