Hello! I am Chandra and this is my blog. I am the recipe maker, photograph taker, content writer, and everything lover about The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen.
I started this blog in 2011. I wanted to create a place where readers could find great recipes and learn new cooking and baking skills. Food has always been a passion of mine. I learned to cook as a young girl from my mother and grandmother. I loved that the blog would allow me to share these lessons with all of you.
In the beginning I was positive that I was on my way to be a Big Time blogger, cookbook author and fame. I just knew that it would “happen” for me. I mean I had been cooking and baking my whole life. Everyone I knew always raved about my meals. Surely this should be a “sure thing”!
Boy oh boy did reality hit me in the face! My high held hopes were quickly dashed once I learned just how much work running a blog was. So I went from hopes of fame and fortune to “well at least I have the coolest hobby on earth.” I really did have the coolest hobby on earth. I love blogging! I love sharing my recipes with you. I love the amazing support and friendship that blogging has brought into my life. The blog now was my creative outlet and I was happy with that.
Everything was going fine. Then in February 2012 I had a stroke and my life took a turn I never expected. I was immediately thrown into a life of constant pain. It felt like my head was on fire and that it would explode. Test after test, drug after drug, nothing helped. I was losing the battle with chronic pain. I quit blogging, I quit my social life, I quit housework and cooking. I just about quit life.
I finally found a pain specialist and he was able to make a difference. For 2 more years I continued to have times where it would become overwhelming and I would quit blogging again. On and off for almost 3 years this cycle continued. Blog for a month, off for two…….
I am very happy to report that while I still live with chronic pain, it is now managed very well and I have an almost normal functioning life. And guess what that means?
I am back blogging again!!!! The true joy in my life. My goal is to grow the blog large enough that I can leave my full time job and blog full time!
In my life outside of the blog I have a husband I adore, a step-son that is like my own and the best most loving 2 little dogs! Both my husband and now my son serve in the Air Force and I am very proud of them! We are a small family, but we have lots of love and a great time together.
I am so glad that you have come to The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen today. I know that you will love the recipes. Here are a few of my favorites: Buffalo Spaghetti, Super Easy Pretzel Bites, Cheesy Chicken Potato Bake, and Brownie Cake!