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SusiI am a writer, wife, puppy momma, and coffee addict. ;-) I have a sign in my kitchen that says “With enough coffee, I could conquer the world.” While I haven’t found that perfect amount of coffee yet, but I sure am having fun trying!

I am in love with all things kitchen–cooking, baking, cool new gadgets, etc. ;-)  I love trying out new recipes, and regularly put my spin on food (and crafts) I come across on Pinterest.  Visitors to our house can almost always count on some fresh-baked treats or a yummy new appetizer.

Latte Love!

Latte Love!

Earlier this year, my hubby and I loaded our “puppy” and a shocking number of boxes and bags into our little sedan and moved south, relocating from eastern Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Our furniture and the rest of the boxes followed a couple of months later, and we officially settled into our new life in the south.   While adjusting to an eight-by-nine galley kitchen has been a challenge compared to the open twelve-by-twenty kitchen in our old house, we are truly enjoying our new home.

We are big fans of using fresh, local ingredients when possible, so we are loving the longer growing season in North Carolina!  We try to avoid heavily processed foods in an attempt to keep away from eating too many ingredients we can’t pronounce–and avoid the dreaded MSG migraine. My husband was a big fan of some of those super-processed foods (Hamburger Helper, anyone?), but looks for a somewhat healthier alternative.  My solution? Make it from scratch! (I love a challenge!)

Two of my favorite cupcakes--lemon filled and strawberry shortcake!

Two of my favorite cupcakes–lemon filled and strawberry shortcake!

I am a beach bum at heart, but I don’t get to spend much time enjoying the joys of the ocean. When not lounging along the shore (so, most days ;-) ), I spend my time split between my writing nook, my kitchen, my favorite reading spot,  and wherever my family and friends are at the moment.   I am addicted to TV, and usually have the Food Network, HGTV, or an NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, or Castle marathon on in the background, even when I am reading or writing.

Check out my blog to find some of my favorite recipes, new projects, fun writing news, and anything else I come across that is just too crazy, cool, or cute not to pass on. :-) Feel free to join in on the conversation any time! You can also find out more about me, or check out my Pinterest boards to see what I am thinking of trying next. Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you just want to say hi – or you can hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.  I would love to hear from you!  :-)

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