Happy Birthday Kristina 2021

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In this challenging world we currently live in, I have a bright spot that I am grateful for daily.  Our firstborn, Kristina, now lives just a few minutes away.  I love when the phone rings and I hear her questions such as, “Mom, do you have some half-pint canning jars?’  Or it could be a particular cookbook, recipes from her grandma’s box, cake flour, or a specialty liqueur.   I know she will be here in five minutes to pick up these items and get back to her kitchen to make something for one of the food sites she writes for, make a video for a food company, or get ready for another cooking segment on television.

Kristina has been cooking since she was eight years old so it was no surprise she has made a career with her talents.  Her theatre degree from Northwestern University taught her the knowledge to be on camera (and so much more!) which certainly comes in handy when doing cooking segments and videos.

It’s been a joy to watch her develop prize-winning recipes over the years, or to travel many times to Finland to learn authentic recipes and foraging in the woods from our Finnish cousins.

I know Kristina has many adventures ahead.  I look forward to them all, especially now that a certain special guy in her life is a hunter and she can develop venison recipes.  But on this day, I look forward to just giving my firstborn a big hug and to wish her happy birthday.  We love you!



10 Responses to Happy Birthday Kristina 2021

  1. September 10, 2021 at 4:22 am #

    happy birthday and many more together with family

    • September 10, 2021 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you, Lisa!

  2. September 10, 2021 at 5:55 am #

    Happy Birthday to Kristina!

    • September 10, 2021 at 10:48 am #

      Thank you, Madonna! Birthday dinner is grilled salmon and asparagus, and orzo with pine nuts, one of Kristina’s favorite meals.

  3. September 10, 2021 at 11:43 am #

    Happy Birthday to Kristina who continues to be a shining star in the culinary world! Love that she is closer by now……how wonderful for all of you!

    • September 10, 2021 at 11:39 pm #

      Thank you Sis! We love having Kristina so close now. It’s like a dream come true.

  4. September 10, 2021 at 7:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Kristina! I enjoy your television segments and Instagram photos!

    • September 10, 2021 at 11:35 pm #

      Thank you for the good wishes, Denise, and keeping up with Kristina’s Instagram and TV segments!

  5. September 11, 2021 at 6:46 am #

    A very Happy Blessed Birthday to Kristina. All those wonderful memories with your dear daughter; from childhood to Pillsbury Bake-Offs, traveling to Italy together, (& Finland, too, I believe), to help cleaning up after your flooded cellar, to now living a cup of sugar away, & so much more. She is a very talented & special lady & I hope her year ahead is extra blessed.

    • September 11, 2021 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you, Kim. You always have such thoughtful words. I love the “she is now living a cup of sugar away.”

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