A little about me:  I married my best friend on Valentines Day, and we have a 14-year-old daughter, Madelyn.  She is an aspiring artist, an imaginative author, and quite the little musician.  I refer to her frequently on the blog as "my little sous chef."  We recently were overjoyed to announce that we are expecting our second child, a boy, in February 2019!  By day, I am a homeschooling mom, and I also work out of home as a law enforcement transcriptionist.  I love my job because it's extremely interesting, and it allows me to have a very flexible schedule, which is very helpful with homeschooling... which I also love!  Got a lot of loves in my life!  By night, I work fearlessly and tirelessly in the kitchen... well, not exactly.  If my day is too hectic or I'm too tired to cook, I'll run out and buy a rotisserie chicken!  Regardless of what I'm serving at the table, we meet there as a family every night to share a meal and talk about (and sometimes cry about) our day together.  

A little about my cooking:  When I was first married at 23 years old, I literally did not know how to take a can of vegetables and heat them up in a microwave or on the stove. Pretty sad, right?!  My mother-in-law was a housewife for my husband's entire childhood, and they sat down each night for dinner as a family.  I'll never forget the first time I heard, "What's for dinner?" after I was married.  The question was innocent enough, but it sent me into quite the panic.  

I've had my share of cooking successes and a few pretty hilarious failures along the way, but once I got the hang of things in the kitchen, cooking turned into an obsession.  We live a busy life, but we make it a priority to sit down together as a family for dinner every night.  

Besides cooking, some of my favorite things are laughing with my husband (he's pretty hilarious), getting to be the mama of the best kid in the world, homeschooling the best kid in the world, taking way too many photos, harmonizing to literally every song I hear (sorry not sorry), playing piano, songwriting, getting dirty in my garden, canning the "fruits" of my labor of said garden, cleaning and organizing, decorating my new house, DIYing, teaching Sunday School, and sleeping in on Saturdays (that counts as a hobby, right?).  Update:  So sleeping in just doesn't happen anymore.  *sob*

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, comments or just to say "hi"!




Q:  What kind of camera do you use? 
A:  I use a Nikon Coolpix P7700.  No, I haven't spent thousands of dollars on a camera... yet.  

Q:  Have you ever taken any cooking classes?
A:  In the beginning of 2011, my mother surprised me with a one-day cooking class with Chef Pagliaro.  That has been my one-and-only class.  I am as self-taught as you can get when it comes to my cooking (Food.com and Google were my best friends in the beginning).  Because I'm not a professionally trained cook, my recipes may or may not be technically or authentically "correct"... but I certainly try my best!

Q:  Have you ever taken any photography courses?
A:  I wish!  If you go back to some of my older recipes, you'll see that the quality of the photos is very poor.  Even now, I still have a lot of room for improvement.  A lot.  I've actually been tempted a few times to delete my older posts because of the poor photo quality; however, I think it's important to be reminded of where I got started and how far I've come. 

Q:  May I use your recipes and/or photos on my own blog/website?
A:  I would be honored for you to use my recipes and photos; however, I do ask that you please give Cooking Creation the credit as well as include a link back to my blog

If you should have any other questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email at Mail@cookingcreation.com. 

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