My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert.  My husband, Jeff, and I have been married for 30 years.  For the last 26 years I have been a stay at home mom to our 2 boys and a girl.  Recently, our youngest child graduated from high school.  I feel like I am starting the second half of my life with a whole new slate ahead of me.  I can relate to Julia Child in the movie, “Julie & Julia”, when she was trying to figure out what to do with her life and her husband asks her what she is good at.  She responds, “I’m good at eating!” I am also good at eating !  I do love to try new recipes, and share them with friends and family so that is mostly what you will find here.

Living in Arizona, and so near the border of Mexico, I have had the opportunity to eat wonderful Mexican food.  One of my cooking goals is to be able to make more authentic Mexican food myself, and pass along that knowledge to fellow Mexican food lovers.  My other love is dessert, and I hope to own a bakery someday.  Part of the reason for this blog is to try out recipes with that goal in mind and share the results.

Arizona is a great place to live, as well as cook, and even though I am a native, I haven’t seen all there is to see in this spectacular and diverse state.  As my husband and I have more time to explore now, I would love to share those experiences so that others who live here or travel to Arizona can find recommendations for things to do, hikes, and beautiful scenery.   In addition, I like old movies and trying new restaurants so you will find some of those recommendations here, too.

Last, but definitely not least, my faith is important to me.  My hope is to glorify God in all that I do and encourage others along the way.  I hope that you will find that to be true as you visit this blog for recipes, reviews, and reasons to visit Arizona!

Note:  As of September 2016, after 4 years of blogging, I have made the decision to stop writing posts due to the time needed to build our house.  I will still be using my blog to record recipes I want to save, and will still answer questions and comments.  Please see this post that explains a little more.  I hope you will continue to use this site to find new recipes to try and stay in touch!