So who is DoughMessTic, anyway?
Thanks for asking. I’m Susan Whetzel. I am a wife to Jon, and a Mom to my son, 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.
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.
Last year we did the ultimate American Roadtrip…three weeks in a truck, trekking across the United States, down the Pacific Coast Highway, and then back East. It was a ride, for sure, but a trip I am so glad we could have together, and what an experience to be able to show my son so many things. Did we ever want to kill each other? No. But I do believe there were a few times someone nearly got bitten or left behind and a roadside attraction.
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 written and published three cookbooks, the latest being the S’mores Cookbook. You know who wrote the foreword for me? Duff Goldman. Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes! I am happy to say, I call that man a friend. Could I have said that before my blog? Nope. So, you never know what blogging will bring you.
Like – recipe development. True story - I develop recipes for companies like Dixie Crystals, Krusteaz, KitchenAid, and more. I’ve been featured in Taste of Home Magazine, Bon Appetit, and a featured Cook on many, many websites, like Huffington Post and People.com. 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 run a food blogging conference, called MIXED, with my best friend Paula of Bellalimento. I speak at other conferences, and appear at Food & Wine Conferences. I judge food competitions pretty regularly, including The World Food Championships! I get paid to travel now, and experience things like cruises and theme parks. (I know!!) I am a regular fixture on Daytime Blue Ridge, an NBC Afflliate talk show, where I whip up recipes for the cameras. I have ads on my site, and these ads help pay my bills. As you can see…blogging has led to a LOT! 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. 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!
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