Hi there, I'm Ash. 

I am a Texas A&M Aggie. Whoop! My formal education journey led me to degrees in psychology, nursing, and family nurse practitioner.  After years of caring for those nearing the end of life as an oncology palliative nurse at MD Anderson, I came to understand something many never fully discover—the powerful gift of perspective. Life is so very short.

I left my career in medicine to pursue a lifelong passion for baking. I attended the renowned Culinary Institute LeNotre where I attained a strong foundation in classic French pastry. Although I gained tremendous experience honing my craft at some of Houston’s finest bakery establishments, I never quite found those nostalgic, unforgettable tastes that remind me of my childhood.  After an inspiring move out of the city to Rosenberg, a new chapter of my story began. In combining personally developed recipes with some of my most treasured memories, simply being alongside my Nana in her kitchen, Small Town Cookies was born.