So who is DoughMessTic, anyway? image

Thanks for asking. I’m Susan Whetzel. I am a wife to Jon, and a Mom to 4 year old Seven. We have a home in Virginia, in a small town in the mountains. We’ll never leave, I imagine. It’s where I was born…hard to see myself anywhere but here. I’ve been married for about 12 years now, and together since 1992. I know, I know. That makes me…old. Old-ish, anyway. I’m 36, in case you like to know those kinds of things. Somedays I feel older. Somedays, I wonder how I could possibly be in my thirties. I guess we’re all that way to an extent. It’s life.

usromedaybeforebw Jon and I have a Travel Bug – we love seeing the world. We’ve had a wild ride: Italy, Kenya, Belize, Indonesia, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, France, Morocco, Ireland, Greece, Turkey…lots of others. Over 30. I think it has changed us in ways that are hard to explain…for example “poor” takes on a new picture when comparing how poor I feel sometimes to the “poor” little girl digging for change in my pockets in a remote section of Bali, or the “poor” family living in a house made of road signs in Mombasa. So, these travels have helped make me who I am. I hope it has made me more impassioned. More humble. More aware. I hope.

As for my son, Seven. Yes, his name really is Seven and NO, we did not name him that after the Seinfeld episode. I get asked that a lot. Truth be told, there are lots of reasons we named him that, but the main one is that we were infertiles. Infertiles that were told in December of 2006 that there was very little chance for us to have a baby, and that despite all of our fertility treatments, no one was getting born any time soon on our watch. So we went to Europe on a cruise for our 7th anniversary a month later, and while in Rome, the City of Seven Hills, after a stop in Cairo to see the only remaining 7th Wonder of the World, I found out in the Ospedale San Giacomo that I was pregnant. Seven weeks pregnant on my 7th Anniversary. So, our lucky little Seven was born almost 7 months to the day later, and here we are. Now you know.

I started this blog when Seven was about 8 months old. I decided to be a Stay At Home Mom and time at home was getting to be, well, a bit boring. I figured if I am going to be a SAHM, I am going to make it my JOB. I needed to learn to clean house. Do laundry. Cook. Bake. Keep a nice little Ozzie and Harriet thing going on for my working man. Trouble was, I didn’t cook. At all. We ordered food a lot. We ate out at restaurants. What I did cook came from boxes in our freezer. No, no, Harriet could not do this to Ozzie. Thank God for the internet.

I fell into the land of Food Blogging. I decided if other people could do it, so could I. I started simple – Pies. Cupcakes. Some cookies. I got my feet wet and kept on wading. A month or two later, I was involved in both Tuesdays With Dorie and The Daring Bakers, groups that motivated me to try everything with no fear. It’s food…what’s the worst thing that could happen? I burn it? It flops? No big deal – but I found myself succeeding more than failing. I made friends in these groups, and these friends led me to more friends…all inspirations to me in one way or another. What you should expect to find here is me being honest with you. I am NOT a gourmet. But there is no recipe that scares me…and I think everyone should have that mentality. If I can do it – so can you. If I screw something up, you’ll know about it. I think it’s important that I am honest with you…so don’t expect to see all sunshine and rainbows.



Thanks to this Blog and the experience it has given me  I have a Cookbook coming out in a few months.  I develop recipes for companies like Nestle and Johnsonville.  I’ve worked for a Cafe as their baker. I’ve been featured in Taste of Home Magazine, and a featured Cook on Betty Crocker. I’ve won a a HUGE trip to the Rose Bowl for an avocado recipe, a cake decorating competition, a Pie Baking Competition, even a Cupcake Competition. I have become a cake decorator and sell high end cakes for birthdays, weddings and parties.  I have ads on my site, and these ads help pay my bills. It’s been a very positive experience for me, and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone on the fence about becoming a blogger themselves. This all happened in 3 years. I only wish I had found my calling years ago.

So that’s me. Now…who are you? Clue me in. You can email me at Susan AT Doughmesstic Dot com. I’d love to hear from you!

Reviews & Giveaways

From time to time, you will see Reviews and Giveaways on my site. These are most often provided to me by the company for free, and you should know that, and just to be sure, I will let you know in the post that it was a gift. I do not give positive reviews just because they supply me with a product. If I like it, you’ll know about it. If I don’t, you’ll know that, too. If you are interested in this site doing a review of one of your products, please send an email to Susan AT doughmesstic DOT com. If you are interested in an advertising banner on my sidebar, please email me at the same address for rates/counts/stats. Currently, I am accepting product reviews that pertain to Cooking/Kitchen and Mommy/Toddlers. Books and Music are also acceptable.


Per FTC Blogger Guidelines, I will be disclosing any sponsored relationship within the specific posts. This being said, my opinions can not be bought.  If I have a good relationship with a company and their product, I will review it, good or bad. However, because I prefer to keep my blog a positive and fun place, I prefer to opt out of reviews I find unflattering – therefore you may not find many negative blog posts about products, and instead, I have provided my negative feedback to the company in question.  The products I do offer reviews of here on my site are ALL products I stand behind and endorse, publicly and privately.  Have a question about a specific post or product I didn’t answer within the post? Feel free to email me and ask!

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Chef Craiger May 19, 2010 at 1:21 am

Ok, Susan Chef Craiger here! I think it is time to change this page! I know it’s tough…but that is what you are! Carpe Diem! Sieze the day and purge yourself of that which vexes you, and edify it with that which brings you joy! I’m just saying, as I get all preachy and things. I miss chatting w/ you. I hope you can find the time to chat back to me a bit and let me know what is going on? Love you dear from two thousand miles away! Your friend, Craiger


brandi@BranAppetit May 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hi! I saw an article about you in the New River Valley Magazine and was so excited to see another blogger in the area. We actually live in the same county :)

I’m excited to keep reading and so glad I found your blog!


Becki D June 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

What an inspiring bio! I’m sort of in the same boat, though not quite so adventurous or successful (yet!). Became a SAHM a year and a half ago, and started learning to cook through the internet, found myself becoming obsessed with food blogs. And baking. What fun!

Oh, and Seven is adorable, BTW. :-)


Tickled Red July 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi ya :)

Do you by chance know about this going on next month? Tried to DM you about it but couldn’t. Any-hoo check it out.



Mary Donkersloot September 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Hi Susan – love your story and your site. I’m grew up in a very small town in Iowa and my love of food created a career for me well – I’m a nutritionist AND a foodie. You are an amazing inspiration. See you in Portland.


deb_in_clute March 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Is it ok to pin things from your website onto Pinterest without asking permission?


doughmesstic March 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Pin away! I love Pinterest, and I would love you to pin everything here that you like. :)


Michelle March 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hi Susan,
I love your Millennium Falcon cake, but can no longer find the tutorial. Can you email it to me or email me the link? Thanks so much!


Denise March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hello Susan, just found your blog through pinterest (of all things) and have instantly falling in love with the recipes and your concepts. I am from Canada and I can’t wait to try some of them out!!


Aggie March 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Seven is absolutely precious. Love the flour pics :)


Heather April 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

LOVE your blog – especially the popovers! You are an inspiration to all of us SAHM kitchen lovers:)


Pete June 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love your blog and would really like to try some recipes. Unfortunately I don’t know how much butter is in a tablespoon…. Is it possible to post some equivelant measures in gms or mls? (I don’t even own a tablespoon).

It would make your recipes accessible to an international audience.

I REALLY want to try popovers!


Yesenia Gilfranco July 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Wow, your story is an inspiration. How your son came about is such a blessing! Your blog is awesome and I hope to try and share many of the recipes you post. :)


priscilla July 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

wow… I love your blog and story.


tiffany drape August 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

great blog! curious what part of southwest VA you’re from? i live in blacksburg and figure you can’t be too far from there considering the mixed. conference is at smith mountain lake!


Maria September 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Came to your site after following a Pinterest recipe. While reading the story of your commune and the Buffalo Cupcakes, ordering during a Hokie game and getting them during the Redskin game :-), I realized you were an alumni of VT, too ~ I’m much older, though (El.Ed. ’85)! LOVE seeing a Hokie succeed and I will be following on both Facebook and Pinterest!!


janice October 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Would you please consider adding a “Follow by Email” button for this to your Blog? I’d like to get updates for your free patterns/tips pages but dont like following via other methods.

TIA, Janice M


Amy October 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi Susan. I am 38, with my husband since 1991, married for 11 years! I am enjoying your blog (found through another one), and I love the reasoning behind your son’s name. He is such a cutie! Thanks for sharing your recipes,.


mary mackie November 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I would like a “Follow by Email” button too. Love alot of the recipes. Staying at home with your son is a decision you won’t regret. He is a cutie!


Teresa November 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I loved browsing your site. I am always looking to make my home more homey and make life easier for my family without making it harder for me.

I was wondering what small town in VA you live in I live in a very small town in the New River Valley.


doughmesstic November 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

I live in Pearisburg. You?


Sofia November 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

Just found your site through Pinterest and am very happy I did. There is very nearly a droplet of drool on my desk from your photos and I love your writing! I’m a fellow blogger over in Ireland and I can tell you now I might be sharing a recipe or two of yours in the future! :)
Keep up the awesome work!


Shelly January 27, 2013 at 8:13 am

Good morning Susan! I just purchased an Artisan mixer and discovered popovers, which I made for the first time this morning from a basic recipe provided in the cookbook that came with the mixer. I didn’t know they even existed… While the popovers were baking this morning I googled what to eat with them and found your website. I had no idea that there were so many ways to make a popover and look forward to trying out new recipes. The popovers I made this morning were lacking any real taste. I have always loved to cook, it is my stress reliever as well as my hobby. I work full time as a Social Worker and often don’t have time to cook anything that takes longer than 30 minutes during the week. I love to make something that people enjoy eating. And, like you said in your bio, it doesn’t always turn out the greatest, I recently destroyed a pot roast!! I watch the Food Network and the Cooking Channel and am often amazed in how chefs and average people alike can come up with these fabulous recipes, and memorize them all!! I have to use a cookbook, except for the few staple items I have been making all my life. I have a question… How did you know how to create your own recipes?


Marcy January 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Love you blog! You left something at the Treasurer’s office today. Just wanted to let you know.


Hilary January 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I loved your fleur de sel caramel sauce but I can’t find it on your site can you repost it? Please and thanks!,


Paula@SweetPea February 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

Hi Susan! I found your blog through the columns that you’ve written for Bella Magazine. When I read that you live in Pearisburg, it thrilled me because my grandparents lived there from the 1950′s until the early 2000. My grandmother was a great cook and if she were alive, she’d be thrilled that a Pearisburg lady has a successful blog and is writing a cookbook. I’ve very much like my grandmother and love to be domestic. Granny lived on Hilltop Road. Do you know it?


doughmesstic February 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Wow – you found me in Bella! Glad to know it! Where do you live? Hilltop…I think I know! My husband used to deliver pizzas when we first started dating (20 years ago!) and it seems like that’s a road we may have, um, parked on. :)

You should come to MIXED this year at Mountain Lake. If you are a domestic person – and blog – this is perfect for you! Hope to hear from you soon!


Paula@SweetPea March 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Twenty years ago My grandparents were still on Hilltop. If you grew up in the area, some of your family might remember them, Ed and Marguerite Ahalt.

When is Mixed? If I’m free, I’d love to come. I live in Lynchburg so it would be an easy drive.



mark May 14, 2013 at 7:01 am

Hey i need your email address. I want to discuss paid advertisement options on your site. Waiting for your response.


Tim Badger July 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

Susan, I set up the author signing events at the Christiansburg Barnes and Noble and would like to set up an event with you. If you are interested please send ma a message at our stores email address above!!! Would love to set something up!! Thanks!!!


Pat Bova March 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm


Very nice blog and am enjoying Dreamfield pasta recipes very much. It is the only pasta that doesn’t zoom my blood sugar. However, I have been unable to print your recipes out. Can you tell me why? Am I just not looking at the right place?

Please let me know why.



doughmesstic March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Hi there! I am in the middle of a blog redesign, so things are a little wanky. But just cut and paste the recipe, and you can print it that way. Or, just highlight the recipe, and click “Print Selected.”
Hope that helps!


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