I was going to jump right in, but I realized it wouldn't hurt to explain myself. I bet there's a place in the page design where I'm supposed to do this, but since I don't have the patience on a Friday night to look around at all that, I'll just write it here... and maybe copy and paste some of this to where it "belongs" another day.
So, here's the deal: it turns out I can cook! I always knew I liked to bake, and I always knew I was a bit intimidated by cooking. Baking is, more or less, an exact science -- you have to add the teaspoon of baking soda or the cookies won't turn out right. Cooking is more of an art, with a dash of this and a pinch of that, and well, if you don't have that, it's fine, just add something else. Yikes!
A few years ago, when I magically became grown-up enough to contribute a dish to pass at family events, I did what made sense to me: I ignored the several cookbooks I'd received as gifts over the years, and I "Googled" it. I remember telling my dad that I liked the work that went into making good food, but I just never invested the time and energy to make things for only myself.
Well, I got married a couple months ago, so now I have another person to cook for. Also, along with the marriage came a move to a new state, and I haven't found a job yet... So, I have a good reason as well as opportunity to spend some quality time in the kitchen (but first, quality time with Google)! No complaints from the husband.
Maybeeeee one complaint from the husband. He's not a big fan of the butternut squash (ridiculous, I know). And he didn't actually complain, he just didn't have seconds when I made Butternut Squash Lasagna. That's a LOT of lasagna leftovers for one little lady. My solution was to freeze half of the pan and take it to my mom when I went home for Christmas. She called yesterday asking for the recipe.
And with that, a blog was born. I realized that there are probably quite a few of my family and friends who don't have the extra time on their hands to find good recipes to try (or would maybe just prefer to spend the time they have doing other things) and might appreciate being introduced to these, which I've actually made with my own two hands (so they can't be THAT complicated). I hope this blog is helpful; if nothing else, it will keep me motivated to continue to try new things!