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about sierra lei

about me.

what about me?

hi, my name is sierra lei.

i was born on an itty bitty island called saipan.

if you do not know where saipan is, then you did not pay attention in history class…and there is always GOOGLE.

i grew up in private schools:

an adventist school for grade school.

a christian school for junior high.

a baptist college prep academy for high school.

then i packed my stuff up and flew to ALASKA for my senior year at my very first public school!

in between those school dates, i did a few things…like sing in choirs, perform in plays and broadway musicals, play softball, go on an ambassador tour around the united states, attend stanford university for summer school, compete in speech competitions, and read a lot.

during my earlier years, i was a tomboy. i think i was a tomboy before i started school, and the only reason why i think that is because of my kid pictures. some pictures are of me topless. i’m guessing that i was topless because my brother was allowed to run around without his shirt on, and i figured i could do that, too. other than being a topless tomboy when i was little, i was also scared of cameras. IMAGINE THAT. i think all my pictures in between the ages of 2-5 are of me all red-faced, crying, and terrified…of the camera.

everyone thinks i’m a dallas cowboys fan just because i currently live in texas.


i’ve been a dallas cowboys fan since i was a kid.

i had a dallas cowboys trapper and dallas cowboys starter jacket and everything.

the carpet in my bedroom was navy blue and the carpet in my walk-in closet was gray.

i wanted to be a running back when i grew up.

i don’t think my mom appreciated that…

…and then i turned 16 and it was all about hot oil hair treatments and eyebrow trimmings and the love of the color pink.

after i graduated from high school, i moved back to saipan for 2 years. within those 2 years, i worked for the US Census and louis vuitton (i blame the latter for my bad shopping habits because i was never into fashion before then), i competed in the 2001 MISS NMI UNIVERSE pageant, i tutored 2 korean boys who are not boys anymore, and i went to korea during the world cup 2002. korea was where i had my first bungee jumping experience.

after my fun-filled summer had ended, i decided that it was time for another change. my sister was studying culinary arts in hawaii and my brother was about to graduate from college in georgia.

where did i want to go next?

not hawaii.

so i called my brother one day…

“where should we move to?”

“i don’t know…hmm…well, since i’ve already lived in alaska…let’s go from the biggest state to the smallest state…so how about texas?”

“okay, i pick the city. dallas.”


and we moved our sister here less than a year later!

and that was that. there’s my wonderful and not-so-interesting story of how our current residence came about.

the funny thing was that we were only suppose to live in texas for a few years, but…

…that didn’t happen. =)

within the years of me moving here 9 years ago to now, i have experienced more than i have the first 20 years of my life.

some good, some bad…but all worth it.

i have always owned a journal, but i have always wanted to blog.

so here i am.

i have always considered myself to be a boring person, but everyone seems to think otherwise.

“you have the coolest stories!”

why, thank you!

i will be sharing with you anything from my childhood to what happened a year ago to the the best experiences of my life to random thoughts that pop into my head at 3 a.m. on a tuesday morning to my plans for the future to why i am the way i am to people that i love to how much i appreciate random acts of kindness to everything that inspires me to the cupcakes i make to things you might find interesting that i discover.

if there is anything that you would like me to blog about, feel free to email me:




184 thoughts on “about sierra lei

  1. your blog is awesome! and i know where saipan is! your life is so cool. i appreciate cupcakes and random acts of kindness too. i think we will be friends.

  2. thank you, ladies! i really appreciate it! i hope you enjoy what you read and if you have any requests as to what i should blog about, let me know! oh, and shreya, i love decorating cupcakes, so let me know what you think about them as i post them! haha! glad you enjoy! ❀

    • thank you! i’m very new to this blogging business, and far from being refined as a writer. i’m very envious of a lot of bloggers on this site. hopefully i catch up to them!

    • i just noticed how recovering tomboys should be up there with the “i was fat and look at me now” girls. because the transformations are just as great. i find it VERY hard to believe that you were a tomboy. my guy friends say that since i was a tomboy, if i was a lesbian, i’d be a “lipstick lesbian.” HILARIOUS.

  3. Thanks for liking my blog post, hopefully I can manage to get through this food challenge, if I pass there is another challenge lined up for me, be sure to keep tuned in πŸ™‚

    • your blog is hilarious!!!! i like your “about me” section. you should throw in more questions there and make it a nice, long interview. it’s really cool! and dang, i wish i started blogging years ago like you are doing now. grrr.

      • why thank you! I’m glad people get entertainment out the idiots who routinely enter my life!

        and you are right, i totally should come up with some more questions to ask myself….which makes me sound like a crazy person… crap…. lol

      • no, it’ll just make you cooler. haha. most “about me” sections aren’t as fun! i wanted to do a Q/A “about me” section but everyone kept asking me where i was from and how i ended up in texas, so that’s how the section came about. i would just say “go to http://www.sierralei.com and read about it” because i swear, if i have to tell that story one more time….ugh!

    • aw, thank you! and the funny thing was that all last week i was thinking of redoing it! i guess i’ll keep it the way it is. maybe add a little more. hee hee….

  4. Sierra~
    Thanks for liking my wedding cake idea
    if i wasn’t so wrapped up in planning my wedding and being the groom no less
    I’d make the cake myself πŸ™‚


    • i am very much looking forward to this turtle cake topper/cupcakes idea! it’s so cool! especially when grooms get more involved than they usually are! i know because i work in the wedding industry, haha! you need to update the blog and say what the bakery thinks of your idea! woot!

      • this is what the baker told me in an email:
        Hi Matt!
        Turtles!!! Omg! I just squealed with excitement, scared the cat right off my lap! LOL

        Vica is amazing! She makes me feel like I’m the only baker in the Valley :).

        I will do some research and tuck some things aside so that when we do get to talk I’ll have a few things to share with you.

        Until then, enjoy the time of not planning (even though everything you see will make her/you think wedding) and we’ll talk then.

        Hugs and Butter Cream,

  5. A truly fascinating “About me” I have ever read! Thanks for stopping by my page! I’m looking forward to reading many more of your blogs! Have a great day Sierra Lei! πŸ™‚

  6. Hey there! im entirely new to blogging and i got so excited to see my first “like”! so thank you for brightening up my day! i started reading your “about” section and just wanted to keep on reading! you have a very captivating style of writing πŸ™‚ i absolutely adore your cupcakes! the one with the little books are adorable! i made an Angry Birds themed cake today which ill be including in my blog sometime soon! quite excited with the way it turned out! πŸ˜€

    Anywho, thanks again and keep on writing coz im wanna keep on reading πŸ™‚

  7. OMG Sierra Lei!

    Can I just tell you that I originally came to your site to say thank you for the “like”, BUT, can I just say that I looked through your site and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!! And therefore I have subscribed.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

    God Bless,


    • thank you! you’re so sweet (is that why you are named hershey??)! i have a feeling we will both have similar blogs-very positive, upbeat, and inspiring! ❀

    • i LOVE banana bread. and i enjoyed that blog! the person could have even said, “well, it was made from your home, so it’s homemade!” haha! and have you ever had that friend who you wanted to tell to just stick to box mixes because the “made from scratch” just wasn’t doing it for them? hee hee. your recommendation on the box mix was great because you threw in what ingredients were in the mix, so that was awesome. =)

  8. Hi Sierra Lei,

    I didn’t use Google, but I wanted to guess where you were born. Saipan… Hmmm, the name doesn’t ring a bell, but it sounds like a Pacific kind of name. Can I have two guesses? Great!

    My first guess would be a country somewhere in the Pacific, like Fiji or Tonga. But you are an exceptional beauty of Tongan if that’s the case!

    Ups, wrong? OK. The Philippines then. If this one is also wrong, then I’d stop here and let you let me know.

    A nice blog you have here, by the way! Keep penning and keep inspiring, my lovely friend! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

    • saipan is an island located in the pacific, so you are right! the PI is not that far away, either! it is a 3 hour plane ride east of the PI. i grew up around filipinos (and i just ate chicken adobo for dinner tonight) so you were very close to home with your guesses! saipan is near GUAM, which a lot of people are familiar with. we are located in the NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS, which happens to be the most rare quarter that circulates in the U.S. =) when i say “rare” i mean only 77 million quarters were made compared to the 100+ million quarters that were made of each of the 50 states. hee hee!

  9. Thanks for like my post :d
    Love ur “about me”, it’s so nice .
    Write more, guy!
    Haha , i am a girl, not less, but from ur writing , i guess u are lovely girl:X .
    Like ur post:XXX

  10. Hey Sierra! Thanks for liking my post about macarons!
    I’m so excited to be writing since this is kind of my first blog πŸ™‚
    You have interesting posts yourself! I see that you love baking as well. The oreo cupcakes are so cute and I was actually thinking of doing something like that for a friend’s birthday. Maybe we can even swap some yummy recipes in the future?
    Anyways I think I will be checking back here for more great stuff soon!

    • why, thank you! i wanted to read something funny, so i typed in “humor” and ended up on your blog! it was hilarious!!! you’re just a jack-of-all-trades, aren’t you? pastor, father, blogger, writer. that’s admirable! keep it up and i liked the “10 things” blogs!!!

  11. Hi! Thx for stopping by my blog!! I wouldn’t change a thing in your about section. Really like it and your blog. Different style and totally works for you. Found a lot of other great blogs by looking through the comments here, too πŸ™‚ Isn’t blogging great?! Keep up the good work!!

  12. Thanks for the like! I I really like your style of writing, and I love how you also have experiences living abroad, it really changes your perspective on things! Keep up the awesomeness! Have a great day,


  13. Ma’am I’m delighted you thought my blog was fine enough to check it out. I hope your bread turns out as well as mine does πŸ™‚
    If you like Western stories (many of them taking place in Texas) you can follow them on my other blog at http://www.campfireshadows.com or click on it in my widget area on the right side of the post πŸ™‚
    BTW, Do you pronounce your name the same as the famous baking lady, Sara Lee? JW

    • hahaha! everyone sings, “nobody does it like sierra lee!” but it’s lei, as in the hawaiian flower necklace. =) i noticed that you have 2 blogs! that’s awesome! i love to read so i need to check it out more!

      • Yes, I have two blogs, food and the old west πŸ™‚
        (You do have a much prettier name than Sara Lee does!)
        If you like stories with happy endings, then you’d like mine. I don’t write to cry but to smile and laugh.

  14. I am LOVING your blog! Awesome!! If we lived in the same town, we’d be buddies! πŸ˜€ I’ve visited Dallas, but I live way over a mass of water. Glad to know I wasn’t the only girly-come-tomby πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking it – I’m so glad to get to know your blog!!

  15. Hi Sierrra! Thank you for liking my cake ‘decorating’ entries. Don’t know if I’ll have the time to be baking cakes again, but, when I do, I’ll be sure to post it (and hopefully grab your attention again!). I think I saw some cupcake posts in your blog. Gonna go and stare at them now…


  16. i’m about to say what everyone else has…………….amazing about page (I have to go read mine and edit it, i’ve forgotten whats there).

    I actually thought I was one of the few who went from tomboy big check shirts and vestops with short hair to a big love for pink and everything cute and dainty.

    Thanks for visiting and i’m madly in love with the white and pink wedding dress, I am very dark skinned and I think its exactly my fit, may I model it? i’d get a kick out of the pictures πŸ™‚

    hhhmmmm already thinking about how i’ll incorporate that dress into my wedding with all the attendees names in it, hmmmm or maybe just the bridal party………hehehehe…

    …keep in touch i’d like to know an awesome blogger……….

    ………….okay i think i’ve gushed enough now, gotto get back to them essays…..

    bye Sierra

    • aw, you’re so sweet! i want to make a dress that can be worn, that would be cool! i bumped into a blog of a lady that DID make a paper wedding dress and it was breathtaking. i need to find her again. i think it’s what she does for her job. that’s nuts!

  17. Thanks for my ‘like’ Sierra, love your ‘About’ intro, just couldn’t stop reading it! Bet it’s lovely in Texas, I’ve never been, but hear they make the best Red Velvet cupcakes there!!

    Have you been watching Cupcake Wars? I’m a bit obsessed with it at the moment, that and Unique Sweets on the Food Network – anything to distract from the rain and dull weather here in the UK at the moment πŸ™‚

    Dayna x

  18. Trackbacked into your post – you are indeed interesting! Look forward to you dropping in more often – after all Alaska is not next door and that’s why we have the Blogosphere where we can all reside next to each other!

  19. Hello Sierra, thank you for dropping by and liking my post πŸ™‚ I just LOVE your cupcakes and the especially the sugar books…. too cute!! Your friends are lucky to get such lovely birthday treats xx

  20. Hi Sierra,
    Thanks for dropping by my blog πŸ™‚ I had a look at the Rose Dress you made for Papyrus and it looks amazing!! You are so talented!! :)) Also loving your cupcake creations and baked goods too!
    Looking forward to more posts from you xx

  21. Hello Sierra, do they have durians in Saipan?
    Thanks for stopping by the Stinky Spikes Durian blog, please share any experiences you have with durians because responses are always so varied to this very inspiring fruit. Smiley stinky always, Saritaone

  22. Thanks for stopping at my blog and glad that you liked the Pecan Delight French Toast. IIt doesn’t compare to your artistic cupcakes. When I see the cupcakes I was in awe of your talent.

  23. Thanks for liking my post about the semi-homemade apple tart. And like you, I am a Dallas Cowboy fan! I lived in Texas (Lubbock and Levelland) for 16 years! I’ll be checking back in on your blog as I hope you’ll do the same for mine! Have a great day!

  24. Hi there. Thanks for liking “Extreme High Heels” at mcdermottfootcare.com After reading your About page and looking through your blog, boring is not a word I would use to describe you. How about…eclectic, creative………..I love the cupcakes:)

  25. thanks for dropping by my blog! im not from the US but have been to Austin and I love Texas – it’s a lovely place! (i did a semester exchange in UT). i also love my jamba juice! hehe.

  26. I’ve never been to Texas, but I have been to Saipan (and Tinian) quite a few years ago, where I heard a lot about the war and the cliff caves and the brown tree snake (which we are trying to avoid getting here in Hawaii). Like many others, now I’m thinking of expanding my About page b/c yours is so interesting. Thanks so much for the “like” on my Travels in Turkey: Food post. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  27. Thank you for the like on my post about Viennese food! I’m glad it gave me to chance to check our your blog – you have a wonderful way of sharing stories. And I love the photos you shared of the desserts for the baby shower, I’m dying to try them! πŸ™‚

  28. you are a very interesting person and i am glad we are now following each others blogs. you have a wealth of information and i love your views. nice to meet you and look forward to reading your blogs more

    • oh, no. we have a 49ers fan in my blog. you know, that’s the reason why i didn’t get along with my sister growing up. because in our dallas cowboys decked out bedroom, she had a 49ers pennant hanging in our walk-in closet. but, let me point out, that was when the cowboys actually won games. bahahaha! okay, i’ll always be a cowboys fan, rain or shine and win or lose, but i don’t hate the 49ers that much anymore. !! =)

  29. Thanks for liking my blog — yours is delightful. I loved the eight-ball and nine-ball cookies! While I’ve always enjoyed cooking, I don’t bake all that much; and I CERTAINLY can’t decorate worth a flip!

  30. Love your about me post. Always nice to see another Dallasite in blogshpere. Look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for dropping by REMCooks.com. Hope to see you around.

  31. Hi Sierra,

    Thanks for liking the my blogpost on “How I used my fresh vegetables and recipes”. I like the interesting way you have presented your bio. Will have to read the rest of your blog too.


  32. Sierralei- I just wanted to thank you for for liking my post and when I read more about you, I thought we have similar lives in common! I’m an army brat that has lived all over the world and was also a tomboy. Blogging is relatively new to me as well, especially this one but check out zombieholiday.wordpress.com. That is my other blog I think you might like it too. I love your format and writing style-keep up the great posts and I look forward to more from you!

  33. Hi Sierra Lei, we love looking at the cupcakes!! It’s a fun blog with pretty pictures says Zara so we’ve nominated you for the Creative Chaos award. have fun and ‘arohanui’ from Wellington. (Phillipa)

  34. It sounds like you have enjoyed a very interesting life! I DO know where Saipan is and think it is very exotic. Thank you for liking my post on Rockstar Crescent Rolls. I look forward to reading your posts! KK

  35. Did someone say cupcakes? Hi Sierra! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I’m pleased you liked the linguine recipe. (Did you see the cupcake recipe on my site?) Glad for the chance to discover your very creative blog. Best wishes, Marci

  36. Thanks for the “like” on my latest entry!
    Your “about me” section is very entertaining. How could you consider yourself boring?
    I share the same tomboy childhood as you. I was always so boy-ish, heavily influenced by my older brother of course!
    Keep up the entertaining posts! πŸ™‚

  37. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have an interesting writing style and the stories you share are fun. As a novice cake decorator I appreciate the work that went into your Mario and Luigi cake. Looks good.

  38. Hello and thank you for visiting my blog Little Things and liking my post “these summer days”. Glad you liked it!


  39. Hi Sierra – I see you have already been nominated for a One Lovely Blog award, but I’ve listed you on my site as well for a nomination.

    Have a great weekend!

  40. Thank you for stopping by our blog and liking my “prosciutto and fennel salad” post. Your “About” section is really something! Looking forward to reading more.

  41. Sierra,
    Great picture you took of you inside the plane looking out. I did like history and I did pay attention. They never told us about your tiny island Saipan. So I guess I will have to Google it like you said. But I am anguishes to know about your home place in this world we all live in.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Savor the Food. I would like to invite you back. I would appreciate your comments and readership.

    I will be reading more of your blog and Googling your Island.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Chef Randall

  42. Northern Mariana Islands in the South Pacific and Saipan is the largest Island. Saipan is an an unincorporated territory of the United States.

    I have always wanted to go to the South Pacific..Tahiti in particular.

    Now I know you a little more.

    Chef Randall

    • chef randall,

      saipan is beautiful. and the food is amazing. especially the tuna. haha.

      i have yet to go to tahiti. well…i have yet to conquer the entire world.

      sierra lei

  43. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post!
    Wow, your “About Me” section was so fun to read! You’ve had so many great life experiences and you have a great sense of humor too! πŸ™‚

    All the best!

    • oh, boy. cinnamon rolls. today i made orange cinnamon rolls. umm…….i don’t even like orange-flavored things…so i gave half to my guy friend to take home with him. haha.

  44. Thank you so much for liking our post, β€œEating Healthy: How Now Brown Cow!” What a great site you have, keep up the great work! – IKB

  45. Thanks for liking my blog! I like yours, too! Aaaand I *do* know where Saipan is because I spent 2 memorable years on Guam when I was in my 20s—before it became a tourist destination…during the years when it was a destination for the air evacuations of plane-loads of wounded boys from the battlles of Viet Nam. Given the nature of my presence there, I came to love it and was sad when it was time to leave.

  46. Hello girlfriend, I found your “about me page” to be most interesting! The comment about, “I tutored 2 Korean boys who are not boys anymore” …have me intrigued! Thou I haven’t read all your posts, I am wondering if you have written anything on this subject? Being girly, feeling feminine, and enjoying true girls who understand our points of view is always fun to follow! I guess I better follow you too! All the best, Hugs, Candy

  47. Hey Sierra Thanks for visiting my blog. I heard of Saipan just not sure where it is on the map! I ll look it up. Wow… I learn a lot about events in Dallas just by going through your blog. πŸ™‚

  48. I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Award for bloggers. Thank you for the beauty that your words and your photographs bring to this world.

    Susan, Plano

  49. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post about the Chinese cockroach farming πŸ˜‰
    Texas is a trip, isn’t it. I’m a transplant too (from Florida) πŸ™‚
    I’m enjoying your blog.

  50. Hi Sierra, thanks for stopping by my blog, too! I have actually been to Saipan and grew up in Dallas so how cool to find someone from the NMI online browsing at my food blog! I will try to stop by your blog on occasion as well. Thanks again!

  51. Just wanted to take a second and say thanks for hitting the “like” button on my post today. Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads them or if they make a difference. That helps. Thanks from the other side of the Metroplex. Fyi, Denton native living in Ft Worth. *grins*

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