Hi, I’m Denise…author & publisher of Creative Kitchen! It’s hard for me to believe it’s been almost 2 years since this whole adventure began. I’m a self-taught cook who just wanted an outlet for my passion…a place to share my recipes and thoughts with others. I never could’ve predicted the friends I would meet through this journey!Who knew “blogging” could be such a social thing? Food bloggers are the friendliest bunch around, and I’m still pinching myself that I was able to attend Food Blog Forum Orlando and meet so many of them!
I’m also excited about all the new skills I’m acquiring! I thought I’d just be cooking, creating, learning to take pictures and writing about food. I’m still doing all of that, but I’m also learning there’s a whole art to styling food! And now with the launch of this new site…Creative Kitchen’s own domain, I’m learning the ins & outs of a new blogging platform WordPress which has allowed me so much more customization of my blog!
I hope you enjoy the new look. I put my heart and soul into the design of this new “home” for Creative Kitchen. It’s taken many late nights while still trying to be a good wife & mom (and food blogger!), but it’s been worth it! As you poke around the new site, I hope you’ll find it easy to navigate. Every detail was considered with you all in mind I hope you like it!! Feel free to give me feedback. I love hearing from you guys! Below I’ve included my “intro” into food blogging & how it all started.
But first a few quick facts about me (since I’ve been told I’m way too private) ~ I’m a wife of almost 14 years to my wonderful hubby…we met while we were both in the Navy (during the first Gulf War…great love story there and became friends first, and mom to 3 wonderful girls (ages 12, 8 and 3). I love to be outdoors surrounded by the beauty of nature (trees, beach, sky, camping, mountains, etc…I can’t get enough of it), and I’m a homesteader at heart, though I’m stuck in suburbia Also love cooking (obviously), baking, photography (finally got my new dslr camera!!), travel, bike riding, kayaking, blogging and reading. I love spending time with family & friends! We are blessed to homeschool our girls and live in sunny South Florida (paradise ~ though I do miss FALL)!
My discovery of food blogging in the Summer of 2009 & why I started Creative Kitchen:
I have several other personal blogs about my family and children, but I had yet to really discover the world and whole community of FOOD blogging! Wow…how did I miss this revolution? I’m still amazed!
I love good food. Who doesn’t? And I love creating things in my kitchen. If I’m in the mood for a certain taste, or I get an idea for something for dinner that I’ve never made before…I turn to the internet & the wealth of information there. I always look up at least 3-4 recipes for the given item & then I “tweak” it and make it my own!
I don’t think it is humanly possible for me to FOLLOW a recipe to the letter.
And over the last few years, I’ve found that I’ve been meeting people more like myself. That enjoy cooking & some of them even enjoy creating as well. But I had no idea what was taking place in the food blogging community….which is strange since I’m “at home” online & have been communicating with & made friends with others online since 2001 (early message board days!)
So I’ve stumbled upon Food Blogs just in the past few months. I’ve been drawn to reading them. I love the photography & only hope I can take pictures that great someday. I love to travel…so I find myself traveling away from the “here and now” a bit at a time as I immerse myself in someone else’s kitchen & reality for awhile. It’s better than any book I’ve read!
Some of these writers are very talented at making you feel that you are right there. That you are experiencing things with them, and that you KNOW them. I find myself wanting to be able to comment on their blogs….that I’ve tried a recipe or gotten a great idea from. The problem I find is that I don’t have a “food” blog. How can I reach out to these others that share my interests and passions without an outlet to share mine in?
Then I realized I had a true dilemma. I love to cook, I love to create, I love to bake, I love to eat. I love all things food related. I need a place to organize my recipes & have needed that for a LONG time! But I’m also a busy mom of 3 girls. I home school…try to be a good wife to my hubby, and in general have too many hats to wear already.
How in the world would I keep up with a food blog? Not to mention…there are SO many out there already. What could I possibly contribute? Obviously since you’re reading this (hopefully), I’ve delved into the food blog realm. It is my hope that I will meet many like-minded friends along the way. It’s the start of an exciting journey for me & I hope you’ll stop by my “Creative Kitchen” often.