About Me

Color is overrated

I'm Rayna
-I'm a freshman in college living on a ranch in a small country town with all kinds of animals with my family. 
-I'm an avid list maker which you'll see below.
-I was diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus {autoimmune disease} about 2 months after my 17th birthday which I talk about from time to time on here.
-I also discovered I have a dairy sensitivity so I'm trying to limit the amount of dairy products I use and consume, though I make a lot of dairy-filled recipes for family and co-workers.
- I could easily live off of green beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, and apples for the rest of my life.

Battle Scars
my baby, Oddball
Things I love..
  • Baking
  • Animals (big cats, horses, and pit bulls are the top 3 favs)
  • hand raising orphaned baby animals -Yes, I miss a lot of sleep because of getting up every few hours for feeding, but watching them grow up to be healthy adults and knowing you are the reason for it makes it all worth it. 
  • synchronized sleeping mother's touch
  • Photography
  • Spoken Word Poetry 
  • DIY projects
  • country music, mostly Texas Red Dirt
  • strong coffee
  • dark chocolate with sea salt
  • cowboy boots 
  • crocheting
  • Autumn/Fall 
  • tattoos
  • roasted green beans with broccoli florets {my go-to dinner for myself}
-I have a love/hate relationship with my blog. Sometimes I love writing and sharing posts, but I get in a rut and not inspired to write or share anything.

Me with one of our horses, Twister.

My dad has Frontotemporal Dementia (its form of Dementia; somewhat like Alzheimer's) He has been diagnosed for about 7 years now. He turned 52 this year. He is my main "guinea pig" when it comes to trying out new recipes, especially if they have "sugar" or "chocolate" in the ingredient list.


  1. Hello! I ran across on e of your recipes and I would love to feature it on my site.... Fit Tip Daily.com with your blessing of course ;) I will also include a link to your site to give you a boost as well.

    Please let me know,


    1. I don' know you, but you sound adorable!!! I love the way you speak of your dad. Just wanted you to know that people are out here, loving your blog .

  2. Ditto on Karen's comment.....you sound like a doll...a combination of compassion/creativity. Much luck to you going forward.

  3. great blog - best wishes to you...i plan to try the white chocolate biscoff brownies - thanks.

  4. Hi there,
    I found a posting of your zucchini bites on Pinterest and it brought me to your blog. Now I think it was kind of fate...I was reading your blog and read that your Dad has dimentia- my Mom has Pick's disease, she was diagnosed at 52. You are the only person I have met who has a parent with this disease. It is nice to see that you have found something that brings the both of you joy and that you can share together. Keep cooking. All the best. Jennifer.

  5. Hi! It was nice to find your blog. I love your bucket list. We have similar wishes there. I'm also a dreamer, a cook and a writer. I'm old enough to be your mom but as far as I don't have kids yet, lets be blog/friends! Go on! I'll let you know when I made one of your recipes.

  6. Hi!
    I too am a young person who loves food, it's inspiring to see you doing what I wish I could be doing, cooking and showing it to the world. Keep it up.

  7. Absolutely love your blog and thank you for sharing these recipes! Have an 8mth old bby girl and she loves zucchini so I can't wait to cook these for her!

  8. Hi! I love your site, found your zucchini tots through Pinterest :)

  9. Hi Rayna,
    I love your blog! I've been following it for about 6 months now. Such delicious recipes and great stories.
    Keep up the fantastic work. You seem like an amazing young woman.
    New Zealand.

  10. I agree that you are an absolute doll. You are so wise and compassionate and full of love. And all of that shines through in this blog. Keep up all the good, heartfelt work and many blessings to you.

  11. Hi Rayna,

    I love your recipes and keep cooking. You are an inspiration.
    Johannesburg, South Africa.