Hi.  I’m Amanda.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

I love food, cooking, sharing it with others and documenting it.  I am not a writer, or a photographer, or a trained chef.  I’ve never written a recipe before this.  I give myself about 5 minutes to photograph my food because it’s usually going directly into my mouth for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  I’m a little of this and little of that-taste while you go type of cook, until I find that sweet spot that brings a smile to my face.  I was taught to cook by Food Network, cookbooks and my own blood (sometimes), sweat (always) and tears (only one time with a soggy-crust cheesecake).  I found a hobby in high school when I would come home from school, turn on Food Network and page through my mom’s Taste of Home cookbooks.  I would go to the library, check out as many cookbooks as I could carry (about 14) and go home to drool over them and copy recipes into my computer.  I had more than a few mishaps (pepperoni pizza quiche, anyone?), but kept trying with the support and encouragement of my family and friends.  I found a true passion over the years when I really began to understand how deeply connected food and love are.

I spent so much time in the beginning of my blogging endeavors worrying myself sick about being how to be original and unique.  “No one will want to read a blog where the author shares other people’s recipes,” I told myself.  Can we just be honest here?  Very few recipes are completely new, creative and/or the first of their kind. When I make a dish or meal in my kitchen, with my hands, for people I love and care about, doesn’t it become, in some way, “mine”? Food is meant to be shared, which by extension, means recipes should be too (at least in my eyes).  It’s truly an honor when someone thought your food or picture was delicious enough to want to make it themselves.  It’s a way to share a little of my heart and the heart of my home with them.  My goal for my blog has always been to provide great recipes that YOU will want to make and share yourself, so I’ve given up the pressure I’ve put on myself to be “one-of-a-kind” and create new content constantly.  Some of the recipes here are my own creation, but many are inspired by, adapted or are just plain untouched from someone else’s hard work. I will credit the recipe author if I use someone else’s recipe.  I will always re-write the recipe in my own words (as much as possible), tweak the ingredients or cooking/baking methods when I feel it is beneficial, and style and take the photos myself.  I really want to use this blog space as a place for all my favorite recipes to be housed, whether they are mine or not. There are millions of fantastic recipes out there, and I don’t want to re-invent the wheel.  I’d like to think of myself as more of a recipe tester and tweaker in most cases…I will find the best recipes and share the goodness with you all!

Cooking puts a fire in my belly unlike anything I have ever felt before.  My dream for this site is to inspire others to get into their kitchens and cook for themselves and those they love.  I want everyone to believe they are capable of creating delicious and beautiful food.  Please pull up a chair, grab a dog to put on your lap (I’m one dog-lovin’ mother**), and join me in my kitchen as I do something that scares me: share my love with the world.

Lover of/to love
Someone who does something because they enjoy doing it
Taste, flavor, savor



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