hi there!

saraI’m Sara, and this is the place where I’ve chosen to document and share my recipes and everything else I’m into that’s food-related.

I live in Virginia, but I’m originally from Florida. I love living up here.  But once my husband retires from the Air Force, we plan to move farther south.

My interest in food goes back to when I started cooking from children’s cookbooks when I was about ten years old.  I remember making things like chicken cordon blue and stuffed mini meatloaves.

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I still have my first cookbook!

Throughout my life, my cooking efforts have waxed and waned depending on my circumstances.  When I married Jon in 2011, life changed rapidly because we moved 4 times in less than 2 years, and I went from being a working single parent of 1 to a stay-at-home mom of 3 (now 4).Now I like to cook anything from rustic Italian to southern to African.  I love experimenting, and I love trying to make interesting, unique, and family-friendly dishes on a budget.  One of my favorite things about food is that, no matter how much you think you know, there is always a new technique, a new ingredient, a new gadget, or a new combination that you never knew about before.  And it’s awesome that these gadgets and ingredients are all available now, thanks to the internet.

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Jon and me

I’ve also (more recently) become interested in how to use food ingredients to make health and beauty products.  So while I mostly post food, sometimes I’ll post skincare or other cool stuff you can make in your own home.My favorite recipes come from Ina Garten.  But I love Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart, and Giada de Laurentiis, too.  I love looking at pictures of food and becoming inspired to try something outside of my comfort zone or create a new flavor combination with some unexpected twists.

Check out my Instagram for upcoming posts, and my Facebook page, too.  You can also reach me through email.

Thanks for visiting!

-Sara