All About Emily

I'm a twenty-something woman living in Iowa.
I am married a great man, Channa.
We have a beautiful daughter, Sophia.
Our house is also home to an annoying beagle/jack russell, Louie and the cutest long-haired basset hound you'll ever see, Bruce Lee.
I haven't found a job yet that I loved so much that I couldn't imagine life without doing it forever.
That being said, I was previously working for a wonderful world-wide insurance company processing death claims. Doesn't sound fabulous, I know...but I loved it, the company, and the people I worked with. However it was an hour commute for me each way every day.
With gas prices constantly going up, my pocket-book was shrinking quickly.
So I decided to share my love of baking with people that I knew.
I started a made-to-order, cupcake business from my home in the evenings and weekends.
That grew into cookies and now cakes also.
After lots of cookies, cupcakes and soul-searching, I decided to leave my job in the corporate-world to stay at home with my daughter and bake.
Well I needed some money to buy baking ingredients and that led to me providing in-home daycare.
Although I don't foresee myself being an in-home provider forever, until my girl heads off to elementary school, I'm pretty darn happy doing it.
Baking and cooking have definitely become my passion.
I am self-taught in the decorating as I never have attended a class or have been shown by it is all trial and error.
I love reading baking blogs for inspiration and for great pointers and tips, and that is why I decided to start blogging!
I dabble in crafts and recently DIY projects now that I'm home all the time.
Now I am here to share my experiences with you!
One of my favorite experiences in life is traveling. I want to share with you all our family travels and tips.
As we always travel on a "budget". Because in reality...who doesn't live on a 'fixed' income? I hope someone can find bits of my life useful!
What works, what doesn't, what I need to improve...all that will hopefully lead me on the path to my "forever" job.
Thanks for taking the journey with me.


  1. This is just too much of a coincidence! You are married to a Cambodian man, his last name is Chhouy, you use to work in the insurance industry, and you have a beautiful daughter! I too am married to a Cambodian man, his last name is Chhauy, I am currently working in the insurance industry, and I have two beautiful daughters and we both have a love for baking/cooking! LOL This is too funny! haha I stumbled upon your blog looking for a recipe for Khmer eggrolls. I just love your blogs!!! Keep them coming!!

    1. Oh wow! It sounds like we should be best friends :)
      That is so crazy!
      Do you speak Khmer? I can understand it, but the sounds my mouth just cannot make :(
      I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. It is definitely a work-in-progress.
      Thanks for the message, it made me smile and I quickly had to share it with my husband. Small world!!

  2. Hi there Emily,

    I'm Laurence and I'm from the new cooking website Gourmandize ( We're looking to get in touch with the people behind our favorite food blogs on the internet and feature them on our website through email interviews.

    We'd love to interview you for our site, would you be interested?

    Thanks for your time,


    1. I've actually already completed the interview, just this past weekend. I am really getting into the website though, and I really like Gourmandize!! Thanks for asking me, I am so happy to have done it! :)


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