Hi there! I’m Constance J Smith.
I’m a child of the Midwest, having grown up in Wisconsin. After high school I was accepted to UW Stevens Point but instead I joined the army to see the world. I met this young soldier at a chapel service during Basic Training and he unexpectedly stole my heart. We got married in a whirlwind 3 months later and thus began the adventure of military life.
Having been around the block and all over the world for the last 25+ years, I now refer to myself as a “seasoned” army wife. I have three kiddos (that are really too grown to call “kiddos.”)
In the summer of 2013 we made what will be our last big move, from Alaska to Alabama. Now living in the land of sweet tea and rocket scientists I have begun putting down some roots for the first time, and started life after the army.
On any given day, you can find me working on a painting, hiking through the woods, photographing the stars, teaching a workshop, taking in a Christian rock concert or swooning over a seriously good cup of organic coffee. I kind of have a thing about coffee.
Anywhere I go, and anything I do I chronicle my journey with my readers.
I started a “homepage” website back in 1998, and got started with blogging on April 8th, 2006. There were two things that really motivated me to begin blogging.
The first was sharing our adventures and activities with friends and family that are all over the country.
The second, and what I am most known for are the recipes. Right around the time I started blogging, someone said to me that they wished there was “Home Ec” for grown-ups. Over the years I have also met many people who didn’t know how to cook, simply because they were never taught. With her words and those aspiring home cooks in mind, I intentionally write my recipes as clearly as I possibly can, so that anyone , even new cooks can understand the instructions.
In the Kitchen section you will find hundreds of recipes and step-by-step photos are included with nearly every one. I also include periodic “Cooking 101” style posts with very basic recipes or tutorials. I have a passion for teaching, and welcome questions or requests.
In the Travel & Dining section you will find things about places, locations, events and restaurants. There are subcategories including Alaska, Alabama and North Carolina, which contain posts telling the stories of things we did and saw while living in those places.
Finally, in the Home, Garden & Life section you will find things about gardening, photography, family life and even an occasional DIY or “Blogging Tips.” You’ll also find all of the vlogs – a.k.a. “Cosmopolitan Cornbread TV.”
This is one of my favorite family photos, taken in the mountains north of Fairbanks, Alaska after a day of fly fishing on the Chatanika river.
This was us the day we left Alaska. I kind of didn’t want to leave.
In October 2014 my daughter got married.
In the Spring of 2015 I went from being an Army Wife, to an Army MOM!
My husband, kiddos and yours truly. See what I mean about them being too big for that term? They’ll always be kiddos to me!
A young husky pound puppy mix name Chena.
Our second rescue – Duke. We actually had to do a DNA test to figure out what he was. Among other things…he’s part shar-pei!
And now a whole flock of baby chickens have joined the family.
Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you take a few minutes to check out my recipes – or better yet, give some a try!
Below are two e-cookbooks that I have been published in that are free to download. Simply click on the images below and then save the pdf.