About Me

July 2017 I began the keto way of eating. Now you will find a tab for Keto recipes.

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 9 ages 21 months to 20 years old
  • 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