Oh hey there hey!
I love food. I’ve always loved food. And good food. Maybe it was my dad imparting some wisdom on me when I was very, very young — “Kathryn, never get separated from your lunch.” Maybe it was me seeing other pre-professional ballet dancers eat carrots and celery when I was chowing down a chicken salad sandwich and carrot cake and thinking, “WTF?” Regardless, I’ve always had a healthy obsession with food. I love creating 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). We try to eat cleanly — very little processed foods and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in some Oreos every now and then though. I’m a firm believer in moderation.
I’m no professional. I’m a self-taught baker, and I take all of my photos with my iPhone 7 Plus, if that gives you any idea of my level. 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 (that’s not this). I’m a high school teacher in the Washington, DC metro region. If you know me, you know I’m a pretty straight-shooter. I have no poker face, and I tell it like it is. Social media really paints a different picture of who we are, and I like to always put some reminders out there about what actually is going on behind the green curtain. It ain’t all peaches in this world, if you know what I mean.
I’m worn slap out. Hence, the name of this blog. The greatest joys of my life are my husband of 7 years, son (4) and daughter (2). We live in the Washington, DC metro region but I hail from Athens, Ga, the place that’s a slice of heaven on earth (Go Dawgs!). I incorporate my kids in the baking and cooking process much of the time, so most of my recipes are designed to not be terribly complicated and can be done while getting poked in the eye and tripping on small legos. Through the exhaustion, there’s truly nobody else I’d rather be in this world but me.