In a Nutshell

in a nutshell

 Hi there! Welcome to Love In My Oven.  I’m so glad you stopped by. My name is Katherine, although you might know me as Katie, Kate or Kat. I would answer to all of these names as each of them reflect a different yet equally important aspect of my life. So, let me tell you a little about myself.

In a nutshell….

I LOVE baking, cooking, and eating food! Seriously, I am always munching on something; it’s actually a little embarrassing. I have always loved being in the kitchen, and it is where I spend the majority of my time at home. While I have no professional training, I believe I learned from the best. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to watch my Mom cook and bake from scratch and I developed an appreciation for cooking from the heart with real, wholesome ingredients. I definitely picked up my snacking addiction from my Dad, who could often be found seated at the kitchen table with an empty plate eagerly anticipating my Mom’s fresh baked buns or bread to come out of the oven.

Fast forward a (few) years, and I am now lucky enough to call myself “Mama” to two beautiful boys, Oscar and Walter. I am also wife to my wonderful husband and fixer-of-all-things-in-my-life, Etienne. He was born in South Africa and apparently his name is French for Stephen, which coincidentally was also my Dad’s name. Weird!

Cooking and baking has long been a passion of mine, but since becoming a mother myself I have found that I have placed even more significance on preparing home cooked food for my family. I will often look for healthier ways of preparing meals and snacks, and will use organic ingredients if it’s an affordable option. One of my main goals in life is to teach my two boys about nutrition and the importance of knowing what they’re putting into their bodies. That being said, I truly believe that moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and I would be just plain miserable without some salted caramel in my life!

This blog has come to life primarily as a way to express the creative monster that I’ve long been neglecting. Although blogging is not my full-time job, maybe one day it might be. By browsing through the Creations on my site, you will find a range of home baked snacks and meals as well as some decadent treats and desserts for when that craving hits. I hope you’ll join me on this journey as I discover, create and share new recipes.