About Me

DSC_1773 2My name is Jessica and I am a 34 year old wife, mother, full-time working gal, on-the-side photographer and home cook. I drive a minivan. My husband Blake and I have been married for almost 8 years. He’s a chef but I’m the primary food preparer for our fam. I’ve got three kids: Brogan (6), Beckett (4) and Berkley (2). They make my world crazy but complete. I was made to be their mom.

This blog is a place where I share my adventures in the kitchen, in parenthood and behind the lens. I love taking pictures of my children, my culinary creations, and most recently I’ve enjoyed doing some freelance photography too.

My cooking ventures are steered by a couple of things… 1) I love to cook from scratch… 2) I love quick weeknight meals… and 3) I’m trying my damnedest to get my children to not be picky eaters – so no “kids meals” here.

I am a UF grad (and huge Gator fan). I grew up in a small town in central Florida, have lived in the Atlanta area for over 10 years and definitely consider myself Southern. I love God, my family, my Nikon and butter.

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17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Good morning from Oklahoma! I’m not really sure how I happened upon your blog. After all, I was doing a search on Blake Shelton *shoulder shrug*, but here I am. 🙂 I’m enjoying reading your post. Most of them make me giggle a little. I’ve recently thought a lot about starting a blog. There are so many interesting, funny, or just things that make me go hmmm during the day. Anyway, just wanted you to know, you’ve inspired me. I look forward to reading “Biscuits and Crazy.”

    • Thank you Gail! I had the same sort of thoughts when I started this blog in July and then realized I had much more to write about than I ever thought! So happy I could pay forward some inspiration! If you do start a blog, drop me a line so I can follow you! Thanks again for the sweet words!

  2. Jessica, I love your blog and your recipes are fantastic . I am a teAcher of young children and the mother of three boys, now grown and
    Into their 20s. Parenting boys is wonderful, exhausting, rewarding, frustrating, and in the end, the greatest joy. I can see how much you love your boys.

    I don’t know you except through your blog, so I say this next part with trepidation and lots of caring. I have a stomach ache reading about Brogans behavior. You may have a serious behavioral situation brewing with your eldest son. I do not say this lightly. I suggest your speak with your doctor, candidly, document his outbursts and oppositional behaviors, and take this very seriously. Again, I do not know your family, but I can assure you his behavior is not typical and this very well ,may affect your younger son.

    I know I should not offer advice when it is not asked for, but after three decades of working young children I know what potential problems look like and can turn into. early intervention is the key.

    Please forgive my note, but I only want what is best for children and their families.
    sincerely. Carolyn

    • Carolyn – Thank you for your very thoughtful message. One of the reasons I put my life out here on this blog is to connect with people who can relate, and since I know that I haven’t got it all figured out, I appreciate good advice. So thank you for that. Brogan’s behavior is very up and down – we go through periods where it is just relentless and then hit a stage where it’s “easier”. I did ask my pediatrician for a referral a while back for oppositional defiance disorder (based on a recommendation from my mother-in-law who is an elementary school assistant principal), when Brogan first began being very oppositional. However soon after his behavior seemed to simmer down, and I felt a little silly bringing him in for something that was perhaps just being 3. Needless to say, I never sought the help. Perhaps his behavior issues have become my normal, and I don’t see how bad it really is, so I appreciate getting an outside perspective. His wellbeing and his impact on Beckett are obviously very important to me, and maybe another conversation with our pediatrician is warranted. Again, I appreciate your concern for my family. 🙂

  3. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I’m currently almost 29weeks pregnant and looking for someone to do my maternity pics! I was wondering where you happen to live? Anywhere close to Habersham County?
    If so, can u please give me some info. On your prices and details.
    Thank you!

  4. I can’t find your email address or a contact form on here. So, here’s the message I wanted to send…
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    I recently took on a consultant who insists that I resolve my “guest blogger issues.” So, based on his advice…
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    I am also opening my site up to take guest bloggers once a month.
    Same terms both ways. Unedited, full credit and backlinks to the host site.
    If you are up for it, just let me know. I have a few subjects in mind already. Love to hear your thoughts.
    Thank you.
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