Oh hey there hey!
I’m Kathryn, and I’m fixin’ to tell you a little bit about me.
I love food. I’ve always loved food. And good food. Maybe it was my dad imparting some wisdom when I was very, very young — “Kathryn, never get separated from your lunch.” Maybe it was me seeing other pre-professional ballet dancers eating carrots and celery when I chowed down a hearty sandwich and carrot cake and thinking, “WTF?” Regardless, I’ve always had a healthy obsession with food. I love creating my own recipes, experimenting with existing ones, and making food look pretty (because, let’s face it — so much of food is in the appearance and presentation).
I cook healthy foods to bake unhealthy treats. We don’t subscribe to any particular diet but we eat cleanly — using very little processed foods and lots of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. I shop at Whole Foods way too much and buy organic when possible. Baking is my favorite though, and when I bake…I BAKE. You’ll find very few “healthy” desserts here. I’m a firm believer in moderation.
I’m no professional. I’m a self-taught cooker, baker and photographer. I’m all about painting a real picture of what it’s like to cook for others…and I can assure you everything photographed is devoured within seconds of photographing. I started this blog for two reasons. First, it’s a creative outlet for myself. Baking and cooking gives me an outlet to experiment with new tastes and textures and use the right side of the brain, which seems to rarely be used these days. Second, I wanted to keep my own log of recipes to pass down to future generations. I’m always a little jealous when people have those special biscuits their grandmother used to make that bring them right back to being in her house or Aunt Sue’s collard greens. Food is so much more than the actual ingredients used to cook or bake it. It activates all your senses. Those smells, the way the food tastes on your tongue, the people you’re with while you’re sharing it, the topics of conversation you’re sharing around this food — all sear this special memory into your brain, which makes those memories so much sweeter than the food that was consumed. I hope to pass these recipes down to my own children… and hopefully they’ll do the same (if they choose to have children…look, no judgment here).
I’m real. I have a family and a full-time job as a high school teacher in the Washington, DC metro region. If you know me, you know I like to keep it real.
I’m worn slap out. Hence, the name of this blog. The greatest joys of my life are my husband of 8 years, son (4) and daughter (2). We live in the Washington, DC metro region but I hail from Athens, Ga, the slice of heaven on earth. I’m a Georgia Bulldog through and through (Go Dawgs!) and you’ll find me cheering the Dawgs on every Saturday in the fall (and hopefully beyond!). I incorporate my kids in the baking and cooking process much of the time, so most of my recipes are designed to be simple and can be done while getting poked in the eye or tripping on small legos.
Through the exhaustion, there’s truly nobody else I’d rather be in this world than me.
Thanks for reading!
All photo credits of our family go to Aaron Taylor Photography.
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