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Hi I'm Ashton

Ashton started her blog food in 2010 as a way to work from home after becoming a mom. By 2014, she published her first cookbook.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University and lived in Provo, Utah for 7 years before returning home to NC. Living out West gave me a deep love for Mexican food (Red Iguana in SLC, y’all), really incredible yeast breads, and Macey’s grocery stores. Provo will always be near and dear to my heart! I’m married to a wonderfully tall, freckled, Californian redhead. Together we are crazy about all things BYU, and right now we are really loving the TV shows Fixer Upper (dreaming of buying our first home this year), Madam Secretary, and Blue Bloods. We have a very enthusiastic, bossy, and LOUD 5-year old daughter who lights up our life, and baby brother joined our little crew in July 2015. We love him to the moon and back. I am blessed with the opportunity to work from home as a dessert blogger and cookbook author. I love that my job allows me to pursue and develop skills, such as recipe development, photography, and business management. I also love that it allows me to stay home with my children, to pursue and develop my role as wife and mother. I am so grateful for so many things in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have been members of this Church their entire lives, and I was "born under the covenant." Which means: I was born into a home in which the Mother and the Father had been sealed together for eternity in an LDS temple. They, of course, raised me in the Church, and I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years old (the age at which we believe a child is accountable and able to make that decision). I participated in the Church's youth programs actively until I graduated high school. Soon after high school, I married my husband for time and all eternity in an LDS temple, just like my parents did. Our daughter was born under the covenant, and we're raising her actively in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So, you see... being a Mormon has simply always been a part of me. And it's always felt right. At times, I thought it would be nice to have some big, flashy confirmation of my religion. Like some Angel visiting me to say "you're in the right place!" But over the years, I've come to recognize the strong and steady peace I feel that comes from living this gospel, and I know that I don't need to see an Angel to know that they way I'm living my life is right. That being a Mormon is right and will bring me and my family happiness.

How I live my faith

Living with faith is a daily, ongoing, intentional effort for me. I am constantly seeking out my Heavenly Father and my Savior in all of the small and seemingly insignificant parts of my day... I pray to my Heavenly Father for more patience when my daughter is refusing to eat dinner. I yearn for the comfort of the Holy Ghost when I feel distant from my husband. I need the Atonement my Savior provided for me as I struggle to heal from past hurts. Every moment of the day, I need my faith. It draws me nearer to my Heavenly Father.