Jenny and I go waaay back. Almost 20 years to be exact…yikes!
She is the author of the ever so popular Picky Palate! You may have seen this talented friend on Food Network ( Better Burger Challenge, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, and The Pillsbury Bake-off). Her recipes are some of my favorite! Each one is delicious, unique and easy to prepare. Jenny has been a mentor of ours. She is down to earth, funny, relatable and most importantly a real mom!
I grew up in Mesa, AZ went to college to be a Registered Dental Hygienist and practiced for 8 years in Scottsdale, AZ before I realized I wanted to write Picky Palate as my job.
My husband is Cullen. We’ve been married for 16 years and he and I are as close to opposites as they come. He is a health/fitness nut married to me who loves all things indulgent. We balance each other out nicely.
We have three boys, Mason, Brady and Paxton. I always thought I’d be a mom to girls, but couldn’t be happier with my boys.
I started writing Picky Palate after I participated in cooking competitions from 2004-2007. I wanted a place to share the recipes I created and thought “why not start a blog?” I had no idea what I was doing, but somehow I did it. I started Picky Palate late 2007 and have had so much fun, it hardly feels like a job.
Who has been your greatest mentor along the way?
I’d say my husband and kids, since I named the blog after my boys when they were toddlers. Picky little stinkers. I’m happy to say that they will try new foods and are less picky than when they were younger.
First thing you do in the morning:
First thing I do in the morning is get on the computer, I know how predictable. After the boys get to school, my husband and I go to the gym together. After the gym, it’s playing with Pax while developing new recipes and catching up on computer work.
Describe your personal style:
Hmmm, I’m all over the board. Currently, I love a great pair of jeans, ankle boots and comfy cute top. I love Tory Burch, Kate Spade, J Crew, Gap and Nordstrom. Most of the time I am in my workout clothes until at least 2pm when I finally get a shower.
How you stay fit:
I go to the gym with my husband 5 days a week doing cardio and strength training. I love doing heated yoga too.