|Katherine in the Kitchen, 2011: Volume 1- available for purchase now!|
|My mom and me eating my Granny Strickland's Cherry Coke Salad at Thanksgiving in my parents' dining room|
|My cousin, Gillian, my Granny Poirot, and me icing Star Cookies in my Granny & Papa Poirot's kitchen|
|My cousin, Ashlea, my Papa Poirot, and me dying Easter eggs in my Granny & Papa Poirot's kitchen|
And last, but certainly not least, there was my third home. In the front yard, this house had the most fantastic climbing tree ever found, and in the backyard, one could find banana trees and hummingbirds. My Granny & Grandad Strickland's house was watermelon, fried chicken, and chocolate cake. Maybe star cookies, too.
|Granny Strickland giving me a taste of her chocolate cake batter in my parents' kitchen|
|My dad and me taking "the guts" out of a pumpkin on Halloween in my parents' kitchen|
|My dad and me having a tea party in my Little Tykes house|
This blog is for nobody except myself, really. I want to be able to keep track of both the recipes and the memories with which they come, so here it is. Someday, I want to be able to pass down this knowledge like these women have passed it on to me. Every recipe has a first try- a first spoonful or first bite. This blog is a compilation of those first helpings. Try them out for yourself if you like- I promise they will make your heart smile.
|My dad and me making biscuits in my parents' kitchen|
|Me eating a cupcake|
I graduated from The University of Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in education. I combined both education and psychology in graduate school, and in 2010 I graduated from Texas Christian University with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working at our local hospital as a Clinical Therapist. I am married to an amazing man, Andy, who I refer to as "fabulous fiance" and "Husband in the Kitchen." I love spending time with my family and friends who are there for me no matter what. I enjoy working out, cooking, and surrounding myself with people who inspire me!
My Grandad Strickland flew photo reconnaissance P-38s in World War II. He and my Granny Strickland traveled all across the world, and my Granny Strickland collected recipes as she went. My mom now has the recipe book that was the product of their travels. I love the recipes, but how cool would it be to know what was happening the first night she had "Auntie's Sugar Cookies?" Here is the place from which my inspiration comes. I wish I could know these sweet stories from my Granny's generation, but I can not. So instead of dwelling on that, I decided to write my memories that I can pass down to my own family!
|Me cleaning up with the beater in the bathtub at my parents' house after a very messy baking time|