Hello there! My name is Colleen, or Leen for short. I’m a television news photographer turned producer and love every minute of my job…

Man, have I seen some stuff during my time as photojournalist. From midfield at Jerry World, home of the Dallas Cowboys…


…to leftover tornado damage in Garland, Texas…


…to President Obama flying in on Air Force One…


I’ve been able to capture some pretty epic moments while also living them myself.

But, there are two more loves of my life. My husband, Rob Welcher…


…and FOOD. One might say I have an addiction. I haven’t met a food I didn’t like (except my archnemesis, celery) and love to try new restaurants.


I am more passionate about cooking, though. That leads me to this blog. Let me tell you a little story…

A few (nay, MANY) years ago, I moved out of my parent’s house (I had just graduated from college), and before I left I wanted  to write down all of my mom’s fantastic recipes. Once I had finished logging all of her famous recipes (I put them in a photo album, works great for cataloging recipe note cards), I didn’t stop. I looked through all of the twenty-plus cookbooks she had and wrote down good-looking recipes from them. I finally moved out on my own, but my recipe transcribing didn’t stop. When I would visit my grandmother or aunt, I copied down recipes for dishes they were known for, and then raided THEIR recipe books. I was obsessed, addicted.


I think I probably have ADD. I can’t sit still for very long, and am always doing something with my hands (which is probably why I work in the industry that I do)…I can’t sit and watch TV or a movie and just watch, I have to be doing something as well. Copying down recipes on those little notebook paper notecards became an easy way for me to stay busy and focused and relaxed when I got done with a busy day, which is pretty much everyday in my life. Working in the television news industry is rough. I almost got killed by two tornadoes last spring, I’ve seen more dead bodies than most cops have, and I’m constantly working different schedules & times of the day (AND night). Writing down these recipes from cookbooks, magazines (I subscribe to Food Network magazine!), those little recipe card booklets from Pillsbury and Betty Crocker you find near the checkout aisle at the grocery store…writing down those recipes became my hobby. I started with one medium-sized photo album. I now have that photo album, plus a regular sized recipe box, plus a cute antique Bisquick recipe box, PLUS two more recipe boxes full of recipes that I all handwrote on notecards.

So what do you do with a collection of probably thousands of recipes? You cook them, duh! And I love to cook. But up until I started this blog, I had rarely ever cooked a recipe out of this collection. So I had an idea…what if I randomly draw a recipe out of my recipe boxes and then cooked it? I’d randomly draw 2-3 recipes a week, buy the ingredients, cook them, then test them out, and then write about them. Brilliant!

I’ve got recipes for meats, meals, snacks, sides, casseroles, desserts, drinks….dishes to take to potlucks, parties, & cookouts…easy-to-make, fancy, haute cuisine….what recipe will I draw next? Stay tuned to find out!


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  1. The year my parents divorced was a hard one of my Mom Financially. She gave home made gifts that year. She worried they would not be enough, but we absolutely loved them. Mom gave me a cookbook she created of all the family recipes I grew up with, Kringla among them. I love the idea of your blog because it strikes home. Wishing you all the best in your journey!

    1. What a great story. I don’t think there’s anything better than getting recipes handed down from generation to generation. Some of these recipes we may never see again if we don’t let their legacy live on through us!

  2. You sound like a girl after my own heart! Based on the shelves upon shelves of Food Network Magazines, hand-written cards, and cookbooks that I refuse to part with, it sounds like we have a lot in common – I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  3. Hi Colleen– I’m with you on the celery!! And I also like to do something while watching t.v.– It looks like you have such an interesting life!! How exciting (and sometimes stressful and sometimes sad) to be at the front of big news stories– I’m guessing you live in Texas– We were in Dallas for 4 years while my husband was in grad school– loved it there. People were so warm and friendly. OK, well, fun to find your blog! I’ll be reading ahead… xo

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I’m originally from Texas but have lived in Oklahoma for the last five years. Pretty much the same though! I hope you enjoy reading!

  4. A girl after my own heart. I made copies of the family recipes plus I have a couple of binders of recipes from magazines and product labels and am still collecting. One thing I wish I had done was written down directions for my Mom’s recipes. Many of them are just a list of ingredients and I’m having to remember how they were put together. Mom was very protective of her recipes and I think some of that was on purpose. 🙂

  5. Nice to meet you, Leen! I’m John. You have a collection of yumlicious recipes lol!! I thoroughly enjoy them! Thanks for sharing them!

  6. Hi Colleen
    Firstly, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you in person for connection with me via EsmeSalon.
    This is a personal invitation to come and join us next week and every coming Monday through to Friday and share a post link here with us at Senior Salon. Thanks for your visit/s to my blog and looking forward to reading your posts

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