Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by. If this is your first visit, here’s some info to acquaint you with me and The Yummy Life blog. This is a place to share recipes, random tips and thoughts, and have a conversation about all things yummy in life.
There's a connection between the name The Yummy Life and a baby turtle, of all things. If you're curious, you can read my post about Yummy the Turtle.
Here’s a bit about me, the writer, cook, wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, friend.
56. Might as well just get that out there. So there it is.
St. Louis, Missouri. Home of the Arch, the Rams and Cardinals (spoken with reverence--we love our Rams and Cards), gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, the King of Beers, Ted Drewes frozen custard, El Taco Burrito, steamy summers, gorgeous autumns, and the best friends a girl could ever have.
King-Man. You’ll be hearing a lot about him. Oh, there’s much to tell.
If you’re wondering why I call him King-Man. . .
Emptynesters with 2 grown sons.
Our younger son is 27 and lives in San Francisco.
Without T-Man, The Yummy Life blog would not exist. And that’s the truth. He is one talented, turtle loving, techie guy.
When given a choice, T-Man chooses greasy fast food and Totino's frozen pizzas above all else. This flies in the face of everything I believe in, but I love him anyway. Because he is my Techie Guy, and this website could not exist without him. There are other reasons, but we’ll leave it at that for now.
T-Man and his brother, Bracken, have a thriving online company that provides small businesses with simple CRM software.
Our older son is 30 and lives in Boston.
Bracken is his real name. Our family has a long history with Jack-In-The-Box (I’m talking about the fast food chain here), but that’s another story for another day. As nicknames go in our family, Brackenthebox is pretty clever, don’t you think? It definitely trumps King-Man and T-Man on the clever meter. Bracken is a brainiac with a PhD (like his dad), and thus fodder for much teasing about his geekiness. We’re pretty relentless about such teasing in our family.
Bracken is married to our wonderful daughter-in-law, Rachel. We knew Rachel was a keeper when (1) she seemed to get King-Man’s wacky sense of humor, and, (2) she promised loyalty to tolerance for the St. Louis Rams and Cardinals in her wedding vows. What more could we ask?
Bracken and Rachel are both busy professionals, but take the time to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes together. Those apples didn’t fall far from the tree. We love to eat and talk food. They've even guest posted on The Yummy Life.
And most importantly....Bracken and Rachel are parents to our one-and-only grandchild, Wesley. He's perfect. Enough said.
Well, nothing professional. My training took place in my mom's kitchen as a young girl and in my own kitchen as I raised a family. There are many good cooks in my family tree including my country cookin' grandma, my healthy cooking mother, my gourmet cooking sisters and brothers-in-law, my sweets cooking father, my southern cooking step-mother, my adventurous cooking son and daughter-in-law, my canning cooking father-in-law, and my, uh, cold cereal cooking husband. I'll stop there, although I have aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who are also extraordinary cooks. Clearly we are a family that loves food and loves to cook. I've learned from all of them and through trial and error through the years in my own kitchen.
I don’t like:
You can read more about The Yummy Life in my post:
The Beginning of The Yummy Life
Enough about me. Here are a few other tidbits you should know:
PLEASE share your thoughts on my blog posts so I know that I’m not out here all alone in the blogosphere. You have no idea how much I love hearing from you. I feel such a kinship with my readers and friends who visit me at The Yummy Life. Any and all comments are welcome, even when you disagree with me. Just remember to be constructive and kind. This is not a place for mean, ugly comments (see #1 above under what “I don’t like”). We’re, after all, chatting about the YUMMY life. All comments will appear with my posts, unless they’re unkind or ugly.
Products and affiliations:
As I share recipes and miscellaneous tips, I will sometimes mention particular products that I use and love. Something has to be near the top of my “yummy things” list to get a mention or recommendation from me. I will only mention products that are tried-and-true in my kitchen and home. If I talk about a kitchen gadget, it’s only because I use it, love it, and personally recommend it.
I do have an Amazon.com affiliate account that makes it possible for me to provide Amazon links for some of the products that I recommend. Amazon pays me a small commission on any sales from those links. I confess to being a bit of an Amazon junkie myself. Don’t tell King-Man.
Hi, I'm Monica...
Thanks for stopping by! This is a place to chat about the good things in life with a focus on fun, easy, healthy recipes and an occasional yummy splurge thrown in.
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