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My name is Victoria. I’m 25 and I’m originally from Chicago, spent a year in Los Angeles after college, Indiana for a few years after that, and now I live in Seattle with my husband, Brent, and 2 dogs, Larry and Lucy. I’m a recent nursing graduate and I love baking and cooking. In fact all love all things related to food, as is evident by my favorite hobby: Grocery Shopping!

When not in the kitchen making an extreme mess, I can most often be found watching some sort of marathon on TV (preferably some form of Law & Order), or somewhere in Illinois visiting my friends and family. I also love running, yoga, and taking my dogs for long walks.

I’m not a natural-born cook. The first time I ever tried to cook a dinner is a night my husband and I will both never forget. I had picked out some ridiculous meatloaf roll thing from Rachael Ray and went to the store and spent like $60 on the ingredients. Things appeared to being going according to plan, until I came to  the step that said “Lightly coat roll with oil.” I splashed a bunch of olive oil on it and sent it into the oven. 20 minutes later when Brent arrived home from work, he sniffed the air and said “Smells like it’s ready.” I replied, “No, it has 20 more minutes.” Five minutes later when smoke started coming from the oven, Brent recommended I check on it. As I opened the oven, black smoke billowed out and the smoke alarm started going off. I freaked out and dropped the pan, spilled the meatloaf on the kitchen floor. As Lucy started greedily trying to eat the mess, I noticed that the inside of the meatloaf was raw while the outside seemed completely black. Somehow, in the middle of all this I had also burned my hand and after I rinsed it with cold water and stopped crying, Brent and I walked down the street to get some fast food.

Since then, I’ve been slowly improving and now 99% of what I make is edible. It’s quite a feat considering the lack of culinary genes in my family. After gaining enough confidence, I started experimenting a bit more and tweaking recipes, trying to make them healthier or just switching ingredients around to suit our tastes. I want to use this blog to document some of my experimenting and encourage myself to create more of my own recipes, baked and otherwise.

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  1. Hey, where’s the bread?

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  2. I love this website. I have listed it as one of my favorites. I think I will try the lemon cake. Love the pictures. You are the greatest. Kathy

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  3. You also confused a clove of garlic with a head of garlic, which would have lent an interesting flavor had the loaf cooked properly.

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  4. you have such a lovely blog!!! amazing pictures and recipes! I look forward to reading!! :)

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  5. What a great blog you have! I would love to move mine into more of the recipe/photography realm and out of the food journal realm… I’m looking forward to exploring your archives and keeping up with new posts! :)

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  6. I just found your blog and wanted to say hi! I’m also a midewestern girl currently living in IN!! Fab. blog!!

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  7. I’m in nursing school, originally from Chicago but currently living in Indiana for school.

    I too often travel back to Illinois for family and friends, but I really want to move out of the Midwest and go to California (LA would be so cool!).

    It’s nice to see another fellow midwestern blogger.. and a future nursing student at that! I’m in my junior year and it’s hard to believe, but starting this fall, I will be in the last year of the program.

    Glad I found your blog.. it’s great!

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  8. angiesappetite

    Great story! Just came across your blog and I’m enjoying it!

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  9. I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi! Are you going to be enrolled in an LPN program? congrats! I just finished my LPN program and am going to do an RN one this fall!

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  11. Very nice blog! It seems you have improved a lot since the meatloaf roll!!

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