What is this blog about?
Welcome to my blog! My name is Summer and I LOVE food (doesn’t everyone?). I was inspired to share my passion for cooking and being in the kitchen with family and friends, and the result is this blog. More specifically, I’d like to help families find joy at the dinner table. Dinner is often the first opportunity families have to reconnect after a long day at school, work, meetings or other activities. Yet, it is the time of day parents dread the most. My goal is to help busy parents renew (or find) their love for creating delicious meals for their families. If nothing else, I want my amazing recipes to inspire you to dig out your apron, roll up your sleeves and start cooking!
Given that most of us are pressed for time during the week, the majority of my recipes will have simple instructions, simple ingredients, and can be prepared quickly. Every once in a while, though, I’ll share an interesting recipe that will take a little longer to prepare . . . . these are the recipes that you should save for the weekend. I find nothing more satisfying than pouring a glass of wine and creating something magical in the kitchen. Cooking is a dance – sometimes it’s like the chicken dance, other times it’s similar to a ballet. Regardless of what kind of music is playing in your house, I hope you enjoy the dance as much as I do.
A little about my tagline:
- Be Inspired – I hope my blog stimulates your desire to create good food
- Be Intentional – We have busy lives. Select recipes that meet your family’s needs. Soccer games Tuesday and Thursday? Ok, then let’s meal prep on Monday. No plans on Sunday? Choose a lengthier recipe with a few more ingredients. Selecting the appropriate recipes for the time you have will make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable.
- Be Indulgent – Need I explain? Life is short. Enjoy what you eat.
What am I about?
I am a former CPA turned stay-at-home-mom turned food blogger. My obsession with food began when I was in my early twenties. After I graduated college, I moved to a new city and started working as a CPA. This was a big deal because I was raised in a small Midwestern town and had attended college in an even smaller town (which means my food options had been limited). Now I was in a brand new city and I had so many new and exciting cuisines at my fingertips. It was restaurant heaven. Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, Ethiopian . . . the options were limitless. My interest in food extended beyond dining out, though. After I wrapped up my workday, I would come home and read any and every recipe I could get my hands on. Not long thereafter, I started to experiment in the kitchen. I remember one of the first “real” meals I ever made. Sausage and spinach manicotti for my then-boyfriend. I was so proud. He must have enjoyed it, too – now we’re married.
My husband and I have three young kiddos (including twins!). I have always been a Midwesterner, and my family currently lives in Metro Detroit. Detroit is an amazing food city with many notable chefs and restaurants. My husband and I have a pretty lengthy list of restaurants we’d like to try and we do that as often as we can. (Though as you can imagine, with three young kids that is pretty darn difficult!) Some of my other passions include running, strength training and reading. Oh, and I still watch Grey’s Anatomy religiously.
I came up with the name for this blog when I was thinking about my family and what it’s like around dinnertime (a.k.a. the witching hour). Picture this. Three starving kids, clamoring for food vs. me and my dreams of pouring all my time and energy into creating a mouth-watering meal (that the kids wouldn’t touch). The kids are ornery and I start to sweat. This is when we call in the reserves. Goldfish for the kids, wine for my husband and me. Then we turn on some music (ok, sometimes it’s a TV show for the kids) and I get down to the task of preparing dinner. It’s not always going to be this way, the kids will get older, our tastes and preferences will change, but this is our life right now. And I wouldn’t change a minute of it.