Welcome to SueBee Homemaker! I’m here to help you.
Do you struggle to find time to cook?
- By planning in advance (especially on the weekends or on your off days), your meals can be prepped so that dinner is on the table in record time.
Is your family bored with your meal rotation?
- Your planning out meals and trying new ideas will bring excitement back to the dinner table. And your family will love it!
Are you trying to cut calories and get back to eating real unprocessed food?
- Life happens and we all put on extra pounds over the years. But you can control your calories by loading up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. I’ll show you how.
Do you feel like your grocery bill is taking every last penny?
- Your budget does best when meals are planned out. Shopping on a whim or when you are hungry (yes, we all do it), results in expensive “junk” landing in your cart.
Do you have picky eaters that would prefer to eat burgers and fries every night?
- You will convince them to enjoy new and healthier foods by making meal time interesting and tasty.
Bottom line? Set a plan.
Deciding to Start a Blog
I started this blog on my 50th birthday, in October of 2016, after several months of contemplating what my “next phase” in life would look like in our soon to be empty nest. The idea occurred after numerous friends planted the seed…”you should start a blog”, “you should open a bakery”. Yikes. The first one seemed easier. 🙂
The name of my blog is pretty simple. Susie Homemaker was already taken so my husband suggested SueBee, an old nickname that seemed right. It was a pretty “quick” decision with little to no research, aka “fly by the seat of my pants”. Bought my domain name, found hosting, and I was off. My logo is based on the picture above that we took in May of 2016, and explained in my blog post, “Life is a Beautiful Ride”.
My mom is one of 14 children, nine girls and and five boys. She lost her dad when she was 16 years old, and her brothers and sisters all helped her mother farm and raise the family. They made everything from scratch (homemade) and I grew up watching my mom cook and bake with her sisters. She was active in her church and seemed to frequently be the head of one dinner or another, or involved in the production of a church cookbook (where she did most of the typing). I currently own three versions.
My mom is the inspiration for so much of my cooking. Some of my fondest memories involve sitting in the kitchen while Mom was making three or four things at one time. Her bread making was her art, and she loved spoiling her family with good food.
My mother is now in the middle stages of Alzheimers, and lives in a Memory Care Facility in Iowa. It saddens me to know how much she used to love to cook, and now has so little desire for her craft. Norma Jean’s Kitchen is the section on my blog dedicated to her recipes, and I’m so very proud to share them with you.
My Recipe Testers
My husband Mike and I are high school sweethearts, and parents to two young men, Josh and Zach, and to our Shih Tzu, Theo. All three of my boys are my main recipe testers in my kitchen, where I have experienced numerous hits and just as many failures. I’m glad to have them as ‘my people’, as well as honest and hungry recipe testers.
I love trying new recipes, and try to cook seasonal and with as much fresh produce as possible. While I cook fairly healthy, I’m a sucker for a great cookie, or muffin, or loaf of bread, or…well, you get the point. My mantra is “Everything in moderation!”, so the majority of my baked goods go to Mike’s work, our neighbors, friends, or the freezer. 🙂
The boys are growing up and we’ll soon have an empty nest. Mike and I are enjoying this new phase of our lives – especially the travel part (not the college tuition payment part). Life is Good, and while we’ve had our obstacles to face, we’re pretty dang blessed.
I hope you follow along on our journey, and try a recipe or two.
A few of my favs and other fun facts about me:
fav splurge: pizza
most used kitchen tools: food processor and Bosch mixer
fav cocktail: red wine and Blood & Honey (beer)
fav TV show: Grey’s Anatomy and This is Us
daily fix: coffee
favorite color: sky blue
favorite childhood memory: Lake Okoboji with my fam
over-used word: so
fav veggie: asparagus
fav emoji: 😀
my love/hate: exercise 5-6 days a week (so I can eat bread!)
avg hours of sleep: 7-8
fav music: country
pet peeve: tardiness
fav thing to cook: bread
dream home: a cute little house on a white sandy beach
fav dessert: brownies and ice cream
what I hate: cancer and alzheimers
biggest shocker: we have a dog!
something you don’t know about me: I used to be afraid of dogs!
fav weekend activity: riding bikes and drinking coffee
dream vacation: Switzerland
food I won’t eat: raw fish
fav movie ever: The Shawshank Redemption
3 things I can’t live without: God, my family, our pup