I’d like to tell you that I took an early interest in cooking and was my mom’s constant assistant in the kitchen as I was growing up.
But that just isn’t true.
In fact, I was so absent from the kitchen that one of my own relatives scoffed at me at my bridal shower for adding kitchen items to my gift registry. When questioned about the comment, she added, “Well, Amy is no ‘Susie Homemaker’, now is she?”
So I wasn’t much of a cook, it’s true. But what I did learn from my mother while I was growing up was the importance of the entire family gathering together each night for a home cooked meal. Plus, visiting my mom in the kitchen all those years while she cooked dinner, I couldn’t help but pick up a few things!
It wasn’t until several years later that cooking really started to become important to me. By that time I was a stay at home mom and my first son (Dude) had just begun eating table food. Suddenly, I cared a lot more about what I was feeding my family. Added to that, Dude had typically been a picky eater.
So I started calling my mom asking for all those wonderful recipes from my childhood. And I watched as my Grandma (the family baker) made her breads. And I started reading cookbooks, and eventually blogs and started on my very own cooking adventure.
My goal is to make healthy, delicious meals that the whole family can enjoy and to expand their palates to make adventurous (or at least less picky) eaters.
I love taking risks in the kitchen. One thing my wonderful husband has taught me is that cooking experiments are always welcome, as long as McDonald’s or Little Caesars is an option in the event of a cooking disaster.
I am not a professional photographer (obviously) but I'm slowly honing my photography skills. In photos pre-February 2014, I used a Fujifilm FinePix S 700 which is a higher end point & shoot. But in March 2014, Hubs bought me my first DSLR, a Nikon D5200 for my birthday! I still have a lot to learn! I take all my own photos.
Meet the Fam!
Yep that’s me! The lady behind the food! A little more about me: I love to cook & bake (duh) and decorate cakes and cookies (don’t miss Amy’s Confectionery Adventures!). And I'm from the upper mid-west (think hot summers and very cold, very snowy winters.)
I have a Master’s in Elementary Education and
but I gave it all up to stay home with my children. Reading
I have 3 children, two here on Earth and one Angel Baby (more on them in a bit) and being home with them means more than anything.
I’m completely in love with desserts of any kind and I typically eat something sweet after lunch and dinner. Sometimes I wonder why I can’t have dessert with breakfast.
To balance that all out, I’m also a Zumba instructor, love to ride my bike (weather permitting), and I run once a week or so.
In my free time, I love to read, scrapbook, and sew!
And also, I despise housecleaning. I like to call my look “organized chaos”.
The love of my life! We were married in June of 2006, and he truly is my best friend. We’ve been through wonderful times and very hard times, but it’s only made us stronger.
Hubs is the official taste tester for all of my recipes. He’s also my very talented “Artist in Residence” when I bite off more than I can chew for my cake designs!
Dude is 6 years old and a little spitfire. He’s my “mini me”! We’re so much alike in both personality and looks.
Dude just started first grade and excels at reading. He loves electronics and electricity and we think we have a little engineer in the making!
Dude used to be an extremely picky eater (when he was 2, he would only eat crackers), but by exposing him to a lot of different foods and enforcing a “try at least 1 bite” rule, he is much less picky than before. Not quite an adventurous eater yet, but we’ll get there!
Spud just turned 4 and just started preschool. He’s Hubs’ mini me.
He’s sweet as sugar, but he’ll hulk out when you’re not watching! He is also completely hilarious and a serious jokester in the making.
He loves to “read” books and play endless games of CandyLand (I’m happy to oblige).
Being 4, Spud is still a pretty picky eater. But he loves to dip things in sour cream and spicy BBQ Sauce. Plus he loves pickles. Yep, I sense an adventurous soul in there somewhere!
Our Angel Baby.
Sarah Catherine was stillborn on December 18, 2013. I chronicle my journey through grief and my thoughts on being the mother of an Angel Baby on my Angel Wings Wednesdays posts. They don’t show up every Wednesday, just when they need to.
Sarah Catherine isn’t with us physically, but she’ll always be in our hearts.
Photos Taken September 5, 2014