What do you want to do with your life? It’s a question we are often asked and expected to know the answer to from a very young age. Like many others, I made my way through high school and the beginnings of college without really knowing what path was right for me. I changed my mind often, weaving between fashion design, communication, and psychology, until I realized my occasional study break–reading recipes and cooking blogs and watching (lots of) YouTube baking videos–was more than simple procrastination. It was my heart (or stomach) shoving me in the right direction! I found I especially loved learning about people through the different ways they create delicious food. My passion for food and its connection to people is what eventually pushed me to pursue a degree in human nutrition. Sometimes we find that what we are searching for is sitting–or baking–right in front of us.

Hannah of the Valley grew from my love for food, flowers, people, and word play. I’ve always loved to taste and to make new foods, and blogging proved to be the perfect way for me to combine those interests with writing and connecting with others. My posts consist of my experiences–both fun and frustrating–working with the food and drinks I like to make and more importantly, like to eat. My goal is to use this blog to share food with others and to tell a few jokes along the way! I hope you get to try some of these recipes and not just save them into a never ending recipe pile you keep telling yourself you are going to make (I am a horrible recipe hoarder). If there is any one thing I hope that you take away from my writing, it’s to have fun in the kitchen! I am always taking pictures of my food, giving it to people, or dancing around the kitchen island while I wait for cookies to bake. Food has taught me many lessons in patience, open-mindedness, and the value of human connection, but more than anything, it has taught me to be myself and to enjoy the ride. It might be messy, but I promise it’s worth it!

Hannah Jane