Hi there and welcome to Mother Thyme! I’m Jenn, a busy mama of 5 year old twins and the voice behind this little food + home blog called Mother Thyme.
In the kitchen I have found enjoyment creating meals that combine fresh ingredients with items that are already in the pantry. My recipes combine fresh ingredients with common items already on hand for simple and delicious meals.
I am a 40 year old stay at home mom to beautiful twins that are my life. I love spending my free time in the kitchen cooking, or working on decorating and crafting projects. When the twins are tucked in bed for the evening I am exploring and creating new recipes or recreating old ones. I have always had a love for design and cooking and find enjoyment doing it affordably.
I also have a passion designing simple chic wall art for the home which is available in my shop Sugar and Thyme on Etsy. You can also find me a local craft shows in the Western New York area.
A Little Bit About Me
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo, New York. After years of living in other parts of New York, Florida and Virginia, we are back in the Buffalo area. We truly love this area and that is why we returned. It is a great place to raise a family and where else can you get the best Buffalo Wings and Beef on Weck?
Prior to having the twins I spent 16 years in the travel industry. I was fortunate that I was able to travel to some beautiful places such as Vietnam, Paris, London, Dublin, and a handful of the Caribbean islands. I met some interesting people along the way and had some great food. I still remember the little cafe I was sitting at near the Eiffel Tower having the best coffee I think I ever had or the Pho I had while sitting on little stool at a sidewalk vendor in Vietnam. Great memories, and great food.
I was fortunate to work in the travel industry until a week before I had the twins. I had a great pregnancy (even though it was long road to get pregnant) and I carried them for 36 weeks. On July 22, 2010 our beautiful twins Tyler and Eden were born. We are truly blessed.
Since 2011 I have been sharing my recipes on Mother Thyme. I want to add my little footprint in the world of food blogging and share my love and passion for food with others. I want to look back someday and show my kids what mommy did. I want them to know with determination anything is possible. I am so grateful to my readers and everyone that follows my little piece of the blogosphere. I have accomplished things I never thought was possible since MT originated. I have been featured on many sites I admire and in December 2012 I released my first cookbook Holiday Thyme and Summer Thyme in May 2013. When you put your mind to something, anything is possible. My motto is, to stay positive and stay true to yourself.
All the recipes and decorating ideas I share I have created on my own unless otherwise noted. There are so many wonderful recipes and decorating projects out there that I do like to try them. I love to give credit where credit is due so I will always share if I am using a recipe or idea I share from someone or have adapted it from somewhere.
What will you find on Mother Thyme? Since conception it has been solely recipes, but I have moved forward with bringing more of my ideas to this site as well. Occasionally you will find some of my entertaining, organizing, decorating, crafting ideas, family time, DIY and How To’s along with my easy to follow recipes.
I often get asked questions, so I thought I would take some of the questions I get asked often and share them here for fun.
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. I love pasta! I could eat it everyday!
Q. Salty or sweet?
A. Definitely sweet! I have a weakness for cookies, especially Chocolate Chip. I even have Pinterest board designated to all things Chocolate Chip.
Q. All-time favorite go to cookbook?
A. My collection of bound Cooks Illustrated cookbooks are by far my favorite!
Q. What is your favorite recipe on Mother Thyme?
A. Of course all of them are special to me but if I had to pick just one I would have to choose the Iced Oatmeal Cookies. They remind me of the Iced Oatmeal Cookies I would eat when I was young. I get so many emails and comments about this recipe. Everyone loves them and it means so much to me.
Q. Do you let your kids cook with you?
A. All the time! I love it. They love stirring the batter if we are making pancakes or sprinkling the cheese on their quesadilla. I want them to have these memories of cooking with me as they get older.
Q. Do you meal plan?
A. Yes, I do or at least I try my best to stick to a weekly menu. Of course life happens and sometimes the menu changes but I try to stick with a menu plan as best as I can.
Thank you for taking the time to visit Mother Thyme. I hope you join me as I share heartfelt stories, recipes, decorating and entertaining ideas.
A special thanks to the amazingly talented Ariel Hawkins Photography for capturing these beautiful photos of my family.