Hi, I’m Sam!

On March 29th, 2006 my life changed forever. I experienced loss for the first time in my young life when my best friend passed away. Just a few short months later, my Grandmother passed away. My life had taken two major steps backward. I felt like my world was constantly spinning and I couldn’t do anything to stop it. I felt like all my future plans meant nothing. I needed to live in the present and make some big changes.

I had just turned 17 & graduated high school. I begged my parents to let me move to Ottawa to live with my Mom’s cousin, who I refer to as my aunt, and her kids. After a lot of pleading with them, they finally agreed to let me go and helped me buy my first car. Looking back now, this was my best and worst life decision. I’m so grateful for the relationships and friendships I built with the people in my life at that time, but I wish I would have put more focus into my studies, or more specifically figure out what I wanted to study. I wasn’t one of those kids who knew what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. I always felt confused about picking a career and really figuring out what I was passionate about.

I didn’t find fall in love with any hobbies until I was older.  It all started with photography right before I moved out of my aunt’s house in 2010. Once I was living on my own & dating my boyfriend, I started doing light cooking and (tried) to start baking. After a lot trial and a lot of error, I got much better at baking and putting my own spin on recipes. I’m sure my boyfriend might tell a different story cause it took me a while to get better. The idea of making beautiful things out of sugar was really captivating to me, so I took up cake decorating. I joined a local cake decorating club full of amazing women in my community who share a passion for decorating desserts. As much as I still enjoy cake decorating and sugar art, my life rarely requires those kind of desserts. I began to read and learn more about cooking whole foods so that I could still be in the kitchen creating. I can defiantly say I found true love in my kitchen & learning about nutrition. I get to be creative and share my creations with people I love.