About Me

** My blog, my passions...food, writing, health, photography...life.
This is the new big change. My blog will feature recipes, health and not so much, photography and more creative writing some about my life and other fiction pieces. ~May 2015

I originally started this blog because so many friends were asking me for my recipes and making suggestions that I write a cookbook. In June of (2012) my birds flew the coop and I found myself with a LOT of time on my hands so I decided to bite the bullet.

You see I have always loved to cook and take pictures. My friends will tell you, I love to cook and they love to eat. My family, friends, FB and Instagram followers will tell you I love to take photos!

So cooking, taking photos, posting them on Facebook and, you know, one thing led to another and here we are.

Now for a few things about me:
  • moved over 39 times
  • mom to 4 adult sons and 1 daughter
  • grandma to 1 little girl Little Miss Sassy Pants (6) a 3 year old little boy and baby girl HR 18 months
  • numerous young adults call me MamaDawn
  • 3 kitties/my fur babies
  • Air Force Mom
  • NC native
  • UNC Tarheel fan(I bleed Carolina blue)
  • favorite color purple
  • homeschooled my boys (all graduated)
  • all my boys have been to college
  • ran a homeschool support group
June 30, 2017 I adopted the keto way of eating. In one month I dropped 9 lbs. I'll keep you updated.

In 2014 I made the decision to become a "clean" eater. I had already made a lot of these changes, but am decidedly clean 80-90% of the time. That means NO processed foods, no fried foods, no sugar, no white products :flour, sugar, potatoes, rice. I am eating clean, fresh , healthy vegetables, lean mean and fruits, with some whole grains occasionally. You can follow me on instagram to keep up with my progress or on twitter and FB. I will also update with my recipes as I go along.
I'm sad to say that when I started I needed to lose over 100 lbs. There, it is in print.
As of the end of Jan. 2014 I am down a total of 21 lbs since November 2013.
July 2014 I've hit a wall, down 54 lbs and over 60 inches so far.
*As of Jan 2015 I'm down 60 lbs and over 70 inches, not as far as I want to be but so much better than I was.
**May 2015 I'm down 70 lbs, and my life is fantastic. 

Recent publications: 
online magazine contributor
SITS Featured blogger

Thanks for visiting and as always




  1. We are hosting a Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City on Feb. 16. 2013. You can find a link on our blog sixsistersstuff.com or go to Buildyourblogconference.com. We would love to hear from you! Feel free to join us on our Link party Strut Your Stuff Saturday! -The Six Sisters

  2. Dawn
    I am so happy that you and Cynthi stopped over at my blog and commented so that I could get to know you! I absolutely love your blog. Love your style. It is just so much fun!
    Looking fwd to following you and getting regular updates!
    I could use a little "spice" in my cooking and reading your blog is jst what I need.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Love the "campfires and cleats" such fun.

  3. Dawn,
    I'm a new Twitter follower from GYB. I'd love for you to visit http://bakewelljunction.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks Annamaria for stopping by and following. I was at your blog earlier today and was unable to leave a comment. I tried a few times but it did not work.

  4. Dawn,didn't see your email address.
    I wanted to add you to my weekly blog hop invite email list.
    PLEASE stop by Ducks 'n a Row on Wednesdays for our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I'll be looking for you!

    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

    1. Hi. I did link to your party my friend Cynthia told me about it. Great to meet you and hope to see you around.
      email: spatulasonparade@gmail.com