Shannon and Nutmeg hiking.

Thanks so much for coming to my website. I’ve been working in the food industry since 1999 as a cake designer, pastry chef, recipe writer, caterer and cooking teacher.

Originally a musician by education – I’m also a classical vocalist.

I’m a military spouse of 27 years and the mother of seven wonderful children.

Because of my husband’s military career I’ve lived around the world and studied culinary arts in Morocco, England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Boston and more.

I currently live in a small Medieval-era village in Baden-Württemberg, Germany with my husband (an active-duty Marine Corps Colonel) and our youngest five children. I’m proud to say that our two oldest children serve in the Marine Corps and the Air Force, respectively.

I recently adopted a little rescue dog – a former street dog from Bursa, Turkey – and named her Nutmeg.

Nutmeg and I enjoy hiking through the German forests, creating seasonal dishes in my studio kitchen, reading, and early bedtimes.

Now that my youngest child is nine-years-old I’m able to spend more time writing, as well as organizing the hundreds of recipes I’ve written all these years. My goal now is to find a quality publisher, and publish many cookbooks. This may take me five years, ten years or twenty. I’ve determined along the way, however, that quality-of-life is my number one goal, and I achieve that (almost) every day by nurturing healthy relationships with my family – as well as spending time reading, hiking, journaling, enjoying music, singing at church, and just being grateful for all the simple joys of life.

Thanks so much for being here. I hope you visit this website often and one day (one day….maybe) you might want a cookbook of mine on your shelves.

If you’d like, you can follow my daily life on my social media channels. I post a lot of nature photos from my hikes, some thoughts, snapshots of life in Germany, some family stories and, of course, recipes. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel too! It’s relatively new and I’d really appreciate your subs and views!

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