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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 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!

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 Raleigh area of North Carolina with my husband Art and our three cats Tobias, Cashew, and Midge.

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

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 in movies. 
  • I used to hate flying but have learned to love it. I would happily travel every. single. week. if I was able to.
  • I went to a really small high school (shout out to Old Fort!) and only had 51 people in my graduating class. 
  • I would like to someday move to London. It’s my favorite city in the whole wide world and every time I visit I feel like I’m home.  
  • 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 own WAY too many house plants.
  • I do not dip my Oreos in milk and find the whole ritual a little gross. (Sorry milk dippers.)
  • I tell people my favorite book is The Great Gatsbybut really it’s Wings by Danielle Steele. 
  • 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 astrology and figuring out people’s birth charts.  
  • I have 2 tattoos – one is a cat on the back of my neck and the other is a butterfly around my ankle. I should note that my butterfly tattoo was my first 18-year-old adult decision. Bad decision. 
  • My current re-watch shows are – Parks and Rec, Schitts Creek, Bob’s Burgers, 30 Rock, The Office, and Psych.
  • The farthest I have traveled away from home is Dubai. It was amazing! 
  • The Soda Stream is my favorite kitchen gadget. 

KROM

Saturday 12th of December 2020

Hi Brandy, I just discovered your blog and ... while I normally skim (to be read skip) the blogs and head straight to the recipes ... your posts are hilarious. So I am here for both. PS. i share many your faves above. Scarily so. Only I never babysat as a kid, have a 17 year old daughter, and 3 cats. And even pre-covid, I said no to cruises. FYI- I knit scarves and shawls. Maybe we’ll have a quid pro quo in the making? Treats for scarves... Keep keeping it real.

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