Life in our house really does revolve around the kitchen. Our suburban, 10 by 12 foot kitchen, with mismatched countertops, a ceramic tile floor that is hard on the feet and appliances that are not top of the line. But it is the place where I bake bread, fix dinner, try out new recipes and make more desserts than are good for us – in short, have fun while feeding the family. My husband, Rich, and son, Calvin are right in the thick of things usually. There are times when I really enjoy playing around in the kitchen all by myself. But I can’t argue with the coziness and fun of baking cookies on a cold winter weekend, complete with dough eating, quality control tasting and extra hands to do the dishes.

I forget sometimes that not everyone gets as much enjoyment out of cooking, baking and messing around in the kitchen as I do. Sure, I have the days when I absolutely can’t face cooking one more meal, or we have “nothing” in the house to cook, which usually means I am out of inspiration. Those days we end up going out, having breakfast for dinner or having grilled cheese sandwiches. I should confess that grilled cheese around this house usually involves homemade bread from the freezer, cheddar, fontina and Parmesan and a little garlic spread on the inside of the bread, but that is a future post…

After 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, I am figuring out how to juggle freelance writing, taking care of the household chores and all that entails (since I usually write only part-time), volunteering at church and playing in the kitchen (and updating The Cook’s Life fairly frequently). So expect a lot of posts to concentrate on quick and easy, but still fairly healthy recipes. And I will always fit in dessert and other fun recipes. I have figured out through trial and error how to fit the more involved recipes around my various commitments – some are better suited to the weekend, but many can be fit in around work, family and whatever else eats up your time.


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      • Sarah, don’t know if you got my first message so I’m resending one. I am a friend of Linda & Becky in Caruthersville, MO. Love those girls! I enjoy your blog and will continuing to visit.

        • I did see your first message. Welcome! I am so glad you are following the blog. Please feel free to post any questions or comments you have!

  1. Hi Sarah your wonderful Mother-in-law finally got me signed up to your blog. In case u don’t know it she thinks u r pretty special. I love to cook, but don’t do as much as I used to. I actually even wrote a cookbook of my favorite recipes. I have always said if you can read read you can cook. I think those who say they can’t even boil water don’t want to boil water..ha ha.

  2. Sarah… mom and I won your night of bread making at the church trivia night. Can’t wait to have you over again. Last time was lots of fun! Denise

  3. I came across your blog today and I noticed your cover picture. It looks like pulla to me. Pulla is a Finnish sweetbread, so, I scanned through your blog, but, I didn’t read anything about pulla. I did see some great recipe’s that I would love to try. I love thin crust pizza and have never tried to make the crust myself, but, I think I will now. There are so many recipes that I noticed that I will hopefully try soon. Basically I love your blog!

    • Thank you for your kind words! The picture at the top is of homemade soft pretzels. I don’t think I have blogged on them yet – might be time for a soft pretzel post! Pulla sounds interesting – do you have a recipe?

      Do try the pizza. And post back if you have any questions about making it. I love it when people try my recipes! Glad you found the blog!

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