I decided in March 2012 that I wanted to start a blog. I had been reading blogs frequently and decided that I wanted to be part of the community. I love to cook. I like to challenge myself to try new recipes that I never thought I could make.

I started cooking as a very small child. My mom worked as a teacher and my dad worked as a purchasing manager and so during the day, they were not home. Instead of sending me to daycare every single day, I was fortunate enough to have the best Grandmother in the world to babysit me. I was a very curious and inquisitive child so, she soon began to have me help her in the kitchen. I have fantastic memories of standing on a chair at her kitchen sink and watching. She was so patient and answered all of my questions.

Over the years, despite starting school, I continued to have a very close relationship with my Grandma. I would spend the night at her house and we would watch Pay-Per-View movies or shows that she taped using her VCR and make dinner. We always had so much fun. Sometimes, we would play games or paint our nails, but there was always tons of chatting!

Grandma always made everyone she saw feel special. She prepared our favorite meals for our birthdays and decorated the dining room. She would tell us how beautiful we looked (even in sweats straight from the gym). She never said a bad thing about anyone. She is my greatest inspiration.

As the years went on, Grandma started having a difficult time driving. Luckily, I turned 16 and had a learners permit so, we would go grocery shopping together to pick up the items that she needed. Then, we would go back to her house and make dinner. I learned how to make some of my favorite recipes like American Spaghetti, Chicken Noodle Soup, and stuffing. She did make the best turkey. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to learn her recipes.

Now, I can make her recipes and share them with you! She really inspired me to learn how to cook, giving me the basics. While I was learning to cook, I had ALOT of flops and a few really great recipes. As I cook more frequently, I have many more skills and an handle almost any recipe. I am not however, good at following the directions. I believe that recipes are an inspiration that can lead me to create anything in my imagination.

In January of 2008, Pierre and I purchased our first home outside of Pittsburgh. This picture is from October of 2008. It is after we planted grass and put in a sidewalk and added lampposts and landscaped.

That summer, on July 20, 2008, Pierre and I got married in Victoria, B.C.

After my Grandma passed away in January of 2009, I decided that I was going to start eating healthier. We started eating lowfat foods and counting calories. Pierre lost about 60 pounds and I lost about 50 pounds. After eating diet foods for a long time, I decided that it was time to stop eating fake food with a million ingredients and start eating real food. After all, that is what my Grandma did, and she lived to be 93. Out went the Lean Cuisines (it didn’t hurt that I found a dark, curly hair in my meal one day) and in came the vegetables and the 5 ingredient or less foods.

Eating real food is a little more work, but really not much. I want to show you how to make simple, homemade, and usually clean food.

In addition to cooking, Pierre and I enjoy being weekend warriors. I like to improve our home and come up with projects to make it look better. He likes to do the labor. It really works out perfectly. We have tackled many projects which will be detailed on this blog. Here is a view of our house this summer.

When we are not improving our house or cooking or shopping, I am usually taking an inordinate number of pictures of our dogs sleeping. I will try to limit the number that I post but, it is so tempting for me to take a picture when they are so cute when they are sleeping.

I also enjoy reading books, trying new restaurants in Pittsburgh, traveling, and trying new things.


  1. Barbara’s avatar

    Hi Jessica, I visited your facebook page, but couldn’t leave a comment. I wanted to tell you that I made one of your recipes and mentioned you in my blog.
    Thanks for sharing it. Your cupcakes look yummy!

  2. jessica’s avatar

    I am so happy you enjoyed it!

  3. Jill Welsh Cleary’s avatar

    I stumbled upon your page when I was looking for a good stuffed banana pepper recipe to make for my husband that was similar to what I had growing up. I was surprised to see you we’re from New Castle because i grew up in New Wilmington! Anyway I currently live in Southern Virginia and look forward to trying some of your recipes when I need a little reminder of all of the good food back home! Going to make some peppers tonight! Thanks!

  4. jessica’s avatar

    That is such a coincidence. I actually grew up in New Wilmington, too. Stuffed banana peppers are so delicious and really remind me of all the good local Italian food in and around New Castle. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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