A little bit about me and this blog. . . .

Ok – so I’m a little embarrassed to admit it. But only a little. I’m a late-comer to just about everything. Skinny jeans? Just bought my first pair about three months ago. Ballet flats? Last winter. My first iPod? 4th generation. Movies? Well, we went to dinner with friends two weeks ago and they confirmed what my husband has always endearingly tolerated about me – I haven’t seen most of them. Any of them – the classics. Star Wars? only parts. Rocky? Only parts. The Goonies? Only parts. I could go on, but I can’t remember the names. My movie knowledge is severely lacking.
I think you might be getting my point: I am late to the blogging scene. Why would it be any different? I am happy where I am. It’s not that I didn’t know blogging existed, or what it was, but I certainly never understood the craze over it. That is, until I stumbled upon Annies-Eats in my Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Because yes – I am somewhat obsessed with magazines and books. And then, thank you Annie (and Pinch of Yum, and Jenn Cuisine, and Joy the Baker to highlight just a few), I became enthralled with the world of blogging.
My name is Sara. I am a wife, a mother, an artist (a painter mostly, and amateur photographer pining for a fancy new camera), an avid reader, and a believer in philanthropy. I LOVE to bake, I find the kitchen therapeutic, and I enjoy the challenge of writing – because honestly, most of the time I feel like my brain is stuck in mommy-mode.
I am a mom to a teen, a tween, a grade-schooler, and a toddler. They keep me happy and busy most of the time, and leave me spinning in circles scratching my head at least part of the time.
At the core of who I am, I believe in appreciating the loveliness of life as it already is. So many little things in life are special and change the way we relate to every day. This is what Home is Where The Cookies Are is all about – those little things that have the power to draw up and create memories – pleasantries that delight our taste buds, our hearts, and our minds, but might otherwise go unnoticed. It’s about making the most of what we already have, loving every bit of it, and finding a way to pass it on to others.
I hope you will come back and visit, and enjoy what I have to share.
I would love, love, LOVE to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at:


On a side note – The photos on this blog are mine unless otherwise noted. Please do not use them unless you contact me first and request permission. Any recipes, crafts, etc. I post that you like and would like to use or post – feel free to do so, but please give proper credit and cite the original source (me or otherwise if it’s not me), and that you found it here.

43 thoughts on “A little bit about me and this blog. . . .

  1. Sara,
    After only reading your, “About Me,” I am hooked. You are such a beautiful person and an even more amazing mom, wife and friend. I am so happy for you and congratulations on “Home Is Where the Cookies Are.” Can’t wait to read more! xoxo

  2. Congratulations Sara! This is great! I will be making the doughnut muffins this weekend if I can wait that long!

    Great hearing from you!


  3. Sara,
    Nice blog. I can really relate to your 6-year-old-sweet-tooth+adult decision-making-freedom, ‘cept in my case, I blew right by the stomachache and went straight to the “big belly sitiation.” Well, not right to it; it took years of adult decision-making! And yes, it is a “perpetiatin’ sitiation.” Maybe a future topic could be about ways to make a mole hill out of a mountain.
    Keep up the good work. Meanwhile I’m going to grab a Reese’s and contemplate my next weight-loss effort.

    • Thanks for the commiseration B. (Had to look up the spelling on that one!). Nice to know someone shares my weakness. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed way too much refined sugar last night!!

  4. To my beautiful, humble, amazing friend…..
    Congratulations!!!! I am so very proud of you!! You did a fantabulous job on this!!
    My only complaint is that it didn’t let me subscribe to you!!! I need my daily dose of Sara via the web, so please hook me up!!!
    You are an inspiration and blessing to me daily and I wish you only the best on each and every endeavor you pursue! I love you bunches!!!! May your blog continue to be “good like chicken” and always remember, you can’t control who likes jellybeans…..

    • Aww, you made me blush! And smile! Thank you my friend! I will check on the subscription thing – meanwhile, I’ll go eat the jellybeans not liked by other people. . . . πŸ™‚

  5. What a happy surprise. I think this is a great idea Sara. You are truly muti- talented and I’m glad that you’re sharing that with all of us. I really enjoyed the craft with hanging photos. I would never have tried painting Colin’s feet white but love the concept and the result. Have fun.

  6. Wow!!! It actually brought tears to my eyes. I can’t even begin to express to you how proud of you I am and how much I admire you as a person, friend, wife, and mother!!!! I am absolutely speechless at what a fantastic job you have done on this. And with what time??? somewhere between dropping off the kids at school, running, taking a shower, baking, washing 10 loads of laundry, spending time with LL, picking the kids up from school, cooking, basketball practice, TKD, bathing the kids, tucking them in, washing dishes….phew, I’m tired already!!!!!
    All kidding aside, you are absolutely AMAZING, my friend, and I am honored to have you in my life. I can’t wait to see what more you have in store for us!!!!

  7. Sara, I was thrilled when Andy told me about your blog, what an awesome idea and your talents are neverending.. Being a fairly new Grandmother this is helping me share some special time with my grandsons and to give super ideas to my daughter and daughter-in-law. Keep up the good work, I’m sharing this with all my Grandparent friends and their children. Luv ya lots. L ynn (Boopa)

  8. Hello, dearest Sara-
    This is so much fun! In reading your blog I feel like I can reconnect with you and your precious family even though we are miles apart. Don’t know how you do it, but you do it all very well and always with such grace and humor. πŸ™‚ I am uplifted and inspired. Can’t wait to try your craft projects and recipes! Now I just need to… “step away from the computer” and put it all into action. I’ll be thinking of you and smiling all the while. Loads of hugs all around (would that be LHAA? or LOHAA?), Aunt Mary …the technology newbee

    • Awwww! Thank you so much!! This WILL be fun to reconnect. I look forward to hearing what you think! I love your textie-lingo too – I think I’ll start using it! (I like LOHAA better it reminds me of an evil chuckle. . . but I guess that would be LOHAHAA – loads of hugs and hugs all around??) Same to you all!! xoxoxo!

  9. WOW Sara!!!! I’m so amazed at this!!! have to tell you how happy I am for you. Congratulations in a huge way!! and like Francine said: with what time?? but more power to you girl!!I”ve always known that you are an amazing person, the kind that is hard to come by these days, truly an inspiration and example that anything your heart desires is possible if you put your heart and soul to it, and that my friend is something that you have in abundance. Wishing you all the best!!

  10. You know, it just occured to me that you have yet to blog about your bacon addiction…..!!! By the way, I tried “searching” for your website again, just for kicks, and a bunch of your stuff is on tastespotting!!! Woo-hoo!!!!

    • Shhhh! Don’t say it so loud! πŸ˜‰
      Actually, I made a very “interesting” bacon thing a little bit ago, it may appear soon. . . .

  11. Loved reading this! I think we have a lot in common when it comes to “looking for loveliness in life as it is”, I look forward to reading more. I was late to the blogging scene too and inspired by many of the same people as you…better late than never!

  12. I love your blog & your photos! The stuffed french toast has me drooling. πŸ™‚ I am fairly new to blogging too but am loving every minute of it. Look forward to seeing more of your yummy recipes & awesome photographs!

    • Hi Kristi! Thanks! You can subscribe on the home page. There is a Feedburner window on the right sidebar. If you sign up there, you’ll get automatic updates to your email. See you around! πŸ˜‰

  13. So happy I found your blog! Can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Streusel Muffins. I have been drooling over the photo of the cookie featured in your banner – where is the recipe for those? (sorry if you are asked that a lot) Thanks!

  14. I’m excited to read your blog! You have a great voice and we are thinking very much along the same lines for cooking.

    I love this part. “It’s about making the most of what we already have, loving every bit of it, and finding a way to pass it on to others.” I 100% believe that. I also believe that everyone is inherently good and love to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    I love the quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

    Yea for blogging friends! Looking forward to reading more.

    • Thanks Bonnie! I love the quote from Plato too. . . so much truth in that! I agree – “Yea for blogging friends!” πŸ˜‰

  15. Hi Sara,
    Really enjoy your blog and your photos are very nice! I have a very picky 3yr old, any suggestions for relatively healthy kid friendly recipes? I would love to see a kid category on your recipe list. Thanks!

  16. Was looking for new things to make with very brown bananas and found your wonderful site. Love your wonderful humor, and the great looking pictures of all the food that I will begin to make. Thanks for all the time you put into your blog, it’s appreciated…

  17. I really like your writing…feels like a lot of things I say to myself…I’m a stay at home mom looking for inspiration, motivation and just plain joy of life kind of people like you! Thanks for your blog.

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