Thursday, January 01, 2009

About Me

Hello! I'm Amy I!
Me. Laughing.

About Playing House:
Not too long ago, the thought of soft peaks, homemade pie crust, and making an entire meal on my own sent me into an anxious tail-spin. I started Playing House as a newlywed in July 2008 as a journal to keep track of my successes and failures as I learned my way around the kitchen from scratch. 7 years later, I can't get enough. The cooking, the baking, the photography, the writing, and especially the eating.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Allie's Bday!

There's no rhyme or reason to the recipes I share. The main thing they have in common is that they all sound delicious to me, and it's all food that I'd share with my family and friends. Sometimes I cook, sometimes I bake, and it's always done with love.


I'm endlessly inspired by other food bloggers, so I keep a running Foodie To-Do list on the sidebar of recipes from other blogs that I plan on trying. Suggestions are happily welcomed!

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Why Playing House? I like to approach life with a childlike sense of wonder. It makes everything more fun, don't you think?

About Me:
I live with my husband, our insanely cute and hilarious toddler daughter, and our 9 year old rescue mutt in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work in cancer research at Stanford University and it's the best job I've ever had.

My Favorite Wedding Picture

We moved to Silicon Valley from Oregon a few years ago (by way of 6 months in Dubai, United Arab Emirates- true story!), but I've lived in Southern California, Nebraska, and New York, and my personality is definitely a hybrid of traits from all of those places.

Oliver J. Dogg

I love farmers markets, berry picking (and eating), my Macbook Air, rice, birthdays, cookbooks, tomatoes, The Sound of Music, and anything lemony.


You can find my all-time favorite blog posts here, and a bit more on my bloggy feelings here. I hope that you find inspiration here too, and I'm so glad that you've joined me on my adventures.

Amy I.
Let's be friends! You can also find me on:


The Happiest Race on Earth (My running blog)

Instagram: amy_i


Alex said...

Just stumbled on you, and this is random, but our dogs look really similar. Kinda cool since they're both mixes, I haven't seen any other dogs that look like her:

Alex said...

Hi again! As far as I know, Tess is a lab-shepherd mix. And that seems about right--a small lab plus these markings:

She also has behaviors that definitely fit with those breeds. Either way, I think she and Oliver are outstanding looking dogs.

Bridget said...

Hey there! I got to your website somehow and love it. I'm a grad student too just starting my own blog. It started out of my love of food mixed with wanting to share information about my future profession, physical therapy. (Sometimes I wish I was in social work though.)
I see that you are training to run, awesome! Best of luck :)

Amy I. said...

Hi Bridget, thanks for stopping by! What's your blog? I'd love to take a look. I've been seeing my PT for a couple of years now for various things, and I swear she's a miracle worker. I tell everyone I know with any kind of ache/pain to try PT :)

Diana's Cocina said...

Amy, I'm new to your blod and I'm in lovin what I see and read. You are so talented! I joined you on FB too.

I'm started my own blog in December and it has been a blast. Stop by and see me if you get a chance. You are now listed on my blog list ;).

Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

Just found your blog via Brown Eyed Baker. Love the name, I feel like that all the time! But it IS so much fun to play house. I just started a blog that is totally dedicated to this stage of life - so clearly I'm a fan! xxSAS

Unknown said...

I found your blog via a link from another one (; she made your dulche de leche cupcakes and I clicked on the link! I am getting married myself in less than two months and one thing I'm very excited for is getting to have my own kitchen and cooking for my husband and me (after two years of eating in a college cafeteria!).

I'm looking forward to browsing your blog more! Feel free to visit mine if you'd like:


Priyanshi parihar said...

Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend a List of Citrus Fruits or blogs that go over the same topics? Thanks a lot!

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