Hello, my name is Rafia Khader and welcome to my blog Cake & Cows!

In case you’re wondering, I am neither a professional baker nor a dairy farmer. I just really love cake and cows (and alliteration!). This blog is pretty much just an online diary where I write about my feelings, pseudo-philosophize over the big questions no one ever asked, and broach topics I feel are deserving of greater attention (cake and cows being among them).

img-20160513-wa0002Who am I though? I am a Canadian-born Muslim woman living in the Midwest who, among other things, happens to love writing.

I first started blogging in 2003. For most of this time though, it was a hobby I kept private because I didn’t consider myself a real writer. But after getting married in December 2015, moving away from my family for the very first time, and finding myself in situations I was not at all prepared for (I come from a pretty traditional Hyderabadi family and my husband… does not), I turned to the one activity that had given me solace in the past. This time, though, I was ready to go public.

IMG_20160402_172552Cake & Cows was born on March 24, 2016. Since then, I’ve discovered a passion for writing that had quietly been budding for years. But more importantly, I have come to see that writing about my life IS real writing. Writing is a means by which we connect with others and discover a part of ourselves bit by bit through the arduous process of transcription – and this blog has certainly given me that. Over a year later, I finally have the confidence to call myself a real writer. Cake & Cows is what started it all.

Thank you for being a part of this journey of mine!