Tell us all about your blog
I started Merry With Children just over 6 years to chronicle my move to Canada and my new life as a wife and stepmother. Over the years, I've started writing more and more about food. While I still write about my family and our life, I find that food is a thread that runs through it all.
What inspired you to begin writing about food?
Even though I work full time, providing healthy meals for my family is still one of my top priorities and the priority of many of my readers. Sharing the family-friendly recipes that worked with my family was a logical next step.
Describe your favorite food memory
I remember cooking at my grandparents house growing up. My grandfather frying chicken in his dress pants and shirt before going to church, my granny stirring a boiling pot full of jelly on a hot summer day, baking Christmas cookies to give to all the neighbors. I have tried to make some of these same memories with Evan. We cook together and bake together regularly.
Cook or bake—which one? Either, both, and why?
I enjoy both baking and cooking though if given the choice...I bake.
What is the best thing you've ever eaten? Where did you eat it?
I don't know if I can point to one best thing I've ever eaten. I tend to think fondly of foods eaten in certain places. For example, I love food in Austin, TX, where I used to live. There were so many dive-y restaurants there where you can get amazing food for really reasonable prices. Another example is the wonderful food I had growing up at family dinners. My tastes have changed so much that I'm sure it wouldn't taste the same now but I still hold it fondly in my memories.
Share a favorite recipe
My favorite recipe I want to share is peach cobbler. Growing up in the Southern US, I grew up loving good, Southern, comfort food. One of the most prevalent examples of comfort food was peach cobbler. The hilarious thing was I never learned how to make it until last year. This peach cobbler recipe tastes exactly how I remember peach cobbler growing up and it is DELICIOUS!