This site has really served as an outlet for my hobbies, including cooking, gardening, decorating and home maintenance so it has truly been a labor of love for me. What started out as a blog to share recipes with friends and family has, three years later, grown into a full web platform with over 15,000 fans, followers and subscribers and over 1 million repins 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, it really helps keep me going when I get pictures of fans who made a recipe.
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.
I got my love of gardening and flowers from my dad’s side of the family and 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 fruits.
Right now I live in Oklahoma City with the love of my life, Luke. We’ve shared an amazing 10 years and I’m so thankful he puts up with me. In 2010 we bought our first house and I’ve been fixing it up ever since. It’s been a fun journey and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.
So that, in a nutshell, was my world growing up and what made me who I am today, the self-appointed Domestic Divo.