About Me

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Hello world. I am Yammie; amateur chef, photographer, blogger and most importantly, wife to the most kind, loving, handsome, smart, funny guy you'll ever meet, Samuel. We got married in August, 2015 (you can see the wedding here) and are now living in Berlin, Germany as he finishes up his bachelor here in international business.

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I come from a big family, which is how I learned how to cook and bake. I had lots of time to focus on my cooking, baking, and photography as I became a homeschooler in highschool and I always had lots of support from my beloved taste testers.

Samuel is now my new taste tester. He's also from a big family. In fact, my family isn't really even so huge compared to his. I'm the second oldest of seven kids, he's the second youngest of twelve. He has ten brothers and only one sister. I know, it's impressive. I'm also pretty proud that I went from zero to thirty nieces and nephews in one day.


Samuel and I love food, chocolate, coffee, traveling, talking, swing dancing to Louis Armstrong, spending the summer in Canada with cabins, waterfalls, and boats instead of electricity, phones, and computers, discovering new caf├ęs, walking around the cobblestoned sidewalks of Berlin, and daydreaming about the restaurant we are going to open someday back in the US. Either that or in this building we picked out for it down the street...

I never want to eat the same thing twice. Samuel lives for his three over easy eggs, toast, and OJ every morning and hopes for tacos every night.

I never get sick of jamming out to The Jackson Five. Samuel goes crazy if he hears Michael Jackson singing Thriller.

I hate sleeping. Samuel adores it.

I enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting, and painting, all with about the skill of an eight-year-old. I love skimming bazaars, flea markets, and antique shops for unique trinkets. I'm the happiest when I'm in the kitchen dreaming about new recipes. I don't wear an apron, but prefer to make an absolute mess of myself and everything within an eight mile radius of me when I cook. I'm an advocate for eating raw cookie dough and drinking a glass of wine a day. I hate measuring ingredients, but I do it for you.

Some of my favorite foods are chocolate (did I mention that?), browned butter, and homemade salted caramel.  I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes if you didn't guess by my pen name, Yammie. And by the way, yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing. Don't be confused.

I eat gluten free because I just about die if I don't. I went through about two decades of my life feeling like had a sword stuck in my guts to figure that out. I have all of my gluten free recipes posted over at Yammie's Glutenfreedom. Don't worry though, I still cook with lots of flour because of my bread loving husband.


I started this blog March 2011 when I was 18. I never had any idea back then that food blogging can be an actual paying job thanks to ads. If you have any questions about blogging you can email me here. If you want to learn how to take photos, read my Photography 101 page to learn everything you need to know to start becoming a photographer.

Unless otherwise stated, all of the recipes are my own invention. I never had any formal culinary education. Pretty much everything that I know about food I either researched myself or learned from experience.

I would be simply honored if you would follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Reader, or Instagram. You can also follow by email by entering your email address in the top right sidebar. And even when I don't respond, a comment always makes my day.

Love, Yammie

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