Well, I suppose the best way to introduce the blog would be to introduce the relevant cast of characters in my revival.
Kelley (Me): Just like the parishioners at a good, old fashioned, Southern tent revival, I am on a quest. Not a religious quest, but perhaps a spiritual one. (Oh come now, tell me I'm not the only one who finds that great, home cooked food, feeds my soul) I'm a wife, a stay-at-home Mom, a part-time student, a lover of all things delicious, and a Southern girl at heart.
Shelby (my stove/double oven range): Yes, I named my range, and yes, I just introduced my range BEFORE my husband, or my children. Sue me. What can I say? She plays a VERY important role in this here revival. If you saw my old stove, you'd understand. Also pictured is my beautiful pink Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, which was previously unnamed, but will be referred to as "Betty" from here on out. What can I say, there's something in a name. The bowl is missing, because it was in use at the time of this photo. Betty here sees a lot of action. Maybe she needs a revival the most.
Jonathon: My sweet husband, who has graciously offered to help me taste these recipes, and to nod his head and smile, with gusto, like the parishioners shouting "Say it again, Father," "Hallelujah," and "Amen." At least that's what he'd better do, heaven forbid we start hearing things about fire, and brimstone.
Landon: My firstborn son. 4 years old. The most picky eater on the planet. Not likely to taste my creations, more likely to sit in the back, thinking "why did my Mom drag me here? Doesn't she know these pews make my butt hurt?" aka "Why can't I have Mac & Cheese, again?"
Ashlyn: My sweet daughter. 9 months old. She's just there to look pretty. And to act as the evil tempter, tempting me to abandon my quest in order to squeeze her sweet cheeks, and play peek-a-boo. Sometimes she will succeed. What can I say? I'm only human, and the devil is very good at his job.
The Family: Otherwise known as the in-laws, who would never be caught dead at a revival, because they need no quest, they've found what they love, and it's mostly Mexican, and uber healthy. But, I will sneak in some creations to family gatherings, and take their advice to heart, and when it's good, I'll share it here!
My Bosch: Another, as yet, unnamed appliance whose importance cannot be understated. The absolute BEST tool in my kitchen when it comes to bread-making, large batches of cookie dough, or just about anything else. Santa thought I was a REALLY good girl, when he brought this baby down the chimney.