Welcome to my kitchen!
Pull up a chair, grab a slice of cake, and let's chat.
Being a mom, wife, business owner, and everything else...I'm right there with you looking for yummy, easy, and nutritious meals that my family enjoys.
From newbie home cooks to professional chefs, limited budgets to unlimited budgets, cooking for 2 or cooking for 12...you are sure to find great recipes, ideas, and tutorials to help you enjoy cooking just a little more!
Even a simple recipe for a make-ahead breakfast can make a huge difference to your day: forget morning stress, farewell cranky kids, and hello super-energy & productivity! Think about how much good little changes can do for you in the kitchen...
Somewhere along the way, we forgot that meals have a simple job...feeding our bellies.
It's time to reconnect with meals that are simple and satisfying, getting back to the process of creating meals that we enjoy. This doesn't require a chef, Pinterest-worthy meals, or even hours of time. Food should feed our bellies and our souls. You don't have to be a chef or have a silver spoon to accomplish that.
In our kitchens, we shouldn't ever feel stressed, insecure or worried about what to cook.
Healthy eating is always a good idea. Truthfully, many of us grew up eating pretty unhealthy and find it difficult to learn new ingredients and methods. There is no better way to learn new skills than to practice. At NellieBellie, we are constantly sharing tips and tricks to make practicing easier, fun, and judgement-free. We believe the key to learning new cooking skills lies in enjoying the process more than the outcome.
Get better at what you know, learn when you can, and enjoy the process.
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Hey, I'm Nellie!
My husband, two kids, and two spoiled rescue dogs are my world. Wine, food, and entertaining are some of my favorite things to do. Pretty much in that order.
We owned a small business for more than 15 years, which we recently sold to allow me to focus full-time on my passion: food and building community.
Each day, I try to get myself dressed and to work like a proper business person. Most often, I'll be curled up on the couch with my laptop and Say Yes to the Dress playing on my TV, and a cup of coffee (one of many!) sitting on the coffee table. In fact, it's the same coffee table I warn my family not to use because it's on the beautiful white rug. What a hypocrite!
My role as the oldest of ten children makes me a very bossy individual. The thing is, I am generally right (I know when to pick a fight and that is the key to seeming super smart). I have a rule at home where the oldest member of the family never gives up his or her seat. In other words, I'm always able to sit at family gatherings comfortably while my younger siblings (my oldest is older than my youngest.) often occupy the floor.
Starting things. Getting "pretty good" at things and then moving on. Cleaning (no, that might not be true). Talking. Being kind. Sharing. Dressing up. Decorating. Painting (gross! but I'm good at it.). Gardening. Cakes. Soups. Cocktails. Breads. Salads. Coffee. Basically, all food... I'm super good at it. Being creative. Planning parties. Speaking. Making people feel comfy. Hosting parties. Yoga. Spending hours floating in the lake. Painting nails! 💅🏼 Playing bass guitar (nope, not anymore...that was ages ago).
I've finished my Professional Cooking Fundamentals coursework in Sur La Table Culinary Institute. I've been featured on many websites, magazines, and brands throughout the last 12 years. Some included Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, Cottages and Bungalows, Country Living, Reader's Digest, and many more. I was also a Stillwater Gazette Columnist for 1.5 years, have spoken at multiple conferences, hosted local events, taught classes for Pinners Conference, and much much more...
I don't think you need you don't have to be a great cook or know how to read a recipe. Grab a frozen pizza and bottle of wine and share it with a friend. Learn how to bake a cake with your kids while laughing at how poorly it turns out. Or, master a recipe here on NellieBellie and feel like a SuperHero (heck, I'll send you a sticker!). Just find a way to walk into your kitchen and feel joy.
We are proud to be a part of your success!
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