I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Mitzi and I am a stay at home mom. I live near St. Louis, Missouri. I have lived in Missouri all 41 years of my life. I love living so close to St. Louis, we live just far enough away that we can enjoy living in a smaller city. We are only about 30 miles away from St. Louis, so we can still take advantage of all of the museums, theaters, parks and attractions.
Why practically crazy? Because most people think that I am crazy doing the things that I do in this day and age. I would rather cook our meals at home over eating them out. I would rather grow my vegetables than purchase canned or frozen veggies. I would rather can my vegetables and make my own tomato sauce, salsa, marmalades and pickles. I would rather hang my clothes out in the fresh air to dry. I would rather spend time at home with my family than going out for me time. I would rather make a homemade gift than buy one. All of those things seem perfectly practical to me. I hope some of you feel the same way too, and if you don’t, I hope that you still visit often to get a recipe or tip or just to be entertained with all of my craziness!
I am not sure when or how my passion for cooking began. I’m thinking it was engrained in me from little on. My mother was always a great cook and her mother was a great cook as well and my great-grandmother was also a great cook. The main style of cooking that I learned from them was along the lines of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. For family gatherings there was always chicken and dumplings, dressing, fried chicken and plenty of baked goods. I look forward to sharing some of these styles and recipes with you along with other styles too. The ironic thing about my mother’s and grandmother’s cooking was that I was never allowed to cook, nor did they actually “teach” me. My mom was a little impatient, and her line that she always gave me when I asked to help was that it was “too tricky” for me. So, I did the next best thing. I would sit in the kitchen and watch her cook. I guess that was as close to food network as I could get in the 70’s and early 80’s. In the late 80’s and 90’s, I always watched the public television station’s cooking shows. I watched everything from “Cooking with Julia” to “The Frugal Gourmet” to “The Galloping Gourmet”. One of the main reasons that I wanted satellite tv was to be able to get the food network channel.
I know that one can find millions upon millions of recipes on the net, but I still love to read and find new recipes in cookbooks. I like to read cookbooks like novels. I hope to share which cookbooks I am looking through and what tidbits I’ve found. And I hope that you will share some of your favorite cookbooks and recipes with me.
Another one of my passions is the outdoors and nature. I love to be able to work up the soil, plant a seed, water and nurture it and it turns into a beautiful flower or even better, a vegetable!!! My husband and I just started gardening in our backyard about five years ago. When we were kids our parents and grandparents had gardens, so we took all of the information and work that we put into those gardens and applied it to ours. We still learn ALOT with each new year that we plant a garden. We have found techniques and methods that work great, while others failed miserably. Isn’t that life though?
We are also a homeschooling family. Our son attended public school through grade 5. He is now starting high school this year. We had good experiences with public school, but wanted more flexibility and control of the curriculum. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, I get that. I want to avoid any negativity towards public school vs. home school on here. I am always open to questions and comments, just please use consideration. 🙂 It works great for us and our son is getting a fantastic education. I am very proud of him and all he has achieved.
Please check back with this page, as I’ll be adding more info about myself and my family real soon. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!