This website has truly been a labor of love. What started out as a free blog site to share recipes with friends and family has grown to a full web platform with over 8,000 fans, followers and subscribers and almost half a million pins on Pinterest. It’s amazing to look back and see how far I’ve come with this site. I’ve been so blessed to meet so many friends and supporters with my site, it really helps keep me going even when the money isn’t exactly rolling in.
I love food and gardening, home decorating and repair. I love crafts and the arts and most importantly my family. Basically I use my site to share everything I know about…well, everything I know. My pure reason for being here is to offer help, tips and advice to anyone who will listen.
I grew up in Western Oklahoma to a family of amazing cooks and creative crafters. My Mom and Grandma are not only the best home-cooks I know, they are amazing at domestic arts. I live in the “city” now and all of my friends here are amazed when I tell them that Grandma had an orchard and made most of her own food and condiments including: mayonnaise, ranch dressing, pickles, relish, jams, jellys, hot chocolate mix, wine, noodles, etc. The list is pretty much endless. She and my mom also made their own curtains, bedding, reupholstered furniture (including leather) and made most of the family blankets and quilts. I didn’t own store-bought bedding or curtains until I was well into college. At the time, I didn’t think this had anything to do with being poor, I thought we were the richest people because my mom could afford to make all this stuff!
I got my love of gardening and flowers from my dad’s family. Their thumbs must be radioactive they’re so green. Mine are just a shade of mint, but getting there. My grandparents’ backyard has played host to many weddings and reunions. They and my dad were landscapers to many golf courses and celebrity homes in California, including Lucille Ball. Not to say my other Grandma wasn’t active in the garden. I remember going to stay with her in the summer and seeing her greenhouse bursting with tropical flowers and one plant that I still have no idea what it was but it had beautiful white blooms and seeped sugar water you could eat straight off the vine.
So that, in a nutshell, was my world growing up and what made me who I am today, the Domestic Divo.