Hi!  I'm Terra.  I love to cook and bake and experiment with recipes and different foods (does that make me a foodie?).  I also love to garden, craft, read and have a passion for the home. 

The Personal History: I was born and raised in Minnesota by my parents and with my three siblings.  I was homeschooled for most of my youth, and went on to graduate from the University of North Dakota with my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2012.  I now work full time as a float nurse at a local hospital.  I'm almost 30 (yikes, already?) and have been married for going on seven years to my wonderful husband, Charlie.  We were married in the fall of 2006.  Three years ago we moved to our country home in Northern Minnesota. 

The Cooking History: As I grew up, I have had several influential people who taught me how to cook.  First, my Mom, who taught me about cooking and baking.  My grandma taught me about canning.  One of my aunts taught me how to bake my first loaf of bread from scratch when I was eight.  My other grandma taught me about making elegant meals.  These great ladies started me on my food journey, and now, here I am: loving to experiment and create my own recipes, learning how to create healthy recipes, always being willing to try something new, learning how to combine what I have on hand to create delicious meals, and learning as much about food as I can. 

The Gardening History: My dad built me my first tiny little garden when I was about 10, and I still remember the little rows of tomatoes, lettuce, peas and beans.  I think we tried to grow corn, as well - though I don't remember getting a harvest that first year!  From then on, each year found me tinkering with some sort of garden - be it vegetables, flowers, herbs, heirloom gardening, house plants, tropical plants or bonsai.  When I turned 15, I started working at a local greenhouse.  I learned so much there, and worked there for six years.  Now, my husband has to hold me back from making too many gardens and flower beds and planting too many fruit trees and I do appreciate his helping me not go beyond my ability to properly care for everything!

The Crafts History: Ever since I can remember, my sister Sarah and I have dabbled in all sorts of crafts.  I remember doing yarn crafts when we were six or seven, we also made those little woven pot holders, wove little doll scarves with a straw "loom," crocheted everything we could think of and practiced our embroidery.   As we grew older, we started doing more 'sophisticated' crafts, such as sewing, cross-stitching, rubber stamping and knitting.  Since being a teenager, I also have enjoyed dabbling in quilling, rug making, quilting, paper making, tatting and lace making. 

The Homemaking: Even though I work full time, it is important to me to be a good homemaker and try to create a lovely home.  To me, a lovely home includes having an organized and clean house, making tasty meals, making sure lunches are packed for us, having gardens and decorating the house tastefully.  Now, please don't get the impression I do all these things perfectly - nope, doesn't happen!  But I do my best to have an attitude of personal motivation toward these goals.  

The Blog Content: On my website, I will be sharing current recipes I am making, foods I experiment with, our brewing and vinting experiences, about fermented foods (a passion of mine), my flower and vegetable garden experiences and other plant experiences), homemaking tips and experiences, and insights I have learned (and am learning) on how to be a good wife.   

The Camera: I use a Pentax K100D 6.1 MP Digital SLR camera.  I most often shoot with a Sigma 105mm DG Macro lens.  I do have a Pentax AF-360FGZ flash, but am still learning how to use it.  I know my photo skills are rudimentary at best, but I love to learn and experiment with the camera in hopes of learning how to take better photos. 

Dear Reader:Thank you so much for stopping by!  I welcome your comments, ideas and questions.  Have a lovely day!


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