Hi! Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you stopped by.
I’m Sarah, a food enthusiast with an appetite that leans towards the sweet side. I love simple, delicious food; food that looks and tastes impressive, but is easy as pie to make.
Some of my favorite things in life are: chocolate chip cookies, kitties, cups of tea, a good book, the beach, gelato, traveling, snuggling with my husband, the lord, and living simply and sweetly.
semplicità è la bella – Simplicity is Beauty
I grew up in a small town in West Virginia surrounded by friends, family, love, and good food. As a child I remember going out to my father’s garden in the back yard and helping him plant corn, tomatoes, peppers, and even sunflower seeds. Then I remember trying to find a way to cook all that food before it went bad! That’s where the friends and family come in. These moments are where my love of food began to blossom. I learned that not only did I love to cook – and find creative ways of doing so, but that I loved to share my cooking.
As a teenager the culinary world became a deep passion. I devoured cookbooks, cooking shows, and blogs. I took cooking classes, developed my knife skills, and entered culinary competitions – even received a gold medal at a national competition in California and scholarships for Le Cordon Bleu, international culinary institution.
Then something happened that changed the way I looked at the culinary world forever – I got a job at a restaurant. I worked at a popular buffet as a dessert station attendant. It was my job to keep the plates of cakes and cookies fresh, refill empty platters, and clean the chocolate fountain. It was here that my dreams of becoming a top chef came crashing down. Late nights, early mornings, weekend shifts, heavy lifting, hot and stressful conditions, and lack of creativity – the reality of being a chef. I feared if I stayed this path I would lose the passion I had for cooking. If it became work could it still be my escape?
It was then that I had a serious conversation with myself and I realized that I didn’t actually want to be a professional chef. I stilled loved cooking, but I was going to do it my way. I enrolled in college, received my Bachelor degree in Communication and Marketing, and landed a successful job. All the while I never forgot about cooking and it still played a prominent role in my life. My school projects revolved around it: pretend business plans for a catering company, websites for a bakery, cooking videos which aired on the local TV station, and an actual cookbook and ebook for my senior capstone.
Today I live in small townhouse, still in West Virginia, with my husband Nick (who I met when we were 14!) and my cat Oreo (who I raised since she was a baby). We enjoy a simple life full of family, love, and (of course) good food. Learn more about our wedding here!
There really is no better way to enjoy my passion for cooking than through this blog. I love trying out new recipes and sharing the lessons I learn along the way.
Thanks again to all of you for stopping by. I appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know. You guys are what keep me motivated to keep on blogging and what makes this blog better. I love hearing from you. Please feel free to leave comments or email me.