|Our little loves, Lucien and Coco|
My name is Melissa, I'm a 30 something married girl. Since my husband and I moved to Washington from California in 2006, our lives have changed big time. I went from pursuing an acting career living in Los Angeles to doing chores like cleaning out the chicken coop or shoveling dirt in the garden, and cooking and baking most days. It's been a real trip and also incredibly rewarding. We live on a small farm with 2 dogs, Lucien a Papillon and Coco a mixed breed Terrier. We also have a flock of free range chickens.
I guess I'm kind of like Eva Gabor in Green Acres.
I've always loved cooking and baking but didn't make it a priority when living in Los Angeles where there is a great restaurant on every block, practically. And since I was in the entertainment industry, I was frequently dieting.
Since we've moved to Washington, food, cooking and baking have really become a passion of mine. This blog has become a place for me to share some of the recipes I love. I only post recipes here that I really and truly recommend. This blog is mainly a baking blog. My favorite thing to bake is cupcakes. My pet peeve is a dry cupcake, so all of my cupcake recipes are super moist and full of flavor. I also post a savory item now and then. When cooking, I like to use seasonal ingredients, I keep a vegetable and herb garden, and I shop at local farms as much as possible. I'm a DIY kind of girl at heart, so I've also shared some of my recipes for making homemade ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, and even mascarpone cheese, as well as other DIY items.
I have a love of vintage dishes, I started collecting them before I moved out of my fathers house. In April of 2012 I started an Etsy shop called, House of Lucien where I started selling vintage dishes and housewares. I've been loving it, it's been a real joy. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job with flexibility that I truly enjoy doing.
I've always loved quotes, so I like to post a quote with every recipe. I particularly like quotes that are uplifting and inspiring. One of my favorite quotes is the famous Gandhi quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I'd like to live in a world where people inspire others, so I have to be that change.
Canning jams and jellies, making homemade candy for the holidays or banana bread for a friend coming to visit, watching the hens run in the yard, spending time with the dogs, these are some of the things that make me happy.