About Maple and Thyme
Welcome to Maple and Thyme! I’m so glad you’re here! Take some time to look around, check out the recipes, and get in touch with any cooking or baking questions or ideas that you have. Thanks for stopping by!
I fell in love with baking when I was about to turn six years old. It was almost my birthday and I wanted to make cupcakes to take to school to celebrate with my friends. My mom pulled out a can of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder and we worked together to combine all of the ingredients. Once the cupcakes were baked and cooled, we used a recipe from my grandmother to make a vanilla butter cream frosting. Each frosted cupcake was topped with a bright orange, candy pumpkin. The following day, my friends and teachers were thrilled by our cupcakes. Watching everyone enjoy something that my mom and I had created together ignited a fire – the desire to continue to create foods that other people would love to eat. I realized that good food has the power to bring people together.
From that day on, I lived in the kitchen. My mom was the kind of mom that encouraged me to try everything. I learned to make waffles, cookies, spaghetti sauce and grilled cheese. I used her tattered Betty Crocker Cookbook to find most of my recipes. As I grew older, my love for baking and cooking grew. Now I have a different focus – creating meals and baked goods that my two boys will love helping prepare and will enjoy eating. When possible, I prefer to use seasonal and local produce, whole grains, and natural sweeteners. Many of my recipes will use honey or maple syrup in the place of sugar. New England is maple sugar-making territory so the syrup is easy to come by and absolutely delightful.
About the Blog
Thinking about what I’m going to cook and bake is one of my favorite ways to spend my time. I really like sharing recipes ideas with friends and family. Friends and family often request that I share a recipe or tell them how I made something. Finally, I decided that rather than sending links to recipes over text message, or talking my sister through a recipe over the phone, I would create a blog so that I could share my recipes and my love for cooking and meal planning. This blog is all about my adventures in the kitchen, feeding my family, and planning for weekly meals. My hope is that these pages, posts, and recipes will inspire a love for cooking, baking, and trying new foods and recipes in your kitchens.
Finding What You Are Looking For
- The Recipes page is where you will find all of the original recipes here on Maple and Thyme.
- What’s Cooking This Week is a series of weekly meal plans that feature Maple and Thyme recipes as well as recipes that I find interesting and want to try from other blogs. These posts can help you think of fun ideas for weekly Sunday dinners, getting ahead on lunches for the work week, and stocking your freezer with yummy cookie dough and scones that you can bake any time you need a sweet treat!
- My Adventures pages is still a work in progress but my hope here is to feature restaurant reviews and to document the food adventures that we participate in as a family (cooking classes, factory tours, etc.).
Maple and Thyme is a food blog run by Amanda Smallwood. Our website address is: https://www.mapleandthyme.com. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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