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Hey there! 

I’m Brandy and this is my little slice of the interwebs. I share everything from recipes to travel to stories about my cats. I don’t have kids so my cats are kids – yes, I’m one of those weirdos. 

I should note that I was a nanny {hence the name of my blog} for 10 years and have helped raise, potty train and feed over 7 different children in my career. I’m also happy to report that I have helped teach all of those kids how to get in the kitchen and learn to love cooking. What can I say – I’m super pumped to share my love of food with everyone!

BBQ Chicken photo

I have always had a serious love for food {see above photo} and since food seems to like to stick to my bones I also have a serious love for weight lifting. Currently, I lift 4-5 times a week and get a serious thrill out of that adrenaline weight lifting rush. I also LOVE to hike because the Hudson Valley region of NY is full of places to explore.

Dover Stone Church

Now, back to food. Want to know what food I love? Bacon, bourbon, asparagus, steak, chocolate….

Ok, I can’t really list all the foods I love because this page would probably never end. Oh, it should also be noted that I really love vintage cocktails

Mull covered bridge - Fremont, Ohio

I grew up in Ohio and have a serious love for the midwest. I also have dreams of having my own farm. Really I just want a huge garden and a barn full of miniature animals. I also want a Clydesdale horse but I’m just not sure the giant and miniature animals would get along. If you happen to own both let me know how they get along. 

Nutmeg Nanny Hudson Valley New York wedding at Locust Grove.

I currently live in the Hudson Valley region of New York with my husband Art and our three cats Jolie (Sadly Jolie passed away in December of 2016), Nermal (Sadly Nermal passed away in February of 2016), little tiny Bennie Boo Boo and Cinnamon. I got married back in 2012 and I’m still trying to come up with reasons to wear my wedding dress again. It’s not really because I loved being dressed up in lace but because I paid a lot for a dress I have only worn once. I’m hoping white, long, lace dresses come in style sometime soon…

Double Chocolate S'mores Milkshake by Nutmeg Nanny

Back to my food. I love sharing dishes that remind me of my childhood and my many travels around the world. I look at food as a way to connect with my past and relive my memories. I have also learned to love the art of photography. When I first started my blog back in 2009 my pictures were less than desirable {sorry early readers} but now I look at them as a way to beautifully share my work with the world. Plus I really love the excitement of taking an amazing photograph. There is nothing better than getting hyped about your work. 

Jolie and Nermal Cat

When I’m not cooking, taking pictures or developing recipes you can usually find me wasting time on Instagram, reading, pretending to be crafty, dreaming of new vacation spots and trying to cuddle my cats. 

Want to know more about me? Here are 20 fun facts!

  • I love a good rare steak (bone-in ribeye is my favorite) and absolutely under no circumstances should steak ever be dipped in steak sauce or ketchup. 
  • Speaking of ketchup. I only eat Heinz ketchup. I grew up in a town where they bottle the stuff so my loyalty lies deep. 
  • My favorite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing but Teen Witch comes in a close second. 
  • I’ve been told I have horrible taste is movies. 
  • I love road trips and would choose driving over flying any day of the week. Yes, that means I would rather drive from NY to CA.
  • I went to a really small high school {shout out to Old Fort!} and only had 51 people in my graduating class. 
  • I have a dream of living a year in France and then writing a book about it. However, I fear if I moved to France for a year I would just eat bread all day and forget about writing the book. 
  • My husband turned me into a bourbon drinker and now I channel my inner Don Draper every single time I make myself a Manhattan
  • I have a severe obsession with buying scarfs. 
  • I named my cat Nermal after the cartoon Garfield. He is adorable and yes he is all gray just like cartoon Nermal. 
  • I do not dip my Oreos in milk and find the whole ritual a little gross. {Sorry milk dippers}
  • My favorite book is The Great Gatsby
  • Flip flop and hoodie weather are my favorite time of the year. 
  • I’m obsessed with flossing and always carry a giant bag of flossers in my purse. 
  • I don’t like wearing winter jackets and usually wear nothing more than a light jacket all winter long. When it dips below zero I might bust out my wool coat. 
  • I love diffusing essential oils in my house. 
  • I got a tattoo when I was 18 of a butterfly around my ankle. Sigh. I can’t believe I put a butterfly around my ankle. 
  • I’m obsessed with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and not only watch it but I live tweet while watching. I’m very committed to my trashy tv watching. 
  • The farthest I have traveled away from home is Dubai. It was amazing! 
  • The Soda Stream is my favorite kitchen gadget. 

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Wednesday 23rd of April 2014

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Monday 23rd of April 2012

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Tuesday 3rd of April 2012

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Jennifer

Wednesday 29th of February 2012

I have a cat named Nermal too! although yours is more fitting because she's gray! Our's is a black manx and she is 100% queen of the house!!!! Trying the Spiced Honey Chicken Thighs tomorrow night - acutally in the fridge marinating now!!!!!!!!