Wednesday, October 1, 2014

About Me

Me and the fam

About me. Well, for a couple of years I had a long explanation of how this blog came to be and about what I do and why I do it. My revised bullet-point version is more straightforward, just like me. Sort of.

(In no particular order) I am...
  • A Southern Californian who has also lived in Portland, Oregon, and who now lives in Des Moines Urbandale, Iowa.
  • A mother of two awesome boys, one high school senior and one college freshman.
  • A wife for 26 years to a man who loves and blesses me daily—whether it be through his kindness or his challenges to my status quo.
  • A long-distance daughter to my parents who live in Georgia, close (thankfully) to my awesome brother and sister-in-law.
  • A teacher who has been transitioning for the past year from elementary ESL (English as a Second Language) to, well, we will have to see. high school ESL teacher at her kids' school (they actually don't seem to mind).
  • A cook, baker, and entertainer—just for fun and sharing. I have no real passion for making money, but I do have a huge passion for food and making people happy with food.
  • A volunteer tutor to an amazing group of Burmese refugee women who bless me every time I meet with them.
  • A reluctant blogger. I mean, I was reluctant at first, but now it’s often my sanity.
  • A member and participant of a tiny but mighty faith community called the Des Moines Vineyard.
  • A modern woman who would sometimes prefer to live in an age before screens took over. I love my blogging, iPhone, and email too much though.
  • Someone who likes to share and be helpful, which is why I do this blog.
I also love to respond to questions. If you have a question for me, feel free to post a comment within a post the question is about, or, if you want/need a quick response, email me at 

Thanks for stopping by Food Pusher. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. I am currently trying to make your gf rolls. However, when I plop them out onto the pan they flow very thin, not round balls like yours. I went back with fingers after they set for few minutes and tried to push up the edges, but there is no way I am getting a ball. What can i do?

    1. Two things I'm thinking:
      1. If you're not using Better Batter GF flour you won't get the same results. Maybe you already know this, but each GF flour is a different formula of various ingredients so they each behave differently.
      2. Did you beat the batter for 4-5 minutes? It's very necessary to achieve the fluff and volume.
      What do you think?


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