About Me

I grew up in Murray, Utah and am the oldest of 6 children. I earned a degree in Choral Music Education at the University of Utah, married the love of my life and have been a stay at home mom ever since. When I started this blog, I had a houseful of children ranging in age from 3 up to 12. A lot of time has gone by since then, nearly 13 years! Many of my children are grown now and I have 2 fabulous in laws, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. My twin sons are still teenagers and living at home with my husband and I. We live in Layton, Utah where we adore spending time with our family.

I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (yes, that means I’m a Mormon)!  You can read more about this wonderful church here and here.

My Family

About The Blog

Jamie Cooks It Up! has been up and running since October of 2009. There are over 1500 family friendly recipes living and breathing on this site.  Back when I began this blog I posted 3 new recipes a week. Now, I generally post 2-3 new recipes a month as well as a WEEKLY MENU PLAN that goes live each and every Friday morning. As the years have gone by, I’ve tried to focus a little less on the sweet recipes and more on healthy recipes and cooking methods.

About The Recipes

Many of the recipes I post here have been passed on to me from friends or relatives. Some I find in cookbooks or online. Others are my own creation. I only post recipes that turn out fabulously well and have earned a thumbs up from my friends and/or family. I use basic ingredients that can be found in regular grocery stores.  All recipes come with photographs and step by step instructions.

About My Cooking Experience

Would you believe me if I told you there was a time in my life when my cooking repertoire consisted of One Casserole and a Big Pot Of Pioneer Taffy? It’s true. Believe me when I say it, man.  When I got married my skills were limited, I tell you. Then I started having kids and realized that I really love to cook. So, I cooked.  I made a few things that weren’t fit to feed an ugly dog! Even and ugly dog doesn’t care for burnt biscuits you know.  So, I practiced some more.  I studied up and cooked and baked and learned everything I could about the subject.  (I am still learning, even today!) My reason for telling you all of this is simple. Any one can learn to be a great cook. You just need a great recipe, some decent instruction and a little time to practice. You can be a cooking rock star, as sure as the sky is blue.

About the Photography

All of the pictures you see here have been taken by yours truly. Even the really ugly ones, darn it. I am a work in progress! I use a Canon t2i and natural lighting.

I hope you find some wonderful recipes here! Have a great day!