About Me

 

Hi there, I’m Heather.  I was born in Happy Valley, otherwise known as Provo, UT. I grew up in the Midwest, specifically the Minneapolis, MN suburbs, which I affectionately call “The Land of the Frozen Chosen”.  After going out west for university and 15 wonderful years in paradise– from SF’s Bay area to SoCal–I find myself a flower in the desert, learning to bloom in a different extreme climate. I’ve been a high school math teacher for 20 years now, but outside of the classroom,  I am obsessed with creating.  Whether I am tweaking a recipe, painting my wall calendar for the new month, using my power tools to cut scarp wood for a new holiday decoration, or planning my next dinner party, you can be sure it is not DIY, it is CUSTOM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Story

My Creative Obsessions Begin

My earliest creative memory was helping my dad build a shelf in our first home in Orem, Ut.  Well, “helping” is generous as I am sure I as more playing with daddy’s tools than anything.  It was a great time to grow up, and growing up to be meant a lot of creating. My dad was a carpenter and my mom an interior/exterior designer, so to say creating oozed out my pores is putting it lightly.  My mom designed and decorated our house since I can remember.

 

Our first house in MN had an unfinished basement and no garage, and finishing the garage and the basement were not the only projects throughout my childhood. Our house was a blank canvas that was constantly being improved. Walls were blown out. Decks,  porches, and patios built.  The word “entertainment system” didn’t exist in my vocabulary. Going out to buy one was  not in my realm of life experience. We needed shelves, cabinets for toys, a place for the TV. No problem, so my mom and dad would design and build it. We needed curtains. We didn’t go shopping for them. We shopped for fabric and my mom sewed not only the roman shades for our windows, but upholstered the window valences my dad made the from MDF. The number of projects we did in that house, I honestly couldn’t count them. I can tell you that by 16, I announced that my parents were not allowed to do another project until I moved out to college.

 

Holidays were filled with not only great food from scratch, but homemade decorations. I have so many memories of my grandmas dinner rolls, caramel pecan rolls, mashed potatoes…food and lots of it was the center of any family holiday, celebration, vacation which was always a family reunion. My mom made my Pink Princess Leia costume, and it made zero different that most people would never be able to say they recognized I was a Pink Princess Leia.  What meant the most to  me is that my mom asked what I wanted to be, that is what I told her, and she sewed it.

 

Carving pumpkins isn’t my first thought when I think of Halloween; painting pumpkins is!  That is because my earliest tradition for halloween besides making our costumes, is painting pumpkins. Paint brushes were as common in my house as pencils or crayons…well, ok, maybe that is a stretch, but my point is that creating whether it is sewing, cooking, drawing, using power tools…whatever it was, it was custom. Custom to our needs, design ideas, and the space, event, holiday, or whatever we could think up. It wasn’t about finding a stock,  pre-made item that everyone else had; it was about dreaming it up and then making it a reality. It wasn’t DIY, it was custom. So, here I am. My whole life has been about custom design. I have a intatiable desire to create, and it is in my blood. My brain just won’t stop. It is wired that way. I find great joy in creating, I find great joy in sharing what I create, and seeing others add richness in their creations!

KETO Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Veggies, & Coconut Cauliflower “Rice”

  I would have to rate this meal as one of my all time favorites!!! Total food nirvana. The flavors are spot on, go so well together, and the coconut cauliflower rice is beyond delicious. The best part of it are all the tasty left overs! I'm salivating thinking...

KETO Indian Butter Chicken & Saffron Turmeric Cauliflower “Rice”

  Can I just try to tell you how much I LOVE Indian food and starting KETO I was soooo worried about all the food I wouldn't be able to have I had no idea the variety of food I would be able to have. AND how delicious and satisfying everything would be. I am NOT...

Keto Lasagna

  One of my biggest fears starting a KETO lifestyle was giving up breads and pasta. I was so uneducated on KETO when I first started, all I knew is that it was high fat low carb and I kept seeing it with connected to IF (intermittent fasting) specifically for...

Keto Beef Stroganoff

  Who doesn't miss comfort foods when you are trying to lose weight? I know I do!!! Thankfully you do NOT have to miss out on KETO. I LOVE Beef Stroganoff, and the wheels just started turning to make a keto friendly version of this delicious comfort food. I mean...

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu and Keto Broccoli Salad

  Since starting the ketogenic way of eating, and lost 16 lbs in the first month on top of feeling great and enjoying what I can eat, I have been converting my favorite regular recipes into keto friendly recipes and they are turning out so yummy! My most recent...

Mexican Keto Beef Rice Bowl

  One of the food items I was so worried to give up starting Keto was rice. Finding a rice substitute didn't cross my mind until weeks later. Hallelujah for cauliflower rice! This Mexican Keto Rice Bowl hit the spot and was so delicious. A guilt-free and healthy...

Low Carb Keto Pizza: Less Than 4g Net Carbs Per Serving

  If you haven't tried a Cauliflower Pizza and you are dying for pizza on keto, you need to!!! You will not miss the original thing. I was so worried, but thought I would go for it. It was amazing! My husband and guests are not keto and they loved it. I was also...

Got-To Keto Avocado Ranch Dressing

  Avocado's healthy fats are pretty widely known, but do you know about the healthy fats in Sardines? Can't fathom eating sardines? I know I couldn't, but knowing their nutritional value, I wanted to find a way I could add them to my meals.  I love a good avocado...

Keto Gelato: Best Fat Bomb Ever

  Are you on Keto and do you dream of Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato? Or are you so sick of other "fat bombs?" You will LOVE this velvety Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato! There is not better way to use 15 egg yolks and 6 cups of heavy whipping cream!...

Best Gold Drip Technique

  Anyone else frustrated with painted chocolate gold drips gold? I know I am. And you definitely do not get the GOLD DRIP effect you would envision. I mean I don't. Sure, it looks pretty like in this cake I did, but I just wasn't complete happy about it...until I...
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