I would be Karlynn, mother of two beautiful little hearts who are the center of my world, married to Magpie Mike, or Mr Magpie.
Why The Kitchen Magpie?
I collect recipes, shiny kitchen toys, pretty retro kitchenware and restaurant experiences like a magpie. At any given time in my house, you can find a random assortment of scraps of paper with recipe ideas strewn about the kitchen, something bubbling – or burning- on the stove and always, always I tell you, one gigantic mother of a mess.
My kitchen is my nest, where you will find me fluffing my creative feathers, retreating into my cookbooks with a cup of tea and always thinking of the next creation I am going to attempt.
I’m an Edmonton blogger and I’m proud to be 100% Canadian.
Why Am I So Garden Crazed?
If I am not in my kitchen, driving the kids to school or cleaning that perpetual mess in my kitchen, you might just happen upon me in my Zone 3a Alberta garden which is getting better by the year. It’s my way of trying to bring the country into the city, which I desperately miss.
Growing up in the country as a child seared an indelible mark on my food soul, the need to grow my own produce, the taste of warm sun on my vegetables, the feel of dirt between my fingers and the deep rooted urge to use my city lot as more than space for useless green grass.
Having children only made it worse, as raising them in the city only made me feel sad about what they miss out on – but happy about the many benefits such as their schooling choices- so raising my children in an environment where they were able to grow some of their own food and have it a normal part of their childhood was top priority.
It may not be a large space, but they can run barefoot in the grass, picking warm raspberries, green peas and Saskatoons fresh from the backyard for their snacks as they play, just as I did. It has become second nature to them that the backyard produces summertime snacks, something I rejoice in every time I see berry stained lips shouting out gleefully in play.
And Finally, Welcome To My Site
Welcome to my kitchen, take a peek at all my recipe and see what tickles your fancy. I am such an eclectic cook that there is something for everyone. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
Grab a coffee and browse through my failures or successes in my city garden, or laugh about my adventures or misadventures as they may be. Learn a thing or two, or help me learn by leaving a comment with your own advice.
If there’s one thing that’s certain, I haven’t learned half of what I would like to know and usually don’t know most of what I talk about.